Yale Seeks Executive Director of the Arts for Schwarzman Center

Stephen A. Schwarzman Center

The Schwarzman Center, established thanks to a generous gift from Stephen A. Schwarzman, seeks an Executive Director who will set the standard for engagement across the entire Yale community and drive programming that successfully incorporates exceptional guest artists and thought leaders, as well as the extraordinary richness of student activities. S/He will need the managerial acumen to manage a complex, ever-changing array of events and programs with a newly formed staff, and the gravitas to manage key internal and external stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Leadership skills and the capacity to implement and advance a major new programmatic and physical resource to sophisticated standards.
  • Demonstrated success-building innovative, stimulating and inspiring artistic programs.
  • Demonstrated operational management skills, including budget management, allocation of resources, supervision of staff, and organizational development in a complex institutional environment with a unionized staff. Demonstrated success aligning resources with strategic goals.
  • Deep networks to artists and producers across the country and extensive experience in programming, and/or the capacity to identify and work in tandem with consultant(s) who possess these relationships.
  • The ability to collaborate with individuals and groups in a highly decentralized hierarchy – faculty, staff, students, and community members – to leverage their work and to enlist their creative partnership at the Schwarzman Center.
  • Demonstrated record of experience in consensus building; a team builder who has a record of accomplishment of engaging multiple stakeholders in order to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, existing and emerging technologies; able to fully integrate digital resources for marketing and communications, ticketing and operational systems, and production and dissemination of content.
  • Intelligence, professional acumen, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to diversity in all its various forms.
  • Political savvy, ability to thrive under pressure, and superb communication skills.
  • Familiarity with, and an understanding of, Yale’s intellectual and creative resources across all disciplines and schools.
  • Deep interest in working with students in multiple capacities (as participants, audience members, workers, advisors, performers, among other roles); experience in higher education and a keen interest in engaging a broad range of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Experience in board relations and donor cultivation.


Yale University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Sarah James and Becky Klein at YaleSchwarzman@PhillipsOppenheim.com.


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