Company Name:

University of Minnesota

Location:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Academic Staff

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

November 16, 2018

Director of Programming - Northrop

About the Job

Responsibilities/Duties of Position:

Planning & Programming:

  • Develop a strategic plan and overall arc of season programming, providing clear and thoughtful long-range planning to incorporate arts events currently touring, projected to tour, and in development phase.
  • Maintain constant communication with agents, artists, and other presenters to stay current on tour routing, artist availability, requested terms for engagements, audience and presenter responses to the work and the working relationships with the artists.
  • Thoroughly investigate and research touring artists available in a given season by reading reviews and descriptive materials, watching video footage, and traveling as needed to see live performances and meet with artistic directors, agents and tour representatives.
  • Carefully program dates within the constraints of the academic calendar to ensure maximum student engagement and an appealing timeline for public participation.
  • Provide content to the marketing, engagement and development teams for the creation of marketing and educational materials, season brochures, grant applications, etc., meeting predetermined deadlines.
  • Review, approve & sign contracts and purchase orders for Northrop programming.
  • Conduct detailed training sessions to explain the upcoming programming to members of the marketing, engagement, development, ticketing, production and front of house teams, so that all will feel enthusiastic about the work, informed about production demands and sales goals, and confident in securing funding and speaking about the work to our patrons.
  • Articulate programming choices and help demystify abstract work in a variety of contexts including large speaking engagements, advisory board meetings, pre-show artist interviews, post-show discussions, Q&A sessions and classroom settings etc.
  • Support and seek out opportunities for donors and patrons to meet/engage with artists, including social gatherings and events.
  • In collaboration with other Northrop team members and University departments, program content for the Northrop Gallery, making thematic connections to other institutional programming and leveraging key partnerships.
  • Oversee program selections for the Northrop Film Series, ensuring appropriate thematic connections to the Northrop Dance Season.
  • Imagine and envision additional uses, new concepts, and partnerships for Northrop public spaces such as Northrop Gallery exhibits, outdoor events and lobby displays, participating in the process from ideation through implementation with other Northrop teams and leaders.
  • Attend all performances, meet and greet audience members, gathering feedback about the events, and encouraging repeat attendance. Read and respond thoughtfully to audience feedback and criticism.
  • Supervise one FTE in artist services dealing with the hotel, transportation, and catering needs of artists, managing contracts and payments through the University system, and Visa application procedures in the case of international artists.

  

Fiscal Management:
  • Negotiate artist fees and additional contract terms such as hotel room nights, local transportation, crew requirements, access to venue, additional equipment rentals and other requests on behalf of Northrop.
  • In collaboration with Northrop’s technical director and artists’ representatives, secure the most up-to-date technical information for productions being considered, assuring compliance with Northrop stage specifications and equipment availability. Develop production budgets for each show by analyzing and discussing all details related to the technical and production elements.
  • Develop overall show budgets for each event that incorporate artists’ fees, technical requirements, travel and hotel needs, orchestral costs, and any other elements that might impact cost to present, adhering to the overall season budget.
  • Work with the director of marketing to determine ticket prices, discount plans, and thresholds for dynamic pricing, with consideration for market demand and to achieve revenue and attendance goals.
  • In collaboration with Northrop’s development team, identify fundraising opportunities and support the development of data-driven funding proposals and reports. Attend meetings with funders/donors as appropriate.

Relationship and collaboration with University and external partners:

  • Seek opportunities to provide meaningful student engagement with Northrop programming, recommending potential academic connections and approaching potential University partners to develop relevant relationships and activities.
  • Proactively meet with community and University partners, particularly those programs housed within Northrop (the University Honors Program, Institute for Advanced Study and the College of Design’s Innovation Lab), to identify, discuss and pursue potential projects and identify collaborative activities and connections in future seasons, engaging  Northrop’s campus and community engagement coordinator as appropriate.
  • Represent and advocate for Northrop in public situations and in national membership organizations such as Arts Presenters, Major University Presenters, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, etc., sharing information on best practices with the Northrop team.
  • Take a leadership role in the Northrop Advisory Board and Northrop Organ Committee, and participate on other boards and committees as appropriate

Minimum requirements:

 

·         Bachelor’s degree and eight years of experience in a nonprofit performing arts organization in a leadership programming role.

·         Strong knowledge of and background in dance programming.

·         Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.

·         Ability to create and adhere to schedules, budgets and deadlines.

·         Strong analytical, organizational and project management skills.

·         High degree of initiative and attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

·         Working knowledge of performance agreements and contracts, and the ability to comprehend technical riders.

·         Working knowledge of show budgets and settlements and experience with day-to-day fiscal management and accountability.

 

The ideal candidate will have:

 

·         A B.A. or B.F.A. in an arts related field.

·         A commitment to upholding Northrop’s history of excellence in dance programming and a strong desire to retain and expand the trust of our subscribers, audiences and partners.

·         A highly developed dance aesthetic that understands and appreciates all forms of dance, including classical and ballet, modern and contemporary, street and culturally specific forms.

·         A programming philosophy that respects the validity of recognized artists and critically acclaimed work, yet seeks out new and diverse artistic voices that ensure community engagement and audience development.

·         A solid understanding of marketing, ticketing, engagement, development, production and front of house operations and a desire to work collaboratively with these teams.

·         Experience working in an academic setting.

·         The ability to work both collaboratively and independently as appropriate.

·         An approachable demeanor and a welcoming, inclusive and encouraging spirit.

·         Familiarity with organ music, programs and performers, and new ideas to take advantage of Northrop’s unique instrument.

·         Experience programming a variety of genres.

·         A creative spirit who loves to collaborate, ideate, dream about and implement the initiatives that will help lead Northrop into the future as an innovative, relevant home for all.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 21st, 2018. Application must be made electronically through the University of Minnesota’s Online Employment System at https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/327588.

 Please submit the following documents online:

 1).  A  current resume

 2). A list identifying three references who can speak to your experience and skills as they relate to this position with the following information about each: their contact   information, their title and position, how long they have known you and in what capacity

 3).  A cover letter specifically addressing your interest in and your qualifications for this position.

4).  Examples of programs and or recently curated seasons

 

 If you have difficulty negotiating the electronic application process, please contact Human Resources at 612-624-8647

The Organization:

Northrop shapes Minnesota’s rich cultural environment through arts presentations that celebrate excellence and innovation, community engagement, and creative exchange. Considered a Minneapolis architectural treasure, Northrop is an enduring symbol of the University of Minnesota, and the focal point of the Twin Cities campus and community.

Since opening in 1929, Northrop has served as the University's primary gathering place for the performing arts, concerts, lectures, academic ceremonies, and major civic events. Our performances and engagement activities reach far beyond the student body and University community to citizens all across Minnesota. Programming has focused on bringing world-class artists and thinkers to Northrop, where the arts are incorporated into the student experience and shared with regional audiences. At the heart of our programming is the Northrop Dance Season. For nearly 50 years, Northrop has produced a season of extraordinary dance from all over the world. Approximately 8-12 dance companies are presented annually, with three to four large-scale classical ballet offerings (often with a full pit orchestra). Northrop has commissioned new works, and presented scores of premieres, ranging from state and regional to US and world premieres.

The newly revitalized Northrop has been in operation for nearly five years since the grand reopening in April, 2014.  Northrop has been host to more than 5000 different programs and has welcomed more than 1 million visitors. The theater revitalization included re-configuring the existing 4800 seat outmoded auditorium into a new theater of 2692 seats featuring state-of-the-art acoustics, excellent sightlines, cutting-edge technologies, and updated amenities. In addition, the building now boasts the Surdyk’s cafe, the 168-seat Best Buy Theater, expanded lobby areas, and newly incorporated space for three signature academic programs: The Institute for Advanced Study, the University Honors Program, and the School of Design’s Innovation Lab. Several lobby lounges provide spaces for student study and team learning activities.

Mission Statement:

Rooted in the belief that the arts are essential to the human experience, we are committed to cultivating intersections between performing arts and education for the benefit of all participants now and for generations to come.

Vision Statement:

Directly aligned with the teaching, research and service mission of the University, Northrop is a catalyst that uses the boundless power of arts and education to ignite transformation in each individual, inspiring positive change in our world

Company Name:

University of Minnesota

Location:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Academic Staff

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

November 16, 2018

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