Managing Director, Arts Initiative

Organization: University of Michigan
Category: Executive
Type: Full-time

Managing Director, Arts Initiative

Dec 5, 2019

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. 

Job Summary

On October 3, 2019, University President Mark S. Schlissel announced the creation of a comprehensive arts initiative to unleash imagination and creativity across the university. (U-M President launches new arts initiative). The leadership of the arts initiative is seeking a highly competent and skilled Managing Director to provide operational and strategic leadership support for the initiative. The Managing Director will support the execution of the strategic goals and activities of the start-up phase of the initiative, which includes pilot projects, stakeholder engagement, and the creation of a robust long term programmatic plan (including budget and resources). The Managing Director reports to the co-chairs of the working group that is charged with the overall leadership for the initiative. The working group is comprised of deans, institutional arts leaders, senior staff, and faculty members. The initial term of the position will be three years with the possibility of renewal.


The Managing Director position will help the working group accomplish its responsibilities by working independently and in partnership with others both in central administrative and research/academic units on the following:

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have a background in the arts in some combination of production/project management, academic programming, arts programming, event planning, interdisciplinary research, practice, and/or teaching.

Desired Qualifications*

Advanced degree in and knowledge of University organizational structure, policies, and procedures. Interest in the Arts.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.