Director of Center of Art and Urbanism
The Meadows School of the Arts is seeking a Director for the new Center for Art and Urbanism, set to launch in the fall of 2013.
In a cultural moment defined by the mutual recomposition of the arts and the city, the SMU | Meadows Center for Art and Urbanism will work in Dallas’ urban landscape to produce projects and research that investigate and intervene in the processes by which today’s cities and today’s art practices are transforming one another. The Center will expose students to innovative forms of site-specific and community-engaged art-making, championing artists that approach the encounter of the arts and the city with a commitment to transdisciplinarity and social justice.
The Director of Center for Art and Urbanism will direct, coordinate and oversee the production, curation, administration, organizing, fundraising and marketing activities of the Center for Art and Urbanism.
Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Administration: Integrate the Center's activities with the systems of SMU Meadows, including but not limited to courses, faculty research, student project grants, and student fellowships;
• Work with MSA Marketing department to promote the center through all available communication channels;
• Curation: The selection of participants in Center Programs, including but not limited to Meadows Prize winners (in collaboration with the Divisions) faculty research grant recipients, student project grants, residents for the Center's off-campus programming space, and public programs such as workshops, talks and colloquia;
• Responsible to engage artists and presenters to shape the creative and intellectual development of these projects;
• Organizing: Building and maintaining a network of trusted partners and stakeholders in diverse Dallas communities-both disciplinary and geographic;
• Production: Realization of all curated projects, including budget and calendar management, hiring any necessary project-specific staff and ensuring that all necessary labor, rentals, materials, permits and other elements are coordinated smoothly, on-time and in-budget, with the highest attention to skillful execution;
• Development: Collaborating with MSA's Development team on individual giving, producing grant text and crafting applications to corporate, government and foundation founders;
• Ambassadorship: Representing the Center and its Programs to wider art, design and scholarly worlds through writing, speaking, participation in panels and conferences and attendance at festivals and biennials.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of work experience with at least three years of experience working with artists on new commissions is required.
Master’s degree and a minimum of five years of work experience with at least three years of experience working with artists on new commissions is required. Experience working with artists from more than one discipline is preferred. Experience with site-specific, public, and socially-engaged practices outside of traditional art spaces is desirable. Demonstrated experience with complex commissions of any kind will be taken into consideration.
Experience in fundraising including individual cultivation, institutional giving, grant writing and government relationships is preferred. Experience in leading or working with a marketing team is desirable. Experience representing projects to the press is a plus.
Candidate must demonstrate a familiarity with contemporary practices and histories of multiple and disciplines (ideally across the visual arts, dance, theater and music) and in particular with socially engaged and/or formally or disciplinary transgressive models of cultural production in each.
Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to build effective work relationship with numerous partners in the Dallas communities, as well as different departments and schools at SMU. Must also have strong presentation skills with the ability to eloquently represent the Center’s mission and programs to funders. Strong writing skills are essential.
Some experience teaching is preferred. Familiarity with one or more of the following fields is desirable: art history, theater history, music history, dance history, design, urban theory, community development and community organizing.
SMU is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of teachers and scholars that values diverse research and creative agendas. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Our beautifully shaded campus of Georgian-Revival-inspired architecture is situated in the heart of Dallas. The Meadows School of the Arts has achieved national prominence as one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States including areas of study such as Advertising, Art, Art History, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Communication Studies, Creative Computation, Dance, Film and Media Arts, Journalism, Music and Theater. For more about SMU and the Meadows school of the arts: http://www.smu.edu/Meadows
The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a culturally rich arts and global business center, is home to The Dallas Arts District which includes The Dallas Museum of Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center, The AT&T Performing Arts Center – including the Winspear Opera House and the Wylie Theater, The Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, City Performance Hall and more. Dallas is also home to a host of vibrant arts organizations both large and small.
Follow the links below for more information about related new civic initiatives in Dallas.
For full consideration applicant must submit a CV and cover letter that addresses their relevant experience as well as their interest in The Center for Art and Urbanism, the Meadows School, SMU and Dallas.
The position is open until filled.
To Apply: Please visit our website http://smu.edu/hr/recruit/ to access the online application. Click on Career Opportunities and apply to Job ID# 900353.
SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
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