Vice Dean for Finance and Administration

The New School, College of Performing Arts

New York, NY

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office


  • Full Time
  • New York, NY (Remote)
  • Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office
  • Academic
  • $140,000.00
  • $150,000.00

Website The New School, College of Performing Arts

Vice Dean for Finance and Administration

College of Performing Arts

The New School

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.

The College of Performing Arts at The New School was formed in 2015 and draws together the iconic Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances.

The 1,100 students at Mannes, Jazz, Drama, and Mannes Prep are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty at the College collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more.

The curriculum at the College of Performing Arts is dynamic, inclusive, and highly responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers and Artist Entrepreneurs are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.

The Vice Dean of Finance and Administration reports to the Executive Dean and is a member of the senior leadership team (Deans Council) at the College of Performing Arts. The Vice Dean works collaboratively with the Executive Dean and other College leadership to directly oversee the management of strategic directions and planning, key organizational partnerships, operations, budget, personnel including faculty affairs and labor relations, facilities, capital planning, production, and communications. The Vice Dean is the primary liaison with the university offices of Finance & Budget, Human Resources, IT, Facilities, the Provost’s Office’s administrative and strategic planning departments, Marketing and Communications, and General Counsel.

The direct reports to the Vice Dean include the Associate Director of Business Operations, General Manager, and the Director of New School Concerts.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.


Imagine, develop, and implement overall vision, strategy, and tactics for the College along with the Dean’s Council, faculty, and staff. Serve as lead staff for all major college strategic and organizational plans and in the development and implementation of efforts to make the college a more diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just institution.

Lead the strategic development of new degree programs proposals and the development of new programs in partnership with the Vice Dean of Curriculum and Learning and School Deans, and coordinate major events from the position of budget, space, communications, integration with existing systems, and labor relations and faculty affairs.

Represent College’s interests and priorities with regard to part-time faculty relations to the university’s leadership, and at the negotiation table to lead out the implementation of any developments to collective bargaining agreements across the college. Including but not limited to: analysis and high-level assessment of part-time faculty data to inform part-time faculty hiring in relation to a range of issues related to compliance, fiscal oversight, curricular innovation, diversity, and multi-year trends and ensuring compliance with procedures and systems for all employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Lead the College in strategic multi-year budget development and capital planning. Advocate for the College’s strategic priorities to the Provost Office and Budget Committee for project funding. Generate financial reports for the Deans Council, Provost Office, and Board of Governors.

Supervise the College’s business operations including payroll, accounts payable, and contract administration.

Attend all Board of Governors meetings, providing key partnership to volunteer leadership in areas related to strategy and administration.

Serve as a member of the appropriate university committees, management groups, and task forces as needed.

Lead an assessment of College organization and structure within the first three months on the job.

Other duties as assigned.


Five years of progressive experience in higher education leadership roles, or the equivalent in non-profit or other organization, including strategic planning, financial management, and staff management.

A deep appreciation and interest in core areas of practice for College of Performing Arts, including drama and music.

Demonstrated skill in the collaborative assessment and resolution of complex problems in a large organization.

Outstanding analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral presentation skills.

A belief in the transformative nature of arts education, PreK-20.

A personal commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice.

Bachelor’s Degree with an advanced degree(s) a plus.


Hybrid/Split – Hybrid work mode where employees have regularly scheduled, consistent percentage of time in the University’s place(s) of business (e.g., 3-4x/week) and also work some of the time off campus. #LI-Hybrid


$140,000 – $150,000 annually

We look forward to receiving your application!

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