The Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center invites applications and referrals for the position of Executive Director/Chief Development Officer.
Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center (RMPAC) is one of the biggest economic development and urban redesign projects for the Estes Park community in over a hundred years. The innovative plans include a commercial wing called Performance Plaza housing a boutique hotel, fine dining spaces, and an atrium (the Winter Garden) that connects to a state-of-the-art 751-seat performing facility in the heart of downtown. The Fall River will actually run through the Winter Garden, along with its adjacent portion of the downtown River Walk, accessible to all seasons.
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center is to become a focal point for the cultural life in Estes Park, Colorado while enhancing the quality of life for residents and guests alike as a catalyst for downtown economic revitalization. It will host a year round schedule of local and national performances, visual arts displays, arts education programs, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings. The project is designed by Roger M. Thorp of Thorp Associates.
For well over a century the Town of Estes Park has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, thanks in no small measure to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park’s neighbor to the west. It is the fifth most visited national park in the country. The RMPAC will be located in the heart of the pedestrian tourist traffic of the town. More than four million visitors pass through the Estes Valley annually.
Estes Performance InCorporated (EPIC) is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization doing business as the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center. Its innovative business plan includes an annual revenue stream from the net rental income generated by Performance Plaza. Construction of the hotel and restaurant spaces will be completed first to assure this income is available when the performing arts center construction is completed. The remaining dollars needed to support the RMPAC’s annual budget is projected to come through ticket sales, performance sponsorships, annual fund-raising, program fees, and rental income.
The initial focus of the Executive Director/Chief Development Officer will be fund-raising, coupled with on-going planning for the new Center. The Executive Director is charged with making steady progress towards a goal of at least $30 million from both philanthropic sources and some combination of equity investment, low-cost loans, and/or high-level contracted naming rights.
The Executive Director as the Chief Operating Officer of the corporation is responsible innovating all procedures, processes, and policies relating to the successful opening of a successful performing arts venue. Duties and responsibilities include creating an operating team, operating protocols, and business strategies. The Executive Director must develop a financial and programming plan for the opening season, create effective partnerships with arts and culture groups, the business community, sponsors, donors, and neighborhood residents, and shepherd the new organization through the phases of its construction to its formal opening and first season.
Long-term, in partnership with the new Board, the Executive Director would maintain an effective economic operating model for a successful performing arts center, balancing between community-based arts groups, the Center’s own programming, community and corporaterentals, and revenues derived from Performance Plaza. The Executive Director would be responsible for general operations, budget development, strategic planning, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, overseeing staff working in such areas as marketing, fund-raising, programming, box office, front of house, technical and artistic operations, building maintenance, and finance.
The Executive Director reports to and works in partnership with the EPIC Board of Directors.
Key roles and duties include:
Expansion of revenue generating and fund-raising activities including grants writing, donor research, donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and sponsorship proposals.
Broadening all aspects of communications to create a strong brand, working with a communications director and committee. Serving as a public face for the project.
Develop new partnerships and innovative programming to build audiences during the capital campaign, broaden the base of funders and catalyze opportunities for expansion and revenue growth.
Supporting a strong Board of Directors and engaging the various skill sets possessed by individual Board members on strategic direction, program and resource development.
The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership for planning, outreach, and programming, and will manage day-to-day operations, engaging and energizing volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
The Executive Director will create a culture of high performance and proactive collaborative approach that will lead to quality outcomes, expanded community engagement, and funder support.
The ideal candidate will have previous senior experience in leading an arts venue through itsopening season, demonstrated experience in capital campaigns, a minimum of seven years of not for profit arts venue management, and a university degree in arts and/or business management or equivalent experience in facility management and administration. Certification as a Facilities Executive or Fund-Raising Executive would be helpful.
The new Executive Director will have excellent analytical, financial and organizational skills, with demonstrated leadership in fund-raising. Other necessary characteristics would include political savvy and diplomacy, good oral and written communication skills, a track record in community participation and partnership, and knowledge of ancillary businesses such as catering, ticketing, and corporate rentals.
The Executive Director represents the Center to the public, the media and the performing arts industry at large through leadership and participation in community activities. The Center has a pivotal role in the cultural, educational and economic enrichment of the Estes Valley; the Executive Director must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, the media, artists, board members, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, volunteers, and the audience.
Other Information and Application Process:
Salary commensurate with experience. Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references by Friday, October 14, 2016 in confidence to:
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