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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Vice President of Education and Community Engagement at the University Musical Society (UMS) is a pivotal, senior-level role advancing the performing arts, cultural learning, and community engagement for the organization, located on the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor campus. The Vice President role is one of strategist, public advocate and facilitator; taking a regional leadership role amongst an ever-expanding cohort of partners and key stakeholder groups, nurturing new partnerships and managing ongoing relationships; and serving a broad and diverse group of communities in Ann Arbor, within the University of Michigan system, and throughout Southeast Michigan. Reporting directly to the UMS President, this individual provides leadership, strategic direction, and operational oversight for the organization’s community, university, and K-12 education and engagement programs, and directs the team that produces over 200 free or low-cost educational and community events, serving 15,000+ people annually.

The individual in this senior role will serve as a champion for the work of UMS. It’s a fast-paced, outcomes-driven position and department, that regularly illuminates and demonstrates UMS’s commitment and organizational drive to not only present nationally and internationally recognized artistic work, but to ensure the highest and deepest levels of impact that work can have on audiences and artists alike. The individual will divide their time fairly equally between K-12 Education Strategy, Community Engagement Strategy, University-based Programs, and ECE Team Management, necessitating someone able to regularly multi-task, and balance near term priorities with longer term strategic objectives and initiatives, and to create and administer measurable and meaningful program evaluations and assessments.

The President of UMS relies on the Vice President of ECE for strategic advice and leadership, including the ability to analyze, compare, and evaluate various courses of action as well as the ability to make independent decisions within the scope of their responsibilities. This role involves regular collaboration with the Artistic Programming and Production team toward achieving UMS’s artistic planning objectives. In addition, this role also requires a keen understanding of fundraising and development operations and protocols, interfacing with the UMS Development team and major donors and stakeholders.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree, Master’s preferred, with a concentration in performing arts and/or extensive experience in the performing arts and education/community program development
  • A minimum of 5 years proven experience in administering an arts education program and in cultural/community development work in the context of a performing arts organization
  • Proven experience in successfully working with communities of culturally and artistically diverse backgrounds
  • Experience in and knowledge of Primary K-12 Education with proven experience in developing curriculum and professional development for educators
  • Experience in and knowledge of the Higher Education system; proven experience in working with faculty, students and administrators in developing content-based events
  • Experience in production of on-stage events and artist logistics, planning and support
  • Experience in supervising staff, interns, volunteers and in community organizing
  • Excellent communications and digital technology skills - inclusive of writing and editing skills
  • Project oriented with the ability to multi-task and the ability to take projects from task to finish to evaluation
  • Ability to work long hours, including weekend and evening hours, and to travel as needed
  • An advocate for the performing arts and arts education, with a demonstrated passion for and knowledge of a broad range of performing arts practice, from the classical and traditional to the contemporary and experimental.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.