Executive Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

College Park, Maryland
The salary range for this position begins at $193,310 and may be increased with experience.
Dec 16, 2021
Jan 20, 2022
Administrative, Other
Full Time

Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, the Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the management of The Clarice’s staff, operations, facilities and budget. In these roles, the position balances competing educational, public and financial priorities to ensure that operations and programming simultaneously enhance The Clarice’s stature as a national leader among performing arts presenters; contribute meaningfully to the resident academic units’ missions; enhance the student experience campus-wide; reflect the values of collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusion; and align with the goals of the college and institution. In collaboration with the Directors of the resident academic units, the position is responsible for the Clarice’s artistic programming and works to ensure that this programming and other initiatives respond to curricular needs. The Executive Director also works alongside the Associate Dean for Arts and Programming in developing and refining a strategic and innovative vision that engages the campus, connects with the community and further enhances the reputation of the University of Maryland. In collaboration with other arts leaders, the position plays a key role in the design and execution of the Arts for All initiative, which aims to ensure equitable access to the arts, cross-disciplinary collaboration and engagement with social justice. The Executive Director should bring significant knowledge of the changing performing arts landscape and a fierce dedication to collaborative leadership models. The Executive Director meets at least bi-annually with the Dean and the Provost to ensure that the performing arts have a campus and community-wide agenda and impact. For more detailed information about The Clarice and this position, please visit this profile. To nominate qualified individuals, please use this form.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of ten years senior leadership experience, preferably within performing arts organizations of similar size and scope and a strong presence among national performing arts peers.
  • A demonstrated ability to balance the competing needs of staff management and high impact arts programming.
  • A strong record as a dynamic and collaborative leader able to work in partnership to develop and articulate a shared vision for the performing arts, motivate staff and connect with donors and audiences.
  • A proven record of developing collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies and populations within a performing arts environment. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to artistic planning and programming that reflects aesthetic equity, diversity and inclusivity.
  • Knowledge of and experience with facilities management and performing arts operations, including budget oversight and accountability.
  • A clear aptitude and enthusiasm for fundraising including annual giving and major gift solicitation.
  • A commitment to authentic community engagement and impact through the arts.
  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Masters Degree or Bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience.


  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • A background in performing arts creation or scholarship preferred.
  • Experience working in collaboration with faculty and students in a university environment is strongly preferred.

How to Apply:

Submit application materials to ejobs.umd.edu/postings/90818Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter detailing their experience with, commitment to, and vision for creating inclusive, innovative and impactful artistic planning within a collaborative environment, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) names and contact information for three references (references will not be contacted until later stages in the search). Candidates selected to be finalists will present a public talk on campus and be interviewed by the search committee and key university constituents. A recommendation from the search committee will be forwarded to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities by February 2022. It is expected that the appointment will begin July 1, 2022. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by January 21, 2022.

Campus and College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (The Clarice) at the University of Maryland is a performing arts venue and integrated laboratory dedicated to nurturing arts students, practitioners and scholars as they innovate and collaborate to build the future of the arts through education, engagement and performance. A place where artmaking, research, teaching and audience development come together, The Clarice seeks to be a national leader in leveraging the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to address what University President Darryll J. Pines has called the grand challenges of our time. As part of the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU), and an integral component of the campus-wide Arts for All Initiative, The Clarice is home to the University’s performing arts presentation and incubation wing, which cultivates local, regional, national and international artists through touring performances, commissions and residencies in the development of engaged, innovative and cross-disciplinary work. Unique among university performing arts centers, The Clarice’s management team works collaboratively to support and enhance the missions of the building’s resident partners: the School of Music; the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library; and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, while also engaging with all University of Maryland students, the campus community, the surrounding area and the field. Its professional staff of fifty arts administrators—in Artistic Planning, Operations and Finance​​—report to the Executive Director, who works in close collaboration with the leadership of the academic partners, the College’s Associate Dean for Arts and Programming and the ARHU staff in marketing and development.

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