Executive Director, Greenville Chautauqua
Flex-time; Some nights and weekends required as determined by events
work from home; no office location
Reports to: Board of Directors
Compensation $28,000 annually; Direct contract; no benefits
Organization Info: Greenville Chautauqua is a 501 (c) 3 organization that produces interactive theatre performed by professional historical interpreters. A major ten-day Festival offering performances of 4-5 characters is held in June at more than 20 venues in the Greenville area, plus contracted touring performances in Spartanburg, SC, and in Asheville, Brevard, NC. The annual season schedule also includes a January Winter Chautauqua weekend including a fundraiser and a monthly “Discussion” series held Feb-May.
Position Summary: The Executive Director provides leadership, operational control and supervision for the business affairs of the Chautauqua organization. The ED is responsible for budgeting and purchasing functions. The ED generates and secures funding for the annual season through multiple sources including Earned Income revenues; grants; state/local arts funding; foundations; annual donor direct mail campaign and business sponsorships. The ED develops and implements an annual marketing plan to include digital and print formats etc. The ED has authority to execute contracts with other businesses/individuals providing services to the organization.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
-Marketing and Organization Communications
-Develops and implements annual marketing plan to include effective use of digital and print media campaigns and other resources.
-Establishes and implements year-round schedule for printed collateral including: season brochure, annual Festival magazine, ads, local and regional listings in print and with affinity groups, semi-annual newsletters, fliers, posters, and event programs.
-Writes/approves text for publications as needed; coordinates printing and mail delivery to achieve optimal awareness of all events;
-Implements digital media campaigns to support season and generate audiences;
-Initiates / fulfills requests for “audience development” presentations, media interviews;
-Contracts for / supervises marketing support services as needed (website, graphic design; social media; media buyer) in alignment with budget.
-Responsible for budgeting and purchasing;
-Works with Finance Director to prepare recommended annual budget to BOD;
-Implements / operates within approved budget.
Revenue Generation and Fund-raising
-Secures Earned Income revenue through contracts with Presenting Partners (current: Spartanburg, Asheville, Brevard) for Chautauqua “experience.”
-Individual Donors: oversees effective annual schedule of individual donor solicitation / recognition including:
-annual donor solicitation direct mail campaign and e-blasts;
-donor solicitations in semi-annual print newsletters;
-donation opportunities at events;
-donor recognition in Festival program.
-Grants and business / corporate funding sources
-renews current funding grants from local/regional grantors and meets reporting requirements;
-renews funding proposals to business sponsors;
-facilitates donations made in conjunction with corporate matching programs
-Assists with fund-raisers and special events as initiated by Board of Directors.
-Initiates funding requests to new sources;
-Secures contractual arrangements for venues;
-Is the primary liaison to local venues and Presenting Partners;
-Sets the season schedule: public and private performances;
-Is on-site at scheduled events.
-Attends and reports at all Board of Director meetings;
-Convenes key Chautauqua staff on regular basis to achieve effective and efficient communication and coordination.
The Executive Director is supported by current Chautauqua staff with responsibilities for artistic / production management; bookkeeping; database and volunteer management.
-Minimum 3 years management experience at mid-senior level, preferably in non-profit setting (non-profit management; arts management; education /government);
-Successful record of grant-writing and local fund-raising;
-Experience using digital and print marketing formats;
-Familiarity with finance tools including Balance Sheets; bookkeeping;
-Ability to be bonded;
-Minimum education: Bachelor’s Degree.
To apply: Email resume and cover letter to: EDSearch@greenvillechautauqua.org
Cover letter should include candidate’s response to: “How my qualifications (experience, commitment, passion) would be a catalyst for success and growth of Greenville Chautauqua.”
Initial interviews will start August 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Questions? email to: EDSearch@greenvillechautauqua.org.