Executive Director- Emelin Theatre

Arts Consulting Group

Mamaroneck, NY 10543




Apr 21, 2022

The Emelin Theatre (Emelin) was founded in 1972 and brings world class performing arts to Westchester County, New York. Emelin presented more than 125 events each year up until the pandemic. The Emelin now seeks a leader who shares the vision and mission of the Board to emerge successfully post-Covid by using its substantial resources to bring even better performances to our audience of diverse tastes. The Emelin’s resources to support this effort include:

 A substantial cash reserve, some of which will be invested to underwrite programming.

 The 267-seat theatre, which was fully renovated in Summer 2021 with new seats, carpeting, curtains, new artists dressing and bathrooms and hospitality area, and state of the art sound and lighting equipment, all fully funded by a dedicated capital drive.

 The board is dedicated to providing world class programming on an affordable and accessible basis.

 Using its 50th Anniversary year in 2022 to set a new standard of excellence in programming more star-oriented performances.

Emelin programming includes all genres of music, comedy, dance, and vibrant family programming, plus a broad range of independent and international film. With a mission to promote a cultural life that entertains and educates audiences, the Emelin is well-known for high-quality and affordable programs. It is one of the few performing arts venues in the region offering a diverse mix of entertainment that appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes.

Since 1997, the School Outreach Program has brought thousands of children to the theater from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Productions are predominantly based on children’s literature and represent a variety of educational, social, and historical themes. All productions are tied to curriculum and are accompanied by study guides which teachers can incorporate into classroom discussion. Coupled with other childrens’ performances, family and children’s programming amounts to approximately one-third of Emelin’s offerings.

Emelin has a 13-member Board of Directors. For the fiscal year ending May 31, 2020, Emelin reported a total revenue of $1.8 million with $685,508 from contributions and grants, and it had $801,148 from program services. Total expenses were $1.6 million.

The Emelin serves the region known as the Sound Shore area of Westchester and is located in Mamaroneck, one of the oldest communities in Westchester County, New York. This coastal suburb is increasingly diverse and includes a growing international population. Mamaroneck is known as the Friendly Village for its reputation for welcoming people from of different cultures and backgrounds. The 3.2-square-mile village is bisected by the Mamaroneck River, and the village’s southern border is six miles of Long Island Sound coastline.

Mamaroneck is only a 34 minute train ride to NYC on the Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven line. Mamaroneck abuts and is in the same school district as Larchmont. Similarly, Mamaroneck shares borders with Scarsdale, Rye, White Plains, New Rochelle and Harrison. Plus, Greenwich, CT is only a 15 minute drive from the Emelin.
Mamaroneck is not only home to a community of diverse businesses (including a few high-end shipyards), it is also a village of artists. Mamaroneck has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of American communities.

The pedestrian friendly Mamaroneck Avenue business district is within steps of the Emelin and features unique shopping and dining and is one of the most vibrant downtowns in Southern Westchester. Homes in Mamaroneck and surrounding areas feature a full range of housing with many distinct neighborhoods.
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Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and management of The Emelin including artistic direction, programming, business operations, fundraising, and audience engagement. The Emelin Board seeks a leader to build on the foundation established during the past 50 years. This leader will seek ways to enhance the entertainment offerings and engagement with its existing audience base. More importantly, this leader will create innovative and strategic programming which will appeal to a broader customer base reflecting the changing demographics in Southern Westchester. A people-oriented executive, the Executive Director will serve the region by presenting the highest caliber performing arts, film and educational programs. The role requires a customer-oriented and resourceful leader with the ability to set and reach goals efficiently and effectively. The Executive Director will excel in entrepreneurial and creative thinking, the ability to collaborate, and the willingness to adapt. This individual will be an engaged member of the community, creating and growing partnerships with philanthropic supporters, stakeholders, and audience members. The Executive Director will work with the board to cultivate financial resources and will build an organizational culture of teamwork, accountability, and trust characterized by proactive decision making, open communication, programmatic innovation and excellence.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategy and Leadership
 Embody and provide positive and collaborative leadership to the staff and Board.

 Provide strategic vision and develop goals and objectives consistent with the mission of the organization.

 Serve as chief spokesperson and ambassador for the organization with a visible presence at local, regional, national events.

 Develop an organizational culture that supports a cohesive, creative, and productive staff that embodies the highest ethical standards.

 Utilize a transparent leadership approach in collaboration with the board of directors, committees, community partners, donors, staff, and other stakeholders.

 Possess an ability to inspire and engage stakeholders and the community and region to support the Emelin.

Artistic Vision and Programming
 Activate strategic partnerships with artists and agents to present and promote an eclectic mix of individual and thematic programs that align with the Emelin’s mission and are attractive to the community.

 Implement a strategy to broaden the programmatic model to grow the organization, increase engagement with community members and stakeholders, and capture the attention and participation of new residents given the changing demographic profile in the region.

 Develop an array of wider programmatic options while establishing a brand known for quality.

 Identify opportunities, plan, and implement the Emelin’s artistic and education programming to achieve a balanced schedule of locally, nationally, and internationally sourced collaborations and events suited to serving the community.

Marketing and Audience Development
 In collaboration with the Marketing Director, develop a comprehensive, integrated, and strategic marketing plan in alignment with artistic vision that communicates the organization’s brand and programs to a wider range of audience members, donors, students, partners, and other stakeholders.

 Expand the use of digital content and contemporary outreach strategies to increase customer and stakeholder engagement and market reach.

 Develop strategies to connect with the influx of new residents moving into the region.

 Assess and adapt audience engagement plans based on the markets served, addressing the distinctive community features of the region.

Staff Development, Management and Empowerment
 Cultivate an organizational climate and culture that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse top-quality staff.
 Lead and inspire the Emelin staff, promoting staff growth, development, and education.

 Empower all staff members to work at their highest potential to realize success with organizational priorities.
 Conduct annual performance evaluations for all staff.

 Empower those at all levels of the organization to have a voice in its future and provide mentorship with the goal of building and securing a sustainable team.

 Establish accountability measures while actively ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.

 Support team ingenuity and professional development with appropriate human resources, structures, systems, and technological platforms in alignment with current and future trends in the field.

 Direct fundraising strategies and provide organizational leadership in all aspects of development.

 Inspire and engage stakeholders and the community to support positive fundraising efforts for Emelin.

 Collaborate with the board and staff to develop short- and long-term goals and strategies around all areas of contributed revenue.

 Secure corporate and individual sponsorships and develop partnership agreements with community organizations and key media.

 Drive all fundraising activities and work with the staff to create and develop a robust fundraising calendar, research and submit of all grant proposals and appeals, manage donor recognition activities, and development- related reporting.

Audience Engagement and Inclusion
 Expand and fortify the already existing mutually supportive relationships with leadership at schools and community organizations and neighbors to advance educational and connectivity initiatives.

 Lead the ongoing development and implementation of diversity, inclusion, and equity activities and initiatives.

 Maintain and increase strong ties with community decision makers, government leaders, and the arts community in achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.

Financial Management
 Lead financial planning and well-being of the organization and ensure transparency, integrity, and accuracy in all financial reporting.

 Oversee budgeting, accounting, payroll as well as management of the organization’s audit, investments, and cash flow to ensure sufficient funds to meet operating needs.

 Provide financial reports and analysis at all Board meetings.

 Review all business contracts and agreements, ensuring accurate preparation and execution.


Traits and Characteristics
The Emelin Executive Director will be a creative and collaborative leader, driven by new ideas and practical results. and values frequent interaction with internal and external stakeholders. This individual will be versatile and able to rapidly adapt to changing priorities while maintaining a positive and friendly demeanor. The successful candidate will combine long-term artistic vision with achievable goals and a practical, executable strategy. A people-oriented leader, the Executive Director will inspire excellence in colleagues, provide mentorship and support to the team and mobilize others to fulfill goals and objectives. The selected individual will be resourceful, receptive and will bring energy, optimism, and a passion for arts and culture.

Other key competencies include:

 Customer Focus – The capacity to anticipate, meet, and frequently exceed customer and stakeholder needs, wants, and expectations by communicating effectively and relating well to people from all backgrounds.

 Leadership – The ability to organize and motivate other people to accomplish goals, create a sense of order and direction, and gain active participation among a variety of stakeholders.
 Diplomacy and Teamwork – The ability to be socially savvy, respectful of differing viewpoints, fair regardless of personal biases, and productive in reaching mutually beneficial outcomes.

 Planning and Organizing – The dexterity to navigate traditional systems while forming realistic action plans that prioritize work, assess variables and risks, allow for recalibration, and lead to increased efficiency and minimize wasted resources.

Experience and Qualifications
Qualified applicants will have at least five years of senior-level executive leadership experience. The Emelin does not require specific educational requirements for this role but credentials in arts programming, nonprofit management, or a related field are useful. The ideal candidate will be well connected to diverse artists, agents and leaders in the performing arts industry. Qualified candidates possess a leadership background that includes managing and mentoring staff, marketing, building strategic partnerships, and overseeing finances and budgets. Proven results in earned and contributed revenue are highly desirable, along with expertise in audience development. Previous experience working alongside a board is highly desirable. The successful candidate must have a deep passion for the arts. Exceptional writing abilities and verbal presentation skills are expected.

Compensation and Benefits
The Emelin offers competitive compensation, with a salary range expected between $125,000 and $135,000 and benefits that includes health insurance (includes an employer contribution), 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, paid time off and holidays.






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