Division Head of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration

Organization: University of Cincinnati
Category: Academic
Type: Full-time

Division Head of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration

Dec 1, 2017

College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati NOTICE OF AN OPEN RANK FACULTY POSITION: DIVISION HEAD OF THEATRE ARTS, PRODUCTION AND ARTS ADMINISTRATION (TAPAA). The Division comprises Opera, Musical Theatre, Acting, Dance, Theatre Design & Production and Arts Administration.


The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a comprehensive college for the performing and media arts, seeks an experienced theatrical chief executive director/producer and Division Head for a tenure track faculty appointment.



Salary commensurate with experience. Full benefits package.


Starting Date:

August 1, 2018



The Division Head of TAPAA acts as Chief Executive Director and Producer for a complex academic unit that produces eight mainstage productions, numerous studio productions and select special events projects annually. The Division comprises programs in Acting, Arts Administration, Dance, Musical Theater, Opera and Theatre Design & Production. S/he will have direct responsibility for oversight and administration of:

  1. General and production management of all series;
  2. Division finances and fiscal success, including production series and the management and growth of multiple endowments;
  3. Production series programming in coordination Program Directors and faculty;
  4. The academic integrity of graduate and undergraduate degree programs;
  5. Faculty, including adjuncts, and staff;
  6. Participation in marketing and fundraising activities.



The successful candidate for the position of Division Head will demonstrate proven effectiveness as an Executive Director, Managing Director or General Manager of a professional producing organization in theatre, opera or dance and/or as an executive leader of an academic program that prepares theatre artists for professional careers through an extensive curricular and production system. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both arenas.

The position requires knowledge of and practical experience in all aspects of managing the production process and personnel. The successful candidate possesses the ability to operate within multiple levels of organizational structure and authority; to work closely with Program Directors to assess needs and formulate strategic plans that build cross-disciplinary collaboration; to take the time to gain institutional knowledge and to articulate a compelling vision of the Division’s future; and to negotiate and advocate for the needs of the Division within the College. As a facilitator of shared governance with individual departments, s/he should have the ability to gather, integrate and act decisively upon decision-making input. Applicants should hold a terminal degree in a related field. However, significant professional experience may stand in lieu of a terminal degree.


To Apply: 

Apply online at with a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for at least three references.


The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM):

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the nation’s leading conservatories,” the University College-Conservatory of Music offers the benefit of a professional training conservatory within the setting of a comprehensive public research university. The University of Cincinnati is the 10th largest research institution in the country, and CCM has been awarded the Ohio Center of Excellence in Arts for 2011. This year will see the completion of a 15 million-dollar renovation of our two primary theaters, providing CCM with one of the most comprehensive arts training facilities in the United States. CCM offers undergraduate (BFA) and graduate (MFA) training in performance, arts administration and design/production. Its many programs are nationally known and recognized. The division has approximately 55 on its faculty and staff, serving approximately 230 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. It produces a main stage season of two operas, two musicals and two dramas in two venues: a 700 seat traditional proscenium house and a 400 seat modified thrust. In addition, each division also produces two studio productions in a highly flexible and fully equipped studio theatre.


The City of Cincinnati:

Cincinnati is home to a wide variety of professional arts institutions, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera, the Tony award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Center and the nation’s first and largest United Arts Fund, ArtsWave.


Diversity at the University of Cincinnati and CCM:

The University of Cincinnati and CCM are strongly committed to the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. The University invests in its faculty by sponsoring an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development in Diversity and through its provostal support and active African American, Latino, and LGBTQ faculty associations and affinity groups. CCM has partnered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CCM is also engaged in the City of Cincinnati with such programs as CCM After School/Whiz Kids after-school mentoring and tutoring program with the City Gospel Mission, the Suzuki String-Program and Grades 1-3 at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the Artist-in-Residence program at Twin Towers Senior Living Community.





The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.