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Director, Office of the Arts

Arts Consulting Group
Atlanta, Georgia (US)
Date posted
Feb 26, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Director, Office of the Arts (the Director) will oversee a dynamic professional staff, as well as inspire additional student assistants, ushers, and box office team members. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for the Arts, Belonging, and Community, they will collaborate with student groups, and internal and external community members, by providing leadership in programming, strategic vision, venue management, event planning, project management, overall operations. The Director will empower students to utilize the facilities at the Ferst Center to establish a unique identity as a presenter for touring artists and organizations, as well as an integral part of student life on the Georgia Tech campus. The Director will connect the Office of the Arts to the greater Atlanta community, while navigating the complexities of Georgia Tech and the academic setting. 


Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership and Program Development

  • Set the artistic direction and programming vision for Office of the Arts, fostering and sustaining conditions that facilitate experiential learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Create, present, and produce artistic works at the intersection of science, engineering, art, design, and technology. Lead strategic planning and implementation efforts, as well as the development and delivery of key programs and initiatives for the Office of the Arts. Serve as a key connector between the campus community, Georgia Tech’s educational mission,  and the Office of the Arts in shaping a foundational experience for Georgia Tech’s students that includes access to and interaction with the arts. Conceptualize, lead, and help ensure collaborations between various departments across the campus and within the Student Engagement & Well-Being cabinet area to support the vision, mission, and strategic priorities of the Office of the Arts. Responsibly manage and maintain facilities in the Office of the Arts portfolio in partnership with Capital Projects within Student Engagement and Well-Being and the Division of Infrastructure and Sustainability, in alignment with best practices to promote health, safety, and sustainability. Advise, mentor, and promote development and learning for students and student organizations interested in producing work at the intersection of science, engineering, art, design, and technology. Embrace other strategic leadership and program development responsibilities, as needed.


Student Development and Community Engagement 

  • Realize the mission and purpose of a newly established division that leverages the complex, diverse and full range of arts, creativity, innovation, and performance to authentically engage students, foster out-of-classroom learning, build community, foster connections, and promote a sense of belonging. Partner with the Arts Advisory Board in building relationships outside of the campus, including community leaders who are connectors within the greater Atlanta community. Interface with the Council for the Arts, the on-campus advisory group dedicated to ensuring a real-time means of feedback on student and facility thoughts relating to enriching the arts experience at Georgia Tech. Utilize the Arts Advisory Board and Council for the Arts to gain access to potential capital for programmatic initiatives, and brand expansion through broader communication of the Office of the Arts agenda, and manage these groups for maximum benefit and efficacy. Ensure that Arts@Tech and the proposed Arts Square reflects the rich diversity in history, culture, identities, and narratives that encompass the past, present, and future of the Georgia Tech community – with an emphasis on its students and alumni. Operate effectively in a student-centered environment committed to the values of shared governance and supporting a diverse student body. Partner with colleges, schools, divisions, and departments to advance the aspects of Arts@Tech that are co-curricular in nature and/or occur in non-instructional settings; integrate activities, events, exhibits, and performances hosted by the Office of the Arts with the work of other units. Continually build relationships and maintain trust, to balance the needs of various stakeholders, and to identify and advocate for achievable solutions that generate desired educational impacts and outcomes. Embrace other student development and community engagement responsibilities, as needed.

Financial Oversight and Team Empowerment

  • Recruit, select, hire, train, supervise, develop, motivate, and evaluate a team of professionals who provide administrative, operational, and programmatic services with and for students, and who work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders, both on- and off-campus. Establish and manage the Office of the Arts’ annual operating budget in close consultation with the General Operations Manager. Collaboratively manage multiple relationships and projects in a fast-paced professional office, flexibly adapting to new priorities, anticipating needs, and being strategically nimble and responsive as projects and needs change. Implement co-curricular initiatives and ideas, utilizing student development frameworks and models of student learning that will allow the student engagement, co-curricular, and non-instructional aspects of the Arts@Tech initiative (including the proposed Arts Square project) to flourish and expand. Develop, implement, and coordinate an appropriate level of fundraising, sponsorship, and stewardship support for the Office of the Arts with the Georgia Tech’s Development office generally and the development officers in the Student Engagement & Well-Being cabinet area specifically, that enhances capacity to advance strategic priorities and goals. Embrace other financial oversight and team empowerment responsibilities, as needed.

Traits and Characteristics

The Director will be a collaborative, strategic leader who is receptive to new ideas and methods of innovation. With an inclusive and people-centered approach, they will have the ability to connect with internal and external community members, acting as a bridge-builder across the campus, in their interactions with students, faculty, and community members. Calm, resilient, and adaptable, they will have a flexible approach to problem-solving. A fearless champion of inclusion and access, they will be approachable and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously while handling challenging situations with patience and a sense of humor. Impeccable integrity and a commitment in supporting accessibility and intercultural education is necessary. Some nights and weekend work will be required.


Other key competencies include:

Diplomacy and Flexibility – The ability to tactfully navigate different environments while adapting quickly when dealing with unpredictable situations.

Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork – The capacity to collaborate with the students, staff, faculty, and external stakeholders and develop long-term relationships with people across the organization and throughout the community.

Influencing Others – The authenticity to understand, embrace, and inspire others’ actions, decisions, opinions, or thinking in order to build consensus and forward momentum.

Self-Starting and Leadership – The dexterity to demonstrate initiative to inspire, build trust, and create a sense of purpose and direction and ensure work is effectively completed and desired outcomes are reached.  



A bachelor’s degree in fine arts, business, the humanities, or a related field is required, with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible and related management experience. Demonstrable knowledge of program assessment, evaluation, process, and quality improvement is needed. Managing budgets and delivering assessment reports, as well as working in complex organizational structures, is expected. An aptitude for working with student groups or youth, as well as an understanding of the technical aspects of performing art centers, is preferred. Experience with fundraising or other methods of earned and contributed revenue generation is desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills are critical, along with a familiarity in public speaking to diverse audiences in a variety of academic, business, and social settings.

Compensation and Benefits

Georgia Tech provides as competitive and equitable compensation package in the range of $95,000 to $125,000 with benefits that include but are not limited to sick leave, paid time off and holidays, a flexible/hybrid work schedule, parental leave, health insurance (medical, dental, vision), on-campus childcare, professional development, tuition assistance and reimbursement, long-term disability and life insurances, and mandatory retirement and additional retirement plans. For a full list of benefits, please visit


Applications and Inquiries

To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred), please visit . For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact: 

Josyanne Roche, Vice President
Geoff Chang, Vice President
324 South Wilmington Street, Suite 252
Raleigh, NC 27601-1847
Tel       (888) 234.4236 Ext. 240 (Roche) or Ext. 218 (Chang)

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