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Director, Fine Arts Studios

Tufts University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 21, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
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Employment Type
Full Time

Director, Fine Arts Studios

Tufts University seeks a creative, thoughtful, interdisciplinary, and systems-minded administrator who will provide strategic leadership as the Director, Fine Arts Studios (DFAS) for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Reporting to the Educational Technology & Learning Spaces Director within the central Tufts Technology Services (TTS) organization, the DFAS will lead and support the distinctive studio arts that provide spaces for artistic discovery across 16 areas of study. With a broad understanding of studio art practice, the DFAS leads a team of 15 highly dedicated and talented studio managers and coordinates the operations of the 21 fine arts studios located in Boston and Medford. Along with the new Dean, Scheri Fultineer, and the leadership team, the Director will participate in the strategic planning process for the SMFA, build upon existing strengths of the studio operations and curriculum, and identify opportunities for the future success of students and faculty in the studio spaces.

This entrepreneurial and creative leader is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of the operations for about 21 fine arts studios and labs affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA). With an emphasis on collaboration and partnership, the director is a key partner and subject matter expert with faculty, academic, and administrative leadership in all matters of studio strategic resource planning and operational effectiveness. The Director ensures studios are appropriately and equitably equipped, managed, and aligned with the educational and creative goals of the school. The Director is driven by the ability to support the success of students and faculty, and this position ensures the studio team consistently provides services of the highest caliber.

The successful candidate is a curious and creatively minded leader with a solid understanding of fine arts education and a record of collaborative leadership from which they will draw upon to build processes and systems within an academic studio arts environment. They will have exceptional project management, financial planning, process development, customer service, and communication skills. As a leader, the Director will facilitate collaboration across internal and external constituencies. The Director must be a visionary administrator who will coalesce, inspire, and motivate multiple teams and be an accomplished leader who embraces and cultivates the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A full position profile is available on the DSG website.

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Beth Schaefer and Laura Bertonazzi of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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