Executive Director, Modlin Center for the Arts

Virginia, United States
$83,650.00 - $115,012.00
Jan 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The George M. Modlin Center operates within the University's School of Arts & Sciences and engages with and serves the entire campus, including the five schools that comprise the University. Reporting to the Dean of Arts & Sciences, the Modlin Executive Director will be a campus leader, relationship builder, and networker who embraces diverse perspectives on issues.

The Executive Director will provide artistic, academic, fiscal, and strategic leadership for the Modlin Center for the Arts.

The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond services various events annually including supporting the larger academic and research mission of the University. The Modlin Executive Director supervises a staff of approximately 9 FTEs, and additional part-time hires and student hires, and oversees a budget of over $2 million.



Visionary Leadership 

  • Articulate and implement a vision that aligns the Modlin Center’s presenting and production services into the larger academic and research mission of the University. 
  • Be an advocate for the arts in general and for the Modlin Center in particular in all University-wide activities related to strategic planning, admissions, advancement, communications, sustainability, and pedagogical-related initiatives (e.g. general education reform). This advocacy extends beyond the campus to engage with the vibrant and diverse arts community in Richmond, which is currently deeply engaged with issues of social justice and equity among residents of the region. 
  • Produce an internationally diverse program that is collaborative, thought-provoking, and sustainable, and is distinctive in its willingness to push creative boundaries. Respond to current issues, social trends, and global themes so that the program remains timely and relevant. 
  • Develop and implement objectives and strategies to assess how the Modlin Center is meeting the needs of the campus community (most importantly, our students) and ensuring the participation and engagement of diverse audiences.
  • Create and maintain a coherent identity for the Modlin Center for the Arts, which is consistent with the University's mission, and the support and cultivation of faculty, staff, and students in the arts. 
  • Communicate regularly with the Dean of Arts & Sciences regarding goals and vision of the Modlin Center.

 Campus Engagement

  • Foster faculty relationships in order to embed the arts within course curricula to animate the classroom and enhance student learning across disciplines.
  • Work strategically with campus partners to create and support opportunities to engage directly with students, through both learning opportunities and recreational activities. This includes guiding the student experience to become culturally astute citizens and knowledgeable audience members. And it includes encouraging opportunities for students to participate in the arts both inside and outside of the classroom. 
  • Communicate regularly and work collaboratively with faculty and staff in all of the arts departments regarding their departmental needs and goals and to assist in advocating for the arts across campus. 
  • Maintain relationships with and be accessible to other constituent groups/stakeholders (e.g. student groups, other university entities, donors, patrons, community arts orgs and leaders).
  • Develop residency opportunities for students and faculty with touring artists.
  • Co-direct (with University Museums director) and assess the undergraduate arts management program.

 Access & Inclusion

  • Utilize the Modlin Center as a platform for dialogue and exchange among diverse people and communities. Initiate dialogues where faculty, staff, and student voices inspire innovation and long-term impact. 
  • Support and deepen work on diversity, especially the areas of community development and social justice. 
  • Remove barriers to participation and create welcoming and inclusive spaces. 
  • Oversee communication plans that express the value and role of access, inclusivity, and diversity throughout the Modlin Center's programming.
  • Utilize the University's current local initiatives and community connections to forge strong, cooperative community relationships by fostering partnerships with local artists and arts organizations.

 Operations & Administration

  • Direct and manage overall operations, including community relations, fundraising, marketing, programming, operations, production, and finance. 
  • Supervise a staff of approximately 9 FTEs, and additional part-time hires and student hires; manage in a professional, knowledgeable, and collaborative manner to motivate staff and support their continued professional and artistic development.
  • Oversee a budget of over $2 million and ensure stewardship of funds are in alignment with the goals of the Modlin Center and the University.
  • Oversee the negotiating, creating, and executing contracts for artists, staff, independent contractors and vendors. 
  • Collaboratively establish and assess strategic goals while assessing risks, organizing activities, and operational priorities. This includes ensuring the Modlin Center's strategic planning and operations align with peer institutions in higher education and industry best practices.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to inspire and influence partners at all levels of the University.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the educational mission the University of Richmond and its students.
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for the arts on and off campus.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and have challenging conversations, especially relating to issues of thriving, inclusion, diversity, and engagement.
  • Ability to develop and sustain a clarity of vision and strategic focus; ability to balance competing demands well; effectively plan, establish, articulate, and maintain effective organizational and operational priorities. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal communication skills; presentation skills; organizational skills.
  • Emotional intelligence and eagerness for personal and professional growth.
  • Knowledge of trends in arts and arts management, and in particularly in undergraduate education.



  • This role supervises a staff of approximately 9 FTEs, as well as additional part-time and student workers.



  • Office setting, may include remote work




  • An advanced degree in the arts, or commensurate experience. 
  • Minimum of five (5) years of executive administrative experience, ideally within an academic performing arts organization.
  • Experience in fiscal management of academic performing arts institutions.
  • Proven record of collaborative working relationships with faculty, students, staff, administration, community members, the media, and the arts community.
  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to and experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Pay Grade 10 (Hiring Range $83,650.00 to $115,012.00 annually)

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