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Director of the Center for Performing Arts

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 28, 2024

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

Director of the Center for Performing Arts

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Dec 15, 2023
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review. Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: Position is an 11-month annual position commencing August 2024.

  • The College of Fine Arts and Communication seeks an individual to serve as Director of the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) and Head of the Arts Leadership program.
  • This is an 11-month position serving as the inaugural director of the $119 million Center for Performing Arts (scheduled opening August 2025) and academic head of the Arts Leadership MFA program.
  • The director shall Provide leadership and oversight for the CPA, including season planning, marketing and audience development, recruiting and development, oversee budgeting, and the day-to-day operations of the CPA.
  • The director must champion a positive work culture, represent the college and university as necessary and advocate for the arts in the community and the region.
  • The director will foster partnerships with other leading performing arts centers and national presenting and arts organizations as well as provide vision for the CPA's future.
  • As head of the Arts Leadership program, the director will work to establish the program as one of the preeminent programs in arts leadership working with the CPA as a backdrop for training.

RANK & SALARY: Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


  • Graduate degree in an area of arts specialization.
  • Demonstrated significant arts management, presenting experience or an understanding and demonstrated support for cultural, community, and artistic diversity preferred.
  • Proven strengths in public speaking, interpersonal relationships, technical writing, written communication, administration and management.
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting, diversity and inclusion, and leadership.

  • MFA degree preferred in arts leadership/management or in an area of arts specialization.
  • Prior experience managing performing arts facilities or organizations.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.

Additional Information:


The College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Communication, Music, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Theatre and Dance; undergraduate programs in Art and Design and Broadcasting and Journalism, and a graduate program in Museum Studies. Other affiliated units include Tri-States Public Radio (NPR), the Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA), the University Art Gallery and the Performing Arts Society. In addition, COFAC offers a wide variety of concerts, theatre and dance productions, and art exhibits each year which feature students, guest artists, and faculty. Students studying for degrees from COFAC have the opportunity to perform or practice in their field of study whether it is in a musical ensemble or as a student clinician in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Students in all majors and members of the community have the opportunity to experience the College's cultural events and gain a broad cultural background that fosters understanding and appreciation of the arts, which is an important part of the academic mission of Western Illinois University. The belief that arts education provides the means by which graduates will achieve the ability to think critically, develop self-discipline, practice and critically examine the creative process, reach a high standard of technical artistry, and search for unique inventive and scholarly excellence that nourishes the mind and stimulates an imaginative vision is central to the College. Western's excellent facilities and programs provide opportunities for students in the College to apply classroom knowledge to real-life performance opportunities. Construction is underway on our new $119 million Center for Performing Arts, with a completion date of August 2025. The CPA will be the crown jewel in the region and provide opportunities for our students, patrons and the entire region. For more information on the College, its programs, and its engagements, visit:


About WIU

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL:

Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities:

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.

WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities. Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
  • Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
  • Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
  • Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
  • Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
  • Create a University-wide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics
The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League

Application Instructions:


Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on January 22, 2024

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Steven House,

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

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