American Contemporary BalletLos Angeles, CA
Full Time Job
American Contemporary Ballet (ACB) is hiring an executive director to join its leadership team and oversee its operations, personnel, and fundraising efforts. ACB is seeking an experienced leader to help plan and implement its next phase of its growth.
ACB is entering its 10th season. For this important milestone ACB has mapped out key objectives that include increasing funding to attract and retain top talent, identifying a permanent space for performances, and establishing a ballet school that features both summer intensives and a year-round program for rising dancers.
VISION & PHILOSOPHY-ACB draws upon the best of the classical tradition to create work of timeless relevance-work that is as entertaining as it is substantive. This approach has built a new audience for the art form in Los Angeles. Through innovative presentation and programs, an accessible ticket price, sophisticated backstage programs, and a high volume of performances, the company is bringing ballet to a mainstream level of cultural understanding in L.A. With strong creative ties in the film world, ACB is now also making cutting-edge use of the medium to make its product available internationally.
Artistic integrity is at the core of ACB's values, as is the principle that while the expression of art almost always touches upon something other than itself, its creation and intent must never become a tool for something other than itself. As such, ACB fosters a creative and work environment that is independent of political, economic, or social agendas.
ABOUT THE POSITION
In season, ACB has five full-time staff members and 21 dancers. The executive director will be a much-needed leader for the staff, donors, and key stakeholders. Helping to bring organizational clarity and direction, this position will undertake all key operations, finances, and fundraising. The organization has been incredibly resourceful in its operations-leveraging many in-kind gifts, attracting supportive and dedicated donors and partners, and nurturing a deeply collaborative team. ACB is a beloved organization in the community, and the executive director would need to quickly build relationships and develop an understanding of the landscape.
The executive director must be a strong and decisive leader, and understand that his/her role ultimately serves the artistic vision. The ideal candidate will be excited by the challenge of meeting ACB's high standards of excellence and have an ability to thrive among the unpredictable demands of live production, take ownership of multiple projects, manage competing deadlines, and bring order out of chaos.
The position will manage the company manager, production manager, patron manager, communications manager, and volunteers. Experience with operations, management, and budgets is paramount. Preference will be given to those who have greater experience in fundraising, especially in major gifts, donor cultivation, and solicitation. This position reports to founder and artistic director Lincoln Jones, who is ACB's primary leader and visionary for the organization overall.
At ACB, all staff and dancers are selected through a process designed to identify an unusually high level of mission alignment, which has created a rare and rewarding culture of teamwork and camaraderie within the company in service to the quality and integrity of the art.
The rewards of the position include being a prominent member of the L.A. arts community and leading an organization with a strong mission and vision and an innovative, highly respected artistic product. You'll be working within a network of highly accomplished artists in ballet, music, photography, cinematography, and design, and leaders in the Los Angeles philanthropic and cultural communities. It is an opportunity to hone your organizational and leadership skills in a company with an exciting trajectory and a gratifying company culture. This position may be a good fit for a seasoned professional hoping to identify a new mission to support, or for a rising professional who loves to be challenged and wants to grow.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, operations, management, fundraising oversight, and, more specifically:
Serving as the primary operational executive, including technology, facilities, HR, payroll, staff, finances, and fundraising;
Working closely with the founder and artistic director to develop a strategic organizational and fundraising plan;
Scaling the organization's needs for growth and new initiatives by identifying stronger platforms, developing cohesive procedures and processes, standardizing best practices, and using project management tools;
Preparing and managing annual operating budget;
Managing operations staff, reviewing job descriptions, communicating expectations and directing meetings;
Managing all third-party vendors and relationships, including contracts;
Attending performances and ensuring production needs are met through supervision of staff and volunteers;
Using and configuring database (Network for Good) to implement donor moves-management, updated records, and key reports;
Developing and implementing donor stewardship best practices;
Reviewing key performance indicators in fundraising and revenue quarterly;
Managing a caseload of active donors and managing up to the board for their major donor relationships;
Identifying and pursuing new sources of high-net-worth individuals and foundations;
Overseeing grants calendar, deadlines, submissions, and follow-up reports;
Leading a dedicated team of volunteers, fostering enthusiasm and graciousness;
Consistently reviewing operations and developing concrete ways to monitor progress and success, making revisions as needed;
Representing and maintaining ACB's reputation as a leader in the arts, being a persuasive spokesperson for the mission and vision; and,
Meeting with the board regularly to present progress and objectives, and assisting the founder and artistic director as needed.
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