POSITION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
REPORTS TO: THEATRE INVESTOR GROUP
COMPENSATION: COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE
The Theatre is located in Effingham, Illinois at the crossroads of Interstates 57 and 70. The newly, constructed building was completed in November 2007 and houses a proscenium theatre with 1,564 seats and includes two lobbies and a self-contained conference center with concessions and full-service catering.
The Theatre will be the premiere cultural and entertainment venue for the residents of east-central and southern Illinois as a presenting organization of concerts and performing arts as well as, rental facility to organizations and individuals.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills;
Public or private sector management experience, including involvement in strategic,
budgetary/financial planning and organizational development;
Significant experience in developing creative artistic programs and working directly with artists,
both local and national, in a variety of disciplines.
Guides the business and administrative side of the organization; Reviews and provides input into performing arts contracts relating to technical, box office, hospitality, front-of-house, and ticketing services.
Oversees the day-to-day functions of the director-level staff, operating and technical systems, marketing and communications, and personnel/HR issues;
Oversees, procures and administers performance contracts.
Analyzes, appraises, and administers contracts relating to rental activities.
Works closely with the Investor Group to ensure effective governance and fiduciary oversight in implementations of the mission.
Collaborates with the President, Investor Group, and Financial Analyst to budget program expenses and revenues for each season;
Examines market viability of presentation and program projects and determines the annual program objectives for the venue’s season;
Selects performers and approves contractual relationship for the various events;
Develops season ticket promotions and oversees ticketing and front of house operations;
Develops community outreach program for the organization and encourage participation of emerging and under-recognized artists.
BOARD OF INVESTORS MANAGEMENT: Working with the President:
Serves as primary contact between Investor Group and Staff;
Provides timely reports to the Investor Group demonstrating adherence to standards/policies established by the ownership group.
Ensures that the Investor Group is notified, on a timely basis, of materials concerning internal and external developments;
Makes recommendations to the Investors Group on programming, financial, and community development activities.
COMMUNITY: Working with the President:
Acts as spokesperson for the organization in the community;
Develops and maintains strong relations with local government, cultural, business and civic organizations;
Strives to include under-served communities through programs and events.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: Working with the Financial Analyst:
Manages the financial affairs of the organization;
Prepares detailed annual budgets in accordance with the board’s financial planning policies/requirements;
Works closely with Financial Analyst and accounting staff to ensure smooth financial operations;
Provides timely documentation for performance P/L summaries, 50% year review, and annual audit process;
Negotiates and approves contracts and disbursements with artists;
FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Working with the Front of House Manager
Coordinates and develop short and long range facility improvements and renovations;
Assures facility use is effectively coordinated and managed to maximize use of space;
Oversees the acquisition and management of all operating systems, including computer technology, ticketing systems, telephone, and internet;
Manages facility equipment and technology resources and oversee policies and training related to building security, risk management and building safety;
Works closely with the technical director on technical requirements and cost-reduction of artists’ technical requests and hospitality;
Manages the business and fund development aspects of facility renovations and enhancement.
Recruits, hires, and manages staff as required;
Creates and distributes annual schedule of deadlines and critical dates;
COMMUNICATIONS: MARKETING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, DEVELOPMENT:
Oversees the Director of Marketing.
Establishes annual and long-range fundraising goals and objectives and works closely with fundraising committee to help members reach their goals;
Identifies new funding sources and opportunities and assures proper grant reporting to funders;
Oversees staff and/or grant-writing outsourcing services for the implementation of grant-writing strategy to include corporations, foundations, and government sources;
Makes presentations at fundraising events and community events;
Serves as the primary communicator about the affairs of the venue, working closely with the President to communicate effectively about the affairs of the organization.
QUALIFIED CANDIDATES: will have a minimum of six to eight years experience as a Director or Associate Director level in an arts organization or for profit venue. Required: Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration, Performing Arts Management, Marketing, or related field. Experience in marketing is preferred. A Masters Degree in Arts Administration, Business Administration, or Public Administration is preferred. Comparable experience will be considered in lieu of Masters Degree.