Executive Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

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Executive Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center


Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, the Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the management of The Clarice’s staff, operations, facilities and budget. In these roles, the position balances competing educational, public and financial priorities to ensure that operations and programming simultaneously enhance The Clarice’s stature as a national leader among performing arts presenters; contribute meaningfully to the resident academic units’ missions; enhance the student experience campus-wide; reflect the values of collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusion; and align with the goals of the college and institution. In collaboration with the Directors of the resident academic units, the position is responsible for the Clarice’s artistic programming and works to ensure that this programming and other initiatives respond to curricular needs. The Executive Director also works alongside the Associate Dean for Arts and Programming in developing and refining a strategic and innovative vision that engages the campus, connects with the community and further enhances the reputation of the University of Maryland. In collaboration with other arts leaders, the position plays a key role in the design and execution of the Arts for All initiative, which aims to ensure equitable access to the arts, cross-disciplinary collaboration and engagement with social justice. The Executive Director should bring significant knowledge of the changing performing arts landscape and a fierce dedication to collaborative leadership models. The Executive Director meets at least bi-annually with the Dean and the Provost to ensure that the performing arts have a campus and community-wide agenda and impact. For more detailed information about The Clarice and this position, please visit this profile. To nominate qualified individuals, please use this form.



  • A minimum of ten years senior leadership experience, preferably within performing arts organizations of similar size and scope and a strong presence among national performing arts peers.
  • A demonstrated ability to balance the competing needs of staff management and high impact arts programming.
  • A strong record as a dynamic and collaborative leader able to work in partnership to develop and articulate a shared vision for the performing arts, motivate staff and connect with donors and audiences.
  • A proven record of developing collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies and populations within a performing arts environment.
  • A demonstrated commitment to artistic planning and programming that reflects aesthetic equity, diversity and inclusivity.
  • Knowledge of and experience with facilities management and performing arts operations, including budget oversight and accountability.
  • A clear aptitude and enthusiasm for fundraising including annual giving and major gift solicitation.
  • A commitment to authentic community engagement and impact through the arts.
  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Masters Degree or Bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience.


  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • A background in performing arts creation or scholarship preferred.
  • Experience working in collaboration with faculty and students in a university environment is strongly preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Position requires frequent evening and weekend work. Moderate activity and mobility within the Center, on campus and within community settings. Requires travel to conferences. Continuous computer use.

Visit https://theclarice.umd.edu/careers/executive-director-0 for more information.

Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Executive (CEO, Director, President)
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): -
Experience: -
Education Level: Master's Degree