Executive Director, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities

  • a2ru
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Nov 27, 2018
Full time Arts, Entertainment & Media Executive Research

Job Description

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


President-Top Executive




Experience in interdisciplinary research and practice
Outstanding written and verbal communications skills
Communication skills and experience suitable for working with faculty and senior leadership in a university setting
Ability to foster exchange between universities, with the ability to receive multiple viewpoints and distill/articulate them into a coherent view
Experience working across sectors, including funders and media; government, nonprofit, corporate, and private partners
Thorough conversance with issues facing the arts and interdisciplinarity in higher education
Intellectual versatility across disciplines and capacity to guide mixed methodological research
Experience managing a professional staff
Experience and success in development (including individual, foundation and corporate giving)
Advanced degree
Experience with and in the arts (performance, administration/marketing, academic, etc.) preferred
Experience with national programming preferred