DirectorVancouver Civic Theatres • Full-Timehttp://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/cultural-and-performance-spaces.aspxVancouver, BCThe Cultural Services Division of the City of Vancouver
invites applications for the position of Director of Vancouver Civic Theatres
Reporting to the Managing Director of Cultural Services, the Director
is responsible for general operations, operating and capital budget development, strategic planning, general administration, revenue generation, capital planning and community relations of the City’s major performance venues, overseeing a team of 18 full time and 140 part-time professional, technical, customer service, and administrative staff. The annual operating budget is $6-7 million.
The Director is charged with ensuring an efficient, effective, and fiscally sound operation, sustaining the operation of this division through excellent management, business accountability, and revenue generation, while serving the community as home for such resident companies as Ballet British Columbia, Vancouver Opera, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as touring Broadway musicals, other dance, music and theatre performances, recitals, concerts, film, and public assembly events.
Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) is a section of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Services Division, Community Services Department, responsible for the management of major performing arts venues and ancillary program spaces: the Orpheum (2,688-seat historic concert hall); the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (2,781-seat proscenium theatre); the Vancouver Playhouse (688 seats); and the Orpheum Annex (193-seat black box), as well as reception areas, a parking garage, an outdoor event plaza, and office space. The spaces have recently undergone a $60 million renovation program.
There is a seven member City Council-appointed Advisory Board to provide advice to Council on the operation of the Civic Theatres. Chosen for their interest and expertise in the development of the performing arts, the Board encourages excellence in the venues’ activities and enhancement of the audience’s experience.
The Director must lead the organization with a positive spirit of collaboration and transparency, maintaining on-going dialogues with the VCT’s board and staff, other City departments, commercial and not for profit renters, sponsors, audience members, the media, and other stakeholders.
Key areas currently reporting directly to the Director include: operations, finance/administration, marketing, external relations, technical services, and production.
VCT itself does not produce or present performances. The new Director, however, is charged with transforming the organization, seeking new opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and sponsorship to enliven and animate VCT’s role within the cultural community.
We seek an industry professional with existing networks within the cultural sector and a personal vision of how the arts play a role within the life of a city.
A minimum of ten (10) years as a chief executive officer (or senior leadership experience of increasing responsibility) in large, complex performing arts facilities or cultural organizations. Experience in working with municipal governments would be ideal.
A track record of excellent relations with key stakeholders; the ability to build and nurture excellent management teams; and the personal leadership qualities, political acumen, tact and patience required to negotiate and manage successfully a complex operation.
Demonstrated leadership in sponsorship development and the building of community partnerships.
A graduate degree in arts, arts management, or not for profit administration is preferred. Contract negotiation skills, experience with working with unions,
comprehensive knowledge of many performing arts forms and all aspects of arts venue management.
An articulate champion for the performing arts with advanced oral and written communications skills with the ability to represent VCT to a variety of audiences and in a myriad of settings.
Excellent analytical, financial and organizational skills.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package. Deadline for applications: Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
Preference will be given to qualified Canadian applicants.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of references and salary requirements in confidence
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