This position reports to the Provost and oversees all of the operations of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The Executive Director is responsible for planning, programming, marketing (with assistance from Marketing and University Communications), staff management, fundraising and development (with assistance from University Advancement), budget planning and management (with assistance from Business & Finance), event scheduling and outreach to the University and the region. The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is customer-focused in all aspects of its operations, including relationships with ticket buyers, tenants, educators, students, and members of the local community. It is a rare combination of University and community working together to provide a wide variety of cultural entertainment, and educational programming to Northeastern Wisconsin.
This position includes the following responsibilities:
Provide vision and leadership in all facets of the Center's operations, programming and management.
Balance a highly complex set of duties and relationships that blend aggressive entrepreneurship, artistic leadership, community relations, and strong financial management.
Oversee planning, negotiating, and managing of an ambitious schedule of events that attracts a broad level of public interest and support. Remain active in national arts circles. Serve as the main contact with booking agents. Assure robust year-round programming for the numerous spaces in the facility.
Work to assure a base of programming that is necessary to financially support the cost of operating the Center, while also developing enrichment programming that may require limited underwriting.
Work to develop and foster relationships with the University community especially in regards to enhancing the student experience, building enrollments in the arts, music, and theatre departments and enable other University users the opportunity to use the center to showcase extracurricular programs.
Assure that staff and volunteers are committed to providing a high level of services that nurtures loyalty and support for the Center, and remain personally visible at performances.
Work to assure that the Center's programming stands out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Encourage aggressive and cost effective marketing and communication programs that maximize revenues and public support.
Interact with the various constituencies of Northeast Wisconsin, especially the local and statewide arts communities.
Cultivate the interest and financial support of donors whose contributions are required to underwrite the Center's operations, as well as major projects and initiatives. Lead the advancement efforts for the arts, music, and theatre departments.
Persuasively articulate both short- and long-term goals for the organization.
Lead and motivate a talented staff who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Center, includes programming, marketing, education, fundraising, facility operations, finance, ticketing, community and campus relations, long range planning and facility development. Work in conjunction with other University leaders in academia, advancement, business & finance, and communications to accomplish objectives.
Bachelor's degree in one of the performing arts, arts administration, finance or other relevant field at time of application
5 years arts administrative experience as Director or in a senior position of a comparable arts facility with a heavy production schedule. This experience must include operational and fiscal management, programming, marketing, and fundraising experience or its equivalent.
Experience in dealing with community, regional, and national arts organizations and boards
Master's degree or terminal degree in one of the performing arts, arts administration or other relevant field at time of application
Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet application
Experience in higher education setting
Interest and successful track records in patron development
Ability to project a vision that incorporates high artistic standards
The successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse campus and community population, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to be part of a collaborative team. This position also requires the ability to think independently and solve problems createively, and the ability to efficiently juggle many overlapping interests, assignments, schedules, personalities, and responsibilities with tact, good humor, and personal empathy. The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.
Additional Salary Information: Position is a full-time Limited appointment. Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the university does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer.
The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance productions, commu...nity events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series.