Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA
Closing date
Jan 23, 2022

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Art and Humanities
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*University of California Irvine

Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts*

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is seeking a dean for its Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). The new dean will bring a strategic vision for the future of the School and a knowledge of and an affinity for collaborative approaches to learning and research excellence. The dean will lead the School into its next chapter of growth by re-imagining creativity and responding to shifting trajectories in emergent disciplines in the arts.

The dean is expected to maintain a significant level of professional, external engagement with donors, alumni and key artistic organizations in Orange County and Southern California. The dean should have a background as a proven leader within higher education or arts administration; a scholar-practitioner in their field and have relevant experience working with diverse communities and cultural organizations. Furthermore, the dean should seek to understand and respect the multiple areas of creative practice and cutting-edge scholarship in which the faculty and students participate.

In addition to being an enthusiastic and inventive problem solver, the dean should be an adaptive and agile colleague with a capacity for patience, openness and a transparent approach to communication. The dean should be a leader that can cultivate an environment of trust, respect, cooperation and diversity among faculty, staff and students. Above all, the incoming dean should be passionate about and serve as an advocate for arts practice and research at the university level.
Relevant leadership, administrative and managerial experience in higher education or a major arts or cultural institution is desired.
The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized, strong, self-assured, entrepreneurial leader able to infuse UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts with a sense of common purpose and to realize outstanding accomplishments that engender pride.

Requirements include an active record of distinguished scholarly research, teaching and/or artistic accomplishment; substantial administrative experience, preferably at a research university with Ph.D. and masters programs; proven success in external fund development; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the departments of the School.

The next dean will champion and support the scholarly mission of the School as well as its preparation of creative artists and performers.

In addition, the candidate will possess:

▪ the leadership skills to develop a unique vision for CTSA and the capacity to design and implement a sound strategic direction for the School's future in conjunction with the faculty, staff and students
▪ experience as a senior management professional and fiscal planner
▪ an ability to steward fundraising and diversify revenue streams to support strategic priorities and provide infrastructural support for facilities

▪ superb communication skills
▪ integrity of the highest caliber
▪ high standards for personal and professional achievement
▪ the skills and experience to represent the School effectively to audiences within UCI, Orange County, nationally and internationally
▪ a commitment to creating and nurturing a distinguished faculty
▪ a commitment to an intellectually and culturally diverse academic environment
▪ a commitment to the School's leadership role in the world of arts and scholarship globally
▪ a commitment to advocating transnational and intercultural scholarship
▪ experience in working with bilingual, multicultural, international communities
▪ personal commitment to the transformative role of the arts in society
▪ experience in managing change, resolving conflict and building consensus

▪ intelligence, sophistication, empathy, creativity and the willingness to take calculated risks
▪ high energy, grace under pressure and a sense of humor
This is a rare opportunity for a gifted leader to guide and shape a school with a high level of excellence and an impact on the arts globally. Success will elevate UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts to a more influential position of leadership in its disciplines, creating a defining moment in the history of the School and of UCI.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a diversity statement and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. WittKieffer is assisting UCI in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 19, 2022.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D. and Bree Liddell
The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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