Posted: May 14, 2018
Last Day to Apply: June 22, 2018
Overview of Position
The Executive Director of Dance Heginbotham (DH) provides vision, leadership, motivation and direction to the Board, staff, and supporters of the organization. Alongside the Artistic Director, the Executive Director serves as DH’s representative to both internal and external constituents, playing a key role in the organization’s earned and contributed revenue. In this capacity, the ED leads all fundraising efforts and will also tour with the company. With close attention paid to DH’s mission, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization, overseeing short- and long-term planning, development, and execution. This position would also manage the Artistic Director’s independent projects, including theater, opera, ballet, and teaching engagements, providing oversight and administrative support for his multi-faceted career. The workload is approximately 30 - 40 hours/week, with a flexible schedule. This position reports to the Board of Directors, and works in close collaboration with the Artistic Director. The ED has direct supervision over a team of part-time artistic and technical personnel and one part-time Management Associate, who provides administrative support, focusing on tasks related to fundraising, marketing, and financial management.
General and Tour Management
-Oversee day-to-day operations of the company, working with Artistic Director to create a balance of touring, creation of new work, and additional opportunities.
-Serve as primary company liaison in all stakeholder relationships, including but not limited to presenters, funders, artistic collaborators and personnel.
-Build and lead the company’s staff according to the demands of the growing organization, creating and implementing administrative policies and procedures as needed.
-Handle all booking responsibilities, including nurturing existing relationships with presenters and actively seeking new ones, negotiating contracts, overseeing all advance prepwork, and collaborating on outreach initiatives.
-Perform company management duties on tour and during New York seasons, including booking travel, creating schedules, managing budgets, and handling press opportunities.
Artistic Production and Development of New Work
-Serve as lead producer for the creation of new works and productions of existing repertory.
-Secure and negotiate commissioning and presenting commitments appropriate to the scale and scope of the Artistic Director’s vision for each new project.
-Hire and supervise teams of freelance/part-time designers and technicians.
-Oversee a growing operational budget, currently in the low to mid six figures.
-Develop and maintain budgets, providing the Board with regular updates.
-Maintain close oversight of organizational financial position and projections, overseeing the annual audit and ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
-Manage a strong Board of Directors, working collaboratively to achieve DH’s mission.
-Work with the current Board of Directors to cultivate and develop new Board members.
-Lead the organization’s fundraising efforts, including individual and institutional campaigns.
-Cultivate and nurture relationships with individual donors.
-Manage institutional fundraising calendar, write grants, and steward strategic partnerships.
-Plan and execute special events, as necessary.
-Supervise DH’s institutional and project specific marketing plans.
-Oversee the design of all print and digital marketing assets, including the website, e-communication, fundraising materials, and photo/video assets.
-Manage DH’s social media platforms, currently including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
-Proactively develop press strategy in collaboration with presenter partners.
-An genuine enthusiasm for John Heginbotham’s work and creative endeavors.
-An entrepreneurial spirit, with an eye for innovation and new ideas.
-A strong work ethic with an ability to thrive in an environment of change, and meet challenges with grace, patience and humor.
-Ability to craft long-term strategic organizational vision, while simultaneously creating and implementing the detailed action plan to make the big picture a reality.
-Minimum of 5 years experience in nonprofit performing arts management
-Demonstrated success in fundraising
-Experience with contract negotiations
-Existing relationships with presenters and experience touring a plus
Bachelor’s Degree required. MBA or a Master’s level degree in Performing Arts Administration or equivalent work experience is preferred.
Salary is in the $45,000 to $55,000 range.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance Heginbotham is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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