Dean, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (LMUSFTV)
Loyola Marymount University
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: R2685
REPORTS TO: Executive Vice President and Provost, Loyola Marymount University
The LMU School of Film and Television is a dynamic, collaborative, and visionary school committed to excellence, diversity, equity, and creativity. We welcome applications for a progressive and charismatic dean with strategic vision and operational leadership - a dean dedicated to empowering a diverse generation of storytellers, scholars, industry professionals, and artist-entrepreneurs to advance the industry and its cultural impact.
The dean will inspire creative and intellectual risk taking and will champion the work of students, faculty, and staff. As an ethical community builder and civic leader, the dean will be committed to upholding the highest standards of academic excellence, diversity, inclusivity, integrity, shared governance, and professionalism. This leader will activate SFTV's power and potential in the arts to make an impact for social good through artistic excellence and innovation. The dean will advance SFTV's investment in multi-platform storytelling and the critical study of media.
ABOUT LMU SCHOOL OF FILM AND TELEVISION LMU's School of Film and Television (SFTV) in Los Angeles is consistently ranked among the top 10 film schools in the country. SFTV develops storytellers and industry leaders through coursework, projects, and an emphasis on close mentorship and collaboration. The school uses the power of media and entertainment to enlighten and inform audiences, to deepen connections to one another, and to broaden understanding of the world.
Small class sizes and a collaborative, hands-on approach provide a personalized experience for each of the nearly 1,000 film and television students. With guidance from experienced faculty, students are trained in the creative and practical aspects of telling stories for the screen. SFTV's students own the rights to their projects, and they graduate with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to thrive in a constantly changing industry.
LMU's strong connections to the entertainment industry provide access to a broad range of industry professionals, visiting scholars, special programs, and invaluable community partnerships. To date more than 400 partner companies have hired SFTV students as interns, and more than 70 percent of our undergraduate students have participated in an industry internship during their time with us.
SFTV's intimate classes and supportive relationships give students unparalleled access to both our distinguished faculty and our cutting-edge facilities and equipment, which include our recently dedicated Howard B. Fitzpatrick Pavilion, Broccoli Family Theate r, and Playa Vista Campus located in the heart of Los Angeles' tech and innovation hub known as Silicon Beach. The campus is in the center of the world's film, television, entertainment, and media industries in the country's most vibrant and diverse city, making the LMU School of Film and Television stand out amongst film schools in the United States.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY Loyola Marymount University is a top-ranked, private Catholic university and member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities . LMU offers rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and by intention and philosophy, we invite women and men, diverse in talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds, to enrich our educational community and advance our mission :
The encouragement of learning
The education of the whole person
The service of faith and the promotion of justice
LMU, an R2 institution in the Carnegie classifications, enrolls an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body. The university is home to seven colleges and schools with more than 6,500 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students and 1,100 law students who benefit from the country's top programs in film and television, business, education, liberal arts, among others.
LMU benefits from being part of a dynamic city that brings into sharp focus the issues of our time and provides an ideal context for study, research, creative work, and active engagement. By intention and philosophy, LMU invites individuals diverse in talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds to enrich its educational community and to advance its mission.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Energize fundraising The dean will lead an ambitious fundraising effort to fuel the school's aspirations by partnering with university leadership, advancement and communications staff, department leaders, faculty, alumni, and the SFTV advisory committee to ensure that the school has the financial resources necessary to support scholarships, faculty, and staff development, new hires, new technologies, capital and infrastructure improvement, and endowments.
Promote a culture of shared governance and inclusive planning The dean will uphold the highest ethical standards and embrace the benefits of inclusive, shared governance to enhance trust and transparency, build community and unity, and improve the institution. The dean will lead a robust process of strategic planning, welcoming participation from members across the LMU SFTV community, and solicit input from across the greater university.
Promote and support a mission-centered culture of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The dean will pursue an identity that reflects the present and future of the film and television communities (local, national, international) and businesses, with initiatives including: student, faculty, and staff recruiting; community and alumni relations; reflective storytelling; summits; faculty and staff training in cultural awareness; curricular development; continued and enhanced communications and engagement between the school and LMU administration, LMU's colleges, faculty and student cohorts; and the professional community.
Continuously improve the student experience
In the spirit of cura personalis - care for the entire person - the dean will prepare the school for the unique academic, career, and extracurricular opportunities available to today's students. The dean will continue ongoing connections to the professional world in response to ever-changing student needs and readiness for careers of the future.
Ensure academic excellence, interdisciplinary initiatives and innovation
The dean will help attract and retain the highest quality faculty and staff, and attract well-known and highly regarded guest lecturers. The dean will foster a culture of measurable academic excellence and sustain/bolster processes to ensure continuous academic improvement and innovation that define the LMU culture and experience. The dean will inspire and support cross-program connections to educate artist-leaders and scholars through these arts - between form and formats, scholarship and research, between art and enterprise, and between artistic creation and the communities it serves. The dean will be committed to facilitating and leading the creation of systems and processes that ensure alignment within and between disciplines with SFTV and across the greater university. The School of Film and Television will evolve its curricula and its culture to develop artist-creators who will connect, catalyze, and collaborate longstanding film studies with digital and future advancements. By developing students who can navigate multiple storytelling genres and related technologies, SFTV seeks to be a standard-bearer in redefining what it means to train film and television students for the 21st century.
Build connections that leverage the power of SFTV's broad programmatic portfolio and faculty expertise
With its strength across its programs - Animation; Film and Television Production; Film, Television and Media Studies; Recording Arts and Screenwriting, and graduate programs in Screenwriting and Production - the School of Film and Television is uniquely poised to reflect and positively influence the evolving arts of the moving picture and recording arts.
Promote SFTV's visibility and brand promise
The dean will engage communities within LMU, locally and globally, to promote the significant role of the School of Film and Television in the worlds of storytelling, scholarly work, and community engagement in film, television, gaming, and other evolving businesses. The dean will partner with civic, business, educational, alumni, religious and cultural leaders; be a presence in Los Angeles; and represent LMU at relevant events globally. The dean will articulate and promote SFTV's brand promise, value proposition, and institutional attributes for wider and deeper recognition and distinction.
Generate and align resources to support the strategic goals of the School of Film and Television
The dean will steward the long-term financial viability of SFTV by effective and transparent planning, by aligning existing resources to support emerging priorities and ambitions, and by generating new resources through diverse sources. The dean will examine the existing allocation of resources, programmatic portfolio, and opportunities for efficiencies to ensure optimal support of evolving strategic priorities. The dean will make well-informed yet sometimes difficult decisions while remaining true to SFTV's academic excellence, history, culture, and aspirations. The dean will pursue new programmatic opportunities and partnerships that simultaneously bolster the financial health of the school and uphold its academic and artistic standards of excellence.
Leverage and advance recent advances in facilities and infrastructure
Through the recent generosity of donors and institutional prioritization, SFTV's facilities and infrastructure have been advanced and strengthened to support increases in enrollment and the work of its faculty, staff, and students. The dean will develop new resources - physical, technological, and staffing - to leverage these advances with a focus on the integration of technology to advance artistic creation, connection with new audiences, and innovative delivery of instruction.
The dean serves as the chief executive officer of the School of Film and Television. The dean reports to the provost of LMU and works closely with the provost, members of the provost's leadership team, and leads SFTV's staff and department heads to ensure that the strategic direction and policies of the school are aligned with the academic, social and artistic goals of SFTV and LMU. The dean provides executive oversight of all aspects of the school, including fundraising, academic program development, enrollment management, faculty and staff development, external relations and partnerships, operational effectiveness, financial planning, and capital improvements.
Previous substantive executive leadership and management responsibilities in an academic institution, the film, television, computer game professions, or leadership of a complex creative industries enterprise.
A track record of fundraising vis a vis measurable and successful results in raising funds and in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donors and other sources of revenue. Experience is required in developing and managing fiscal plans, financial models, revenue generation, and operating budgets.
Demonstrated understanding of the world inhabited by students, university faculty, staff, storytellers and screenwriters, producers, directors, camera and lighting professionals, sound designers and recording engineers, animators, and artists, scholars and researchers of all storytelling stripes as well as those in the business of film and television who facilitate the creation and distribution of stories told by moving pictures.
A record of achievement that is well-regarded in the film and television field; experience working in collaboration with diverse teams of individuals representing different disciplines, needs, and perspectives; a demonstrated ability to forge mutually respectful relationships and experience in resolving conflicts.
Experience and a track record of success in attracting, recruiting, developing, retaining, and leading a diverse group of top talent who work in alignment with the overall mission of an institution or business, and an ability to shape an organization to attract top talent.
The ability to work successfully with community leaders, artists, producers, technicians, researchers, and educators to rouse interest in and strengthen the institution.
A collaborative spirit, interdisciplinary sensibility, and an understanding of the impact that group and peer feedback has on teamwork and job satisfaction.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage by influence, including the means to address issues, manage conflicts and crisis in non-confrontational and collegial ways.
Loyola Marymount University, a Carnegie classified R2 institution in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We invite all persons in the full diversity of their being, life experience, and beliefs to apply. Please read more about our commitments and our efforts at ( https://resources.lmu.edu/dei/ ).
COVID Vaccination Requirement
To ensure the safety and well-being of our community Loyola Marymount University requires that all students, faculty and staff are vaccinated or have been approved for a qualifying medical or religious exemption.
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation's most beautiful and green campuses.