Inaugural Director
James E. George, M.D., J.D. & Family
Center for Healing Arts of Rowan University

The newly established James E. George, M.D., J.D. & Family Center for Healing Arts of Rowan University seeks an innovative, visionary leader to serve as its inaugural director. The director will launch and grow the Center into the premier healing arts organization in the southern New Jersey region and beyond.

The George Family Center director will be a creative leader who can realize the vision of Dr. James E. George to bring arts to southern New Jersey area health settings under the auspices of Rowan University. These include, among other opportunities, Rowan’s two medical schools—Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine, which is housed in the Virtua Health College of Medicine & Life Sciences—and its partnerships with area health systems.

About the Center
At the George Family Center for Healing Arts of Rowan University, our mission is to create transformative experiences through expressive arts, fostering healing and growth. We aim to promote art’s healing effects throughout the community. Destined to become a premier hub for the arts in health, community and education, the Center will engage patients, professionals, and students alike. Through exhibitions and accessibility initiatives, we celebrate healing arts and mentor the next generation of practitioners.

Position Summary
The director is responsible for aligning the George Family Center mission and vision to create programs and partnerships within our community that employ the arts in the healing process. The director will research, develop, and implement initiatives that tie the arts to hope, healing and artistic innovation within and beyond health care settings. The Center director will establish a culture of understanding of and support for the Center’s core values, including making the benefits of expressive and creative arts accessible to people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.

Key Responsibilities
The Director will meet or exceed expectations in the following areas:

I. Programmatic
The Center will build strong and positive relationships with key healthcare and community partners, educational entities, arts organizations, and others that can further the successful implementation of arts in health initiatives, including:

• arts in healthcare settings via artists-in-residence programs, arts prescription programming, and a virtual platform
• arts in healthcare education and training via interdisciplinary projects, art-based training in healthcare education, community outreach programs, and medical humanities courses
• art workshops and community-based classes
• an experiential learning model that brings student artists into health care settings as facilitators of healing arts in conjunction with Rowan University’s Department of Art

II. Exhibition
The Center will provide regular art exhibitions as a platform for the community and beyond to share their creative expressions, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride and creating a vibrant and supportive atmosphere within the healthcare setting via art exhibitions within healthcare settings and music, theatre, and dance performances and readings within healthcare settings.

III. Financial
By the end of year five, the Director will make the Center financially autonomous via fundraising, grant seeking, and partner investment that will support operations, scholarships, internships, and art exhibitions.

IV. Research Innovation
The Director will conduct and promote evidence-based research that supports the mission of the Center, both through individual and collective efforts.

V. Managerial
The Director will oversee the Center’s ongoing operations managerial capacity to
• Hire, train, and supervise staff working for the Center internally and externally
• Provide fiscal management and drive financial growth
• engage in marketing strategies to promote the Center’s brand
• Launch and oversee an advisory board

VI. Assessment
• Create evaluation plans and metrics to measure progress, impact and success of the Center and its programs.
• Survey program participants for non-clinical feedback on program effectiveness (example: program participants, healthcare institutions, clinicians, artists in residence, etc.).

Additional Job Functions/Responsibilities
• Ability to work a variable schedule, evenings, weekends, and holidays to meet operational needs.
• Ability to travel locally/regionally to meet with partners and stakeholders.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Experience
• Experienced practitioner in the visual arts, especially at the intersection of health and medicine.
• Master’s or MFA in arts, arts in health, art therapy, arts education, or a health-related profession.
• At least seven years of hands-on, arts-in-health experience.
• At least three years of managerial, coordinator, or supervisory experience.
• Demonstrated success in research, which may include grants, publications, and presentations.
• Highly developed written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate the value of arts in health care settings.
• Effective and persuasive presentation skills.
• Experience working with cross-sector partners including the arts industry, healthcare, community organizations, educational institutions, and government.
• Familiarity with arts-based research and evaluation methods.
• Ability to work independently and have an entrepreneurial spirit.
• Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity or a record of working with diverse students and faculty.

• Project management experience which may include research, project development, timeline development and budget creation.
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to creative effective project management plans to achieve goals.
• College-level teaching experience in arts and arts-related disciplines.

Starting Date: Mid-April 2024

Salary: Competitive

Application Process: Interested candidates must apply through our online application system at https://jobs.rowan.edu
by March 15, 2024.

Submissions must include a single .pdf file containing:

• A cover letter/statement addressing the above required and preferred criteria
• C.V. or resume
• Names and contact information for three references

For more information, contact search chair Sanford Tweedie at [email protected].

Rowan University is diverse by design. Open positions within the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts are an invitation to join our diverse, dynamic, nationally ranked university driven by inclusive, agile, and responsive scholars/educators who recognize themselves in these values. Our mission statement further outlines a vision for successful and equitable student learning outcomes, research excellence, and service to Rowan and the broader community.

Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For the complete Rowan University non-discrimination and affirmative action policy, click here.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.