The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts (TSKIA) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) seeks an Executive Director to guide the Institute with visionary leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Since it was established in 1993, the Kenan Institute for the Arts has helped artists and creatives realize their potential by serving as a catalyst that encourages and supports the exploration and development of new knowledge to transform the way artists, organizations, and communities approach their creative and educational challenges. The Kenan Institute remains committed to furthering the artistic vision and strategic initiatives of UNSCA, as well as to sustaining and promoting the artistic development of its students, alumni and faculty throughout the arts and creative industries. Additionally, through local, regional and national partnerships, the Kenan Institute forges alliances aimed at strengthening the arts ecosystem and increasing the contributions that artists make to develop social and economic capital.
UNCSA is North Carolina’s only university devoted entirely to training talented students to become professional artists. Founded in 1963 as America’s first public arts conservatory, the institution has since developed a justly deserved international reputation. Located within Winston-Salem’s vibrant visual and performing arts community, UNCSA provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives. UNCSA enrolls more than 1,300 students across its five arts schools, which are the schools of Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, and Music, as well as the undergraduate Division of Liberal Arts and the High School Academic Program. Its graduates have attained the highest levels of achievement in their fields.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Chancellor of UNCSA on all matters relating to the work of the Kenan Institute and its Board of Advisors and is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and Leadership Council at UNCSA. The Executive Director also coordinates closely with the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts, the TSKIA’s principal funder.
The Role of the Executive Director: The Executive Director is responsible for the guidance and direction of all TSKIA operations and programs according to its mission, bylaws and guiding principles as follows:
Design, direction, implementation, promotion and evaluation of all TSKIA initiatives, activities, programs and projects;
Supervision of all permanent and temporary staff of TSKIA, and all other service providers for TSKIA;
Budget development and fiscal oversight for all TSKIA funding;
Recruitment, cultivation and development of the TSKIA Board of Advisors;
Communication with the TSKIA network of contacts, the UNCSA faculty, staff, students and alumni, and all other internal and external resources, including other organizations and individuals;
Development of external partnerships to realize and sustain TSKIA projects and initiatives;
Leveraging of financial resources and securing of external fiscal support from federal, state and local grants, foundations, corporations and individuals for the TSKIA in collaboration and alignment with the UNCSA Office of Institutional Advancement and the UNCSA Foundation;
Oversight of the use and maintenance of TSKIA facilities and assets;
Other duties as assigned by the Chancellor of UNCSA.
The successful candidate will bring many of the following professional experiences and personal attributes:
Passion for and demonstrated commitment to the mission and vision of both the TSKIA and UNCSA;
A record of demonstrated success in arts or cultural administration and advocacy, with an advanced degree in an appropriate field; will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and several years of relevant professional leadership experience in substitution.
Demonstrated experience leading an organization or unit of comparable purpose and similar complexity;
A strong business acumen coupled with artistic insight and the ability to allocate resources and make difficult decisions;
Experience with organizational fundraising and foundation sponsorship;
Experience working with an array of stakeholders, including university faculty, students, staff, and alumni, as well as external financial and strategic partners;
Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to and experience in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion;
Ability to think strategically in the cultivation of local, regional and national partnerships;
Experience in planning, developing and growing programs;
An understanding of the educational mission of a top arts conservatory;
Public speaking ability and experience;
Collegiality and a predisposition for collaboration and outreach. Outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, as well as positive energy, flexibility, creativity, integrity, compassion, and a sense of humor;
Flexibility to travel on TSKIA business
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 001104
About University of North Carolina, School of the Arts
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation. UNCSA is the state’s unique professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate, and master’s levels for professional careers in the arts.