The Burlington Performing Arts Centre invites applications and referrals for the position of Executive Director of this brand-new facility
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre:
Scheduled to open in 2011, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre will be both a performance venue for the arts and a new civic centre where the community will be able to host productions, receptions, exhibitions, community functions, and accommodate large civic events.
Located in the heart of downtown Burlington, the new 63,000 square foot Centre has been designed by the internationally renowned firm of Diamond + Schmitt Architects Inc. The Centre will feature a 730-seat Main Stage Theatre with a six-storey fly tower, a Community Studio Theatre (a multi-purpose space that can accommodate activities such as rehearsals, meetings, recitals, and rotating exhibits), atrium space, offices, and a Family Lobby and Mezzanine. Parking is available at an adjoining attached municipal garage. A LEED-certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the project is destined to be Ontario’s first stand-alone green performing arts centre.
A $36 million project, the new Burlington Performing Arts Centre will not only be an excellent venue for performances, it will also be a much-needed community gathering space capable of hosting conferences and corporate and community events. The flourishing Burlington arts community (comprised of more than 60 for-profit and not for profit groups) has long lacked adequate space and facilities; many must choose venues outside the city in which to perform.
The Position of Executive Director:
Reporting to a new created Board of Directors, the Executive Director as the Chief Operating Officer of the corporation is responsible in the short term for innovating all procedures, processes, and policies relating to the successful opening of a successful performing arts venue. Duties and responsibilities include creating an operating team, operating protocols, and business strategies for an entirely new Corporation. The Executive Director must develop a financial and programming plan for the opening season, create effective partnerships with arts and culture groups, the business community, sponsors, donors, and neighborhood residents, and shepherd the new organization through the final phases of its construction to its formal opening and first season.
Long-term, in partnership with the new Board, the Executive Director would develop an effective economic operating model for a successful performing arts centre, balancing between community-based arts groups, the Centre’s own programming, and other community/corporate rentals and usage. The Executive Director would be responsible for general operations, budget development, strategic planning, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, overseeing staff working in such areas as marketing, fund-raising, programming, box office, front of house, technical and artistic operations, building maintenance, and finance.
The City of Burlington:
Chosen in 2009 at one of Canada’s top 4 “Best Places to Live” by MoneySense magazine, the City of Burlington is home to a number of leading companies with global mandates. With enviable access to regional, national and international transportation networks, Burlington is central to the Golden Horseshoe, one of the most prosperous areas in Canada. A charming area with a vibrant history and an historic downtown, Burlington is home to many cultural/recreational organizations including the Burlington Art Centre, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Discovery Landing, the Joseph Brant Museum, The Aldershot Players, the Burlington Teen Tour Band, Theatre Burlington, Burlington Student Theatre, and Drury Lane Theatrical Productions.
With the mission to become the best and most inclusive performing arts and community centre in Ontario by 2020, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre seeks an industry professional who will be an articulate champion, a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with a thorough grounding in performing arts facility management and arts programming.
The ideal candidate will have previous senior experience in leading an arts venue through its opening season, a minimum of seven years of not for profit arts venue management, and a university degree in arts and/or business management or equivalent experience in facility management and administration.
The new Executive Director will have excellent analytical, financial and organizational skills, with demonstrated leadership in fund-raising. Other necessary characteristics would include political savvy and diplomacy, good oral and written communication skills, a track record in community participation and partnership, experience in labor negotiations, and knowledge of ancillary businesses such as catering, ticketing, corporate rentals, and the like.
The Executive Director represents the Centre to the public, the media and the performing arts industry at large through leadership and participation in community activities. The Centre has a pivotal role in the cultural, educational and economic enrichment of the City of Burlington; the Executive Director must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, the media, artists, board members, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, volunteers, and the audience.
Other Information and Application Process:
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references by Monday, November 16, 2009 in confidence to:
GENOVESE, VANDERHOOF & ASSOCIATES
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2J7
416/340-2762; Fax: 416/340-6276