Carolina Theatre of Greensboro seeks Executive Director

The historic Carolina Theatre of Greensboro (CTOG) is seeking an experienced leader to join our team and grow a culture of inclusion and support to sustain our community engagement and relevance for decades to come. Located in downtown Greensboro, NC, CTOG opened in 1927 and was billed as “The Showplace of the Carolinas.” We are poised for the future having completed significant interior renovations including seating, carpet, bathrooms, concessions, and repairs to our façade and windows. We’ve experienced tremendous highs and lows; our once segregated balcony was integrated in 1963, but its impact still lingers today. We are a mission-driven nonprofit, working to present the arts, preserve history, and promote community. Our vision is to be the preeminent performing arts space for our community. We embody equality, equity, and empathy. We strive to be a place where all people feel welcome as they are, know they will enjoy moving artistic performances and films, and feel uplifted as they enter and leave with a deeper appreciation for the performing arts. Each year, CTOG welcomes over 100,000 people to a wide variety of live performances and films in our 1,100-seat main auditorium and in our 150-seat black box performance space, The Crown. We have a robust cadre of volunteers including our active Board of Directors, greeters, and ticket takers. Our two-year strategic plan is focused on increasing our community engagement efforts, succession planning, and growing our marketing reach and donor base. Our core values are centered on building community, preserving history, welcoming all members of our community, and showcasing diverse programming, which offers something for everyone. If you are seeking a great place to work with competitive compensation in one of Greensboro’s most beautiful venues, we hope you will give this opportunity serious consideration.

As the top organizational leader for CTOG, the Executive Director is charged with sustaining existing programs while setting the vision for and building a strategy around developing new ways to expand the organization’s operational capacity and relevance. The Executive Director will balance operational excellence with an increased emphasis on programming, resource development, and community engagement to advance CTOG’s mission of Presenting Arts, Preserving History, Promoting Community.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities

Strategic Vision & Leadership
• Embrace and champion CTOG’s rich history and how its legacy, with focused intention to be the community’s performing arts space, can shape the vision and strategy for the future.
• Collaborate with the Board of Directors to implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities align with CTOG’s core mission.
• Foster a culture of collaboration where ideas and initiatives from within the organization and the community can be explored using available data and information to make informed, consensus-focused decisions.
• Provide inspirational leadership and direction and ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization.

Programmatic Excellence
• Work with artists, staff, volunteers, and the community to ensure that CTOG presents diverse, high-quality artistic programs.
• Manage bookings for national, regional, and emerging artists as well as CTOG’s diverse and eclectic film series.
• Coordinate staffing and manage all events and performances, whether programmed or booked by CTOG or presented by entities renting spaces in the theatre, to deliver a consistent high-quality experience.

Fundraising & Resource Development
• Work with the Director of Development and the Board’s Fundraising Committee to develop a deep and expansive plan to identify new funding opportunities while strengthening and growing existing philanthropic relationships.
• Take an active and enthusiastic role in solicitation of major gifts.
• Seek out and develop relationships with corporate, governmental, and civic organizations that can be of functional benefit and continuing growth of CTOG.

Cultural Advocacy & Branding
• Serve as CTOG’s leading public ambassador, demonstrating a sincere interest and enthusiasm for performances by local arts organizations and artists, and nationally recognized promoters and artists.
• Develop new ways to extend CTOG’s mission of presenting arts, preserving history, and promoting community by identifying innovative ways to share the wealth of talent from our local community and beyond.
• Be a cultural advocate in Greensboro’s arts and culture community, further defining the significant reputation of CTOG as a one-of-a-kind destination for the celebration and cultivation of the arts.

Operational & Fiscal Management
• Provide direction, support, and mentorship to CTOG staff, always creating an environment where ideas and input are the pathway to success.
• Work closely with CTOG Board of Directors to give intention and purpose towards governance, fund development, and institutional stewardship as core responsibilities.
• Ensure that the financial and operational health of the organization is as strong as possible through well-considered and managed processes and any necessary updates to systems, as needed.
• Empower and inspire staff to be their best by providing a collaborative and safe environment to explore and implement new ideas for the betterment of CTOG.
• Ensure the organization is fiscally sound, operating within the approved budget and ensuring maximum resource utilization.

The Executive Director will not only serve as the senior leader within the organization but will have a significant presence in the community. This individual will report directly to the Board of Directors and manage a team of dedicated staff members. This leader will work closely with constituents, business leaders, community leaders, elected city officials, and staff members throughout the community.

The candidate selected for this position will be a creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is intellectually curious with a demonstrated interest in learning. This person will also need to be a self-motivated, high-energy individual who can easily function in a high-energy environment. This person must be accustomed to working on multiple tasks in parallel. This person must also demonstrate strong leadership skills, best shown by an ability to gain credibility with existing team members, the Board of Directors, and the entire Greensboro community.

The successful candidate will:
• Be a seasoned professional with prior experience in programming for the performing arts and facility management
• Recognize the accomplishments of the team before the individual
• Be highly motivated and possess vision and enthusiasm
• Be comfortable acting as an individual contributor and as a team manager
• Understand how to deliver on short time frames and be committed to meeting deadlines
• Communicate in an open and honest way that quickly builds trust and respect
• Possess an entrepreneurial spirit
• Be comfortable making presentations
• Be adept at identifying problems and addressing them fully
• Be approachable and authentic
• Embrace listening and learning before drawing conclusions or making decisions
• Possess the ability to recruit, to inspire, and to work collaboratively with others
• Be a transparent leader with ability to set clear priorities, strategic direction, guide investment of limited resources, problem solve, and make informed decisions
• Be active and engaged in the cultural community
• Have significant experience working for and with nonprofit organizations and boards
• Have a passion for the performing arts

• Competitive salary commensurate with level of experience in the range of $100,000 to $125,000
• Benefits include:
• Employer paid Health Insurance with optional dependent coverage paid by employee
• Employer paid Life Insurance at 1x annual salary
• 403 (b) Pension Plan eligible after 1 year of service. CTOG matches employee contributions up to 2.5% for the first three years of service and 5% after completing three years of service
• Employee paid Dental Insurance
• Employee paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
• Annual merit increases based on performance
• On-site parking
• 28 days of paid time off including holidays, vacation, and sick days

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