Director of Summer Arts (499343)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Museum and Arts

Job Description


Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Director of Summer Arts. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator II

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Director of Summer Arts to provide leadership to an arts program that serves the diverse populations of the CSU. Continually striving to infuse principles of inclusive excellence, this position manages the artistic, academic, financial activities and personnel of CSU Summer Arts and the CSU Media Arts Festival. The incumbent envisions and implements programmatic excellence and innovation through offerings in multi- and inter-disciplinary arts, ensuring student access to advanced artistic and personal development, and engaging in regular review and assessment to ensure that student experiences reflect equitable outcomes.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of International, Summer Arts and Senate Liaison, the Director of Summer Arts will perform tasks and duties as follows:

Artistic Direction and Supervision: Research, select, and contract a diverse, inclusive, well-balanced and excellent performance/exhibition roster and schedule of teaching-artists and programs. Ensure that evidence-based strategies and approaches to promote inclusion in activities and programs are adopted and implemented. Prepare artists with background on and expectations of the program. In- session, directly observe teaching interactions, problem-solve as needed, and provide feedback on learning outcomes. Serve as special host to teaching artists.

Academic and Student Affairs: Recruit, select, contract, prepare, and supervise a diverse group of teaching faculty (course coordinators). Create and sustain an environment that allows varying worldviews, a broad range of life experiences, and perspectives to impact the development and delivery of programs and services. Review course syllabi for well-stated learning outcomes and transferability. In-session, directly observe teacher-student interactions, problem-solve as needed, and provide periodic teaching-learning evaluations for course coordinators and students. Structure and present yearly program evaluation. Monitor teaching and learning strategies to ensure that effective cross-cultural and multicultural pedagogies are incorporated. Oversee all student affairs with the assistant director. Consult with appropriate colleagues in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs as appropriate to resolve student concerns and issues.

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Accountability: Evaluate and report program budget planning, expenditures, and ROI for 6 funds. Oversight and approval of reconciliations for all allocations, donations, student fee income, expenditures for Summer Arts and subsidiary programs. Review invoice requests and student fees receipts for compliance with standards of good practice. With business manager, maintain financial relationships with agencies outside the CO. Hold monthly budget meetings with business manager, regular meetings with AVC.

Human Resource Development and Supervision: Hire, train, direct, and evaluate a year-round staff of five positions. Implement best practices consistent with ensuring that a diverse applicant pool is cultivated, and that bias is eliminated in the review and selection process. Provide access to appropriate, relevant onboarding activities that are intended to promote the success of new employees. Develop, monitor, and mentor professional development plans for year-round staff, ensuring that all employees incorporate goals related to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion leadership capacities. During summer, monitor hiring and provide direct and indirect supervision and evaluation for a seasonal staff of 200 faculty, artists, and technicians.

Resource Development: Working with the assistant director and the community relations specialist, support and provide direction for diversified resource development, including local fundraising (individuals, foundations, businesses) and sponsored programs (NEA, NEH). Stewardship of donors. Maintain current case statement for capacity building.

Intra- and External Affairs: Develop and maintain key relationships needed for scholarship development, recruiting, and production, (i.e., Arts Councils, Community Colleges, local businesses, schools districts, tech centers, supply vendors, international partners, deans, presidents, chairs, etc.). Steward and host all visits. Serve as advocacy officer for the organization and present public presentations/research. Work with Associated Students operations on each campus. Routinely review and revised outreach, communication and other materials/publications to ensure that they reflect cultural sensitivity and convey an ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence.

Host Campus Relations and Risk Management: Provide direct and indirect support and maintain frequent communiqués for campus relationships, including development of the RFP, MOU, and operations manuals. Review with production manager and assistant director all issues of risk management in student and production operations. Ensure staff and faculty training for compliance with student and staff policies: maintain documentation and communication with appropriate authorities


This position requires:

-Graduate degree from an accredited university in the visual arts, performing arts, or a related field (terminal degree or equivalent preferred)

-Five years of administrative experience including financial planning, program development, supervising, and organizing. Knowledge of all arts disciplines, visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, art technology, and STEAM.

-University teaching experience

-Curriculum development experience

-Program development and assessment

-Experience working effectively with organizations that reflect diversity in student identities, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender identity, disability, etc.

-Experience in fundraising management and proposal development. Knowledge of ethical practice in donor relations needed for fundraising activity.

-Demonstrated ability to advance diversity, equity and inclusion goals in an organization.

-Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple simultaneous responsibilities

-Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively with all levels of leadership or management, campus advisors, faculty, and colleagues

-Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience to include demonstrated experience effectively managing staff, including training and developing staff, motivating staff, and performance management.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by March 25, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

Title IX

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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