The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is seeking an outstanding leader with experience, vision, and capabilities to serve as its executive director.
a2ru is a national organization of research universities dedicated to promoting and studying innovative
practices that enable its members to better integrate artists, arts practice, and arts integration research within their institutions and throughout higher education. To date, 45 leading research universities are members of the Alliance, and many more participate in its conference and programs.
The Alliance seeks an experienced, visionary leader who can advance its growth and provide leadership in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration to improve the culture of higher education; and infuse a growing organization on the vanguard of research, teaching, and practice with an entrepreneurial, collaborative spirit. a2ru is hosted by and housed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Serve as spokesperson and visionary leader for arts integration on a national platform
Oversee facilitation of communications among member institutions to envision and achieve a2ru’s goals
Oversee strategic planning for a2ru
Create and maintain appropriate dissemination of a2ru’s progress, products, and vision
Demonstrate, on an ongoing basis, the value of a2ru partnership
Supervise a2ru staff
Manage budget and resources
Secure funding from internal and external sources, including fundraising strategy, applying for grants, stewardship, and reporting
Reports to U-M provost and the executive committee representing Alliance partners
Engage in strategic travel, including speaking engagements on behalf of the network and a2ru mission as well as recruiting