Director, School of Art and Art History

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2021-11-28
  • Organization: University of Florida College of the Arts
  • Organization Type: College/University
  • Career Type: Arts, Culture Non-Profit Administrator
  • Location: Gaineville, FL
  • Primary Discipline: Arts Education
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link

The School of Art + Art History in the College of the Arts seeks a dynamic director to lead our academic community with research and degree programs in art education, art history, design, museum studies, and studio art. We seek a strategic thinker with excellent emotional intelligence, communication skills, and administrative savvy who will help propel our school to new levels of excellence as part of a comprehensive land , sea , and space-grant research university (ranked #5 among U.S. public universities).

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Responsibilities of the Director
• Lead the school’s artistic, scholarly, and academic programs, including degree programs in art education (residential and online MA), art history (BA, MA, PhD), design (BFA, MFA), museum studies (MA), and studio art (BA, BFA, MFA)
• Collaborate with faculty and staff to create an environment that cultivates excellence and innovation in visual arts research, teaching, public engagement, and impact
• Lead in the university-wide initiative on artificial intelligence and help to optimize the position of the College of the Arts and School of Art and Art History in that work
• Manage the school’s administrative, financial and academic operations and facilities in ways that maintain accreditation and align with the strategic plan of the school, college, and university
• Foster an inclusive and collegial community that builds on the diversity and strengths of its students, faculty, and staff
• Work with faculty, staff, and students to continually reassess the school’s programs, policies, operations, and curricula to move us toward ever better access, equity, and inclusion
• Facilitate the process of achieving the school’s mission, vision, and goals locally, nationally, and internationally and communicate those achievements effectively and strategically to both internal and external constituencies
• Lead efforts to secure external funding from the private and public spheres
• Recruit and retain high-achieving students, faculty, and staff

Job Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications:
• A terminal degree (or professional equivalency) and a substantial record of academic research and/or scholarly achievement warranting a tenured appointment in the School of Art + Art History
• Leadership or administrative experience at an institution of higher education
• Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated success as a chair/director or associate director or in a comparable leadership role
• Successful leadership skills demonstrated by:
o Building consensus and shared vision among faculty, staff, and students
o Modeling professional, ethical, self-aware, and empathic behavior
o Developing forward-looking curricula that are accountable to community resilience and resource sustainability
o Encouraging a culture of extramural research activity
o Promoting and leading shared governance
o Fostering a collegial work environment and achievement of shared goals
o Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students
o Facilitating or strongly contributing to innovative approaches, programs, or practices

• Administrative expertise demonstrated by:
o Clear, effective, and transparent communications with faculty, staff, students, and administrators
o Financial acumen, including budget management and fundraising
o Effective management of specialized studio facilities with specific compliance requirements
o Effective public and institutional advocacy for the value of disciplines represented in the school
o Strategic planning for and implementation of accreditation processes
o Experience navigating a large public research university

• Strategic prioritization skills demonstrated by:
o Successful facilitation of institutional change through consensus building and shared values
o Advancing access, equity, and inclusion (AEI) in the development of new curricula, hiring, admissions, policy, community engagement, and beyond
o Developing transformative measures to address uncertainties and other shifts in communal/organizational stability