$150K — $200K *
The Director will initiate and drive discussions within the organization about how best to strengthen the financial base of the Center. While CPA receives a healthy allocation from the University, the Director must continue to bolster ticket sales and identify and pursue new sources of revenue. The Director will grow the organization's use of data analytics and technology to inform decision-making and streamline processes across CPA's offerings.
There is ample opportunity and need for the Center to increase contributed and earned income through grants, fundraising, and entrepreneurial activities. The Director will partner with the advisory council and the development and marketing teams, serving as the Center's lead fundraiser. To the campus community, subscribers, donors, arts leaders, and the broader audience, the Director will be a compelling advocate and broadcaster, connecting the Center's work to their own, and cultivating increased patronage and support. Attracting additional resources will assure long-term security, mitigate against funding fluctuations, and open opportunities for growth.
The Director will have the opportunity to lead a passionate and talented professional group of staff. The staff share a deep conviction and commitment to CPA. The Director will provide guidance as needed to staff members, setting high standards for performance and ensuring that these levels are maintained throughout the organization. Through the Director, CPA will build capacity, strengthen its processes and systems, innovate, and maintain clear communication and decision-making paths, reinforcing a unified view of the Center's strengths and its work ahead.
The successful candidate shall bring many of the following professional and personal experiences, qualifications, and characteristics:
As the head of a large and complex unit, the Director plays a strategic and unifying role. The Center for the Performing Arts seeks a leader who is passionate about the organization's mission and legacy, committed to its high standards of excellence and innovation, and thoughtful about its future potential. The Director must ensure that CPA fulfills artistic, academic, and business requirements. The position calls for visionary leadership, an understanding of the mission and potential of the Center, and effective partnership with leaders in the Dean's office, the colleges, and community.
The Director will be an inspiring and inclusive leader, with the ability to motivate staff, the advisory council, donors, and stakeholders throughout the University and the global artistic community. Externally, the Director serves as the public face for the organization, brings a sophisticated knowledge of audience interest, and cultivates and nurtures the Center's relationship with local, regional, and national arts entities. Internally, the Director inspires and mentors, fosters individual enthusiasm and confidence, and ensures effective teamwork and communication. In line with the Penn State's strategic plan, being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is critical to the institution's excellence as an educational, research, and entrepreneurial university. The Director is a member of the College Advisory and Leadership Council along with the Director of the Palmer Museum of Art, department heads, school directors, and assistant and associate deans.
Valid through: 8/10/2020