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Executive Director, Black Mountain Institute

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nevada, United States
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Sep 17, 2021

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Executive Director

Black Mountain Institute

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Since its creation in 2006, the Black Mountain Institute has been part of the College of Liberal Arts at UNLV and seeks to bring literature, literary figures, intellectual programming and the support and development of graduate students in Creative Writing and Literature to the University and community at large. It is an international home to writers in distress, a highly regarded pair of literary magazines, a radio program, a literary festival and a safe and quiet space for writers and fellows to pursue their literary work, whether in poetry, fiction, drama, or narrative non-fiction. BMI produces programs with artists and writers speaking about or even debating political and social topics as well as literary ones, and invites the entire community--especially in Las Vegas as well as beyond--to participate in these programs, whenever possible at no-charge. The Institute has added significantly to creative life in Nevada and seeks partnerships with other entities, both artistic and academic, to broaden the cultural landscape of the community at large.

BMI is recognized as an invaluable partner with one of the nation’s premier creative writing programs in the UNLV English Department, a thriving part of the arts and humanities at UNLV, and a unique and visible cultural landmark in Las Vegas and beyond. BMI has brought writers from Iran, Syria, and China into the City of Asylum program; it sponsors numerous diverse established and emerging writers each year through generous fellowships that allow them to enjoy a residency in Las Vegas to write and create; and its speaking engagements bring some of the country’s top names in literature, politics, arts, and culture to the Las Vegas community throughout the year. As a creative intersection between UNLV’s dynamic and diverse campus community and the innovative regional community in Southern Nevada, BMI has become a literary and artistic beacon. Recognized as the home of the Believer Magazine and annual Believer festival and as a place of collaboration with established writers, artists, and scholars, the Black Mountain Institute is a welcoming hub where diverse, marginalized, and innovative new voices are amplified.

The Black Mountain Institute seeks an Executive Director who inherently understands and promotes the value of literary art and artistic expression and demonstrates strong leadership and management skills. The successful candidate will be able to effectively communicate the relevance and cultural significance of BMI’s programs and work. The Executive Director will also be able to create and maintain space for art and expression to thrive in collaboration with diverse community voices and across a dynamic and diverse research university like UNLV.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the Executive Director of BMI will provide vision, direction, and strategic planning, as well as day-to-day oversight of BMI operations. The Executive Director will define and establish a vision that builds upon the groundwork laid by Carol Harter, Glenn Schaeffer, and BMI’s foundational benefactors like James and Beverly Rogers, and Miriam Shearing. The Executive Director will be responsible for launching new initiatives and overseeing landmark programs, fellowships, and initiatives such as the City of Asylum, the Believer Magazine, and the Believer Festival. To expand the footprint and the impact of BMI throughout Las Vegas and nationally, the Executive Director will actively seek opportunities for collaboration to support key programs and to grow BMI’s base of philanthropic support.

The Executive Director will be expected to create a culture of creativity, collaboration, and inclusion. As BMI is housed within the College of Liberal Arts, the preferred candidate will possess documented administrative success, academic or higher education experience. The Executive Director will have demonstrated skills successfully working with a variety of diverse individuals and groups to define and realize an innovative vision in a manner that uplifts the BMI team and its constituents and collaborators. The Executive Director will also strengthen relationships and integration with campus – building on a long history of collaboration with the English department and its MFA program, campus scholars and programs in the Humanities, and other campus units including The Intersection, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, KUNV radio, the Graduate College, and many others.


Inquiries, nominations, and applications are all welcome and should be directed to the University’s consultants at Russell Reynolds at For fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by Monday, September 27, 2021.


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