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Executive Director, Office of Creative Propulsion
James Madison University

Date Posted May 16, 2023
Title Executive Director, Office of Creative Propulsion
University James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
Department Visual and Performing Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Art - General

Executive Director, Office of Creative Propulsion

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at James Madison University is searching for an Executive Director to lead its recently reorganized Office of Creative Propulsion (OCP). This is a 12-month Administrative and Professional faculty position that involves overseeing OCP and providing physical, curricular, co-curricular, financial, and mentoring support to students and faculty who wish to ideate, launch, and create arts-based projects that promote more equitable and inclusive opportunities for meaningful arts engagement. The OCP is responsible for facilitating integrative courses, multidisciplinary collaborations, community engagement initiatives, and participatory arts experiences that challenge traditional practices, push artistic boundaries, and empower students to create their own unique paths in a bold, just, and inclusive manner.

With over 200 full-time faculty and staff, and over 1,200 full-time majors, CVPA brings together Schools of Art, Design, and Art History (SADAH); Music (SOM); Theatre and Dance (STAD); and the Office of Creative Propulsion, which also houses the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum. CVPA and the OCP believe that equity, access, and inclusion are moral imperatives and artistic/design obligations. Diversity—in the stories we represent, students we serve, and audiences we engage—is vital for the health and relevance of contemporary arts and design practice. CVPA, therefore, welcomes diversity of perspective, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will report directly to CVPA's Dean and sit on the CVPA Academic Council. Their efforts will complement and expand CVPA strengths in anti-bias/anti-racist pedagogy, artmaking, arts and technology, community engagement, culturally sustaining practice, design justice, design thinking, educator preparation, entrepreneurial thinking, and design- or arts-based research. Additionally, the Executive Director will support intra-, inter-, and cross-disciplinary efforts of the members of the CVPA Integrative Arts Cohort Hire.

Applicants will have the potential for vibrant, collaborative, and visionary leadership and will exhibit particularly compelling records of achievement in academia, industry, and/or non-profit settings. Please visit for more information about the college and the OCP.

Required Qualifications:

Ability to lead and foster arts and interdisciplinary research among faculty and students;
Ability to engage, support, and continue development in inter-, intra-, and cross-disciplinary collaborations for CVPA faculty and broader university community, especially through supporting faculty hired into the Integrative Arts Cohort;
Demonstrated ability to envision, coordinate, and lead strategic collaborations in entrepreneurship and engagement;
A history of integrative and collaborative work in and beyond arts and design;
Experience leading a team and managing budgets;
Ability to develop measures for accountability within the Office of Creative Propulsion;
Strong interpersonal skills and administrative acumen;
Advanced degree or higher in a relevant discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

Terminal degree in a relevant discipline;
Experience as a principal investigator on large-scale grant awards at the regional and national level;
Experience with analysis and assessment of large-scale projects; and
Ability to establish, collect, and disseminate relevant metrics related to research, entrepreneurship, and engagement milestones and a climate of greater inclusion.

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F2168 or go to Review of applications begins 5/29/2023. Pay is commensurate with experience.

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.


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