The Position of Executive Director: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief operating officer and fund development leader of the organization. As the chief operating officer, the Executive Director is charged with maintaining an effective, fiscally responsible operating model for the theater, balancing between BCT’s own presenting series, performances of community-based arts groups, and other community/corporate rentals and usage. As the fund development leader, the Executive Director is responsible for setting and meeting appropriate development goals, overall strategy, messaging, and primary donor cultivation.
The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget development, BCT Presents programming, strategy implementation, general administration, revenue generation, community liaison, and overseeing staff working in marketing, fundraising, box office, front of house, technical operations, building maintenance, and finance. Senior staff reporting to the Executive Director are the Associate Director, Technical Director, Office Manager, Event Manager, Concessions Manager, Maintenance, and Custodial.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have previous senior experience in leading performing arts venues, a minimum of five years of nonprofit arts venue management, and a university degree in arts and/or business management or equivalent experience in facility management and administration. Certification as a Facilities Executive and/or Fundraising Executive would be helpful.
The new Executive Director will have excellent programming, analytical, financial, and organizational skills, with demonstrated leadership in human resource management and community partnerships. Other necessary characteristics would include political savvy and diplomacy, good oral and written communication skills, and knowledge of ancillary businesses such as catering, ticketing, corporate rentals, and the like.
The Executive Director represents BCT Management, Inc./ Buskirk-Chumley Theater to the public, the media, and the performing arts industry-at-large through leadership and participation in community activities. BCTM has a pivotal role in the cultural, educational, and economic enrichment of the City of Bloomington; the Executive Director must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, the Board of Directors, the media, artists, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, volunteers, and the audience.
Other Information and Application Process: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references by Sept 9, 2019 to EDsearch@buskirkchumley.org.
About Buskirk-Chumley Theater
BCT Management, Inc. (BCTM) is the private non-profit that operates the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on behalf of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, building owner. In close partnership with the City Parks and Recreation Department, Office of Economic Development, Visit Bloomington, Downtown Bloomington, Inc., and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, BCTM’s mission is to manage the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in a fiscally responsible manner as a widely accessible, quality venue and performance space. Towards that end, BCTM is:
A resource; engaging the community through diverse, accessible and affordable opportunities for interaction with the Theater, both as patrons and as presenters
An educator; independently and as a partner with the range of educational institutions in the community, in the presentation, production, and business of the arts
A presenter of nationally acclaimed programming in live performance and film
An initiator, supporter and/or producer of financially viable local programming which helps define and promote the cultural identity of Bloomington, Indiana, and our general region
A “front door” ...to our community; providing information about and sparking interest in Bloomington arts and culture, reaching both local community and visitors
A sustainable business; considering not only the immediate bottom line, but the long- term value and expense of our operations, both fiscally and environmentally, to our staff, promoter partners, patrons and community
A model and national leader in all of the above areas
With an annual operating budget of approximately $1M, BCTM works with 70 different presenters in music, theatre, dance, film, comedy, variety, and lecture, creating 200 public events, and generating 60,000 annual visits every year. In addition, BCTM’s independent community box office serves an additional 20 presenters of events in other venues throughout the Bloomington community. In its eighteenth year of operation, BCTM’s permanent staff of fifteen (15) and additional union stagehands manage all aspects of rental and self-presented shows.
BCT Presents concerts and comedy have included Lyle Lovett, Tig Notaro, Keb Mo, Indigo Girls, Kris Kristofferson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Hasan Minhaj, Los Lobos, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Earle, and many more. Nearly all of Bloomington’s arts organizations and social service agencies utilize the theater as presenter partners including such groups as the Indiana University African American Arts Institute; Cardinal Stage Company; Bloomington Symphony Orchestra; Bloomington PRIDE, Ltd.; Bloomington Community Kitchen; and the Indiana Forest Alliance.