EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Prior Performing Arts Center (2022)

Department:Performing Arts Center
Locations:Worcester, MA
Posted:Feb 16, 2022
Closes:Jul 11, 2022 - 3:48 PM EDT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Prior Performing Arts Center (5)Share

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The College of the Holy Cross ("Holy Cross"), the highly selective Catholic, Jesuit, liberal arts undergraduate institution, seeks an inspired and engaging leader to serve as the first Executive Director of the Prior Performing Arts Center (The PAC). Reporting directly to the Provost, the Executive Director will provide overall administrative leadership of the PAC and will work with a dynamic, creative team of faculty and staff to establish the PAC's strategic direction and to develop new and continuing opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage with and experience the arts at Holy Cross. The College has a longstanding tradition of exceptional arts programming, and the new Prior Performing Arts Center is expected to build on that tradition while providing leadership and resources to elevate and amplify the arts at Holy Cross. The Executive Director will be expected to work with faculty, staff, students, and the College's senior leadership team to position the PAC as a place of energy, dynamism, and creativity for all members of the campus community and the city of Worcester, enriching the campus environment and enhancing its teaching, research, and engagement missions.

Holy Cross is one of 27 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, and the only exclusively undergraduate liberal arts college. Founded in 1843 on a hill overlooking the city of Worcester (about 40 miles west of Boston), the Holy Cross community encompasses the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of 3,000 undergraduate students, over 300 full- and part-time faculty, 800 staff, and nearly 40,000 alumni. The inaugural Executive Director of the PAC will be joining Holy Cross at an exciting moment. The College recently appointed a new President, Vincent D. Rougeau, who has energized the community, leading it through a series of critically important conversations from which it has emerged with a renewed sense of purpose and a vision for excellence.

Scheduled to open its doors in Fall 2022, the 84,000 square foot Prior Performing Arts Center will serve as an incubator for multidisciplinary learning and support creative collaboration among students from all academic disciplines at Holy Cross. Destined to be a campus focal point in the years to come, the ambitious and comprehensive PAC will include dedicated spaces for the fine and performing arts as well as spaces and technology to support creative interactions between the arts and other disciplines. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the PAC will include: a 400-seat concert hall, a 200-seat flexible performance space, the relocated Cantor Art Gallery, a flexible space with a cafe that will support creative collaboration among students from all academic disciplines offering a shared multimedia teaching space, and several outdoor amenities.


The successful candidate will be an inclusive, engaging arts leader, able to cultivate relationships with faculty, staff, students, colleagues, donors, and community members, as well as with local, regional, national and international arts communities. The successful candidate will be passionate about the College's Jesuit, liberal arts mission and insightful and farsighted about the role of the arts in pursuit of that mission. Furthermore, they will demonstrate a proven commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion and to the role of the arts in promoting these values. They will bring a record of innovative and strategic leadership and will demonstrate a deeply collaborative leadership style, entrepreneurial drive, and the ability to skillfully balance multiple needs and interests. Fundraising experience and thoughtful staff leadership are essential, as well as exemplary communication skills.

The successful candidate will also bring many of the following professional experiences and personal attributes:

  • Demonstrated experience leading an organization or unit of comparable purpose and similar complexity.
  • Proven and outstanding leadership and management ability in an arts context.
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills and a collaborative leadership style; experience working with an advisory board or similar structure is preferred.
  • Artistic insight and appreciation coupled with business sense and the ability to allocate resources and make difficult decisions.
  • Ability to be strategic regarding local, national, and international partnerships and an understanding of the variety of constituents that the PAC serves.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, and an aptitude for interacting effectively with students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, advisory committee members, trustees, professionals, and the public.
  • A deep commitment to ensuring that diversity and issues of access and inclusion are integrated into the fabric of all activities at the PAC, as well as a passion for authentic community engagement.
  • Experience with organizational and individual fundraising.
  • An understanding of the contemporary higher education environment and of relevant trends, innovations, and challenges that impact it.
  • A passionate appreciation for the College's Jesuit, liberal arts mission.
  • Success at leading and managing up, down, and across an institution, as well as negotiating, advocating, supporting, and translating across various constituencies.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization, and follow-through, as well as sound judgment and strong professional ethics.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (such as arts management) is preferred.

To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures,College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted.Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended;please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt level position.The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:

  • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
  • Hybrid work
  • NEW - condensed summer 4-day work week
  • Tuition benefits
  • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
  • Generous paid time off
  • Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
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College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunitieswhich you can read more about here.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:https://www.holycross.edu/human-resources/benefits

Holy Cross Benefits at a Glance PDF for download:click here

Application Instructions:

The College of the Holy Cross invites letters of nomination, applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the College. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications can be submitted electronically to:

Ben Tobin, Partner

Micah Pierce, Managing Associate

Isaacson, Miller


The College of the Holy Cross is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace. For more information, please visit www.holycross.edu/diversity.

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