Executive Director, Newman Center for the Performing Arts


Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Executive Director

The University of Denver seeks applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The Executive Director will be charged with the stewardship of a remarkable facility, the successful implementation of its mission, the direction of a dynamic performing arts program, and will serve as the University’s ambassador to the local, regional, and national performing arts communities.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative and inspiring leader, a judicious manager, a generous colleague, an advocate for the power of the arts to create a more inclusive and compassionate community, and a key contributor to the University’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence.

Position Summary
The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership of NCPA and the achievement of its goals.  The successful ED will have a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact; to guide NCPA through the next era of its service to the University and the community that surrounds it, as the Newman Center approaches its 20th anniversary in 2022-2023 season.

The ED will work closely with University colleagues – notably the Director of the Lamont School of Music and the Chair of the Department of Theatre – to guarantee that NCPA successfully fulfills its core obligations to their academic programs. They will be a thoughtful colleague on campus, a collegial member of Denver’s vibrant arts community, a cultural ambassador to the greater Denver community, a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, and the face of NCPA in the regional and national performing arts community. The Executive Director reports to the University’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

The Executive Director will curate the Newman Center Presents season with artists who are responsive to the character of both Campus and Community. They will be an energetic and innovative performing arts presenter, with an eye for new and unexpected possibilities of the arts. The ED will maintain a wide-ranging knowledge of touring artists and artistic trends and will maintain constructive relationships with agents and artist managers in order to bring the right artists to NCPA stages at the right time.

The Executive Director will work to expand NCPA’s audience, especially on campus and in the neighborhoods proximate to the University. They will embrace the goal of ensuring that cultural competence and emotional intelligence become fully-integrated features in the experience of DU students, and that student/faculty engagement in NCPA activities increases in both real numbers and relevance. Making NCPA a forum for the exchange of ideas and transformative thinking will be among the Executive Director’s highest priorities.

The Executive Director will manage and motivate a talented staff, ever mindful of their individual and mutual aspirations to make a difference. The ED will manage NCPA’s budget prudently and in keeping with the principles of accountability and transparency, and will work creatively to develop new sources of revenue that will allow NCPA to expand its programming and community service in a deliberate and sustainable manner.

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Compensation and Benefits
A compensation package commensurate with experience, including medical insurance, paid vacation and parental leave, matching retirement contributions, and which may include tuition waivers.

Applications and Inquiries
Candidates must apply online through the University’s portal at jobs.du.edu to be considered.
Only applications submitted online will be accepted. On the jobs page, click on the highlighted job description, scroll to the bottom, and click on “New Resume/CV” to initiate an application and upload a resume and cover letter.

The University of Denver is committed to inclusiveness and to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and veterans. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter a statement about how their service to the University would advance this commitment.

Questions regarding this position may be addressed via email only to the University’s consultant:


Screening of complete applications will begin on January 20, 2020 and continue until the completion of the search process. Interested candidates should complete an application as soon as possible after January 10, 2020.  The Search Committee’s goal is to complete the process and select a candidate by May 1, 2020.

The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer