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About TexasPerforming Arts Texas Performing Arts(TPA)is theprofessional artspresentingand producing programof The University of Texas at Austin. One of the largest and most active university-based performing arts centers in the U.S., TPA is an anchor institution inAustin’sarts, cultural, and entertainment landscape. TPA operates venues on the UT campus including Austin’s largest theater,Bass Concert Hall. Its public programs include Broadway in Austin; an international season of dance, theaterandmusic; and the Texas Welcomes series ofpopularartists. TPA is an integral unit of UT’s College of Fine Arts and engages students across the university in creative experiences.To learn more about Texas Performing Arts and this opportunity, please visithttps://texasperformingarts.org/about-us/employment.
Why Join Texas Performing Arts?
This position offers the opportunity toimplementprogrammingand develop business growthfor the largest theatrical venue in one of the most exciting arts and entertainment marketplacesin America. You will workon a remarkably wide range of events, from concerts and comedy to Broadway first national tours to experimental performance.Your work will contribute to advancing the arts atthe #1 ranked public university in Texasand inspiring audiences inoneofAmerica’s fastest growingcities. UT Austin provides an outstanding benefits package,including but not limited to: •Competitive health benefits (employee premiums covered at 100%, family premiums at 50%) •Voluntary Vision, Dental, Life, and Disability insurance options •Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays •Teachers Retirement System of Texas, a definedbenefit retirement plan, with 7.75% employer matching funds •Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation program 457(b) •Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses •For more details, please see:https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits
Purpose The Director ofProgrammingensuresthat Texas Performing Arts continues to presentanexciting and wide-rangingprogram ofperformanceswhile developing newcreative experiencesfor the communities TPA serves.The position has primary responsibility for the Texas Welcomes series of concerts, comedy and special attractionswhile collaboratingwiththeExecutive & Artistic Directoron the Broadway in Austin and Texas Performing Artsseries.
Booking& Business Development: Programthe Texas Welcomes seriesof national and international touring artists with ashow count of30-40titlesand $2M in net revenueper year. Maintain productive relationshipswithagents,managers,co-promoters and peer venues. Identify artists and productions that meet TPA’s programmatic and financial goals.Participate in programming, managementand settlement of the Broadway in Austin series. Collaborate with the Executive and Artistic Director on negotiating and managing engagements in the annual Performing Arts season. Overseevenue calendars.Provide availabilitiesand manage holds, prepareand submit approvedoffersandnegotiate terms. Provide booking confirmations and event information to all TPA departments. Support eventon-sales and advances.Coordinate sales campaigns with the Marketing & Communications team.Oversee the contract process.Create opportunities for artist engagement with students, members/donors, and other communities that TPA serves.Manage the settlement and payment process including VIP and merchandise.Develop new and expanded lines of business that build on TPA’s strength as a leading live arts organization.Engage new audiences and create opportunities for artists by expanding the artistic and entertainment opportunities available in Austin. Expand and develop business partnerships andcreative collaborations. Identify and pursue opportunities to develop projects in Austin that will have an extended life in other communities.
Venue Sales: Securecampus and externalrental engagements that maximizeappropriate utilization of TPA’s facilities. Develop and promote availability of TPA’s facilities for outside users.Respond to inquiries and make outreach to potential clients. Submit rental quotes, negotiate terms and oversee thecontractprocess. Provide confirmations and complete event information to all TPA departments. Support the event advance process. Finalize event expenses andsuperviseinvoicing.
Programmingand EventManagement:Supervise the Programming and Events Managers. Oversee theplanning andoperationofallprogrammed and rentalevents. Ensure that events run smoothly andcreate excellent experiences for artists and audiences.Develop and implement processes that support theProduction,Marketing & Communications,Ticketing,andGuestExperienceteams in executing events. Create, monitor and update annual budgets and forecasts.Ensure that annual financial, attendanceand programmatic goals areachieved.
Perform other related functions as assigned.This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described.
Required Qualifications •At leastseven(7) years ofexperience in performing artsandentertainment programming with a venue, agency, or promoter. •Demonstrated knowledge of arts and entertainmentbusiness practices and standards. •Possess an established national network of agents, co-promoters, and peer venues. •Demonstrated experience negotiating performanceterms,contractsand riders.
• Demonstrated experience accurately forecasting consumer demand and managing business risks. • Demonstrated experience with financial analysis and budget setting/management. • Business Acumen: Demonstrated knowledge, insight, and understanding of business concepts, tools, and processes that are needed for making sound decisions in the context of TPA’s business; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations. • Judgement and Decision Making: Demonstrated understanding of the need to carefully evaluate the impact of emerging business situations and choose the best path forward; ability to select and assertively communicate actions and activities that maximize organizational performance. • Effective Communications: Demonstrated understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors. • Problem Solving: Demonstrated knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
Preferred Qualifications •More than the minimum requiredyearsof experience. •Experienceprogrammingin amulti-venueperforming artscenter; experience programming in a university or publicly-owned venue. •Experienceinmultiple sectors of performing arts and entertainmentprogramming including music, comedy and events;Broadwaysubscriptions series; mission-based performing arts; and outside rentals. •Experience working effectively with co-promoters, visiting productionsand other clients. •Interest in and strong commitment to the mission and programs of Texas Performing Artsand the University of Texas. •Relevant professional education or credentials.
Salary Range $100,000+depending on qualifications.This positionmaybeeligible forperformance-basedincentive compensation for exceeding defined financial goals.Salary offers to a selected candidatearebased on the extent to which the candidate meets the preferred qualifications, internal equity, geographic market, andexternal market pay for comparable jobs.
Working Conditions •Remote work:Texas Performing Arts is primarily an in-person, on-site organization.This positionis eligible for hybrid or remote work andmay bepermanentlybased in other U.S. locationsprovided that the selected candidate is available to visit Austin 3-4 times per year and travel to key industry conferences.
Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Prolonged screen time. •Frequent telephone and virtual meetings. •Fast-paced environment requiring multi-tasking andexpedient responses.
Work Shift •Evening,weekend, and holidayworkmay berequired inconnection withperformancesand events.Working shifts may include extended daily hours in connection with performances and events.Workmayexceed 40 hours per week at peak times.A compensatory time program is provided.
Required Materials •Cover letter detailing interest in and qualifications for this specific opportunity. •Resume/CV •3 work references with their contact information; atleast one reference should be from a supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate. •Work samplesmaybe requested if applicant advances to the interview stage.
Texas Performing Arts is the professional arts presenting and producing program of The University of Texas at Austin. One of the largest and most active university-based performing arts centers in the U.S., Texas Performing Arts is an anchor institution in Austin’s arts, cultural, and entertainment landscape. Texas Performing Arts operates venues on the UT campus including Austin’s largest theater, the newly renovated Bass Concert Hall. Its public programs include Broadway in Austin; an international season of dance, theater, music and more; and the Texas Welcomes series of national touring artists. Texas Performing Arts is an integral unit of UT’s College of Fine Arts and engages students across the university.
Texas Performing Arts welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.
The University of Texas offers a generous benefits package, including:
•100% employer-paid basic medical coverage
•Paid... vacation and sick time
•Compensatory time plan
To learn more about Texas Performing Arts and this opportunity, please visit: https://texasperformingarts.org/about-us/employment