Director of Arts Programming, The University of Pittsburgh

Location: Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • July 18, 2022

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (“Pitt-Bradford”) seeks an energetic and creative Director of Arts Programming to succeed Patricia Colosimo who retires in early September.

The Director is responsible for the vision, administration and planning of all activities of the university’s performing arts center and oversees operations of the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center. This includes programming, facility scheduling and operations, financial management, and the marketing and communications.

Come lead a team of creative thinkers and innovators where you have the ability to envision and build  programming experiences for the university and the community. The director of arts programming has three direct reports: Director of the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center, the theater’s Technical Director, and the Assistant Director of Arts Programming.

Pitt-Bradford, is baccalaureate degree-granting regional campus founded in 1963.  It’s a welcoming, friendly, and diverse campus community, one of five University of Pittsburgh campuses. Over the years the programming has consistently been a wide range of music performances, theatre, dance, visual arts, family and school matinee programs, workshops, special day-long arts events for families, and collaborations with the campus (science and IT departments, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, DEI office, among others) and with the community (nursing homes, regional chambers of commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary, local businesses and more).

The Director has key responsibilities in these areas:

Programming: Selecting and booking the three series that make up Pitt-Bradford Arts (Prism, Spectrum, and Kaleidoscope) in cooperation with faculty, staff, and community groups, including concerts, plays, other entertainment events, and art exhibitions; contract negotiation.

Administration: Scheduling and management of facilities, event calendars, performance license and contracts, promotion and marketing and management of staff. Representing arts center in seeking grants and other fund-raising activities, and in promotional activities.  Management of staff.

Financial Management: Maintaining accurate financial reports related to expenses and revenues, in conjunction with the Office of Business Affairs, as well as bookkeeping activities such as account approval, invoicing, grant reports, and so forth.

Marketing and Public Relations:  Developing marketing strategy in conjunction with the Director of Communication and Marketing for Pitt-Bradford.

Activity Coordination:  Establishing on-going relationships with school districts, coordinating school group visits, summer activities related to the arts, school presentations, and conference services.

The arts center’s annual operating budget is approximately $285,000. The position reports directly to the President of the University

The mission statement is as follows:  Through three performing arts series, Prism, Spectrum, and Kaleidoscope, Pitt-Bradford will make artistic performances and exhibitions available and inviting to members of the public, throughout the region, within the campus, regional community, and to school age audiences.

Its vision is that the selected performances will reflect the values and goals of an academic institution, and its commitment to expanding the breadth of both the audiences and their experiences.

Performing Arts Space:

Blaisdell Hall is home to Arts Programming and the academic division of Communication & the Arts.  Blaisdell Hall is our fine arts and communication arts building, home to broadcast communications, public relations, interdisciplinary arts, theatre, and music programs. It features the 514-seat Bromeley Family Theater, arts studios, a music rehearsal hall, a flexible studio theatre, and the KOA Art Gallery. (A full technical specifications guide is on the university’s web site.)

The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is located in Bradford’s historic downtown in the circa 1931 Art Deco university owned building located in the heart of Bradford’s historic downtown district. The museum holds highlights from the personal archive of legendary opera singer, Marilyn Horne. The building also includes a café and gift shop.


The campus is on a 470-acre campus in Bradford, a town of about 10,000 people in northwestern Pennsylvania and surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest. Take just a couple steps off campus and you can hike, bike, hunt, fish, canoe, ride horses, etc. Bradford is a town that offers unhurried simplicity and a friendly atmosphere. Take part in arts and cultural events at the various museums in the area such as the world-famous Zippo/Case Museum as well as the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibition Center. Travel a little farther and you will be in beautiful Chautauqua, NY, home of the internationally renowned Chautauqua Institution and its cultural offerings. Bradford is also located approximately two hours from the Canadian border and the amazing Niagara Falls.

Required Professional Skills and Abilities:

A master’s degree in arts, arts management, or not for profit administration is preferred (but experience can be considered in place of the educational requirement), in addition to a minimum of five (5) years senior leadership experience of increasing responsibility in a performing arts facility that demonstrates the key knowledge, abilities and skills as outlined herein.  The ideal candidate will have experience, including responsibilities for staffing, evaluation, and performance management.  Experience in a university setting is a plus.

The Director will need a comprehensive knowledge of many performing arts forms and all aspects of arts venue management and will be an industry professional with existing networks within the cultural sector and a personal vision of how the arts and arts education play a role within the life of a community.

Excellent analytical, writing, financial, and organizational skills are critical to the responsibilities of budget administration, policy development and implementation, oversight of contracts, and program management.  The ability to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of stakeholders both inside and outside the university.

Compensation: $55,000 to $65,000.

Benefits:  Excellent benefits package including education benefits for employee and dependents to any Pitt campus; retirement plan with 8% employer match; group medical insurance, life insurance, optional vision and dental insurance; and vacation, sick and personal time. For more information visit

Application Process:

Deadline for applications: Friday, August 26 2022. 

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume with a list of references, and a cover letter to:

Margaret Genovese

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5B 2J7


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The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.