Executive Director Position at Black Mountain Institute

Black Mountain Institute
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Deadline: Review of applications begins November 23, open until filled

Black Mountain Institute (BMI), an international literary center dedicated to promoting discourse on today’s most pressing issues, seeks an Executive Director to continue to build on the accomplishments of its retiring founder and current Executive Director, UNLV President Emerita Carol C. Harter.

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts at UNLV, BMI works to exert local, national and global influence by supporting a host of mutually reinforcing literary endeavors. These activities include readings, lectures, and panel discussions by internationally recognized public intellectuals (past speakers include Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka, Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow, T.C. Boyle, Cheryl Strayed, Mary Gaitskill, Yiyun Li, Jennifer Egan, George Packer, Peter Hessler, Paul Theroux, C.D. Wright, Charles Simic, Jane Smiley); nationally ranked graduate programs in creative writing in the Department of English; a residential fellowship program that supports the creation of internationally focused writing for an educated lay audience; faculty fellowships for scholars pursuing humanistic research; a residential safe haven for writers of conscience from countries in which such freedoms are curtailed or endangered; the publication of two award-winning literary journals; and the translation into English of major literary works from traditionally under-translated languages.

The Executive Director should be a senior scholar or writer with a proven record of commitment to the dissemination and promotion of the literary and humanistic arts, particularly via community engagement. A substantive administrative history, extensive fund-raising experience, and an established reputation in the arts and/or humanities are among the centrally important qualifications for the position. The fundamental requirement is an appreciation of the role of writers in our collective processing, understanding, and addressing of some of the world’s most challenging problems. In sum, UNLV hopes to identify a person with considerable experience to provide visionary leadership, innovative programming, the creation of partnerships within UNLV as well as with community, national and international entities, fund raising that supports BMI initiatives, and the energy to engage our various communities in its endeavors. Although non-academic candidates are encouraged to apply, academic candidates may qualify for a professorship in their discipline department. With a significant naming gift in the final stages of negotiation, the new Executive Director must be capable of propelling the Black Mountain Institute into the next phase of its already impressive development as an internationally recognized cultural think-tank.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae electronically via the human resources portal: http://jobs.unlv.edu.

Review of applications will commence on November 23 and continue until filled.

For more information see: http://www.higheredjobs.com/institution/details.cfm?JobCode=175817534&Title=Executive%20Director%20of%20the%20Black%20Mountain%20Institute&aID=584

Inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Marta Meana at marta.meana@unlv.edu.

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