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#115290 Exec Dir. of Campus Performances and Events Office

Extended Deadline: Fri 5/27/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

This position is eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, to include a possible non-standard schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.


Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs with a dotted line reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor-Student Life, the Associated Chancellor and the Advisor to the Executive Vice Chancellor on Art Strategy and Engagement, the Executive Director of the Campus Performances and Events Office (CPEO) serves as lead strategist and provides expertise, counsel and development in the area of performance arts and events for the UC San Diego campus. The Executive Director of CPEO will collaborate with campus and community partners, including collaborating with the downtown Park and Market performance venues, to achieve the next level of artistic success and the broad impact of the CPEO. The Executive Director speaks on behalf of the Vice Chancellor and has the authority to negotiate agreements and make decisions and commitments on high-level task forces and campus-wide committees to ensure the advancement of all programs and initiatives.

The Executive Director will be responsible for a newly formed unit that includes advising, managing, and creating a compelling vision on opportunities for diverse artistic expression and support UC San Diego's strategic goal of being an inclusive and welcoming destination for arts and culture, while supporting our mission to serve the broader community and enhance the student experience. The Executive Director will focus on the re-imagined ArtPower program, University Events Office, and Epstein Family Amphitheater; a new state-of-the-art facility built by renowned theatrical consultants and leaders in the design of performance environments. This position will be responsible for strategic planning and resources with a budget upwards of $2 million, in support of large-and-small scale programs and initiatives.

As a participating member of the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team, the Executive Director provides counsel and support to campus leadership and facilitates the communication and implementation of decisions and strategies in handling key issues. This position will develop a strategic vision and collaboratively plan for all programming/initiatives, fundraising, marketing, enlarging the scope of UC San Diego's contributions to the community while centering on anti-racism and diversity, equity, inclusion through all initiatives and in alignment with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the campus. The Executive Director will collaborate across multiple teams in Academic Affairs, Advancement, Student Affairs and with students, community partners, and donors to develop a student-centered events infrastructure that also supports UC San Diego’s strategic initiatives. Additionally, the Executive Director will also bring a comprehensive, inclusive, future-facing vision and plan for events and venue management on campus.

Please included a required cover letter and please answer the following diversity question: Describe how you plan to contribute to diversity, including activities you would pursue and how they would fit into your area, dept., campus, or national context. Be as specific as possible, but realistic about your level of effort and time commitment.


  • Advanced arts administration experience within operations and events programming of a nationally recognized performing arts center. Experience providing strategic leadership to a performing arts organization.

  • Working knowledge of organization and system-wide organizational reporting structure, as well as an understanding of the interactive roles of management throughout the organization.

  • Strong experience in developing complex program, administrative, budgetary, policy planning, and exhibits strong financial stewardship skills. Experience balancing policy and practice. Highly sophisticated skills in change management, influence management, and strategic planning.

  • A commitment to workplace equity, diversity, inclusion, and access are required, as well as experience navigating change and inspiring a high-achieving, seasoned team of creative and technical professionals in a large complex organization. Must possess advanced knowledge of events, the performance arts, current trends, and best practices in events, arts and arts education. Strong collaboration and experience as a change agent and leading and inspiring change.

  • Demonstrated confidence dealing with all levels of constituents from students to senior-level executives, donors, the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Chancellor. Demonstrated background to function at an executive level within higher education and as such work independently and exercise sound judgment when representing the Vice Chancellor.

  • Effective interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, University officials, faculty, students, potential partners (i.e. donors), the media, and the overall campus community, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, integrity, and discretion. Must demonstrate commitment to and success in achieving campus goals in the areas of diversity, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action in all areas of responsibility.

  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving, project planning and implementation skills. Extensive experience in a senior role to design and implement organizational programs and strategic plans that incorporate clear strategies aligned with institutional goals.

  • Knowledge of the legal constraints and opportunities for higher education in the State of California and through Federal programs and regulations.

  • Experience developing and enforcing artist and patron service standards, technical production benchmarks and facility maintenance standards. Experience cultivating and stewarding donors.

  • Experience enforcing governmental or institutional policy regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, safety, financial management,business contracts and purchasing.

  • Experience and/or combination of experience and education within multiple performing artsand lecture genres sufficient to determine artistic merit of works and to communicate regarding these works.

  • Advanced written, verbal and presentation skills for influencing and facilitating sustained change. Advanced public speaking and presentation skills.

  • Ability to fulfill fiduciary responsibilities. Including exhibiting exceptional talent in the areas of marketing and fundraising. Experience in an entrepreneurial environment overseeing or managing income generating or self-supporting activities. Experience administering an arts related budget and associated resources. Experience negotiating and committing funds on behalf of an educational institution, arts organization or governmental agency.

  • Demonstrated Supervisory skills: 1. Experience and skill to routinely monitor production and quality of work being produced by staff and set performance standards, observing behavior, providing objective feedback, counseling, and implementing corrective action as needed to mediate disputes or otherwise help to resolve conflicts and to provide effective leadership/coaching/mentoring. 2. Experience and skill to assess staff capabilities and workloads and redistribute when necessary. 3. Experience and skill to teach/train staff in all aspects of job duties/responsibilities.


  • Mandated Reporter: This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and requires immediate reporting of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of anyone under the age of 18. It is the responsibility of the Mandated Reporter to ensure that they obtain proper training in order to fulfill their reporting responsibilities as required by the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and University policy, and to complete and submit the required reports to the UC San Diego Police Department without delay.

  • Work schedule will include evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be able to travel to out-of-town meetings.

  • This position is a campus security authority (CSA) for the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which is a federal law requiring disclosure of information about crimes on and around campus.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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