Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
(Westhampton Beach NY)
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director, available in the late Summer/early Fall of 2013.
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) is a year-round, community-based, not-for-profit organization that offers a rich and varied program of performing arts and entertainment, including music, dance, comedy, and cinema from around the world, while providing premier arts education programs, acting as a catalyst to enhance the local economy, and enriching the community’s quality of life. Founded in 1997, the Center today is a vibrant venue that serves audiences from Manhattan to Montauk and offers them the unique opportunity to see big-name entertainers in a small and attractive venue.
In 1996, a group of concerned residents and business owners launched an effort to create a performing arts space out of a shuttered movie theatre. In the course of only a year, volunteers raised 60 percent of the $2.8 million needed to transform the building into a state-of-the-art facility. The entire project was primarily funded by contributions from residents and area business owners. Officials representing national, state, county, and local governments lent enthusiastic support. On July 4, 1998, the new WHBPAC opened its doors. Fifteen years later, the 425-seat Center is welcoming audiences to a theatre as sparkling new as the day it opened.
The arts and entertainment programs of WHBPAC are designed to enrich, entertain, inspire, educate, and amuse audiences of all ages. More than 50 offerings in 2013, with a concentration in the summer months, include music from Liza Minnelli, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Natalie Cole, and Aaron Neville; comedy from Tracy Morgan, Garrison Keillor, and Kathy Griffin; and dance performances by Pilobolus, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and Tommy Tune. A year-round world cinema series features current release art house, independent, and documentary films to rival any major film center in the country. Arts education programs are year-round and multi-tiered for audiences of all ages. In addition to School-Day Bus-in and Family Friendly Performances, the WHBPAC provides a wide variety of classes, workshops, and camps.
The WHBPAC is governed by a Board of 21 Directors. The annual operating budget is about $3 million, with $1.5 million from ticket sales and $1.5 million from fundraising. There is an administrative staff of 11. Clare Bisceglia, who has served as Executive Director since 2002, has announced that she will retire in January 2014.
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the WHBPAC and reports to the Board of Directors. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership and vision to ensure that WHBPAC’s mission is achieved and that the organization’s artistic, financial, educational, and community service goals are met.
The Executive Director manages the human and financial resources of the organization. S/he is responsible and accountable for all aspects of WHBPAC’s operations and administration, including planning, programming, production, financial management, fund raising, marketing, public relations, facilities management, and community engagement.
The Executive Director provides leadership to the fundraising efforts of the organization. S/he designs and implements strategies to raise at least $1.5 million annually for current expenses. S/he nurtures relationships with existing donors. S/he identifies, cultivates, and solicits donors. S/he builds relationships throughout the community to heighten awareness of WHBPAC and to expand the pool of contributors at all levels.
The Executive Director provides leadership and impetus to the Board and staff in developing strategic plans for the organization and ensuring that plans are implemented, monitored, and evaluated on an on-going basis. The Executive Director recruits, hires, motivates, supervises and evaluates a high performing staff to achieve the mission and goals of WHBPAC.
The Executive Director is the chief programmer for WHBPAC’s annual schedule of performances. S/he ensures that the program offerings represent a broad, diverse, and high quality array of artists and entertainers who will appeal to current audiences while attracting new audiences as area demographics change and evolve. S/he maintains positive working relationships with the agents who represent artists and entertainers. S/he provides oversight of the Center’s education programs.
Working with the Board and the Finance Committee, the Executive Director develops and implements the annual operating budget. S/he ensures that earned and contributed income goals are met. S/he monitors performance against budget, makes corrections as needed, and provides regular financial reports to the Board of Directors.
The Executive Director provides leadership for the marketing efforts of the organization. S/he ensures that the WHBPAC brand is recognized and respected throughout the community and region as well as with the arts and entertainment world that represents the talent WHBPAC seeks to engage. S/he ensures that goals for audience development, education, outreach, and community engagement are met.
The Executive Director is the chief spokesperson for the organization and represents WHBPAC with all external audiences throughout the community, region, and the state. S/he aggressively seeks opportunities to develop productive partnerships and collaborations. S/he attends performances and, as a full-time resident, is an active and visible participant in the arts and community life in the greater Westhampton area.
The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader and strategic thinker who combines passion and creativity with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the broad range of performing arts and entertainment. S/he will have a strong record of success in programming, presenting, fundraising, audience development, and marketing. S/he will be at home working with artists, entertainers, and ensembles in a variety of genres.
The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for presenting arts and entertainment to the public. S/he will have a demonstrated record of success in retaining and building audiences for a diverse offering of presentations.
The successful candidate will be an effective and enthusiastic fundraiser. S/he will have superb public presentation skills and a record of success in generating financial support for on-going programs, educational activities, special projects, and endowment. S/he will have strong entrepreneurial instincts and will be creative in finding new and effective ways to increase financial support for WHBPAC.
The successful candidate will be an experienced executive with excellent planning, organizational, communications, financial, and management skills. S/he will be skilled in recruiting and working effectively with volunteers in both governance and support roles. S/he will have the ability to lead, inspire, and motivate staff in an environment that fosters creativity, a commitment to excellence, teamwork, and mutual respect.
The successful candidate will be a person of high energy with the ability and willingness to maintain a rigorous schedule that includes evening and weekend performances and special events. S/he will have at least ten years’ senior executive experience, and will be a person of integrity, maturity, and sound judgment.
The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to be a resident and full participant in the life of the East End community of Long Island.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please submit a resume together with a letter of application that outlines both interest and qualifications. Provide salary history or requirements, and list at least three professional references. All submissions will be confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior approval.
Nominations and recommendations of potential candidates are welcome.
Please send materials by June 15, 2013, to:
WHBPAC Executive Director Search
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007
(MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only, please.)
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