Named after 20th century entertainment legends, Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, both natives of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is a non-profit community performing arts center. KST carries on the legacy of its founders by fostering and presenting bold and innovative artistry with a global perspective.
The theater celebrates diversity in voice, thought, and expression, and upholds a firm commitment to inclusion.
KST has a dynamic footprint in Pittsburgh, with two venues in the East Liberty neighborhood of the city. KST’s Alloy Studios is a cultural hub in the heart of East Liberty, and the historic KST is located in the thriving business district. More than fifteen years after the founding of the theater, KST continues to use its broad reach to impact the contemporary arts and the community – fostering a dynamic, impassioned, and engaged exchange between artists and audiences – connecting neighbors old and new with shared experiences and bold ideas.
MISSION AND VISION
KST’s mission is to be a catalyst for creative expression in ways that bring uniquely diverse communities together. As a presenting arts organization, KST is:
A LEADER of innovative works in dance, theater, music and live art;
A COMMUNITY RESOURCE for youth education, emerging artist support, and community partnership;
A NEIGHBORHOOD DESTINATION accelerating the transformation of East Liberty as a destination for cultural entertainment and business opportunity.
The new Executive Director (ED) will be an experienced leader that drives the organization through financial and programmatic sustainability. The ED must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and boldly inspire artists, staff, and the KST community. The new ED will affirm and advance KST’s institutional identity as a can’t-miss destination for artistic innovation; enhancing KST’s overall visibility regionally and nationally. KST seeks a leader who can energize and collaborate; one who will define the space between emerging and established art and artists through programming and partnerships and ensure room for both local and internationally-acclaimed artists.
The ED will design and carry out strategies for revenue generation, marketing, and partnerships; demonstrate an unwavering commitment to inclusive art-making and the sustainability of the cultural community; exhibit strong operational/management skills, astute communication skills and a knowledgeable understanding of real estate strategy.
With an operating budget of approximately $1.2M, KST is led by a 13-member Board of Directors. A talented staff of 12 ensures quality programming and community outreach.
The new Executive Director will be responsible for the following:
Leadership and Management
Achieve financial goals by providing leadership and programmatic innovation. This includes effective oversight of day-to-day operations: fiscal management, fundraising, program development, partnerships, and facility management.
Establish a transparent, proactive, and collaborative workplace that includes open communication across the organization.
Supervise, retain, and recruit a highly qualified professional staff; provide clear direction, empower, and hold accountable staff and partners for specific and collective performance.
Ensure and promote a diverse and inclusive KST in programming, outreach, staffing, and culture.
Foster and grow partnerships with philanthropic foundations, corporate partners, other community organizations, and political and community leaders.
Lead fundraising in conjunction with KST’s advancement operations that at once builds community, civic support, trust, and financial security. Enhance current revenue sources and identify new revenue opportunities.
Bring to conclusion the ‘Bridge to the Future’ campaign, $300k raised of a $500K goal for capital improvements.
Expand the activity of KST/Alloy Studios beyond the walls of its physical footprint (the theater & Alloy Studios) by being a community builder.
Cultivate relationships with artists and emerging movements in dance, voice, jazz, queer arts, etc.
Define KST’s audiences clearly and expansively; expand the rules of engagement or artists and audience in response to dramatic shifts in technology, artistic practice, and innovation.
Develop collaborative relationships between KST and established and emerging players in the region, and institutional peers and leaders in the global cultural world.
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
Participate in Board recruitment and collaborate with Board leadership to promote governance best practices that support fiduciary responsibilities and strategic goals.
Track metrics that monitor the performance of the organization with respect to the mission and key objectives of the organization.
The ED will be expected to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing the following in the first six to nine months in the position:
Understand the core values and future aspirations of the organization through a venue and program assessment. Understand the roots of the organization as a basis for growth and future sustainability.
Review and evaluate KST’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan in tandem with Board and Staff – assess action items and make recommendations as needed in order to maintain strategic momentum.
Work cooperatively with the Board to make critical decisions regarding real estate and future facility needs.
Facilitate healthy communication between all internal and external stakeholders of the organization: Board, staff, volunteers, partners, and the public at large through a comprehensive communication plan.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The ED will be:
An innovator with a genuine excitement for the future direction of KST;
One with a vision for creative expression and how to realize it;
One with a high value on social justice and community building.
All candidates should have proven management, leadership, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience, competencies and qualifications include:
Significant leadership with hiring, managing, and retaining talented staff, specifically in a nonprofit organization.
Strong fundraising, marketing, and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders. Demonstrated experience in business development, constituent relations, and community relations.
An understanding of artistic expression, production and operations. Passion for the mission of the arts and their contribution to social justice and the impact on the quality of life.
Working knowledge of real estate transactions and facility management.
Accessible and collaborative management style: transparent, encouraging, generous of spirit, hard-working, humorous, and one who enjoys the social demands of an externally oriented senior management role.
Strong organizational/operational skills; effective under pressure; the ability to manage competing demands and remain focused while multitasking; the expertise and acumen to manage financial operations heavily reliant on fundraising.
Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
Strong written and verbal communication skills; inclusive and astute.
Demonstrated, proactive commitment to promoting social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This salary range for this position is $90-95K and includes a complement of health and retirement benefits.
HOW TO APPLY
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational change process. Interested individuals wishing to discuss this opportunity confidentially may contact Lauren Julius, Senior Search Specialist, at Lauren@NonprofitTalent.com. Applications are not accepted at this email address. Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 5 pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Kelly Strayhorn Theater is an equal opportunity employer.
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