Director for the NJCU Center for the Arts

Job description

New Jersey City University (NJCU) is seeking its inaugural Director for the NJCU Center for the Arts. In this full-time position, the successful candidate will be responsible for shaping the vision, direction and goals of the Center for the Arts, in addition to providing the leadership necessary to run the organization.  

Applicants must be entrepreneurial, able to engage with multiple community partners and stakeholders, and have the creative and administrative expertise to develop an artistic vision and organizational strategy and ensure that required resources to achieve goals can be secured. 

The Director reports to the Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at NJCU and works with a recently formed Arts Advisory Board towards realizing role of NJCU as a leading arts force in Jersey City and the region. Individual must be ready to work with colleagues on and off campus on developing programs as well as building and operating a new Center for the Arts facility that will house a 490-seat theatre, a 100-seat recital hall, and as serve as the home of the Music, Dance and Theatre (MDT) Department.

About the New Jersey City University Center for the Arts

Long considered a cultural hub of metro-north Jersey, NJCU boasts an accomplished international faculty in many disciplines, from music to theatre, to media and visual arts and literature. 

In November 2016, under the vision of President Sue Henderson, the University launched the NJCU Center for the Arts to bring its performing, visual, film and literary arts activities under one creative umbrella. As part of this initiative, NJCU is committed to taking a leadership role in the cultural vitality of the Jersey City Region. NJCU also formed an Arts Advisory Board dedicated to supporting the Center for the Arts efforts to enhance cultural opportunities both on and off-campus. 

About New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University is a public, four-year institution offering a comprehensive array of academic programs serving 8,500 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.  

With two campuses located Jersey City, the State’s largest and most dynamic city, NJCU stands on a foundation of more than 85 years of tradition and success in educating the students of Hudson County and the State of New Jersey.  The faculty, staff, and students of NJCU benefit from Jersey City’s direct connection to lower Manhattan and the many thriving communities along New Jersey’s “Gold Coast”.

Today, New Jersey City University sits on the precipice of becoming the State’s preeminent urban institution of higher education.  We are leaders in workforce development and community integration.  

Our future is bold, our vision is ambitious and our mission could not be more important.  Enrollment has reached record-levels over the past few years and our aggressive physical plant strategy has led to a major 22-acre expansion known as University Place, a new residence hall, a $50 million expansion of our Science Building, and the construct of the School of Business – prominently located on Jersey City’s thriving waterfront.

NJCU’s vision is to be an outstanding state and regional institution, educating the leaders of tomorrow and to advance the well-being of the people of New Jersey through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. To realize this vision, we have set a course to elevate the University to historic heights and set a big agenda for the future.

Under the bold and energetic leadership of President Sue Henderson and building on the momentum of Jersey City’s continued renaissance NJCU is focused on transforming itself and propelling the next chapter of Jersey City’s future through strategic investment in four key drivers:

• Enhancing student success
• Building a dynamic School of Business
• Investing in Health & Sciences
• Elevating the arts

Responsibilities of the Director:

Solidify position of NJCU as a leader in the arts in Jersey City and the region by working in conjunction with NJCU Senior Administration, faculty and community stakeholders, notably the Cultural Affairs division of the Jersey City Mayor’s Office.

Develop and implement programming and initiatives that fulfill NJCU’s role as a leader in the arts in Jersey City and enhance NJCU’s reputation as a “go to” university for students seeking quality performing and visual arts educational opportunities.

Spearhead fundraising and marketing efforts on behalf of the Center for the Arts, working with NJCU development and communications staff to fulfill development strategies and marketing campaigns, as well as engage members of the Arts Advisory Board and other key stakeholders who may have access to financial and in-kind resources.

Working in close collaboration with the Assistant Vice President for Development & Executive Director of the NJCU Foundation, serve as the Chief Development Officer for the NJCU Center for the Arts.

Develop/enhance revenue streams through ticket sales, merchandising, venue rentals, sponsorships, advertisements and other creative means.

Create a robust set of Arts programming that drive attendance to the NJCU campus from members of the Jersey City community and broader region.

Devise and implement a strategy for collecting, storing, analyzing, and using consumer data to inform the marketing and development strategies and initiatives.

Create schedule of programs to take place at campus facilities including the 1,000-seat Williams Theatre in Hepburn Hall and the 100-150-seat West Side Theatre (black box). Create plan for future programming for the 490-seat theater and 100-seat recital hall in the new Center for the Arts facility.

Work with NJCU faculty curators to integrate visual arts and media programs in context with performing arts programming.

Explore opportunities for off-site programming to showcase the work of faculty and students and build NJCU’s profile and brand in the communities where students and their families live and work.

Serve as a senior member of the Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer’s senior staff, which also includes the Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communications, the Assistant Vice President of Advancement & Executive Director of the NJCU Foundation, the Director of Event Services, and the Director of Athletics.

Serve as a public representative of NJCU both on and off-campus.

Serve as “Executive Director” of the Arts Advisory Board which was formed to support NJCU’s efforts to be a strong partner in enhancing the cultural vitality of Jersey City and the region. 

Manage small staff and ensure the capacity of the organization to fulfill vision and goals. This includes overseeing box office and front of house staff, and working closely with the production team, in addition to serving as “artistic director” of the Center for the Arts.

Manage relationships between the Center for the Arts and the University’s academic and administrative departments.

Perform related duties as assigned.
Experience in curating performing arts programs.

Experience designing, developing, and operating performing arts venues.

Ability to identify and interpret dynamics of the “communities” Center for the Arts will serve, and create programming of impact and value to these constituencies.

Ability to communicate the identity of Center for the Arts and engage audiences to attend paid ticketed events and free programming.

Vision and experience to spearhead fundraising efforts in tandem with development staff. 

Experience leading and managing staff towards realizing both short and long-term goals.

Ability to develop and manage budgets.

Adept at managing small staff and volunteers/interns with formal and informal reporting lines and ability to build and manage the organization as it grows to meet future demands and expectations. 

. BA, MA or MFA preferred
. Minimum seven years of work in professional performing arts organization(s).
. Experience managing staff with formal reporting lines
. Excellent oral and written communications skills
. Availability to work evenings and weekends




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Posted: 2/8/2018
Application Due: 2/28/2018
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