Executive Director

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 313214 - MSU-Riley Center
Location: Riley Center - Meridian, MS
Categories: Executive/Administrative/Managerial
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Department Profile:

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Area of Specialization:

MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversees operation of the 875-seat theatre, including securing and scheduling of entertainment/performances
  2. Oversees operation of conference facilities, including marketing of the facility as a resource for the community/region and University and assists the Head of Campus in Administrative oversight of the Riley Campus
  3. Oversees development of innovative educational outreach initiatives to expand access and promote programmatic excellence and lifelong learning. Collaborates with the Head of Campus and Division Heads in leveraging technology and the Center's resources to meet the mission of MSU Meridian
  4. Collaborates with the Head of Campus and Division Heads in curriculum development and takes a lead role in that process as it relates to technical credit, particularly in hospitality and event management
  5. Works with the Head of Campus, the Office of Research and Economic Development, and the MSU Foundation to increase private and institutional support for research, facilities, programs, scholarships, endowments, and advancement for the MSU Riley Center and for the Meridian Campus
  6. Works with the Head of Campus to plan and maintain an annual budget
  7. Oversees educational enrichment and outreach including K-12 initiatives, arts integration programming, and continuing education efforts
  8. Recruits and hires staff that help reach the organizational mission
  9. Maintains facilities above expectations and works with the Head of Campus and Building Maintenance Supervisor on a deferred maintenance schedule and daily cleaning needs
  10. Coordinates the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Event and Hospitality integration with the MSU Riley Center
  11. Participates/engages in professional pursuits in the candidate's discipline/areas of expertise
  12. Supervises management of the Bulldog Shop and leverages beverage and food services, the gift shop, and other resources in serving both students and conference attendees/patrons.
  13. Other duties as assigned by the Head of Campus

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in a relevant field or a bachelors with considerable related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in a relevant field
  2. Experience in community relations, arts integration, and educational programming
  3. Experience working in an educational setting
  4. Experience in securing substantial grant funding

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Outstanding interactive skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies
  2. Ability to network with agents and industry leaders in performing arts to schedule reputable shows
  3. Ability to efficiently and effectively work in a fast-paced environment with multiple responsibilities
  4. Ability to prioritize workload and foster a willingness to continuously learn and grow professionally to excel at one's highest capacity
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  6. Proven organizational ability and ability to make decisions as necessary to facilitate efficient operation
  7. Knowledge of fiscal and human resources management

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  1. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  2. No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  3. No or very limited physical effort required.
  4. This job frequently requires a non-traditional work schedule including nights and weekends.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter and resume that includes the complete contact information for at least three professional references

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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