Associate Director, Artistic Planning - Performing Arts Center

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Associate Director, Artistic Planning reporting to the Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center.

As the NYUAD Arts Center at NYUAD moves into their 8th season, the Associate Director, Artist Planning will work to ensure the impact of The Arts Center while maintaining the programming excellence, academic integration in both curricular and experiential education, and community engagement. This role is key to supporting the Executive Artistic Director in driving new initiatives while maintaining the excellence of the highly active programs of The Arts Center’s season.

The Associate Director of Artistic Planning will supervise a team of the senior associate producer who will manage the day to day events at the center, along with a team of student assistants, and provide additional support to all departments, enabling cross-campus integration.

The ideal candidate will be someone with both exceptional attention to detail and the interpersonal skills to work with diverse constituencies in advancing productions and overseeing the implementation of all of The Arts Center’s public programs. The Associate Director of Artistic Planning will report to the Executive Artistic Director and work closely with all department leadership to drive Center-wide initiatives and ensuring that all events at The Arts Center represent the core values of excellence, collaboration, creativity, accessibility, innovation, respect, and understanding.  The Associate Director of Artistic Planning will also work in close partnership with the Associate Director of External Relations and Partnerships, NYUAD faculty, and the student life departments to insure growing academic and extracurricular partnerships. Furthermore, the Associate Director of Artistic Planning will work closely with rental clients and community use partners, to ensure that events originating outside the university reinforce NYUAD’s standards of quality and core values.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategize execution plan of the artistic season. Provide curatorial input.
  • Provide oversight and advance management for all events in the season in collaboration with senior associate producer
  • Manage senior associate producer and producing interns, to ensure that all artist residencies are effectively implemented
  • Develop, execute, track, and monitor the budgets for all programs in consultation with Artistic Director and producing team
  • Ensure that advance schedules and timelines are set and effectively managed by producing team in communication with artists, creative team members, and production staff
  • Work with the academic department heads and key professors to advance curriculum development and integrated outreach projects
  • In collaboration with Associate Director of External Relations and Partnerships, ensure successful planning for audience engagement and educational activities, master classes, workshops, etc
  • Collaborate with Director of Production and Manager of Administration to advance performance contracts for artists, partners and academic partnerships
  • Work with Director of Marketing to ensure delivery and approval of all artist marketing materials
  • Work closely with Executive Artistic Director and other leaders of the team to proactively drive new initiatives to ensure deadlines are met and maintain mission alignment
  • The Associate Director of Artistic Planning will have the knowledge and vision of the Executive Artistic Director to accompany and/ or sit in for them in planning meetings and report back so that initiatives can continue to move forward
  • Represent the Arts Center at International conferences and festivals when the Executive Artistic Director is not available.
  • Represent and speak for The Arts Center at campus and country wide events, festivals and meetings when the Artistic Director is not available

Required Education:

  • Bachelors degree

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 10+ years’ work experience in managing the performing arts preferably with a range of disciplines: dance, theater, and music. University experience is a plus
  • Effective skills in planning, contracting, budgeting, scheduling, and the implementation of projects with a high level of attention to detail are required.
  • Excellent record-keeping skills, organization, and ability to multi-task. Advancement management for projects delegated to others to execute
  • Flexible and resourceful problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to be present in academic, industry and diplomatic environment with confidence and with a keen eye to the interests and vision of The Arts Center
  • Exceptional communication skills and cultural sensitivity, and ability to deftly balance artist and Arts Center needs
  • Regional knowledge or experience is considered an asset
  • Bilingual English / Arabic preferred, Additional language skills a plus.

Other Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.