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Tateuchi Center is the result of decades of hard work, faith, and investment in creating a home for the performing arts in Bellevue, Washington. There have been landmark steps along the way, including endorsement by the Bellevue City Council and Arts Commission in 2002 and incorporation of Performing Arts Center Eastside in 2003. That same year, the Kemper Freeman family donated the building site in the heart of downtown Bellevue, valued at $20 million. Significant gifts followed, including $6 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to pay for design and engineering consulting costs and a $25 million naming gift from the Tateuchi Foundation in 2010. The City of Bellevue pledged $20 million in 2015. Now, at more than 65 percent towards the $195 million campaign goal, ground-breaking is scheduled in September 2018, with an opening anticipated in the fall of 2021.


With a mission to transform lives and enrich the community by presenting artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of the highest quality to all within its reach, Tateuchi Center is committed to expanding arts education opportunities. It is also dedicated to providing an Eastside performance base for large and small regional arts organizations across a broad range of genres, attracting national and international artists to its stages. Tateuchi Center will promote the interests of artists, engage and develop new audiences, encourage participation in the arts, contribute to the economic vitality of the region, and serve as a cultural center for Eastside residents.


Designed by Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Tateuchi Center will blend the best aspects of traditional theatre design with visionary thinking about audience participation and technology. With two venues for live performance­—the 2,000-seat Arakawa Concert Hall and the 225-seat Studio Theatre—the building will be able to offer experiences ranging from a dance class to a black-tie evening at the opera to a night out at a blues club. Technical innovations include advanced acoustic management, broadcast capabilities, fiber-optic signal processing, universal connectivity, energy efficiency, and environmentally green materials and practices. Key subcontractors have been identified and the architect will be advancing to the schematic design phase.


Governed by a 30-member board of directors, Tateuchi Center has a broad base of more than 100 highly engaged volunteers through its Emeritus Council, Advisory Council, and active Campaign Committee. There are currently three full-time and one part-time staff members. Pro forma financials for the first full season of operations (FY’22) anticipate an operating budget of approximately $18 million.




Once the suburbs, the Eastside community is now a sister to Seattle, with a similar population of 700,000 residents. The roughly 400 square miles stretch from the eastern shores of Lake Washington to the Cascade foothills, an expanse equivalent in population and area to cities such as Sacramento, Tucson, and Omaha. Many of the world’s leading companies, including Microsoft, Costco, PACCAR, Boeing, Amazon, Valve, Starbucks, Concur, and Nintendo, provide employment and stability in the area, attracting a highly educated, creative, and well-paid workforce. The Eastside has the second highest per capita income of any region in the country and a culturally diverse audience that wants convenient access to high quality arts and entertainment.


Tateuchi Center will be located in downtown Bellevue. With a population of more than 140,000 residents (as of 2017), it is the fifth largest city in Washington. Featuring a skyline of gleaming high-rises and more than 150,000 jobs, Bellevue is the high-tech and retail center of King County's Eastside. While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel. There are thriving, woodsy neighborhoods, a vast network of green spaces, miles of nature trails, lakefront public parks and beaches, and easy access to everything the Puget Sound area has to offer. The city's public schools are consistently rated among the best in the country. Bellevue residents are also some of the most highly educated in the state, with over 66 percent holding bachelor degrees or higher.


Bellevue's population is growing and becoming more culturally diverse. According to the 2015 census, more than 50 percent of the population is a minority race or ethnicity and 42 percent speak a language other than English at home. Bellevue is routinely ranked among the best mid-sized cities in the country.


Sources: tateuchicenter.org; visitbellevuewashington.com; livability.com; 247wallst.com


Position Summary

Tateuchi Center’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will helm this 15-year-old nonprofit through the final phases required to secure the remaining funding to build and open this highly flexible, world-class performing arts center in the heart of downtown Bellevue. Reporting to and actively collaborating with the board of directors, the CEO will positively promote the mission, vision, and goals of Tateuchi Center throughout the region. As an active civic leader, the CEO will cultivate strong partnerships and relationships and will develop and execute short- and long-term plans to enhance Tateuchi Center’s profile, visibility, and sustainability. The CEO will have extensive experience in programming large performing arts centers and will begin building artistic relationships immediately to have an effective opening season planned well in advance of 2021. The CEO will have experience in building strong and effective senior management teams for all areas of Tateuchi Center’s operations, programming, finance, development, marketing, and educational components.


Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership and External Relations


  • Guide strategic plan development with the board.


  • Serve as a passionate, connected, and confident ambassador and advocate for Tateuchi Center in a wide range of local, regional, and national communities.


  • Build consensus around key organizational decisions that focus the institution’s energies, prioritize program excellence and community relevance, and articulate the unique impact Tateuchi Center will have in Bellevue and the Eastside.


  • Demonstrate a collaborative leadership style with a true connection to Tateuchi Center’s patrons, donors, partners, artists, staff, volunteers, and the communities and residents that the organization and the building were created to serve.


  • Build positive relationships and partnerships with business leaders, regional nonprofits arts education leaders, and arts organizations.


  • Continually analyze Tateuchi Center’s progress, changing environment, risks, opportunities, and challenges, making recommendations for and taking necessary action to redirect activities and resources appropriately.


    Revenue Enhancement

  • Lead and engage enthusiastically in all fundraising activities, ensuring all necessary components of a comprehensive development operation are in place and functioning efficiently.


  • Anticipate and respond to the needs and motivations of donors and patrons to successfully develop and solidify significant relationships, which will secure and increase financial and volunteer investments and attendance.


  • Initiate programming decisions and scheduling, drawing diverse audiences by offering a wide range of world-class entertainment, arts, and education programs.


  • Cultivate strategic partnerships to utilize Tateuchi Center, including rentals from other organizations, corporate events, and meetings.


  • Oversee a marketing plan and its execution to increase public awareness and support for Tateuchi Center’s vision and mission, attracting and retaining donors, sponsors, volunteers, and patrons.



    Management and Operations


  • Direct all personnel and operations to ensure that the organization is efficient and effective in resource utilization and that patrons, artists, volunteers, and community members have a welcoming and high-quality experience.


  • Provide prudent financial management to advance the mission while creating a solid infrastructure to actualize that mission.


  • Assure policies, procedures, and internal controls are in place to deliver a:




    • Motivated and well-qualified staff, collaborating in a positive working environment that welcomes diversity and values the expertise and contributions of all;


    • Annual budgeting process resulting in accurate financial records and clean annual audits; and


    • Fully functioning and cost-effective computer and network system tools that support organizational efficiency.


  • Lead with the appropriate committees and staff, securing or finalizing construction financing if not yet fully arranged.


  • With the appropriate board committee, monitor facility construction to ensure completion on schedule and within the financial plan.


  • Partner with the board of directors and provide concise, relevant, and timely information in order for the board to fulfill its policy and decision-making responsibilities.



    Traits and Characteristics

    The CEO will be a charismatic, entrepreneurial, and diplomatic leader with the experience, knowledge, and tenacity to bring the vision for Tateuchi Center alive, with groundbreaking in 2018, opening in 2021, and successful programming and operations thereafter. A sincere relationship builder who values inclusivity and earns the confidence of others, the CEO will actively position the organization for the future. As both a strategist and a hands-on implementer with a sense of humor and a solid personal support system, this versatile and decisive executive will function well under pressure and thrive within a rigorous and demanding work schedule.


    Other key competencies and drivers include:


  • Leadership and Self-Management – Clarity in prioritizing and completing tasks necessary to meet or exceed the agreed upon goals while creating a sense of order, direction, and active participation among a variety of stakeholders.


  • Interpersonal Skills – Commitment to building rapport and to demonstrating a sincere, respectful, and courteous interest in others while effectively communicating and relating well with a wide variety of people.


  • Customer Focus – Consistently places a high value on Tateuchi Center’s extensive network of internal and external stakeholders, with a keen focus on listening to, understanding, and appreciating feedback.


  • Aesthetic – A sense of balance, capable of creative self-expression, and the ability to see the big picture while keeping an eye on the details.


  • Utilitarian/Economic – An appreciation for practical accomplishments, results, and rewards for investments of time, resources, and energy. Skilled in managing financial controls and reporting procedures; instituting accounting best practices; overseeing investments and property management; and anticipating financial challenges.



The ideal candidate will have prior significant success as a CEO, President, Executive Director, or comparable leadership position at a nonprofit or for-profit performing arts organization, particularly performing arts venues or theatres (preferably through opening). This individual should be especially skilled at galvanizing and focusing all the human resources—staff and volunteer—dedicated to realizing a shared vision. Demonstrable understanding of finance, budgets, marketing, audience development, and programming is required and tangible experience in contributing to and executing an effective fundraising strategy is necessary. The CEO must be comfortable interacting with prospective donors and requesting their consideration of significant contributions. Given the mission of Tateuchi Center, candidates must be interested in being an integral part of the highly diverse Bellevue and Eastside community.


Compensation and Benefits 

Compensation and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.


Application and Inquires

Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:


Mr. Martin Bragg, Senior Vice President

818 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 236 

Portland, OR 97204-2405 

Tel        (888) 234.4236 Ext. 205

Email    TateuchiCenter@ArtsConsulting.com


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