Aurora Theatre Company seeks an innovative, empathetic and strategic leader to join their talented team in the role of Managing Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new Managing Director will be a vital leader and thought partner to the Artistic Director as the organization re-emerges from the pandemic in the midst of a cultural revolution.
Who is Aurora Theatre Company?
As the storyteller for our community, Aurora Theatre Company inspires new audiences and longtime theatre lovers alike with the visceral power of live theatre. Our venues, the most intimate professional stages in the Bay Area, highlight great acting, nuanced language, and an immediacy that makes for exhilarating theatre. By telling profoundly relevant stories, we’re building a new culture of theatre-going in the Bay Area. We are contributing to the revitalization of theatre nationwide by challenging all of us to think deeper, laugh louder, and engage more purposefully and profoundly with our neighbors and the world.
What will you do?
Working in partnership with the Artistic Director, the Managing Director (MD) will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization and supervising the day-to-day operations of the theater. As an organizational leader, the MD will operationalize the current mission and develop the vision for the theater with the Artistic Director, Board of Directors, and staff. The MD will activate partnerships between staff, board, and community stakeholders in order to build a cohesive strategy to position Aurora for its future. The MD will also facilitate an environment of collaboration, wellness, and excellence for its staff, board, and artists. The MD serves as a critical ambassador to the Berkeley community and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The MD will directly supervise the Development Director, Marketing and Communications Director, Box Office Manager, and an accountant. As such, the Managing Director will be responsible for all aspects of finance for the organization, including earned and contributed revenue.
Areas of Accountability
- Strategic and Organizational Priorities
- In conjunction with the board, Artistic Director, and staff, create and ensure the implementation of the theatre’s competitive strategy and align resources and efforts with its organizational mission and values.
- Increase the visibility of the theater in the San Francisco community and greater Bay Area as well as serve as an ambassador for the organization at large.
- In partnership with the Artistic Director, determine priorities and objectives for Aurora’s staff.
- Serve as an ex officio member of the board and participate on board committees including the executive committee, finance committee, strategic planning committee, development committee, and others as necessary.
- Attend company functions on weekends and/or evenings, such as first rehearsals, design runs, first previews and opening nights.
- Ensure that box office and other front-of-house activities show sensitivity to patron needs.
- Negotiate and execute all contracts on behalf of the organization.
- Serve as the main contact to various unions including but not limited to Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), United Scenic Artists and the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).
- Human Resources and Finance
- Assess current financial and human resource policies, decisions and practices in order to make recommendations for and lead organizational improvements in these areas.
- Supervise the management and oversight of all financial reporting and recordkeeping.
- Lead the organization’s budget process and determine effective metrics to evaluate overall organizational performance.
- Prepare and present financial results for the organization on an ongoing basis to the finance committee, Treasurer, and Board.
- Ensure the organization creates and adheres to operating and financial procedures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and other financial controls.
- Review and maintain a comprehensive personnel policy in accordance with applicable laws; make changes as necessary.
- Recruit, hire and supervise administrative positions and assist the Artistic Director as needed for production hiring.
- Supervise the creation and management of employment contracts, including those for actors, designers, technical staff and unions.
- Partner with the Development Director to cultivate major donors, sponsors, foundations and corporate leaders for annual and longer-term support.
- Provide leadership on any special campaigns including feasibility studies, campaign strategy and case statement development.
- Actively participate in donor cultivation and solicitations in partnership with the Artistic Director, Director of Development and Board.
- In collaboration with the Development Director and Artistic Director, identify and prioritize fundraising opportunities for Aurora’s productions and programming.
- Supervise timely preparation and delivery of required financial budgets and reports to funders requiring them.
- Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Director to define marketing strategy, tactics and programs, with input from the Artistic Director.
- Determine and measure earned revenue goals in partnership with the Marketing and Communications Director.
- Ensure that programs (including education, community programs, group outreach), marketing tactics and graphic design support Aurora Theatre Company brand and strategic objectives.
Who are we looking for?
This role is ideal for an industry leader in theater and the performing arts who thrives in a dynamic environment, and wants to make a strong imprint on the organizational design of a theater. The new Managing Director is someone who has experience in building community among diverse stakeholders, and values differences in opinion. They seek to capture the opportunities brought forth by the converging trends of online engagement and deeper audience cultivation, post-pandemic. This role requires a high level of financial acumen to meet Aurora’s pressing challenges in the current economic environment. This person will be an advocate and champion for Aurora’s Confronting and Dismantling Oppression work.
Additional Areas of Expertise
- Team and community building
- Financial skills
- Cultural competency
- Background in the theater industry
- Experience in and analysis of confronting and dismantling oppression
How much are we paying and what are the perks?
- Benefits package:
- Health, dental and vision insurance
- 403B retirement plan
- Ability to work remotely, from time to time
- Competitive vacation, holiday, and sick paid time off
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January 3, 2022 -