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Director, Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI

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Director, Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI


Founded in 1902, Herron School of Art and Design is the premier accredited professional art and design school in the state of Indiana and is part of the thriving urban campus of IUPUI. A partnership between Indiana University and Purdue University, IUPUI is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus. With 30,000 students, IUPUI is a leader in progressive, socially responsive community engagement. Herron has more than 50 full-time faculty serving 11 undergraduate and three graduate programs and a curriculum that prepares graduates to be leaders in a world that requires a unique combination of creativity, conceptual skills and technical abilities. For more information about Herron School of Art and Design, visit the website.

Job ID: 291244

Job Summary
The mission of the center is to enrich the educational, intellectual, and interdisciplinary activities of Herron through civic engagement and community partnerships. The ideal candidate will actively promote the development of cross-disciplinary projects related to curriculum through campus and community partnerships, have prior experience in contract negotiations, excellent written and verbal communication skills, grant writing experience and the ability to provide strong administrative leadership for the center. The Director will provide creative vision and leadership in collaboration and consultation with the Herron Dean and advisory committee.

The Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life has three desired outcomes: 1.) A collaborative partner in public life: addressing placemaking and stimulation with industry, partners/clients, including design and fine art consultation and projects. 2.) A creative think-tank: supporting research, big ideas, and creative inquiry, and promoting cross disciplinary research and collaboration across campus and with community/industry partners. 3.) An opportunity for student and faculty engagement: promoting community and curricular engagement through coursework, mentorship, internships, entrepreneurial experience, and professional development.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Actively promote the development of cross-disciplinary projects, classes, exhibitions and community learning opportunities. Initiate, develop, and negotiate commission projects that allow Herron students and/or faculty to render professional services to Indiana businesses, city agencies, not-for-profit organizations, museums, arts and cultural institutions and other academic units. Ensure guidance by appropriate faculty. Determine value and viability of projects based on funding potential and facilitate projects and communication between faculty, students, and clients from inception to installation.
  • Work closely with the Herron Dean and advisory committee to develop long-range planning for the center including solvency, curriculum enhancements, internship opportunities, and research.Provide business leadership and determine fiscal and budget requirements for the center. Monitor expenditure of the center to ensure that expenses are within the budgetary limitations. Oversee human capital of center. Ability to create positions, advertise, hire, and provide supervision for clerical support, student workers and graduate fellows. Conduct performance appraisals, facilitate training and professional development, and perform other personnel related functions.
  • Coordinate with the Associate Director of Student Services and advisory committee to meet needs related to visual art and design internships. Opportunities exist to teach professional practice courses in design or studio arts related to the desired outcomes of the center. Serve on campus and community committees as directed. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described within.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an art-related field and five years of experience in project management or leadership in arts administration.
  • Experience in developing community based and corporate partnerships.
  • Successful fundraising, grant writing/grant management experience.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree.
  • Experience with curriculum development in higher education.
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector.

Working Conditions / Demands
Installations can occur indoors and out in the elements. Hours are variable.

Work Location
Eskenazi Hall, IUPUI campus, Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Classification

  • Salary Plan: PAE
  • Salary Grade: 3PR
  • FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Marketing & Communications

Posting Disclaimer
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

How to Apply

Apply online here. If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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