Vice President for Programming & Education
Omaha Performing Arts SocietyOmaha, NE
Full Time Job
The next Vice President for Programming and Education will join a dynamic and forward-thinking organization that consistently receives both local and national recognition for the excellent quality of its venues and performing arts programming. The Vice President will have the opportunity to take a leadership role in the implementation of an exciting new campus expansion for the next stage of OPA's growth. As steward of two landmark venues and presenter of broad offerings of major performing arts activity, Omaha Performing Arts is uniquely positioned to support creativity and innovation in programming and to expand its reach into the community with significant education and engagement activity. The Vice President will play a major role in setting and realizing OPA's vision as a leader in the arts locally, regionally, and nationally.
The Vice President for Programming and Education provides artistic leadership for the planning, development, and implementation of OPA presentations in the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Performing Arts Center and beyond. S/he is responsible for setting the vision, developing, and expanding an extensive education and community engagement program that serves the community, the region, and the state.
The Vice President for Programming and Education is the senior programming and booking manager, ensuring that OPA's audiences have access to a broad offering of excellent performances in jazz, dance, family, popular entertainers, Broadway productions, world music, and more. S/he oversees the growth of the ticketed event department and the relationships with resident companies.
The Vice President provides leadership and direction to the education and community engagement departments. S/he develops and nurtures community relationships and creates opportunities for all community members to interact with performers and artists. The VP ensures that OPA's performances and programs support and reflect a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in performers and audiences. S/he is energetic, creative, and innovative in developing new programs and partnerships that build strong connections to the community.
Working with the President, the Vice President for Programming and Education develops artistic initiatives and serves as a resource for special projects such as festivals, community development programs, and partnerships with other performing arts organizations. The Vice President produces and oversees the annual booking calendar and ensures a balanced schedule of facilities usage between OPA and its major resident companies. S/he develops, monitors, and manages the budget for programming, education, and engagement.
The Vice President for Programming and Education reports to the President. S/he serves as a member of the senior management team with the Vice Presidents for Development, Marketing and Communications, and Senior Vice President Finance and Administration, and works closely with the Associate Vice President for Administrative Services. S/he supervises the programming staff, the performance rentals staff, and the education and engagement staff.
The ideal candidate will be an energetic and innovative leader and a skilled manager who combines a broad and deep knowledge of the performing arts with successful experience in producing and presenting artists, ensembles, and attractions at a high professional level. Candidate will have at least five to seven years of progressive experience in performing arts management at the director or associate/assistant director level.
The successful candidate will have a strong personal commitment to arts education and community engagement and a track record for developing creative, imaginative, and innovative programs for all ages and levels of experience, including family programming.
The successful candidate will have experience that demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of performing arts presenting, education, and engagement. Will have the proven ability to implement OPA's Core Values of Team, Trust, and Integrity. Candidate will have a record for providing excellent internal and external customer service.
The successful candidate will have an excellent working knowledge of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, ensembles, and choreographers, as well as rising stars in the early stages of their professional careers. S/he will be knowledgeable about a wide variety of music and the arts, including jazz, Broadway, dance, world, and popular music. S/he will also be comfortable working with commercial promoters and the booking of popular attractions and artists. S/he will have excellent contacts and relationships with artists and with those who manage and represent artists and ensembles. The successful candidate will have the ability to produce budgets and pro forma booking estimates, manage expenses, and assist with revenue projections and ticket pricing.
The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with superb planning, organization, financial management, communication, and interpersonal skills. S/he will be able to meet competing deadlines and manage multiple tasks with consistent follow-through and attention to detail. S/he will be a consensus builder with excellent negotiating skills. S/he will be a team player and collaborator, and a skilled supervisor as well. The successful candidate will be flexible, curious, adaptable, and comfortable working in the ever-changing and fast-paced environment of an arts presenter.
Job Type: Full-time
Management: 5 years (Preferred)
Arts Education: 3 years (Preferred)
Community Engagement: 3 years (Preferred)
Performing Arts Management: 5 years (Required)
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