The American Academy in Rome invites applications from artists, scholars, and institutional leaders for the position of its Rome-based Director, beginning in summer 2020, for an initial term of three years (2020-2023), with the potential for two one-year renewals. The candidate should have a distinguished record of achievement in one of the disciplines represented at the Academy as well as significant experience in management and administration.
The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, is an independent, privately funded institution that supports artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. The core of this group is composed of the approximately 30 Fellows who are winners of the highly competitive Rome Prize selected by rotating juries each year. Additionally, this community is enriched by invited Residents across the disciplines as well as an array of visiting artists and scholars. The Academy has a rich legacy and national profile in the arts and humanities in the United States, and an increasingly global position in diverse cultural and academic communities around the world.
The Academy is led by the President, who is based in its New York offices, and its programs and operations in Rome are led by the Director, along with the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director and Mellon Professor of the Humanities.
The Director of the American Academy in Rome, who is based in Rome, works with the President in New York on intellectual and programmatic activities and provides managerial leadership for all Academy activities in Rome. The Director, working with the senior staff in Rome on operations and administrative matters, manages a diverse Italian and American staff of approximately 60. The Director is a residential member of the staff in Rome.
The Director shares in the task of forwarding the Academy’s mission, shaping and articulating its broad vision for the arts and humanities, and encouraging programs that move across and between scholarly and artistic disciplines. The Director, together with the arts and humanities directors, is responsible for helping to mentor, nurture, and advance the work of diverse Rome Prize Fellows across the Academy’s Fellowship fields in the humanities, which are Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Early Modern, and Modern Italian studies, and in the arts, which are architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, and visual art.
The successful Director will have an established reputation in one of the disciplines listed above, extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration or a related field, broad cultural interests, in particular in those fields of the arts and scholarship served by the Academy, and a genuine desire to interact with a variety of people and institutions. Fluency in spoken and written Italian is critical, and established contacts with Italian scholars, artists, and academic and arts organizations are highly desirable. In addition, the Director hosts numerous public events a month and therefore must enjoy entertaining and hosting others.
The Director reports to the President, and as a member of the Rome and New York senior management team, works in close collaboration with colleagues in New York, including the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Development, and the Director of Communications.
The Director leads the Rome program team and directly oversees the Drue Heinz Librarian, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, the Director of Programs, and the Executive Assistant to the Director. The Director also oversees the Rome Director of Operations and Rome Finance Manager jointly with the Vice President for Finance and Administration in New York.
Among the primary responsibilities and duties of the Director are the following:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function at a high level. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.
Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the Academy, the contributions you expect to make to the Academy’s mission, and your qualifications for the position of the Director. If your resume includes publications or lectures, please include only a relevant selection. Your entire application packet should not exceed ten (10) pages in length. Applications must be submitted no later than the close of business on Friday, October 4, 2019 to https://aarome.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=17.
Please upload both your cover letter and resume at the above link as PDF files following the naming convention outlined below. Word documents or other file formats will not be accepted.
LASTNAME_Firstname_coverletter.pdf (e.g., SMITH_Jane_coverletter.pdf)
LASTNAME_Firstname_resume.pdf (e.g., SMITH_Jane_resume.pdf)
Candidates who are selected for interview will be notified in late October and in-person interviews will take place in New York City on Friday, November 22, 2019.
The American Academy in Rome is an equal opportunity employer.
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