search committee looking for new executive director
The following position is
Executive Director - Sandusky
State Theatre (Ohio)
The Sandusky State Theatre Board
of Directors is seeking an Executive Director to lead and administer all
operations of an 85 year old beautifully renovated historical theatre. If you
are an energetic outgoing individual with leadership, theatrical and managerial
skills, the board is interested in talking to you about your potential to
continue the growth of this community landmark in the entertainment hub of
downtown Sandusky. Additionally, the preferred applicant will have smart
business savvy and a track record of successful grant seeking and benefactor
development. Responsibilities individually and through others include; the
administration of a $874,000 budget, programming, workshops, performer contract
negotiation, facility rental, infrastructure renovation and maintenance, public
relations, promotion, and funding development. Requires a minimum of seven years
experience in a wide range of theatre/entertainment venue administration and
appropriate academic degrees or other suitable combinations of qualifying
education and experience. Salary and benefits negotiable. Salary Range expected
to be $70,000 to $85,000.
Send resume and cover letter to Director Search, PO Box
432, Sandusky, OH 44871 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will be
open until filled.
Director Position Description
and reports directly to, the Board of Directors, assuming overall responsibility
for the optimum success of the Sandusky State Theatre within the perimeters of
the board objectives and policies as established and directed by the Board of
Functions and Responsibilities:
- Assumes responsibility for general continuity of the
Enterprise under the guidelines established by the Board and within constraints
of the Budget and financial feasibility of defined and approved
- Coordinates long-range and annual planning in
collaboration with the Board of Directors.
- Provides leadership and implementation of fundraising
activities, donor development, grant seeking and reporting with the guidance and
full participation from the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, utilizing
private, corporate, foundation, and governmental grant resources for the purpose
of meeting projected operational expenses and short and long term restoration
- Gives required attention to, and two-way communication
with all other committees of the Board, maintaining full attention to insuring
proper decisions for the overall success of the State Theatre.
- Assesses market trends and actively cultivates maximum
utilization of the State Theatre facility throughout the community as a center
for cultural, educational and convention activities for the purpose of providing
a full service theatre and meeting facility for youth, service organizations,
religious groups, performing arts associations, business organizations and
private presenters. Maintains a high level of visibility and active networking
across all segments of the community to achieve maximum utilization.
- Provides leadership for, and maintains open
communication between the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and standing
committees while providing feedback from the community and users of the
- With total involvement of the Board of Trustee's,
initiates long-range planning; provides information and guidance to the Board on
the formation of policy; and interprets Board policies to the users of the
- Under the direction of the Board, assumes ultimate
responsibility for adequate financial resources for successful operation of the
Theatre. This is a bipartite responsibility involving the acquisition and
disbursement of funds in a prudent manner.
- Acquisition of Funds:
Develops strong working relationships with current and potential donors,
including but not limited to the corporate and business community. Investigates
and pursues all avenues of funding including the initiation of required
paperwork for foundations and grants. Assumes full responsibility for
communication with the media, realizing the importance of public relations in
the acquisition of funding.
- Disbursement of Funds: With the Board Treasurer,
develops and prepares the annual budget for Board approval, based on current and
long-range goals for the Theatre, and supervises its implementation, practicing
frugality in all disbursements of funds. Personally negotiates all
vendor/contractor contracts and personally approves all invoices and other
expenditures prior to payment.
- Recommends to, and assists the Board and its appropriate
committees in, long-range planning, programs, rental usage, and terms for all
physical space of the State Theatre property.
- Attends and participates in all meetings of the Board as
a non-voting, ex-officio member.
- Provides management oversight and leadership for all
clerical and technical staff and contractors with the objective of delivering
quality and safety to users of the State Theatre facility.
- Directs the employment, training, supervision and
discharge of all Theatre employees and volunteers, determining job titles,
duties and salaries for all staff in accordance with preapproved Board policies
- Responsible for the interpretation and implementation of
the policies established by the Board of Trustees while providing sensitive,
fair, and firm management practices and motivational leadership.
- Manages, supervises, and administers all operational and
maintenance issues relating to the physical facility, equipment and other
Theatre assets with the assistance and advice of Board committees, appointed by
the President of the Board for that purpose.
- Oversees the development and maintenance of membership
- Plans, schedules, and implements all Theatre
- Develops, implements, and directs all publicity and
promotion for theatre-produced events.
- Oversees the execution, and insures physical control of
all official documents including rental contracts, artist contracts, insurance
documents, banking documents, and all administrative paperwork.
- Produces and directs in-house productions.
- Performs related duties as apparent or
qualifications shall be established by the Personnel Committee of the Board of
Directors at time of the search. Minimal qualifications shall
- Bachelor's degree in Arts, Business
Administration-Management, or related field from an accredited college or
university; Master's Degree strongly preferred.
- Minimum of ten years' experience in the field of
theatre, including both artistic and business endeavors, with a minimum of five
years senior management experience.
- Knowledge of theatre management and fund-raising
experience; demonstrated leadership and administrative skills; excellent public
relations, communications and interpersonal skills; with experience working for
a non-profit organization preferred.
- Working knowledge of budgeting, theatrical and film
contract negotiations and entertainment bookings, and local, regional and
national art trends, activities and resources.
- Strong written and oral communicaiton skills with an
ability to effectively interact with community groups, arts organization
professionals and staff; ability to participate in public speaking events;
demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
- Demonstrated integrity with proven experience leading
others to new levels of effectiveness.
- Passion for the arts with a broad background in
entertainment programming (ideally in film, live theatrical productions and
other performing arts), and a proven track record of driving business
performance to the next level of excellence and profitable management in
business and/or a non-profit organization.
- Ability to work irregular and extended work hours,
including evening and weekend hours required for theatre events and
- General good health, with strength to lift and carry
materials weighing up to 25 pounds. Must posses mobility to work in a standard
office setting and use standard office equipment with ability to stand and sit
for longs hours; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and
hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the phone.
- Must possess mobility to work in a standard office
setting: ability to sit, stand and walk on a level surface for periodic periods
throughout the day, as needed.
- Ability to climb stairs to perform essential functions,
- Ability to reach above shoulder heights or below the
waist to file documents and/or store materials throughout the workday and to
lift up to 25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Physical demands must be
met with reasonable accomodations to successfully perform all essential
functions, not limited to those listed, without imposing significant risk or
harm to the health or safety of the employee or others.