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Executive Director of First Act Theatre Arts

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to ExecDirPosition@firstactkc.org

Position Summary

The Executive Director supported by the Artistic and Education Directors, advances the overall success and sustainability of First Act Theatre Arts. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the ED will be responsible for the administration and management of all business operations, finances, fundraising, marketing, and community engagement. They will activate their financial acumen, operational expertise, and experience in advancing the mission and goals of First Act Theatre Arts. This individual will provide caring and creative leadership to staff, families, and board members. They will guide programs and services, facilitate organizational excellence, and ensure that First Act Theatre Arts is a forum for artistic expression and audience engagement.

The Executive Director will value the organization’s past and craft new initiatives that build on First Act Theatre Arts commitment to encouraging excellence in the theatrical arts, fostering character and community building through training, performance, and fellowship in a faith-based environment.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a committed, visionary, and accessible leader for First Act Theatre Arts with a passionate connection to the organization’s mission.

  • Propel the organization into the future by supporting and creating sustainable and mission-aligned pathways of new relationships, programs, and revenue opportunities.

  • Demonstrate a collaborative leadership style in a wide range of communities and settings that inspire internal and external stakeholders to participate in First Act Theatre Arts’ vibrant and exciting future.

  • Embrace the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access to ensure an organizational culture that respects different perspectives and nurtures an environment of grace and goodwill.

  • Delight in opportunities to connect with current and potential supporters as a primary spokesperson and enthusiastic champion for First Act Theatre Arts.

  • Communicate openly, consistently, effectively, and collaboratively with staff, families, board members, donors, and other stakeholders.

Financial Responsibility & Oversight

  • Lead financial planning for the well-being of the organization, ensuring transparency, integrity, and accuracy in all financial reporting.

  • Lead the development, implementation, and management of organizational budgets.

  • Partner with the board as primary fundraisers, creating opportunities to broaden the donor base and increase overall contributed revenue for the operating budget.

  • Cultivate and nurture authentic relationships with individual donors, potential corporate sponsors, and other investors, in collaboration with the board, to support increased contributed revenue.

  • Identify and pursue funding/grant opportunities focused on supporting the expansion of education and community engagement programs that align with First Act Theatre Arts’ mission.

Staff Development, Management, and Empowerment

  • Partner with the board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and outreach.

  • Lead and inspire the First Act Theatre Arts staff, promoting staff growth, development, and education.

  • Empower staff at all levels in the organization to work to their highest potential and share a voice in its future, with the goal of building and retaining a diverse, healthy, and sustainable team.

  • Support team ingenuity and professional development with appropriate structures, systems, and technological platforms in alignment with First Act Theatre Arts’s values, as well as current and future developments in the field.

  • Verify that projects are managed in compliance with contractual agreements, ordinances, regulations, laws, and other requirements.

  • Ensure a culture of care and nurture an environment of wellness.

Board Governance

  • Regularly engage board members, acting as a liaison between board, staff, and the Artistic and Education Directors.

  • Communicate effectively with the board of trustees, providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

  • Engage and motivate board members, leverage their skills and networks, and collaborate with board leadership on strengthening governance within the organization.

Traits & Characteristics

The ED will be a strategic, innovative, and dynamic visionary leader who enthusiastically embraces a public-facing role, interacting with others and championing teamwork. The successful candidate will be a decisive and business-minded leader with a sense of adventure and passion for theatrical arts. 

Other key competencies include:

  • Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills - The dexterity to respect team members and their perspectives, share responsibility for successes and failures, effectively communicate, build rapport, and relate well to a multitude of lived experiences and perspectives. The insight to achieve healthy resolution to conflict while valuing independent thinking toward solutions.

  • Professional and Personal Accountability - The capacity to take responsibility for professional and personal actions, recognizing that mistakes create opportunities for growth.

  • Time and Priority Management - The aptitude to ascertain competing priorities, resolve difficulties and overcome obstacles, and maximize the use of time and resources to attain the desired outcomes.

  • Forward-Thinking - The foresight to envision expanded artistic possibilities, championing innovative ideas and concepts and crafting an environment where creative thinking is a normal approach, not the exception.

Experience and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Leadership experience in a dynamic arts, cultural, educational, or similar community-focused or socially-oriented organization is necessary. Qualified candidates will possess a proven record of success that includes expert management of finances and budgets, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and partnership building. Passion for and knowledge of the performing arts, specifically theatrical arts  is preferred. Senior experience in leading operations and administration is required, including fundraising and overall fiscal responsibility. A demonstrated commitment to inclusion and access is necessary, as well as experience navigating change and inspiring staff, board, artists, and other stakeholders. A deep commitment to community building and connection is essential. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal skills and creativity, with a firm commitment to collaboration. Exceptional proficiency in written communication and verbal presentation skills are expected. A broad range of life experience is welcomed.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999