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Director, Center for Creative Photography

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Position Information

Title Director, Center for Creative Photography
Department Ctr for Creative Photography (2538)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is the premiere research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence. Established in 1975, CCP currently contains over 5 million archival objects encompassing over 250 archival collections and more than 90,000 fine art photographs representing over 2,200 modern and contemporary photographers. CCP’s collections include some of the most recognizable names in 20th century North American photography: Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, W. Eugene Smith, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand.

CCP’s art, archival, and research collections, combined with its experienced staff, provide an unparalleled resource for students, educators, scholars, museums, publishers, and the public. Located on the University of Arizona campus, CCP’s public gallery, auditorium, print viewing room, research study center, conservation lab, and ancillary facilities support an active program of academic engagement, interdisciplinary research, community outreach, exhibitions, publications, and loans to museums worldwide. CCP also partners with the Phoenix Art Museum and has a loan program with other venues to exhibit CCP’s vibrant photography works to the broader communities.

CCP is one of three University arts and cultural institutions that report to the office of Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) as part of the UA interdisciplinary arts, culture and society academic enterprise. Under RDI leadership, the museums work in coordination with academic programs to leverage their intellectual resources and strengthen UA’s position by advancing collaborative research, scholarship, and engagement at the local, regional, national, and international levels. RDI provides a rich set of resources to support these responsibilities, including Research Development Services (grant writing assistance), Strategic Business Initiatives (corporate engagement), Global Research Alliances (international partnerships), RDI philanthropy division (external and donor relations), Arizona Research Laboratories (the University’s core and shared user research facilities), University Research Communications, Research Analytics and the RDI Business Center.

CCP has recently undergone external benchmarking and an internal self-study resulting in the implementation of a new strategic roadmap ( that expands its local, national and international visibility, positions CCP as a crucible for transformative interdisciplinary scholarship, and advances student engagement, public outreach, and strategic partnerships to ensure its sustainable future. CCP has begun realizing this resurgent vision through a federal grant-funded catalogue project, student internship experiences, international photographic conservation forums, and traveling exhibitions. The next Director is expected to build on CCP’s distinguished record of success, execute the vision articulated in the roadmap and lead it to greater prominence.


The Director is expected to advance the vision and mission of the CCP’s internationally-recognized collections, scholarship, and outreach programs by a) substantially increasing the generation of external revenue from philanthropy, grants, traveling exhibitions, and licensing to ensure CCP’s long-term financial sustainability; b) enhancing the connection to, and collaboration with, the university’s academic programs, faculty, students and staff by leveraging their outstanding collections to increase visibility, scholarly activity, and student experience and utilization; c) collaborating closely with RDI and other RDI museum/center leadership to realize the identified synergies to establish UA as an international arts and culture destination; d) engaging and grounding CCP in productive relationships with local, regional, national, and international communities to expand its impact as a premier institution of American photography; and e) overseeing the CCP leadership and staff in executing the daily operations of the Center, coordinating closely with RDI leadership and the support services. The Director reports to the Associate Vice President of Research, Arts, Culture & Society, and is expected to work closely with CCP staff in executing the duties and responsibilities of this position, as well as with RDI leadership in setting goals and targets, evaluating outcomes, and regularly reporting on CCP activities, finances, metrics, and outcomes to the Senior Vice President for Research.

Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) supports world-class research and discovery by University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students with particular attention to the University’s land-grant mission of service to the State of Arizona. RDI enables the research success of University of Arizona faculty through its support of University research centers, institutes, museums, and core facilities; provision of research development, compliance and safety services; and strategic external partnerships. The University of Arizona seeks to build on its great strengths in interdisciplinary research by expanding its fundraising program dedicated to securing philanthropic support for interdisciplinary campus-wide initiatives that cross multiple academic interests.

The UA today has over 42,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona.

The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body. The University is one of 62 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and conducts significant scholarly and creative research. The National Science Foundation ranks UA as one of the nation’s top 20 public universities in research expenditures.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Lead development of comprehensive extramural funding support for CCP, including philanthropy, grants, traveling exhibitions, and licensing.
• Generate philanthropic support to advance CCP’s mission and strategic plan including major gift fundraising, devoting significant time to the cultivation of individual and corporate donors, and interacting with relevant foundations and government granting agencies.
• Identify and anticipate long-term needs of CCP and establish fund-raising goals and priorities within the broader goals of the UA.
• Build and maintain relationships with current and potential donors, including photographers, collectors, dealers, museum directors, and other key individuals in the field of photography.
• Collaborate with other entities within the University and beyond to enhance interdisciplinary academic research and student engagement opportunities at the CCP.
• Develop collaborative partnerships with the Tucson community of museums and cultural institutions.
• Build and maintain CCP’s partner group to support the mission and strengthen fundraising opportunities.
• Ensure the long-term financial health of CCP through effective management of existing resources and development of external funding.
• Lead implementation of CCP’s strategic plan to optimize existing programs and activities, identify emerging needs, opportunities, and audiences, and advance its national and international impact.
• Direct and oversee all CCP administrative, programmatic, and operational activities in a collaborative team-based work environment including preparation of reports and budgets, hiring/evaluating of CCP staff, and delegation of responsibilities and appropriate authority.
• Lead and participate in activities that foster interdisciplinary collaboration among UA museums, collections, and allied academic programs.
• Work closely and partner with other university museum directors, university departments/colleges and RDI leadership to synergize joint programming, optimize operational infrastructure, and create a consolidated campus museum gateway destination.
• Serve as CCP’s chief spokesperson, effectively representing it to all its constituencies to enhance its public and professional visibility and reputation locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
• Maximize interdisciplinary, campus-wide opportunities to position CCP as an arts/culture leader in the community.
• Provide clear and consistent communication to CCP’s internal and external constituencies.
• Collaborate with RDI leadership team (particularly, but not limited to Directors of Development, Sr. Director of External Relations, and Director of Research Communications) to implement CCP’s administrative, operational, philanthropic, and programmatic goals.
• Other tasks as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in visual arts; arts, public, non-profit and/or management related; or position-relevant field.
• Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in arts-related organizations (museums, collections, non-profits) including three (3) years of senior administrative leadership experience.
• Recognized knowledge of Modern American photography.
• Recognized knowledge of the broader impact of arts and culture in contemporary society.
• Demonstrated record of successful fund-raising.
• Demonstrated record of collaborative leadership with a diverse staff, across multiple disciplines that fosters common goals within an institution and the broader university community.
• Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating and maintaining relationships to increase visibility to multiple constituencies.
• Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee budgets.
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated record of significant museum/collections administrative leadership experience in academic environments.
• Master’s degree in visual arts; arts, public, non-profit and/or management; or position-relevant field.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 hours per week
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21498
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Carrie Stusse

Open Date 03/01/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 04/17/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts; arts, public, non-profit and/or management related; or position-relevant field?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference/Referee Contact Information
  4. Statement of Interest
Optional Documents