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Shakespeare on the Sound (SOS), Connecticut’s premier outdoor theater company, is seeking a Managing Director, who can take on a wide range of strategic and tactical responsibilities. A non-profit, community-based organization located in Fairfield County, we produce an annual outdoor Shakespeare festival in Pinkney Park, Rowayton, CT. We also offer year-round educational outreach in local schools and libraries for children and adults. The annual operating budget is approximately $450,000, funded primarily through individual contributions. The organization is overseen by a volunteer board and is managed by a small professional staff. The Artistic Director, who directs the annual play and facilitates the company’s creative vision, and the Managing Director, who is responsible for the development, communications, community engagement and the day-to-day management of the company, together report directly to the board.
· With the board of directors and Artistic Director, ensure that SOS has a long-range strategy which achieves our mission, and toward which we make consistent and timely progress.
· Manage all day-to-day operations of the organization, recruiting and supervising staff to implement all programs, including bookkeeper, administrative support, apprentices, summer staff and volunteers.
· Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
· With the Artistic Director, Producer and the Board, create, coordinate and manage organizational calendar for fundraising events & campaigns, the educational program, board meetings, production.
· Develop an annual financial budget for the organization:
o Coordinate with the Artistic Director, Producer, Board Treasurer and Finance Committee to maintain appropriate financial controls ensuring that revenues and expenses are appropriately managed, protecting our non-profit status.
o Oversee and negotiate contracts, payroll, receivables, payables, and other administrative functions, including insurance agreements.
· Manage all donor development and fundraising activities, including:
o Stewardship of our current donors and audience members
o Identify new individual, corporate, and foundation prospects and develop a solicitation plan.
· Write state and local government, foundation and corporate grants and administrative year-end grants.
· Oversee and help organize special events.
· Manage the intake of revenue from earned income and seek to increase it through donations/ticket sales at the gate, merchandise sales, corporate sponsorships, ad sales, and other sources.
· With the Artistic Director, keep the board fully informed on the condition of the company.
· Represent our programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
· Help define the annual organizational & production marketing vision in conjunction with Artistic Director and our Digital Content and Social Media Coordinator. With the staff, create and produce all marketing materials and coordinate with press representation.
Board and Community Relations:
· Actively engage the Board in all key decisions and issues.
· Work closely with the local community, civic and town bodies.
· Organize and promote events through the year that enhance community relations.
o Interface with other arts and non-profit organizations in the area.
o Attend meetings and negotiate venue with local parks & recreation authorities
· Help solve problems during the run of the production. Act as the “face” of the organization in conjunction with the Artistic Director.
Candidates must be energetic self-starters, strategic thinkers and problem solvers.
· Excellent writing and communication skills.
· Deep experience with fundraising, grant writing and development research.
· Marketing experience.
· Non-Profit organization experience, including volunteer board management.
· Bachelor’s degree or Masters in Business/Non-Profit management a plus or equivalent experience.
· Experience hiring and managing a staff, and negotiating contracts.
· Experience working with an arts organization preferred.
Demands of the Job:
This role does not require full-time office work, but we are looking for someone who can be a passionate advocate for our organization and the arts. Though fundraising goes on all year, late summer and fall are much less busy. The months leading up to production are more time-consuming. This is also a company with a dynamic board that is poised to grow under the right leadership.
To apply, please send a resume, including two references to Autumn Howard, Shakespeare on the Sound Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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