Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) invites applications for the position of Executive Director

The Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) invites applications for the position of Executive Director

Organization Description:
The Kirkland Performance Center provides cultural enrichment by offering a home for the presentation, support and promotion of the performing arts. KPC is a non-profit presenting organization with 402 seat venue and an operating budget of 1.4 million, located on the Eastside of Lake Washington, 10 miles from downtown Seattle.

Job Summary:
The Executive Director will serve as primary leader and the internal manager for the Kirkland Performance Center. Overseeing all aspects of the KPC operations, the Executive Director will be responsible for artist selection and booking, fundraising, financial oversight, Board communications, marketing, and public relations. Working closely with the Board, the Executive Director develops and executes both annual and longer-term policy and strategic planning. As the primary external spokesperson, the Executive Director will also be responsible for representing KPC with donors, patrons, government officials, and other arts organizations.

The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the organization is effectively structured and staffed with high quality, competent, team-oriented employees. Ensuring that there is an atmosphere that promotes the Center’s philosophy and core values, the Executive Director supervises staff members and volunteers to promote and support performance.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
· Develop programming and select, book, and negotiate fees of performers in alignment with KPC’s vision and strategic plan
· Oversee and actively pursue fundraising, including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, and special events
· Develop, track, and implement annual budget
· Manage KPC staff and volunteers to efficiently and effectively conduct KPC operational activities, with regular performance reviews for direct reports
· Provide direction and leadership in working with the Board on the continued development of KPC’s strategic plan
· Build and oversee relationships with subscribers, donors, and Board members
· Work with staff to produce and manage effective marketing strategies and oversee written publications (e.g., season programs and brochures, play bills, and print advertising campaigns)
· Participate in recruitment of new Board members and on-going board education
· Develop and maintain strong relations with community leaders and organizations to publicize KPC and its events

Candidate Profile:
The successful candidate will be a proven leader who combines a thorough knowledge of the performing arts with a strong record of success in programming, presenting, audience development, and fundraising. He/She will have a broad and compelling vision for the role of the performing arts and presenters of performing arts in a community setting. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, supervisory and financial management skills. He or She will be able to maintain a rigorous schedule that includes evening and weekend performances, events, and meetings. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience as a chief executive or senior manager in a non-profit or presenting arts organization. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.
KPC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience.

Please send resumes by February 15, 2009, to: No phone calls, please. For more information, go to: References and a writing sample will be requested during the interview process. The position will remain open until filled. KPC is an equal opportunity employer.

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