The Vice President of Artistic and Community Programs (VPACP) is a newly-created role for the Flint Institute of Music (“the FIM”) located in Flint, Michigan, and is designed to unify the FIM’s exciting array of theatre, dance, music, and film programming, as well as seek opportunities for innovative collaborations that will deliver on the promise of its multi-disciplinary model. This role provides leadership and cohesive vision for all artistic and community initiatives across the entire FIM campus and beyond. This includes serving as a thought partner and “connective tissue” for the artistic curators of each of these respective areas, representing both producing and presenting entities, including the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint Repertory Theatre, Whiting Auditorium (2000 seat) and Capitol Theatre (1600 seat) as well as for the Vice President of Performing Arts Instruction (Director of the Flint School of the Performing Arts) in developing training and enrichment programs for people of all ages.
As a pivotal member of the FIM’s Executive Team, the VPACP ensures that the programming and initiatives that result from this internal collaboration are fully integrated with the local community through meaningful and innovative partnerships, including civic organizations, partner venues/spaces, and educational institutions. The successful candidate will be a creative visionary, exceptional relationship builder, and community-oriented ambassador for the arts.
Key responsibilities include:
* Working collaboratively with the senior team to co-construct a wholistic vision and comprehensive implementation plan for artistic programs and community engagement that will authentically serve the richly diverse Flint community * Leading the department heads overseeing the following areas: * Education and Community Engagement * Flint Repertory Theatre * Flint Symphony Orchestra * Whiting Auditorium Presenting Programs * Capitol Theatre Presenting Programs * Digital Content/Streaming * Supervising the Assistant to the VP who will provide administrative and artist services support * Capacity building and planning in service of developing cross-campus programming and community-based programs * Developing new programming and initiatives that fully leverage the rich resources and spectrum of performing arts activities that span the FIM campus * Streamlining and maximizing the scale, scope, and impact of education and community engagement programs * Envisioning artistic programs and community outreach that deepen existing audience relationships and expands audience reach * Strengthening the structural connection between FSPA and other programming divisions to maximize possibilities for programming collaborations that enhance FSPA’s student training outcomes * Stewarding and deepening existing partnerships while envisioning and implementing new partnerships * Season planning and budget forecasting encompassing all campus-wide producing, presenting, education, and community engagement programming
Flint Institute of Music seeks a Vice President of Artistic and Community Programs with:
* A deep commitment to the arts as a source of entertainment, belonging, community, and personal development * An appreciation for all genres of performing arts and a desire to create collaboration and integrations between the FIM’s many offerings * Experience working closely with artists and artistic leaders in season and program planning * Comfort engaging with community partners and organizations, and a desire to fully and authentically embed the arts within community * Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a complex performing arts organization while affecting and leading change where needed * Demonstrated success in juggling multiple projects and competing priorities across multiple teams with attention to detail * Experience and success in advancing organizational diversity, inclusion, and equity strategies in a complex organization that includes a unionized workforce * An ability to lead and develop staff members * An ability to interact effectively with a board of directors with tact, diplomacy, and gravitas
A bachelor's degree is required for this position, as is at least seven years of progressive leadership experience. Experience in an organization engaged in multi-venue operations and organizational growth is a plus.
Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.
We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts & culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar.
Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts & culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.
To apply, email your cover letter, salary requirements, and resume as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Flint Artistic and Community Programs” in the subject line. Please name the file using the template of “Last Name, First Name.” Cover letter should include relevant experience, how you became aware of the position, and any direct experience you have had with similar positions and institutions. No phone calls please.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience, with an approximate budget of $110,000, as well as a competitive benefits package.
About Flint Institute of Music
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