The Festival is seeking an Executive Director who is a visionary and innovative leader, capable of creatively advancing an established Festival in a vibrant University community with strong interests and engagement in arts and culture.
The Executive Director duties encompass:
Being the” face” and the chief executive officer of the Festival, reporting to the Board, with responsibility for all aspects of the Festival's operations;
Vigorously represent the Festival to the region's artistic, political, business, university, and social communities and maintain active community-based constituencies in support of the Festival; Execute annual promotional campaigns and maintain high level engagement with the media in support of the ticketed series.
The Executive Director must be an effective manager.
Oversee preparation and management of annual operating and capital budgets while maintaining appropriate information systems.
Provide creative and innovative leadership for the continued development, long-term sustainability, and improved operations of the Festival and its programs while working closely with the Board to develop, revise, implement, and maintain long-range and strategic plans.
The Executive Director should be an innovative and compelling programmer.
Execute the booking and programming of the Festival in a manner that appeals to broad popular community interests, with varied entertainment and educational activities in a financially responsible and successful manner while highlighting the unique offerings of the Festival distinguishing it from neighboring events.
Work with both community organizations and university-based groups for ‘win-win’ collaborations that serve the Festival’s goals and further expand the Festival’s audiences.
The Executive Director must be an energetic fundraiser.
Take the leadership role and support the development officer’s execution of annual fundraising campaigns including:
Act as the lead for federal, state, city, university, and other grants.
Sponsorship acquisition and cultivation for major cash, in-kind, and trade support.
Advance solicitation of foundations, individual gifts, and annual campaigns while cultivating major donors and bequests.
Preferred qualifications include:
Significant progressive leadership experience in arts and/or arts management with a substantial annual budget, supervision of professional staff and volunteers, work with a board of trustees.
A degree and senior experience in the presentation of the performing arts.
Artistic knowledge, interest and experience in the performing arts industry and production and the ability to work with a broad cross-section of genres, artists, businesses, media, promotional partners and the public to enhance interest in and support for the Festival.
The ability to make sound business decisions regarding artistic and programing options. Experience using industry metrics to assess the financial ‘value’ of a particular performance and sales history and an understanding of basic deal structures, production costs, ticket pricing, and market interest.
Working knowledge of fiscal management, including fund accounting, accrual accounting, deferred revenue, multi-year agreements, grant reporting, and budgeting.
Highly effective public speaker, exceptional written and oral communication, and organizational growth oriented interpersonal skills.
Experience in fundraising, including major gift cultivation, donor stewardship, sponsor cultivation, and successful grant authoring.
Maturity, discretion, exemplary integrity, a high level of day-to-day energy, flexibility, resiliency, personable nature with the ability to ‘shift-gears’ to connect with a variety of constituents, positive leadership demeanor in high-pressure public environments, and the willingness to be accessible and to pro-actively engage key members of the community, staff, board, and other relevant constituencies that may further the organization's goals.
SALARY, BENEFITS AND START DATE: Salary and benefits will be competitive. The Festival is an equal opportunity employer. The position becomes available in August 2017.
PROCEDURE FOR APPLICANTS: Submit a brief cover letter and a resume with salary history, available start date, relevant qualifications, and experience, in confidence to the following address. References will be requested at a later point in the process. Wendy Lawrence, Chair, Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2740 Laurel Hill Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103 Or firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for applications is September 15th, 2017
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the nearly four-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, contemporary circus, comedy, film, spectacle, street arts, and family entertainment.
Toda...y, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, circus, and comedy. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, blockbuster movies by moonlight, open-air spectacles, and unique family attractions.
Now entering its 34th season in 2017, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival offers a progressive mix of regional, national, and international artists of all disciplines. Presenting over 175 scheduled events each season and attracting a diverse audience of over 80,000 people, the festival continues to grow as a major cultural event in the Ann Arbor community, and as an internationally recognized celebration of arts that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region.