Director, School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts, Oregon State University

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Oregon State University (OSU) seeks an experienced, visionary academic leader to serve as the Director of the School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts (SVPDA).

The Director of the School leads the faculty and staff; supervises the development and maintenance of new and established academic programs; serves as budget authority and chief administrative officer; works with the OSU Foundation to develop and maintain the School’s relationships with alums and supporters; and acts as an advocate for the School and the arts at the institutional, regional, and national levels.

It is a transformational moment for the arts at OSU. For one, the School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts has only just been created as a standalone academic unit that brings focus to the mission and galvanizes discipline-specific innovation. For two, construction has begun on a new $70M arts facility, the Arts and Education Complex (AEC), featuring a 500-seat recital hall, new black box theatre, 3000sf gallery, outdoor stage, and a variety of other spaces for arts display and presentation. The Arts and Education Complex has its own Director and administrative structure, but the visibility of the facility and the operational, programming, and experiential learning relationships between the AEC and SVPDA are part of an institutional strategy to elevate the arts to a new level of prominence at OSU. The SVPDA Director is expected to work closely with AEC administration to realize the vision of transforming OSU from a STEM-identified to a STEAM-identified University. Finally, historic Fairbanks Hall, the campus home of Studio Art and Art History, is undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation that brings visionary new concepts to teaching and studio spaces, modern facilities for collections storage, and new art galleries to the School.

Potential applicants consulting the website should be aware that, while the formal reorganization of the School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts has just been completed, a unique website for the School is still under construction and the School’s operations continue to appear as part of the School of Arts and Communication.

For details and to apply, visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/110006.