The art of the perfect fit

Director, Educational Institute for Art

Posted: 28.04.2021
Location: New York USA
Job description:

Our client, an institute for art offering educational programs, is looking for a Director for MA and MAAB Programs. The right candidate will have full responsibility for the management, expansion and development of the in-person MA Programs in New York, including the specific oversight of the MAAB program.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following, but the Director will also be expected to perform all the duties necessary which are customarily performed by a person holding this position.

  • Oversee academic and administrative operations, including curriculum development, budgeting, planning and staffing for in-person MA programs. Hire in NY, supervise, train and motivate faculty and staff, as appropriate.
  • Develop short- and long-term strategies for the Institute while sustaining its ongoing academic integrity and economic viability.
  • Oversee standards and practices for the Institute, while also fostering a positive working and learning environment for staff, faculty and Chair and/oversee committees.
  • Develop credibility and collaborative working relationships with faculty and Collaborate with Program Directors to attract, recruit, retain and motivate additional faculty and staff, as appropriate to the needs and the growth of the programs.
  • Work with Institute executives, faculty and staff to ensure the effective operation of all academic courses and the continued and improved quality of the education provided.
  • Work to identify and create new educational programs or modify existing programs as appropriate.
  • Liaise with shared services departments to ensure the in-person MA programs in NY continue to be impactful and run smoothly.
  • Oversee training and mentoring of faculty and administrative staff, responding to their concerns and enhancing the Institute’s reputation, both as a unique and highly appealing place to study the many facets of the art world and as an attractive organization for students and employees.
  • Build external relationships and partnerships in the art and education communities to foster the continued growth, impact and excellence of the in- person MA programs in NY.
  • Work with the New York State Department of Education and NASAD with regard to authorization and accreditation issues. Serve as ambassador for the Institute locally, nationally and internationally, as appropriate.
  • Serve as a contributing partner and colleague in collaboration with the Institute’s online, satellite and campus directors and the Institute’s global team members.
  • Take the lead in providing regular updates to the Board.

Knowledge & Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Under the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Senior/leadership experience in the art world is a requirement.
  • Knowledge of best practices in the fields of education, financial aid, and general management.
  • Knowledgeable and well connected in the arts, with a network of art professionals, including practicing artists, scholars, and members of the art-related business communities.
  • Successful experience as a “hands-on” executive with solid general business skills and working knowledge of budgets, finance, and strategic planning. Specific profit and loss experience is highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to identify new markets and to develop new opportunities to increase the range of programs and curricula offered. Demonstrated track record as a program builder.
  • A reasonable comfort level with new educational approaches, including online and other developed or developing digital methodologies
  • Proven ability to cultivate and maintain successful partnership and alliances on behalf of the Institute. A keen understanding of the linkages between education, careers and business in the fine arts business, cultural, non-profit communities and beyond.
  • Ability to create and lead change enablement strategies and plans.
  • Creative, entrepreneurial spirit with interest and capability to grow the school and implement key strategic initiatives.
  • Superior interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Equally adept at internal and external communications.
  • A diplomat and consensus builder; able to work with a broad range of individuals and organisations.
  • Impeccable judgment and maturity.
  • Well-developed sense of humour and compassion for others,
  • Ability to be present in the office.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Ability to travel for business purposes, both domestically and internationally.

Education & Work Experience:

  • An advanced terminal degree or equivalent professional experience and recognition.
  • Credibility in the intellectual/scholarly community – a demonstrated track record of success, ideally in a prestigious institution of higher education or fine art (e.g. college, university or museum), and an appropriate record of scholarship and publications
  • Credibility in the art world – personal relationship within the art community (a network of current and positive relationship with leaders in museums, galleries, auction houses, art schools).

Language Skills:

  • Professional written and spoken language skills
  • Excellent command of the English language