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Director of Arts + Cultural Programming
Montclair, NJ
Montclair State University
Full Time
Posted July 07, 2022
Montclair State University seeks a dynamic, collaborative leader with demonstrated success in programming the performing arts and live events for a diverse audience. Reporting to the Dean of the College of the Arts, the Director of Arts and Cultural Programming builds upon the success of the storied Peak Performances presented series, curating, marketing, and overseeing professional theatre, music, and dance as well as speakers, panels, colloquia, screenings, and other public events that engage and enrich the university and surrounding communities. Programming efforts will center on the magnificent 498-seat Alexander Kasser Theater, while other venues on campus, including a 988-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, recital hall, presentation hall, and amphitheater, will be available

Duties and Responsibilities

-Identify and develop opportunities to connect the campus with surrounding communities through a slate of programs.
-Oversee all areas of season planning and execution, including programming, finance, contracts, promotion, and marketing.
-Advance partnerships and collaborative relationships with academic units, faculty, and student organizations to position arts and cultural programming as an integral component of the university experience.
-Forge robust, strategically minded relationships with area nonprofits, schools, and community organizations.
-Actively partner with University Advancement to identify and cultivate donors, secure grants, and attract sponsorships.
-Hire, train, develop, and evaluate a diverse and highly qualified staff, fostering an inclusive organizational culture distinguished by team cohesiveness and collaboration.
-Performs other duties as assigned.
-Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.



-Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in arts management, business, or related field.
-A minimum of five years of significant management experience in professional performing arts and live events presentation.
-A proven track record as a programmer noted for broad audience engagement.
-Extensive experience in developing and managing sustainable revenue and expense budgets.
-High-level supervisory skills.
-Exceptional communication skills adaptable to a variety of settings.
-A collaborative disposition.


-Advanced degree in arts management, business, or related field.
-A history of successful fundraising in support of an organizational mission.
-An understanding of the complexities of programming within a university environment as evidenced by success in collaborating with faculty, students, and administrators.
-Appreciation for the role of a presenting organization in the cultural life of a university and its surrounding communities.

How To Apply

PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY: Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions. Contact Information: For questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources' Workday Recruiting Support at 973-655-5000 (Option 2), or email