PRODUCING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Opera House Arts (OHA) uses the performing arts to foster and promote excellence in all the ways we perform our lives: Incite Art. Create Community. We offer a year-round program of professional theatre, film, educational programs, concerts, dance, and community events. http://operahousearts.org
ABOUT OPERA HOUSE ARTS
Located at the southernmost tip of Deer Isle, the second largest island on Maine’s legendary coast, Stonington’s Opera House Arts is a shining light in Maine’s theatrical and performing arts landscape. OHA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization, is celebrating 19 years as a vital part of the Down East coast, specifically Deer Isle and the Greater Blue Hill Peninsula. This history includes the development of world premieres of performances in a range of media: two to three productions of high-quality theater each summer, including Shakespeare in Stonington, a jazz festival weekend, school-based performing arts programs, first-run and art films, concerts, community play readings, a children’s theatrical workshop, and a variety of programs for families. OHA has commissioned original musicals and plays, including The Last Ferryman, and has a history of producing innovative site-specific work.
OHA recently completed a $1 million Capital Campaign to construct a new lobby and scene shop. One of only a handful of year-round professional theaters in Maine, Opera House Arts has a proud track record of restoring two historic performance spaces and presenting ambitious productions in the intimacy of the 250-seat 1912 Stonington Opera House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places; and the 100-seat 1870 Burnt Cove Church. In addition, OHA has become a cornerstone for the economic and social revival and vitality of Deer Isle, which is connected to the mainland by the iconic Deer Isle Bridge. Stonington has a rich maritime history and is also Maine’s leading fishing port, bringing in 17.4 million pounds of lobster, valued at over 65 million dollars in 2016.
Title: Producing Executive Director
Opera House Arts seeks an experienced Producing Executive Director who has strong management experience, a strong artistic vision, and a strong interest in community engagement. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with a background in leading a theater arts or performing arts organization. He or she will be a persuasive and passionate communicator who is able to inspire and collaborate with a broad constituency of stakeholders. This person should be comfortable living in a remote but vibrant part of the Maine coast.
OHA 15-member Board of Directors
Two full-time and five PT and/or seasonal staff members including:
Director of Development
Director of Operations
Part-time and/or Seasonal
Marketing & Development Coordinator
- Board of Trustees and Board Committees
- Community Advisory Board and Artistic Advisory Board
- Artists and theater professionals
- Teaching artists and students
- Individual donors and foundations
- Local schools
- Community partners
- Local town officials and businesses
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
- Five-plus years of successful theatre or performing arts nonprofit leadership.
- Demonstrated experience managing a $500,000+ budget.
- Demonstrated experience producing or creating professional theater productions with budgets of $75,000+.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and lead a small staff.
- Proven ability in relationship building and diplomacy with numerous constituencies: board members, donors, actors and theatre professionals, community partners, students, schools, etc.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
- Knowledge of fundraising needed to support the Development Director and help attain OHA’s fundraising goals through cultivation and solicitation of donors.
- Knowledge of budgeting, including reading and preparing financial reports, and negotiating contracts.
- Maturity, a high level of energy and adaptability, an unflappable demeanor and a sense of humor.
- Computer proficiency to be able to function without an executive assistant.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Oversees, implements and ensures sustainability of OHA’s operations, programs, finances, and community support.
- Develops performance season calendar, multi-year program schedules, and facility maintenance and improvement plans, based on OHA’s artistic strengths and financial resources.
- Produces or presents all events at OHA, including two to three theater productions each season.
- Hires, develops, and directs staff—artistic, production, administrative —and encourages effective use of volunteers (approximately 100 year-round).
- Manages and monitors overall financial operations of OHA to ensure fiscal responsibility.
- Works with the staff, Finance Committee and Board in preparing and reporting on OHA’s budget.
- Develops, implements and monitors a long-term strategic plan for OHA in coordination with the Board, staff, and artistic and local communities.
- Based on experience, Producing Executive Director may perform in, direct, design or create one or more productions a year.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes health insurance and other key benefits.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email your resume/CV and cover letter as PDF attachments, with subject line Producing Executive Director to email@example.com. No phone calls please. Questions may be addressed to the same email address.
Application deadline May 31, 2018.
Opera House Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.