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Director of Programming

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
Posted Date
Aug 26, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Executive, Executive Directors
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Director of Programming

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina


Duke University (Duke) seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as Director of Programming (Director) for Duke Arts. Regarded for its long history of excellence in presenting world-class artists who are diverse, essential, and forward-thinking, Duke plays a significant role in fostering the artistic vibrancy of the region and partnering with artists on the development and presentation of new works.

Drawing on the resources of this leading research university as well as an exciting and invigorated Durham community, Duke Arts serves as a space for reflection, a laboratory for creative and critical inquiry, and a place for socially engaged artistry. In recent years, the presenting program has offered a robust season of world-class performances, making extensive use of a network of Duke and Durham venues to present works across dance, music, and theater. In alignment with the university’s current strategic plan, the Director will broaden this scope to present the full range of artistic practices that exist in the academic life of the university, championing a diversity of disciplines across the performance, visual, literary, and experimental arts.

The ideal candidate will embrace the opportunity to develop a broad, bold, and distinctive vision for the presenting program at Duke Arts. The Director will have exceptional artistic vision and will be an inclusive, engaging arts leader, able to cultivate relationships with the larger arts community, as well as with students, colleagues, and others who are part of the educational community of Duke University. Reporting to the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Director will seize the chance to strengthen artistic and academic connections across the Duke and Durham communities, support the work of faculty and students, and conceive of new opportunities to bolster learning and engagement. On campus, the Director will be a valued colleague and will lead the presenting team’s efforts to partner with academic and administrative units, aiding and amplifying the impact of their efforts. This person will also work thoughtfully with members of the Durham community to develop and sustain relationships, fostering meaningful programs that are compelling, relevant, and inclusive, and that resonate with and attract the diverse audiences of the region. Further, the new Director will work with the Vice Provost to create new opportunities to expand the reach of Duke Arts in Durham and in the state, region, nation, and world.

Duke University has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries should be submitted in confidence through the Isaacson, Miller website:

EEO Statement: Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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