The position is a unique opportunity for a dynamic leader with broad experience in cultural facility operations and guest experience management. The Vice President of Operations and Experience is the Senior Management Team member responsible for oversight of all operational functions for an organization that includes broad-based performing arts presenting from large-scale commercial shows to unique cultural arts events; museum programming in science, art and history; and interactive participatory programs. The expansive facilities include a 275,000 square foot, architecturally significant building that houses two theaters (1500 & 400 seat) and a four-story museum, as well as an off-site 90,000 square foot history center and several historic homes. The positon will oversee facilities, technical production, front of house and guest services, food & beverage operations and security. As Mid-Michigan’s leading institution in arts and culture, the Center seeks to enhance quality of life, the business environment and the artistic literacy of our core regional community. The position will be a key leader in innovative earned revenue growth, overseeing the opening of a new coffee shop within the Center, launching new retail ventures in food and beverage operations, and ensuring that guests receive high value. The Center expects to begin a capital campaign to make major renovations to the museum in the coming years, and the VP of Operations and Experience will be the lead for design and construction of the project. The position requires strong experience in cultural facility operations, a commitment to creating unique experiences for guests, and exceptional maturity, leadership, and an energetic, collaborative, team-oriented work style.
DUTIES AND RESPONSBILITIES
The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
Guest Experience & Operations Development
Oversee the re-invention and on-going growth of the total guest experience as a central part of the patron relationship to the Center
Oversee the Facilities team
Lead or oversee efforts to ensure appropriate on-going maintenance and upkeep plans for the building and the technical equipment
Guide work on capital projects
Ensure proper safety policies, procedures and training are in place in regards to both back and front of house
Oversee the technical services department and all associated responsibilities related to theatre production, museum exhibitions and facility A/V
Be the organizational champion for the guest perspective
Ensure that the building and grounds are safe, useable and a place people want to be
Oversee front of house operations including all aspect of the guest experience including hospitality amenities, food & beverage operations, valet, and front and back of house services for ticketed, event, and performance-based guests.
Oversee facility rental program including setting policies and procedures and metrics for revenue and engagement
Foster an environment that promotes innovation and implementation of best practices to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs while increasing productivity.
Prepare and maintain required and necessary reports/records.
Leadership & Management
Serve as a key executive leader on the Midland Center for the Arts team, providing guidance and setting an example for exemplary work ethic and program quality for the staff and the community.
Supervise and mentor staff in the Operations Departments, including recommending appropriate candidates for hire and ensuring organizational results are achieved within the areas.
Oversee and support the departments in budget development and realization of income and expense goals.
Attend all required staff and departmental meetings and work collaboratively with staff to ensure a strong team culture throughout the organization.
Support the President & CEO through attendance at meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees as requested.
Serve as a community liaison, promoting the Center and its programs to businesses, arts organizations, donors and other constituencies in the community, state and nation.
Collaborate with the Development and Marketing Departments to ensure successful fundraising and programmatic marketing.
Be an active member of the local community and state and regional arts and culture organizations in pursuit of the Center’s goals.
Minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in a cultural or arts or sports management related operations.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Proven knowledge and experience in facility management, leadership, strategic planning, operations, financial management, and production of large-scale events.
Active membership in cultural and facility management associations desired
Exceptional project and personnel management skills.
Strong management and communications skills, with the ability to create an effective operations culture and implement essential protocols; strong business sense with the ability to build, communicate and persuasively champion for existing and potential opportunities while establishing and maintaining influential partnerships at all levels.
Demonstrated ability to lead, develop and motivate teams to an ever increasing level of performance, fostering an inclusive, positive and empowering culture and work environment.
Strong awareness of technologies pertinent to creating major events.
Demonstrated strong financial acumen, including the ability to develop financial forecasts, work with, examine and evaluate data and report findings; ability to manage and operate within large-scale budgets.
Email Cover Letter and Resumé to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Mail to:Tina Siegmund, Director of Human Resources, Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews, Midland, MI 48640
A cultural destination in the heart of Michigan, the Midland Center for the Arts is on a dynamic course of growth and change in preparation for celebrating its 50th anniversary in the coming years. The Center’s unique business and program model creates unusual and exciting opportunities. Operating on a budget of approximately $8M and featuring a 1500 seat proscenium theater and a separate 400 se...at theater housed within an architecturally significant mid-century modern building, the Center also boasts a four-story museum of science and art along with an off-site history center comprised of historical homes and museum facilities. In addition to performing arts presenting and museum programming, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, a professional regional symphony, and the CenterStage community theatre and choirs all fall under the Center’s umbrella. New leadership on the board and executive staff has charted a multi-year course of action to build the Center’s leadership in the region, state and nation, helping to propel the Great Lakes Bay region and the Center to new heights. The Center’s robust history and strong community engagement, including significant foundation support and a robust $50M endowment, undergird the ambitious growth plans.
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