The Executive Director (ED) is the key manager and leader of the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, FL., whose task is to execute operating strategies and plans, manage administrative staff, and establish relationships with local, regional, and national arts organizations. This is a complex, multifaceted role that requires vision, as well as excellent management and communication skills with attention to detail. The ED is responsible for overseeing the strategic plan, administration, development and programming of the organization. A significant component of the position is front-facing, including fundraising, donor cultivation, marketing and community outreach. The position reports directly to the City Manager and supports the Mission of the City of Fort Pierce, dealing with performing artists, students, parents, teaching artists, staff, donors, government officials, schools, and other members of the community.
Take a direct leadership role in the organization's development programs, including its annual fund-raising efforts, endowment, capital, and planned giving
Partner with the City Manager, City Commission, Board of Directors, and volunteers in development activities, effectively cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors and sponsors
Develop plans to grow the audience through the identification of target customers and implementation of marketing / PR programs.
Implement and monitor a long-term strategic and short-term operating plan in coordination with the City Manager, Theatre Boards and staff, and assume joint responsibility for its implementation, reporting progress towards goals regularly.
Fund Development Program: Plans, directs and implements a comprehensive development program that generates individual donor, foundation, and corporate funding.
Overall business management of the theatre and the coordination of all activities.
Accountable for all financial record-keeping, employee payroll, accounts receivable and payable.
Provide accurate budgeting reports to the City Manager on a monthly basis.
Responsible for all publicity, media communications, press releases, brochure and playbill design and composition.
Work with legal counsel, when needed and appropriate, to negotiate rental contracts with outside groups (i.e., Ballet Companies, Dance Theatres and Civic Organizations).
Attending, staffing and reporting to all Board meetings
Act as spokesperson for the organization with community and regional arts organizations, education institutions, businesses, foundations, government agencies, and other stakeholders including not-for-profit and corporate entities.
Coordinating all volunteer growth and activities within the theatre.
Soliciting support from community leaders through fund-raising activities.
Research and development of grant funding for theatre activities.
Solicits and encourages corporate sponsorship and related revenue producing advertising.
Articulate and execute a ticket pricing strategy that will increase the box office yield
Plans, directs and conducts a variety of marketing studies for the Sunrise Theatre, supervises or initiates the preparation of reports and recommendations; prepares implementation plans and supervises the implementation of major recommendations accepted.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with the Sunrise Theatre Advisory Board, Sunrise Theatre staff, Sunrise Theatre Foundation, Sunrise Theatre Volunteers, professional associations, business organizations, producers, agents, the media, community civic groups and other members of the public.
Work with the staff to create diverse programs for the Theatre that are in fulfillment of its mission and are financially sustainable and guide the long range strategic development of Theatre’s mix of artistic programs in a diverse patron environment with programs that include but are not limited to rock and roll, popular music, jazz, film and comedy including Hispanic and Latin genres; either self-produced by the Center, produced in consortia, or produced by another organization at the Center
Additional Salary Information: Deadline To Apply: October 20
About Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts
The pristine, beautifully restored, intimate 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre, located in Historic downtown Fort Pierce, Florida, presents national touring Broadway shows, musical and comedy acts, ballet and opera companies with full orchestras, country stars and classic rock icons.The Sunrise Theatre directly benefits the economy and quality of life in St. Lucie County by attracting visitors from other cities, counties and states. Also located within the theatre complex is the 220-seat Black Box Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue offering a variety of national, regional and local programming.The Black Box is home to the Ft Pierce Jazz and Blues Society's Jazz Jams every Tuesday night and the home of "The Comedy Corner" (from the owners of the Improv) bringing top-touring comedians every 2nd & 4th Saturday night of each month. The Sunrise Theatre truly is the crowning gem in the cultural crown of the Treasure Coast.