Executive and Artistic Director
Toms River, CA
Ocean County College
Posted October 29, 2020
The Executive and Artistic Director will provide the artistic vision and direction to guide a multi-disciplinary season of programs and events that enrich the academic, cultural, and creative life of Ocean County College and the broader communities of Ocean County and the Jersey Shore. Reporting to Ocean County College’s Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Sara Winchester and working closely with Dean of Arts and Humanities Heidi Sheridan, this dynamic and creative leader will have a vision for the Grunin Center and will serve as an ambassador for Ocean County College and its cultural programs. They will play a key role in cultivating and stewarding donors for arts and cultural programming and foster partnerships and collaborations that enhance the cultural life.
Duties and ResponsibilitiesRoles and Responsibilities
Programmatic Vision and Leadership
Provide the leadership to create an exciting artistic vision that furthers the Grunin Center’s role as a premier hub for cultural engagement in New Jersey.
Conceive and implement a lively performing arts season that aligns with Ocean County College’s mission, supporting the institution’s educational and community service goals.
Explore opportunities to expand the cultural richness and diversity of the artistic and educational programs presented at the Grunin Center, striving to present programs that broaden participation and engage new audiences.
Actively collaborate with resident companies and other existing and potential artistic partners to support the cultural growth of the region.
Partner with the School of Arts and Humanities programming of the black box theater, providing technical and operational support for productions.
Maximize the educational and learning opportunities offered at the Novins Planetarium.
Partnerships and Community Engagement
Collaborate with the Academic Affairs Division to promote and support the development of programs and curricula that enhance connections with and integration into the college’s academic, cultural, and enrichment goals.
Partner with Ocean County College Admissions and the Dean of Arts and Humanities to develop programs and events that attract students to the offered visual and performing arts degree and certificate programs.
Support the programmatic goals of the School of Arts and Humanities through marketing and technical support of productions by the Rep and the OCC Concert Band.
Leverage the college’s partnership with the neighboring Performing Arts Academy of the OCVTS, supporting its production needs and engaging faculty, students, and their families in the overall Grunin Center experience.
Serve as ambassador and spokesperson for Ocean County College Cultural Affairs and the Grunin Center, engaging with key community partners to advance the mission and goals of the organization.
Fiscal Management and Operations
Provide day-to-day oversight and supervision for the Grunin Center staff, developing work plans and staff assignments, hiring and evaluating staff, mentoring and providing training, and fostering a supportive environment that values creativity, diversity, and mutual respect.
Oversee the optimal use of the Grunin Center facilities through robust scheduling, booking arrangements, contract management, and all aspects of production for programs and events.
Oversee the operations of the Novins Planetarium, managing staff and programs, advertising and promotion, technology improvements, and asset safeguarding.
Prepare annual budget and manage financial resources throughout the fiscal year, following the college’s management policies, including financial reporting, revenue forecasting, and revenue goals for the Grunin Center and Novins Planetarium.
Collaborate with the college’s Grants Department, the Ocean County College Foundation, and other college officials to cultivate and steward current and future foundation and individual donors.
Identify and pursue opportunities for increased public support, maintaining relationships with local, state, and federal arts funders, including the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
Develop and implement short- and long-range plans, operational objectives, policies and procedures and identify and formulate strategies that support the continuous operational and programmatic improvement at the Grunin Center and Novins Planetarium.
Traits and Characteristics
The Executive and Artistic Director will be a creative and thoughtful leader who inspires others with their passion and vision for lifelong engagement in the arts. A thoughtful collaborator who is open to new ideas and opportunities, this individual will value frequent interaction with partners and constituents. The Executive and Artistic Director will be a good communicator, adaptable and at ease with changing situations and shifts in the workday. They will demonstrate initiative and the ability to prioritize tasks and balance timelines to reach the desired outcomes. The Executive and Artistic Director will be an outgoing and effective communicator who is able to build relationships and networks with key stakeholders to further the mission of the organization.
Other key competencies of the role include:
Leadership and Interpersonal Skills – The ability to inspire and influence others with a compelling vision, build trust and rapport with a broad range of people, and demonstrate respect and sensitivity to different perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
Diplomacy and Negotiation – The aptitude to facilitate agreement on difficult or sensitive issues, listen to multiple points of view, and guide consensus
Leadership experience in an arts and cultural organization with a minimum of five years of administrative experience, staff supervision, and significant responsibility for program development, theater production, venue management, and budget oversight are required. At least three years of experience working with clients or patrons in community and public relations is necessary, along with demonstrated success establishing professional relationships within and outside the organization. Familiarity with and/or ability to adapt to various technologies, social media platforms, or software packages is needed. A master’s degree in art, dance, music, theater, arts administration, or a related discipline (or a master’s degree and at least 18 credits in art, dance, music, theater, arts administration, or a related discipline) is required. Proven results in fund development and contributed and earned revenue skills are highly desired.
How To Apply
Applications and Inquiries: To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, please complete and submit your application through Ocean County College’s online portal here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact: Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Senior Vice President Arts Consulting Group 292 Newbury Street, Suite 315 Boston, MA 02115-2801 Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225 Email GruninCenter@ArtsConsulting.com