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Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Assistant Director for Arts Research Institute

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Located in Richmond, VA, VCUarts ( is a comprehensive art school within a major, urban public research university. Currently ranked the No. 1 public school of art and design by U.S. News and World Report, VCUarts enrolls nearly 3,000 students and offers 18 undergraduate and 24 graduate degree programs in fine arts, design, performing arts, historical research, and pedagogical practice. VCUarts has more than 200 distinguished faculty who are internationally recognized in their respective fields, having. Faculty have received 15 Guggenheim Fellowships, 3 MacArthur Genius Awards, 9 Joan Mitchell Awards, and 4 Pollock Krasner Awards, among other prestigious awards. VCUQatar (, the university’s first international branch campus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history.

The Arts Research Institute at VCUarts frames artistic practice as research, encouraging intellectual inquiry in and through the creative fields. It exists to support faculty with research development, foster arts-centric cross-disciplinary collaboration, and facilitate public dialogue about the role of artists and designers in society. With the Arts Research Institute, VCUarts intends to raise its research profile through increased special initiatives, expanded partnerships, ongoing grant applications and awards, collaborative research, and new sources of funding from federal agencies, foundations, corporate sponsors, and others.

VCUarts is conducting a search for a strategic, creative, and energetic Assistant Director for the Arts Research Institute who will support the School’s mission by assisting senior leaders to develop, maintain and manage activities related to the Arts Research Institute and subsequent VCU arts research investments. Reporting to the Executive Director for Research, the Assistant Director will coordinate VCUarts funding proposals, contribute to special initiatives, guide research development, shepherd grant submissions, and work with faculty and a variety of partners and activities related to VCU and its regional and national reach. The Assistant Director will work as part of the VCUarts administrative team to meet short and long-term goals identified by the Arts Research Institute.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a professional faculty member at VCU; Bachelor’s degree required in one of the arts and/or design disciplines; experience with national initiatives in the design, visual and performing arts and/or the creation of new works or original research in these fields; some knowledge of one or more of the following: arts participation, community engagement, arts and health, arts-rich multidisciplinary research, or design research; knowledge of trends in national arts and design philanthropy, grant-making and grants management; experience interacting with and working with executives, organizations, and/or funders who are potential research partners; some experience exploring or developing arts research projects, whether as an individual or as part of an organization; experience interacting with multiple constituencies to promote, facilitate and implement large-scale initiatives. Ideally, some cross-sector experience, whether commercial or non-profit arts exposure; demonstrated ability to connect research agendas and ideas with potential sources of funding in federal/regional/state and private organizations; demonstrated ability with project management, budgets, program evaluation, and reporting; excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

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To guarantee full consideration, application materials must be received by October 27,2018.

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