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JOB TITLE: Executive Director of Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts

DEPARTMENT: The Art Alliance

REPORTS TO: The President of the University of the Arts

Please Note: Application Window Closed

Position Summary:

The University of the Arts seeks a visionary and innovative leader to join its team as the founding Executive Director of the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts.  This new position has been created as a result of the university’s recent acquisition of the historic Philadelphia Art Alliance, a joining that unites two century-long legacies and offers a rare opportunity for an Executive director to Shape and define the future of a transdisciplinary, contemporary art center in the heart of Philadelphia.

The ideal candidate will be a creative strategist looking to build a center for relevant, critical, and provocative dialogue across the arts through dynamic programming that may take a variety of formats, from exhibitions, performances, lectures, readings and/or residencies. The Director will have demonstrated curatorial and/or cultural programming know-how, and be able to leverage the context and community of the University to advance the standing of the Art Alliance as well as the mission of the University. The Director will join the university community as a thought leader, and will have the option to teach within one of our programs.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the creation and implementation of innovative programming within the Art Alliance and throughout the University via collaboration and coordination with other university units.
  • Works with senior leadership and key faculty to develop long-term and intentional strategies that position the Art Alliance and the University as the place of choice for contemporary, arts programming.
  • Partners with our development team to identify and cultivate a community of support for the Art Alliance activities.
  • Manages and builds a team of creative professionals to support the Art Alliance goals; currently, staff includes a team of 3 professionals as well as student workers and interns.
  • Directs all programmatic and budgetary operations for the center.
  • Identifies projects that have the opportunity for external support and funding, and partners with our development team to secure resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, Masters or PhD preferred.
  • 7 years minimum of related experience.

Position Requirements:

The successful candidate will possess the following attributes and experiences:

  • Highly creative, ambitious, passionate and possess an insatiable curiosity.
  • Demonstrated leadership of impactful curatorial and/or cultural programming within a contemporary dialogue; we welcome the provocative, the courageous, the unconventional.
  • Proven success as an educator, demonstrated either through direct teaching experience, scholarly output, or related engagements.
  • Strong collaboration and rapport-building skills.
  • Ability to cultivate and steward both internal and external strategic relationships.
  • Ability to direct, monitor, evaluate, and – most importantly - inspire staff.
  • Ability to manage organizational budget.
  • Strong and compelling oral and written communication skills.
  • Superior project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work and lead effectively in a highly diverse campus community.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.


Please Note: Application Window Closed
Interested qualified applicants should submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, by e-mail attachment to jobs@uarts.edu. Additionally, statements and/or project documentation may be included if they provide essential support to your candidacy. The preferred submission format for all materials is a single email attachment (single PDF or zipped folder) 2MB–5MB in size.

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