Executive Director- TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Arts Consulting Group
Silicon Valley, CA 94303
Reporting to the Board of Trustees in a co-leadership model with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director will provide administrative and financial oversight of all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the organization. They will collaborate closely with the Board and Artistic Director to establish a long-term vision and strategy that is effective, achievable, and sustainable and will co-lead its implementation. Guided by TheatreWorks’ mission and values, this individual will be responsible for managing all of the company’s business functions including general management, external and community relations, audience development, marketing, fund development, financial management, and strategic planning. They will also be responsible for TheatreWorks’ arts engagement and partnership programs, which co-report to the Artistic Director.
As an active spokesperson for TheatreWorks, the Executive Director will cultivate relationships with funders and other philanthropic supporters. With the Artistic Director, they will co-lead the Board and senior management team in sustaining equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism policies across the organization and through its work in the dynamic Silicon Valley community. The Executive Director will facilitate community-centered partnerships as initiated by the Artistic Director and community engagement staff. In partnership with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director will expand TheatreWorks’ capacity to support top regional and national talent. They will foster a creative, accessible, supportive, and joyful environment for artists and the many people who make the work of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley possible – on stage, behind the scenes, in the classroom, online, and throughout the community.
Role and Responsibilities
Strategic Planning and Operational Leadership
- Partner with the Artistic Director and the Board of Trustees to establish a long-term vision and sustainable strategy, create new operating models as necessary, and assess facility needs for administration, rehearsals, education programs, storage, and performances as the organization emerges from the pandemic.
- Collaborate with the Artistic Director to identify plays and musicals for TheatreWorks’ stages, plan season programming, secure rights to plays, and negotiate agreements with producing partners.
- Maintain transparent and frequent communication with the Chair of the Board, the Board of Trustees, the Artistic Director, the staff, organizational partners, and artists.
- Openly communicate financial plans and current financial condition to the Board of Trustees and disclose budget discrepancies, issues of potential concern, and risks to the organization in a proactive and timely manner.
- Create decisive action plans with the senior management team that include clearly defined operational priorities and measurable goals, while fostering a teamwork culture of shared accountability.
- Champion equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and accessibility policies and practices, and ensure ongoing organization-wide training is prioritized, funded, implemented, and sustained.
Earned and Contributed Revenue Enhancement
- Guide staff and Board fundraising initiatives to create community-centered strategies for growing contributed revenue with an emphasis on solicitation, stewardship, and cultivation of existing and new funders.
- Build and maintain strong professional relationships with the Board Emeriti, business leaders, and the funding community including key donors, foundations, public funders, and corporations.
- Formulate comprehensive marketing and public relations campaigns to increase income from single ticket sales, subscription sales, concessions, rentals, community presentations, education programs, digital programming, and other earned revenue possibilities.
- Assess and adapt audience development plans based on the specific, unique nature of the Silicon Valley to create meaningful relationships with the region’s broadly diverse communities.
Community Engagement and External Relations
- Devise innovative partnerships between artistic and tech communities, ensuring TheatreWorks is valued as the theatrical center of Silicon Valley and looked to as a performing arts leader in local and global conversations.
- Maintain a consistent presence as a highly engaged member of the Silicon Valley community focused on increasing the visibility and reputation of TheatreWorks in arts, culture, public, corporate, government, and philanthropic communities.
- Expand TheatreWorks’ presence in the broader theatre field by representing the organization at national convenings, participating in collective lobbying efforts, and fostering relationships with local or national peer organizations that may result in producing partnerships and resource-sharing.
- Cultivate and develop a diverse, intergenerational audience in close collaboration with the Director of Arts Engagement and the Artistic Director, by engaging Silicon Valley communities through mutually beneficial, innovative partnerships and collaborations.
Traits and Characteristics
The Executive Director will be an entrepreneurial, inspiring, collaborative, and forward-thinking leader who empowers and celebrates their colleagues and brings out the best in others. Exhibiting a joyful and resilient spirit, the Executive Director will be a proactive and approachable manager, a hands-on team-builder, capable of uniting the collective energy and resources of TheatreWorks to build upon its legacy and secure a path toward its future. While maintaining a regional and national presence, the Executive Director will enjoy continual learning and embrace a public-facing, service-minded approach to building meaningful partnerships with diverse and dynamic communities.
Other key competencies include:
- Diplomacy and Teamwork – The ability to effectively and tactfully handle difficult or sensitive issues while cooperating with others to meet objectives.
- Interpersonal Skills and Personal Accountability – The capacity to effectively communicate, build rapport, and relate well to all kinds of people while being answerable for personal and collective actions.
- Leadership – The aptitude to organize and influence people to believe in a vision while creating a sense of purpose and direction.
- Flexibility and Decision Making – The dexterity to readily modify, respond, and adapt to change with minimal resistance while analyzing all aspects of a situation to make consistently sound and timely decisions.
TheatreWorks does not require a specific number of years of experience or minimum educational credentials. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a dynamic history of successful leadership and managerial experience within mission-driven theatre producing organizations, as well as previous experience in fundraising, marketing, financial management, operations, relationship-building, and strategic planning. Exceptional communication skills are required, as is the desire to directly engage with Silicon Valley communities alongside TheatreWorks’ staff. Demonstrated experience in championing and implementing inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism policies is essential.
Compensation and Benefits
TheatreWorks provides a competitive compensation package with a salary range between $210,000 and $230,000 and benefits that include employer-paid health insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan; paid vacation; holidays; personal and sick days; season tickets to TheatreWorks; friends and family discounts; and a creative, energetic environment. A relocation bonus will be offered to the placed candidate if they are not local.