Job Posting: Managing Producer, Neworld Theatre

ABOUT NEWORLD
Neworld Theatre is one of Vancouver’s leading and best-known independent theatre/ performance companies, and an integral part of a highly collaborative community that has evolved in the Vancouver theatre scene over the last decade. We work in a newly renovated 6000 s.f. shared production hub and studio, PL1422, in the Commercial Drive area of East Vancouver. Led by Artistic Director Marcus Youssef, Neworld develops and/or produces 2-3 shows a year, tours nationally and internationally, and offers community engagement programs. We also offer ongoing support and mentorship to younger companies/artists who we believe in. Recent highlights include bringing our work to festivals and theatres in a dozen countries over the last two years, co-founding PL1422, our off-Broadway premiere in January, 2015, multiple local, national and international awards, and 19 years of creating work that includes a hugely diverse groups of artists and collaborators.

THE POSITION
We are seeking a Managing Producer to oversee Neworld’s operations, financial management and touring activity. S/he will manage and promote our growing repertoire of productions, events and partnerships in a wide range of local, national and international venues and contexts. Neworld’s is currently in a very strong position, both artistically and financially, and we’re looking for someone who is excited to step into a leadership role that offers real opportunity for growth, both for the company and the manager/producer we hire.

Essential: that the work we make be of interest to you. We develop and produce widely varied styles of live performance. What unites it: every Neworld project must in some way have the courage to grapple with some aspect of morality or ethics. It must be rooted in a presumption that in all of our lives, the choices we all make are meaningful and have real consequences. We also like to make people laugh.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Working with the Artistic Director to raise annual revenues. The Managing Producer should be able to write/prepare the financial, organizational and statistical sections of operating funding applications, as well as touring and market development grants.
  • Overseeing and preparing Neworld’s annual operating budget, and individual project budgets.
  • Negotiating and preparing presentation agreements and contracts with local, national and international co-producers and presenters, as well as individual artists.
  • Tour development, visioning, networking and travel to promote and extend the life of our touring productions.
  • Partnership-building and development. Neworld has a robust and growing list of partners. Working with the Artistic Director to manage those relationships is key.
  • Supervision, management and scheduling of two part-time employees: 1) The Resident Producer, an annual position primarily responsible for producing individual projects, and final reports; 2) Operations Coordinator, currently responsible for accounts payable/receivable, office administration and execution of company season marketing, website, and social media; plus additional supervision of key contractors (bookkeeper, interns, publicist, videographer, etc).
  • If it interests them, the candidate will have the opportunity to help lead, with our PL 1422 partners, the purchase and development of a new cultural space in the Mt. Pleasant area. The city of Vancouver has already committed $2.3 million to this initiative, which is tentatively scheduled to open in 2017.
  • Sitting on the PL 1422 Facility Management Committee, which meets monthly
  • The position works very closely with Artistic Director Marcus Youssef, and sometimes almost as closely with senior managers of our roommate companies at PL1422 (Boca del Lupo, Electric Company, Rumble Theatre).
  • We’re also interested in what you might bring to the job. What would you want to do that may not normally be associated with this kind of management position? For example, there could be an opportunity for the right person to participate actively in artistic programming.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Has a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in arts management or administration, including financial management skills, and multi-year operational budgeting. If you know what CADAC is/have experience with it, that’s helpful.
  • Is entrepreneurial, in the holistic sense: has ideas about how to make new things happen, and is willing to both assess and embrace risk in order to achieve them
  • Enjoys working with numbers.
  • Is well-versed in the Canadian theatre scene, or that of another country. Knowledge of international touring is a bonus.
  • Experience working with Canadian Actors Equity Association and PACT, and either the Independent or Canadian Theatre Agreements, or an equivalent from another jurisdiction.
  • Is energetic, positive, and has a strong sense of humor (appreciating bad jokes is a bonus).
  • Plays well with others – that’s one of our mottos, and it’s essential. We’re looking for someone who likes to collaborate, and to do so in ways that encourages themselves and the people around them to find joy in their work. None of us are paid enough to be unhappy.
  • Values honesty, transparency, and a work-environment that treats colleagues/employees as whole human beings, not simply workers.
  • Likes responding to opportunities as they occur. While we’re pretty organized, we also practice something we call “responsive programming”, which essentially means our plans can change in response to both opportunities and challenges.
  • Bonus skills/interests: 1) Liking to write; 2) Interest in marketing strategy; 3) Facility management and development, including capital fundraising.
  • We don’t expect any single candidate to have all of the above skills/interests. We would like you to let us know which are yours.

DEETS:

  • This full-time position begins February 2nd 2015.
  • Salary: $42,000 – $52,000, depending on (and commensurate with) experience, plus an extended health benefits package
  • 4 weeks paid holiday annually, to be arranged in collaboration with the Artistic Director. Historically, two of those weeks are at Christmas.
  • We aim to interview short-listed candidates in the middle of November. Those who are out of town will be offered a Skype interview.
  • If available, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to New York City for the opening of Winners and Losers at Soho Rep in January 2015.
  • Candidates should be willing to do some periodic travel (short trips).

To apply, please email a CV, including three references, and a letter outlining why you think Neworld Theatre and this position might be a good fit for you, to jobs@neworldtheatre.com, by November 3rd 2014, 5PM PST.

Neworld Theatre is a company founded on the principle of diversity, and we hope to receive applications from candidates with a broad range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender-identification, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability (though our office is on the second floor, and not currently wheelchair accessible). And  yes, nice white guys can apply, too.

We thank all candidates for applying, but we only have capacity to contact those selected for an interview. For more information please visit us at neworldtheatre.com, or email us at jobs@neworldtheatre.com