Director, Spivey Hall

Clayton State University
Clayton State University
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Job Title: Director, Spivey Hall
Location: Clayton State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 230524
About Us

Located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University offers employees a diverse environment which fosters both professional and personal development. The university is committed to cultivating an environment of engaged, experienced-based learning, enriched by active community service. Clayton State offers multiple Bachelor and Master Degree programs which currently enrolls over 6,900 students in challenging campus and on-line courses.

The campus is situated just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta on 214 beautiful acres, making access to the metropolitan area a breeze. We’ve been named a Top Workplace in Atlanta by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution for six consecutive years. And we also were named one of 79 higher education institutions across the nation in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of 2017 Great Colleges to Work For.

Job Summary

The Executive Director of Spivey Hall serves as Artistic Director of the Spivey Series. In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for the management of the venue, the budget, and the professional staff that produce, promote, and present more than 100 annual events and activities. Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall also supports the educational mission of the University including the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s Division of Music faculty, students, and ensembles; University ceremonies and meetings; Spivey Education’s award-winning educational outreach programs serving students from 17 metro-Atlanta school systems, students from private and home schools, and senior citizens; and performances and professional conferences by metro-Atlanta non-profit music and music education organizations and ensembles.

The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the operation and management of Spivey Hall including:

• Artistic planning, programming, and educational services.

• Audience development, marketing, promotion, and community relations.

• Annual fundraising and sponsorship development.

• Financial, budget, venue, and contract management.

Serving the Clayton State campus and constituent arts patrons and educators throughout the metro­ Atlanta region and the southeast U.S., this senior leadership position reports to the President of Clayton State University. More information about Spivey Hall is available at

Responsibilities • Serves as Artistic Director and curator of the annual Spivey Series concerts by outstanding international musicians. Develops and manages professional relationships with artists, artist managers, and other performing arts organizations and service providers. Researches and attends artists’ performances to assess their quality and appropriateness for inclusion in the Spivey Series. Negotiates, creates, and administers contracts with the US and foreign artists and their managers. Initiates commissions of new works and creative collaborations with artists and cultural organizations. Supervises Spivey Hall’s organist-in-residence and the artistic staff of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program. (25%)
• Collaborates with the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s Division of Music faculty and other University departments in planning, producing, and promoting activities and events. Oversees and supports Spivey Education’s outreach programs for K-12 schools including the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program, Young People's Concert series, choral and chamber orchestra workshops, artist residencies, and summer music camp, as well as master classes and professional development opportunities for teachers. (10%)
• Performs duties as department head as required by the University and the President. Leads departmental planning and policy development. Represents Spivey Hall in the University’s comprehensive strategic planning. Supervises and works closely with Spivey Hall employees in the presentation, production, and marketing of Spivey Hall concerts and educational programs and related events. Creates and edits copy for publication. Hires, trains, and conducts annual performance evaluations of senior Spivey Hall staff. Manages relationships among staff and with external constituents including consultants, professional service providers, and community volunteers. Oversees departmental compliance with University System of Georgia and Clayton State policies and procedures pertaining to human resources, budget and finance, procurement, and contract administration. (30%)
• Develops and manages annual departmental operating budgets. Sets and meets earned income goals for ticket sales, co-presentation events, and hall rentals, plus tuition, registration, and program participation fees. Develops, cultivates, and sustains mutually beneficial relationships with donors and funding partners to meet contributed income goals. Secures and retains sponsors and grants. Supports the volunteer work of the Spivey Hall Friends Council chair, directors, and advisors in advancing the mission of Spivey Hall. Develops budget requests and annual funding proposals for Clayton State University and the Walter and Emilie Spivey Foundation. (30%)
• Serves as a public spokesperson for Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall. Promotes Spivey Hall and cultivates media prospects for coverage in print and electronic media. Collaborates with regional tourism, economic development, and chamber of commerce initiatives promoting the arts. Participates in local, regional, and national conferences related to Spivey Hall programming and performing arts presenters. Organizes and leads tours of Spivey Hall for VIPs and visitors. (5%)

Required Qualifications • Bachelor’s degree required. MBA or master’s degree in Arts Administration preferred. Extensive knowledge of classical music repertoire of all periods, especially for instrumental and voice recitals, chamber music concerts, and performances by choral ensembles; knowledge of jazz and world music. Knowledge of current touring artists in classical, jazz, and world music. Knowledge of international performing arts practices. Knowledge of musical terminology in Italian, French, German and Spanish.
• Significant experience in positions of increasing responsibility in classical music management. Minimum 10 years experience in artistic planning with international artists and artist managers. Professional experience with a post-secondary educational institution is preferred. Experience managing administrative and artistic staff and budgets. Experience with professional recording and broadcasting companies as well as production and presentation of virtual/online events. Experience managing patron services, production, and event coordination. Experience in writing and editing copy for publication about musicians, musical repertoire, music education programs, general promotion, and fundraising. Experience in community relations including public speaking before a range of audiences. Experience speaking for broadcast media. Demonstrated success in grant writing and fundraising. Experience in strategic planning, marketing, and public relations. Experience conducting business with government agencies at local, state, and federal levels. Experience in collaboration and consensus-building with international, national, and regional partners. Experience in developing and collaborating with advisory boards and managing relationships with volunteers.
• Management and supervisory skills. Exemplary leadership and interpersonal skills. Excellent skills in writing and spoken communication; accounting, financial planning, and forecasting skills. Proficiency in the effective use of computer applications including MS Word, Excel, Teams, and Adobe document management. Knowledge of and experience in using budgeting and accounting programs (e,g, PeopleSoft Financials) and ticketing/fundraising/customer relationship management systems (e.g., Salesforce, PatronManager, Blackbaud, or similar).
• Ability to understand and sustain the legacy of Walter and Emilie Spivey. Ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies of all ages from a wide range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Ability to work with international collaborators, transcending cultural differences. Ability to work days, nights, and weekends. Ability to work 8+ hour days at a computer.
• Must be licensed to drive.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Clayton State University, as determined by Clayton State University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Clayton State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Clayton State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Clayton State University Office of Human Resources at (678) 466-4230. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Disability Resource Center at: (678) 466-5445.


As an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University has come a long way since its inception 40 years ago.clayton_state_university1.jpg

The University first opened in September 1969 as Clayton Junior College with Dr. Harry S. Downs as founding president and an enrollment of 942 students. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated it to baccalaureate status as Clayton State College in 1986 and university status as Clayton College & State University in 1996. The school’s current designation as Clayton State University was approved in 2005.

clayton_state_university2.jpgSince Downs’ retirement in January 1994, the University has had two presidents; Dr. Richard A. Skinner, who took office upon Downs’ retirement, and Dr. Thomas K. Harden, who took office in June 2000. When Harden was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Dr. Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes, Jr., was appointed interim president, starting on May 18, 2009. The current enrollment is in excess of 6,000 students and the school provides a multitude of undergraduate degree credit programs that—in the words of the university’s mission statement—provides "career-oriented education with a solid liberal arts foundation."

In addition to more than doubling its undergraduate degrees over the past 10 years, Clayton State also has added seven graduate programs in the past three years. The first, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, began in 2006. Since then, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Business Administration all began in 2007, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs, MAT - English and MAT - Mathematics, in 2009. The Master of Archival Studies is scheduled to begin in 2010.

The past five years at Clayton State have also been highlighted by the establishment of the first joint state and federal archives facilities adjacent to campus, the institution of a comprehensive strategic planning process, the reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the opening of the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City. In a six week period between August and October 2008, the University dedicated three new buildings; the University’s first student housing, the Student Activities Center and a new building for the AACSB-accredited School of Business.


Clayton State is also home to Spivey Hall, the finest small performance facility in the Southeast. First opened in 1991, Spivey Hall is known locally, nationally and internationally for presenting the best in jazz and classical music as well as an education outreach program that serves tens of thousands of school children from throughout metro Atlanta annually.

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