Director for Arts Management

UC San Diego


San Diego, CA

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office


  • Full Time
  • San Diego, CA
  • Fri, Jan 21, 2022
  • Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office
  • Academic

Website UC San Diego


The Division of Extended Studies (DES) at UC San Diego is fully self-supporting, operating year-round (12 months of active instruction) with a budget of $47 million annually in primarily fee income. The unit has over 200 career employees, including academic, management, staff and executive, as well as represented and non-represented positions. Many casual or contract employees and student workers also serve in the organization. In addition, DES employs more than 1,000 active by-agreement instructors.

DES operates in 200,000 square feet of managed space, including a large off-campus classroom facility. The unit maintains a robust online learning platform, operating 24/7 with webcasting and video-conferencing capability. DES also has a strong web presence with e-commerce operating 24/7. There are over 60,000 enrollment transactions annually; 35,000 outreach certification transactions and 25,000 service transactions. DES supports a robust network of representatives, agents, and students (both residential and online) around the globe. Along with all of this, DES operates two television stations, a variety of public lecture programs and is active in federal, state, local, and private research and technical assistance programs and activities.

As of Fall 2020, the University has assumed ownership of a major downtown center for which DES is taking full financial and programming responsibility. The 66,000-square-foot building will support a rich mix of campus-based and community programs reflecting the teaching, research and public service mission of UC San Diego: classroom instruction, continuing education, arts and cultural performances, civic events and collaborative community projects.

The Director for Arts Management is responsible for the vision, strategy and execution of all aspects of artistic initiatives, academic integration, programmatic development and external relations of UC San Diego at Park and Market. The Director is responsible for building a reputation of leadership, innovation, and collaboration within the university, the community, and the field of performing and visual arts by forging partnerships, creating unique and innovative artistic opportunities, and participating in the field in a meaningful and cogent manner. The Director fosters and develops relationships and collaborations with deans, faculty, university officers and staff, volunteers, alumni, as well as cultural organizations across the San Diego area to create programming that attracts a national and international audience. The Director will leverage the resources within the Division of Extended Studies to create unique cultural experiences that reflect the multicultural identity of our region and reinforce the diversity and inclusion principles that characterize the university.

Manages a discrete performing arts program. Conducts short term planning for the program. Develops and monitors the performing arts budget. Plans and manages the technical aspects of the program, coordinating with higher levels of management, technical supervisors, programming staff, and production staff. Manages subordinate staff, and evaluates their performance.

Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.

Bachelors degree in a relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of five (5) years experience managing a performing arts organization, preferably in a higher education setting, and supervising full-time professional staff.

A track record of success in the artistic, development, financial, administrative and marketing aspects of performing arts presenting including engaging student audiences.

Strong knowledge of technical production for theater, dance, and / or other live performance and special event operation, including producing, production management / stage management, and operations. Experience developing, curating and coordinating visual arts exhibits.

Thorough knowledge and skills regarding the performing arts business, with emphasis on program’s specialization.

Knowledge of budgeting and financial management concepts and techniques.

Management and leadership skills to effectively recruit, hire, train, motivate and evaluate personnel, including taking corrective action as required; skills to work effectively with volunteers.

Demonstrated experience with fundraising including identifying and pursuing grant opportunities and soliciting support from donors.

Excellent knowledge of the marketing of cultural programs.

Negotiation, analytical and research skills to interpret data, prepare conclusions and successfully negotiate terms and conditions of contracts and proposals that are in the best interest of the institution.

Effective interpersonal communication skills, including the skills to work effectively with diverse publics.

Strong organizational and analytical skills and skills to perform effectively under deadlines.

Excellent problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills in multiple arenas.

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