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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 producti...ons 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.