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The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a leader, with exceptional executive arts administration experience, who oversees the financial, personnel, and organizational health and sustainability of Nashville Ballet. The COO is responsible for comprehensively supporting Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director & CEO, and leads the organization in the management and operations of the company and School of the Nashville Ballet, the support of artistic and educational productions and programs, and the furthering of the ballet’s long-term strategic objectives. The COO will be one of the “faces” of the institution in the Nashville and global community, an implementer of the Artistic Director’s vision, an exceptionally effective fundraiser, and an excellent communicator and listener both in and outside the organization.
Essential Operational Functions and Competencies:
Administration and leadership of overall ballet operations including management of daily operations and development of policy and program objectives in coordination with the Artistic Director & CEO.
Directly oversees directors of Development, School Administrative Director, and other manager-level staff as appropriate
Meets with and reports to the CEO about the company’s daily operation, as well as about the CEO’s plans for any upcoming adjustments or developments to business operations strategy, or other organization goals and objectives
Oversee and implement, with director of development, long term strategies to develop and cultitivate new sources of unearned revenue
Fiscal management of the organization, in collaboration with CFO, including the development and implementation of an annual budget in collaboration with the Artistic Director & CEO and the development and implementation of strategies to effectively manage costs and increase revenues.
With the Artistic Director CEO, responsible for the execution and supervision of all marketing and audience development activities of Nashville Ballet.
With direction from the Artistic Director & CEO, provides data, research, information and recommendations to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Board Committees in the creation of policies, programs and strategic direction of the organization.
Supports all activities determined by Board of Directors, and assists in Board meeting coordination, scheduling, location, development of agenda and meeting materials. Assists in the formation of board committees including participation and attendance where appropriate.
Represent Nashville Ballet at functions and professional conferences as appropriate to maintain Nashville Ballet’s profile in local, regional, national and global communites; identify opportunities to collaborate, support and receive support from other businesses, government agencies and organizations.
Provides leadership of direct reports in the development and implementation of short and long-range plans, policies and other activities established in coordination with Artistic Director & CEO and Board of Directors.
Responsible for management of direct reports, including interviewing, making recommendations for hiring, training, planning, delegating and supervising work; scheduling; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
In collaboration with Artistic Director and Board, ensures compliance with legal and other regulatory requirements; and implements appropriate control systems as
Essential Human Resources Functions and Competencies:
Oversee high-level human resource strategies and planning; track and communicate the company’s progress towards key goals, and partner with CEO to establish human resources objectives in alignment with organizational priorities.
Ensures compliance with federal and state legislation pertaining to personnel matters and regulatory fillings, mailing, audits and personnel files.
Manages conflict resolution through structured feedback, evaluation process, staff development and training opportunities, and staff recognition
Works closely with CEO on the overall strategy, purpose, and vision of the entire Human Resources function: benefits, payroll, 401k, recruitment, learning and development, culture, performance management, and succession planning.
Manages performance of benefit vendors including third-party benefit administrators to ensure our employees are receiving proper education and assistance with their benefit needs. This would include annual open enrollment
Participates on HR Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Board
Oversees the management of emergency plans, including communication, testing, and staff training
Supports Artistic Director & CEO in day-to-day and strategic
Provides overall leadership, all Human Resources functions, and management of Nashville Ballet budget, staff, and volunteers and board culture.
Strategic Vision and Agility – ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into organizational management and planning, including ability to pivot or change direction as needed
Capacity Building – ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch workforce and the processes for organizational efficiencies.
Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to create effective staff communications both individually and throughout the organization; capacity to enforce accountability; to empower and develop leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in the position to succeed.
Action Oriented – enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when
General Management – thorough understanding of finance systems, and HR; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources and marketing.
Since its founding in 1986, Nashville Ballet has become the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and boundary-pushing contemporary works by world-renowned choreographers, as well as original ballets by Artistic Director, Nick Mullikin, and Resident Choreographer Mollie Sansone. Nashville Ballet's mission is to create, perform, teach, and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.