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Director of the Arts

Choate Rosemary Hall | See all 17 jobs from Ferra Executive Search



Wallingford, Connecticut, United States


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Job Overview

Choate Rosemary Hall is searching for a Director of the Arts. Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty, the Director of the Arts heads the arts department which consists of the theater, music, visual arts, and dance programs. The Director of the Arts also coordinates the Arts Concentration program and manages all aspects of both programming and facility for the Paul Mellon Art Center PMAC facility.

Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and day students and over 300 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically challenging and personally supportive setting.

Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators. Teaching faculty at Choate are innovative, collaborative, and committed to our students' intellectual, social, emotional, and character development. Our faculty understands that each of our students has the potential for growth and works to encourage students to develop their own ideas and voices in learner-centered environments.

For its students and employees alike, Choate strives to be a diverse and inclusive community where all feel valued and embraced. On our campus, principled individuals from diverse backgrounds are united through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect. We celebrate difference and the richness of our varied backgrounds and experiences. Recognizing that living in an inclusive community can also present challenges, we embrace those challenges through ongoing dialogue and interaction, enhancing empathy and appreciation for those whose perspectives differ from our own.

Choate also believes that great teachers are great role models both in and out of the classroom. Choate expects its faculty to embrace the ethos of a growth mindset throughout their careers by actively developing their abilities as teachers and mentors at a residential school. The School supports faculty growth throughout the year, both on and off campus, through a variety of opportunities.


Key Responsibilities

The Director:
- ensures that the academic program is the core around which all arts programming is developed.

- is responsible for creating a cohesive vision for the theater, music, visual arts, and dance programs, while integrating that vision and the objectives needed to accomplish it into all aspects of school life.

- collaborates with others in the Choate community to create a vibrant arts culture at the School.

- schedules and books the guest artist series in collaboration with other members of the department (and the broader academic community as appropriate).

- works with the communications office on designing PMAC publications and advertising materials.

- collaborates with other arts and community leaders to ensure a role for Choate in the artistic and cultural life of the town community.

- manages the budget, balancing artistic and fiscal needs.

- oversees the support staff.

- As head of the arts department, the Director carries out the duties of an academic department head, including teaching, the number of classes determined based on overall workload.

- As coordinator of the Arts Concentration Program, the Director provides oversight of the program while working with department members to support the combined academic and creative endeavors of the Arts Concentration students.

- As manager of the PMAC facility, the Director:

- oversees the performing spaces in the PMAC and Colony Hall; this oversight involves:
- ensuring appropriate maintenance and up-keep of the facility.
- collaborating with others in the community on scheduling these spaces for special events, guest lecturers, and special programs.
- coordinates a yearly schedule of exhibitions in the PMAC gallery.


Minimum Requirements

- Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Masters Preferred.

- 5+ years of successful experience as an administrator in a boarding school or with transferable experience.


Ideal Candidate

- A passion for the arts.


Additional Highlights

Choate Rosemary Hall has retained Ferra Executive Search to manage the recruitment process for this search.

This position offers:

- Competitive salary + health benefits package;

- Individual or family provided housing (that is also pet friendly);

- Free utilities;

- Free meals for employee + family;

- Free on-campus gym (as well as other amenities) for employee + family;

- Relocation Assistance

- 100% Tuition Assistance for dependents after 2 years of service

- 6 weeks paid vacation

The Choate Rosemary Hall campus is located in Wallingford, Connecticut— about half way between the cities of Hartford and New Haven.

Ferra Executive Search and Choate Rosemary Hall do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or marital status.