Executive Director UCCS Ent Center for the Arts

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO

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The Executive Director of the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts is responsible for providing charismatic leadership for the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).  This is accomplished through a commitment to the role and mission of the University and the Ent Center for the Arts, the management of the state-of-the-art performing arts complex, and fundraising for the Ent Center for the Arts, Theatreworks and the Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA).  The Executive Director will work with the directors of the aforementioned programs to set strategic goals; ensure proper alignment of goals and resources to attain fiscal stability; provide budget oversight; represent the units to the Chancellor of UCCS as well as to external and internal constituents.  The Executive Director serves as part of the senior management team of the Chancellor and works closely and collaboratively with other senior management team members.  The successful Executive Director develops and encourages cultural engagement on campus and in the broader Colorado Springs community though collaboration and resource sharing with a variety of units on campus, specifically with the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences as well as community arts organizations and partners, including, but not limited to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, the Youth Symphony, and Colorado Springs Dance Theatre.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties:

Community Engagement and Advancement

  • Articulate and promote a comprehensive vision for the Ent Center for the Arts with internal professional organizations, VAPA, and the Colorado Springs community and region.
  • Cultivate and engage new audiences through greater outreach, diversity of programming, and minimizing barriers to access.
  • Foster support and growth with donors, subscribers, and longtime supporters.
  • Strategic Planning, Administration and Management

  • Oversee the development and implementation of the strategic vision of the Ent Center for the Arts with all parties, including GOCA, VAPA, Theatreworks, Advisory Boards, and other key constituents.
  • Manage and assess programmatic achievements as set forth in the Ent Center for the Arts strategic plan.
  • Ensure that all supervised programs develop and maintain a plan for efficient staffing consistent with University policy.
  • Work with directors and administrative staff to facilitate spirit of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Support student activities and student involvement across all programs.
  • Work with community and university advisory boards as needed and requested.
  • Support operational alignment between programs to help ensure that staffing and resource efficiencies are realized.
  • Maintain relationship between the University and Community Arts Partners.
  • Oversee implementation as well as maintain and update all policies and procedures related to space management within the Ent Center for the Arts.
  • Develop and maintain shared resources, support and infrastructure with VAPA where possible.
  • Fundraising and Financials

  • The Executive Director of the Ent Center will develop and manage the all funds budget with the Chancellor and in coordination with the Vice Chancellor of Advancement on contributed revenue and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs on auxiliary revenues and operational matters.
  • Work with the directors of the programs to ensure and support a sustainable operation that conforms to University policy.
  • Provide oversight for the effective management of student fees in accordance with fee use defined by referendum and approved by the University of Colorado Board of Regents as well as compliance with any related bond documents.
  • Work closely with the Auxiliary Finance team in developing budget projections, proper accounting procedures, and comply with all required audits.
  • Ensure annual balanced budgets and sound planning for long-term financial stability.
  • Work closely with directors and managers to support them in reaching earned and contributed revenue goals and developing and enhancing new revenue streams.
  • Job Competencies:

  • Ability to work collaboratively within a shared governance community.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in working with multiple constituents, and the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage cooperative working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Effectiveness in working with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated success with being a part of developing, understanding, and implementing comprehensive marketing and public relations plans, including social media, print media, digital marketing, direct marketing and other industry tools and tactics.
  • Ability to implement plans to reach organizational goals.
  • Knowledge of personnel and fiscal management methods and practices; federal, state and university laws, regulations, policies; understanding of relevant artistic union policies and procedures.
  • Understand the technical aspects of managing and administering an arts center, provide advice to staff directly and/or solicits guidance from experts.
  • This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    What We Offer:

    Salary Range: Generally starting at: $82,400 - $101,700

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

    The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/employee-services. Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

    This position is dependent on the availability of auxiliary revenues funding.

    Tentative Search Timeline:

    • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of August 16, 2021.
    • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of September 6, 2021.
    • The potential employee start date is October 11, 2021.
    The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • At least three years’ experience in an administrative leadership role in an arts organization or five years in a top administrative position in a business or nonprofit.
  • Preferred Requirements

  • Advanced Academic degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Prior experience working in a leadership position in a college or university setting.
  • Experience working with nonprofit governance boards.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets from varied funding sources.
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience in operational and financial management of an arts organization.
  • Experience in fundraising and donor relations.
  • Prior experience with art management software.
  • Experience with development of comprehensive marketing plans and understanding of variety of marketing platforms and products.
  • Experience in hiring, training, developing and supervising full-time personnel.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
  • Physical Requirements

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit.  Employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    Job Category: Executive
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Jul 1, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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