UA Presents is the preeminent presenter of the performing arts in southern Arizona and one of the University of Arizona’s most valued and visible assets. As an organization that serves the university community, audiences throughout southern Arizona, and public schools across the region, UA Presents (UAP) has a reach and impact that extends far beyond the university campus.
Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona was the first university in the Arizona Territory. Believing the study of the fine arts to be an essential part of higher education, the University initiated music instruction and performance opportunities for students in 1891. The UA School of Music was formally organized in 1926 and with it came the groundwork for a public performance presenting series, which grew in stature in the coming decades, bolstered by the opening of Main Auditorium in 1937. Main Auditorium, a 2,500-seat performance hall, was renamed Centennial Hall in honor of the University’s 100th birthday in 1985. Centennial Hall remains the home of UA Presents today and continues to serve Tucsonans and University students alike. Since 2011, UA Presents has been a vital part of the College of Fine Arts.
UA Presents currently offers approximately 80 performances a year in series that includes classical, jazz, dance, family programming, and Broadway in Tucson. UA Presents serves as a rental home to another 40 events a year. In all, Centennial Hall welcomes more than 150,000 patrons annually from across southern Arizona. The 2018/19 season features Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Temptations & The Four Tops, and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to name only a few. UA Presents also serves multiple communities as the manager of Centennial Hall and its various rental performances. Additional performances take place throughout Tucson and the University of Arizona campus.
Broadway in Tucson, part of the Nederlander Organization, moved from downtown Tucson to Centennial Hall in 2013 and is now UA Presents’ largest rental client, welcoming approximately 100,000 patrons annually. In 2015, Broadway in Tucson became a contracted management company, contributing both shared resources and leadership staff to UA Presents and the College of Fine Arts. The 2018/19 Broadway series includes the national Broadway tours of Waitress, Something Rotten!, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, and Les Misérables.
UA Presents maintains a commitment to arts education in southern Arizona’s school systems through a number of innovative programs that serve more than 5,000 K-12 students annually. UA Presents’ educational programming includes in-school and bus-in productions in support of the College of Fine Arts’ CFA in Schools program which is committed to bringing the arts to southern Arizona’s student populations, currently reaching more than 35,000 students annually. Additional educational and outreach programs include Lead Guitar (a unique and privately supported program), UpBeat, which focuses on percussion instruction, Step Up which focuses on dance, and Music First, a K-2 early music fundamentals program. Guest artists visiting UA Presents participate in a number of additional significant programs, including CFA in Schools, Artists on Campus and Beyond, and Behind the Scenes. Other cross-campus collaboration opportunities include a Majors to Majors ticket offering for students, as well as direct engagement with other colleges.
The University of Arizona enrolls approximately 45,000 students a year in 19 separate colleges or schools. UA Presents’ current annual operating budget is more than $6M. In April of 2018, the University of Arizona was proud to be among an elite handful of Research I institutions to be designated a “Hispanic Serving Institution” by the U.S. Department of Education.
Located in the stunning Sonoran desert, Tucson is framed by three distinct mountain ranges which provide scenic views and countless opportunities for exploration. The greater metro region supports a vibrant and diverse population of more than 1 million residents. Home to award-winning restaurants, galleries, and concert venues, residents also enjoy a number of outdoor parks and sporting events. This family-friendly city was recently described in the New York Times as an “outspoken university town” where “artists, intellectuals, and athletes share their passions for good food and outdoor fun.” In 2017, UNESCO named Tucson the United States’ first “City of Gastronomy.” Major employers include the University of Arizona, Raytheon, and the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Those interested in hiking and the flowering Sonoran desert will enjoy Saguaro National Park while those seeking pine trees and snow can explore Mt. Lemmon, each located a short drive from the heart of Tucson.
The next Executive Director will join a vital organization with a strong, dedicated staff at an exciting moment of change. Under the guidance of the Dean, the new Executive Director will have the opportunity to set the vision and direction of UA Presents for the next decade and beyond. As part of the College of Fine Arts Leadership Team, the next Executive Director will collaborate closely with other members of the senior staff, the newly-appointed Dean of the College and other University leadership to develop and execute a cohesive vision for the organization. The Executive Director of UA Presents will enjoy the opportunity to partner with the Nederlander Organization in a relationship unique to university presenters. The next Executive Director will find Tucson a culturally rich home in southern Arizona’s beautiful Sonoran Desert.
The Executive Director provides leadership and vision for UA Presents and curates programming that serves both the University of Arizona campus community and audiences throughout southern Arizona. Working in collaboration with the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, the Executive Director defines the artistic mission and vision of UA Presents and builds consensus around this vision.
The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of UA Presents’ operations, including: artistic programming and administration; budgeting and financial management; facilities management; marketing and audience development; fundraising; public relations; educational programs; University relations; and community engagement. The Executive Director creates opportunities that allow UA Presents’ programs to serve as a recruitment tool in attracting new students, faculty, staff, and community members to Tucson and the University of Arizona.
Working as a partner to the UA Presents Advisory Board, the Executive Director serves a leadership role in the organization’s fundraising and development programs, including endowment, planned giving, and annual fund efforts. S/he identifies funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. S/he takes a major role in donor cultivation, solicitation, recognition efforts, and special events.
The Executive Director is a spokesperson for arts education and sets a vision for UA Presents’ role as a leader and facilitator both on the University campus and within Tucson’s schools. The Executive Director actively seeks out and supports partnerships with other University faculty in order to integrate the performing arts across all academic areas in a substantive and meaningful way.
The Executive Director is a key member of the College of Fine Arts leadership team and builds effective relationships with matrixed staff that function both within the College of Fine Arts and UA Presents. The Executive Director works effectively with the General Manager of Broadway in Tucson, who presents professional Broadway touring productions in Centennial Hall as part of a unique collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and the Nederlander Organization.
The Executive Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and works with an Advisory Board of 30 members to bring community voices and resources to the organization. The Executive Director directly oversees a full-time staff of 13 and works closely with eight additional staff members who serve in the College of Fine Arts and/or Broadway in Tucson; ancillary staff and student employees serve in other key functions.
The successful candidate will be a visionary leader who combines passion and creativity with a track record of success in arts management. S/he will have a thorough knowledge of a broad range of the performing arts, including classical and non-Western music, jazz, and dance. S/he will be well-versed in both established and emerging artists within these genres.
The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and will have a demonstrated record of success in programming, financial management, audience development, marketing, branding, fundraising, and community engagement. S/he will have a developed professional network among artists, presenters, and management agencies. S/he will be an entrepreneurial thinker who is able to build consensus among multiple constituencies. Experience working within a university will be considered a major asset.
The successful candidate will be an effective advocate for the performing arts and will welcome the opportunity to serve as the spokesperson for UA Presents on campus and throughout the community. S/he will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. S/he will have prior experience working with volunteers, including board members and student staff.
The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to build and retain audiences for a diverse offering of performances. S/he will welcome the opportunity to reach and develop audiences throughout Tucson, the expanding community, and the University of Arizona campus. S/he will be experienced in designing, producing, and managing partnerships and collaborations among arts, cultural, educational, and civic organizations.
The successful candidate will be an experienced executive with excellent financial planning and management skills. S/he will have the ability to lead, inspire, and motivate staff and volunteers in a collaborative environment that fosters communication, creativity, transparency, and teamwork. S/he will be a person of high energy and good humor. S/he will commit to a schedule that includes evening and weekend performances.
Compensation, including an attractive benefits package, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applicants are asked to prepare a cover letter that describes a specific interest in UA Presents and outlines their qualifications for the position. Please submit with a resume, salary expectations, and contact information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.
The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all facets of the institution. The Search Committee seeks to develop a diverse candidate pool and welcomes nominations and applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or national origin.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation, including an attractive benefits package, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About UA Presents (University of Arizona)
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