The American Academy in Rome invites applications from artists, scholars, and institutional leaders for the position of its Rome-based Director, beginning in summer 2022, for an initial term of three years (2022-2025), 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 Affiliated Fellows and 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, where broader institutional goals are set in consultation with the board. The Director reports to the President and is responsible for programs in Rome in consultation with the President, the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, the Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor and the senior management team.
The Director of the American Academy in Rome, who is based in Rome, works with the President in New York on intellectual, creative and programmatic activities and provides intellectual and community leadership for the Academy. The Director works alongside the Deputy Director for Programs and Administration and the Deputy Director for Finance and Administration in Rome on operations and administrative matters and the management of 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 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 support 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 academic or arts administration, 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 CFO, the Vice President for Development, and the Director of Communications.
The Director leads the Rome program team and directly oversees the Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor, the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, the Drue Heinz Librarian, and the Executive Assistant to the Director. In addition, the Director oversees the Deputy Director for Programs and Administration jointly with the President.
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 Monday, November 8, 2021 to https://aarome.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=35.
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 mid- to late-November and interviews will take place via Zoom on Friday, December 10, 2021.
The American Academy in Rome is an equal opportunity employer.
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