Westminster Choir College of Rider University seeks a Director of Performance Management. This is a full-time, 12-month, non-bargaining administrative position that reports to the Dean of the Westminster College of the Arts. The position is open until filled, and the successful candidate will start at the earliest possible time. The Director is a member of the Dean's executive team, assisting in strategic planning and decision-making.
At this time, Rider University seeks to transfer Westminster Choir College to a new partner, with whom negotiations are ongoing. The Director of Performance Management will have a unique and special opportunity to initiate entrepreneurial activities and expand the outreach of the College through performances, tours, possible franchised operations, and enhanced use of the Cullen Center, a facility opened in 2014 that includes Hillman Hall, a room designed specifically for choral rehearsal, recording, and performance.
Overview: Working with full-time staff and graduate assistants, the Director will
- create, coordinate and supervise development and implementation of the master performance calendar
- initiate, negotiate and coordinate performance contracts with professional orchestras
- oversee scheduling and execution of on- and off-campus performances, special events and guest artists
- coordinate use of campus space with the Westminster Conservatory and Continuing Education offices
- oversee hiring and contracts for guest conductors, accompanying musicians, etc.
- arrange for and manage off-campus and tour performances of Choir College ensembles
- coordinate and supervise appropriate non-performance aspects of the Conducting area
- hire supporting musicians as needed
- coordinate performance aspects for summer ensembles, Opera Theatre, tours, community events, auxiliary enterprises (including rental of campus spaces)
- be able to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
- member of the College of the Arts administrative and advancement teams
- work with External Affairs, Public Relations, and Marketing personnel
- coordinate Westminster Commencement and other special events
- implement and monitor building access policy
- oversee and create related budgets
- work with the Dean, staff, faculty and all relevant departments in support of the Choir College mission
- occasional travel with ensembles for off-campus and tour performances
- oversight of Box Office and ticketing operations.
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of administrative abilities appropriate to this position. These include the ability to:
- work independently and as part of various teams
- meet deadlines
- understand and support the artistic mission of the Choir College
- pay attention to detail and use excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
- exhibit calmness and flexibility in responding to the many demands of the performance dimension of the Choir College
- work independently, and anticipate, organize, and prioritize work
- exercise good judgment, resolution skills, and strong decision-making – particularly to effectively manage multiple projects
- maintain a professional demeanor at all times
- negotiate contracts for performances, tour venues and housing, guest artists, etc.
- demonstrate strong professional verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
Particularly as the operation expands through the opportunity presented by a new partnership:
- recruit, hire, and oversee training of staff
- create and implement plans for entrepreneurial operations
- create a business plan for additional revenue streams
- increase the visibility of the various performance dimensions of the Choir College.
The successful application will possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree in an arts or arts-management discipline, preferably music; have completed at least (5) five years experience in a leadership position; and have documented success in managing a similar operation. Priority will be given to candidates with significant experience working with professional organizations similar to Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, national arts agencies, etc.
Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria.
To apply for this position, please visit us at https://rider.peopleadmin.com to apply for Position No. 300080. Complete applications will include a cover letter, current résumé or CV, a list of 3-5 professional references with contact information, and a brief statement of your leadership style and philosophy. All materials should be uploaded on this site. The position is open immediately and will be filled as soon as possible. Please note: Upon the transition of Westminster Choir College to the new entity, employment with Rider University will terminate, and the continuance of the position will be at the discretion of that entity.