Status: Full-time, exempt employee
Salary: $61,000 - $66,000
Reports to: President & CEO
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline: Apply by August 25 for best consideration. Early applications encouraged.
Theatre Washington is an alliance of theatre organizations, theatre-makers, and theatre supporters that promotes and nurtures a creative, equitable, healthy, and diverse regional theatre community. Through partnerships and programs, we support the Washington, DC region’s professional theatre community to celebrate artistic achievement, strengthen the theatrical workforce, support institutional growth and advancement, and cultivate collective action.
Theatre Washington was established in 1984 with the goal of recognizing excellence in regional theatre through the Helen Hayes Awards. Over time, the organization has expanded its mission to meet the evolving needs of the region’s growing cultural community. The annual Helen Hayes Awards continues to celebrate artistic achievements, and growth of other programming has allowed Theatre Washington to become the service and partner organization for the region’s theatre community, advocating for theatre makers, attracting audiences, and supporting the needs of more than 90 professional theatres throughout our region.
Theatre Washington is committed to using its platform and resources to address theatre’s structural and institutional barriers that have prevented marginalized communities to be fully welcomed, appreciated, and celebrated. We seek to embody anti-racist and anti-oppression values by working in partnership with our institutional partners to center the voices our field has heard the least. We are examining how we work internally and as a field to ensure that Washington, DC area theatre is an example of how an equitable and inclusive arts community can uplift an entire region. For more information about Theatre Washington, please visit www.theatrewashington.org
Theatre Washington has recently created a new position, Program Manager, to strengthen our service and support for the theatre community. The Program Manager will manage, facilitate, evaluate, and lead the strategic growth of Theatre Washington’s signature programs, including:
- Theatre Summit, an annual conference that creates space for dialogue and action among theatre-makers and theatre institutions on issues of pressing relevance.
- Theatre Week, a public relations campaign to launch the fall theatre season with marketing campaigns, discounted tickets and multiple special events produced at partner theatre venues across the region.
- Taking Care Fund expanded to Covid-19 relief funding provides financial support to theatre professionals facing medical emergencies or personal hardships. Nearly $900,000 has been distributed since 2013.
- Theatre Work, which encourage professionalism for the region’s theatre industry, and a structured mentoring program that matches theatre professionals in an authentic relationship to learn from and with each other.
- Not In Our House DC, to create a culture of safety, respect, and accountability.
- Helen Hayes Awards to bring together the region’s theatre community in recognition and celebration of our shared achievements.
This position will increase Theatre Washington’s engagement with theatre makers, theatre institutions, and theatre audiences; further refine and develop programs to meet the community’s needs; and expand innovative offerings, resources, and platforms over time. They will ensure Theatre Washington is the go-to resource about theatre in the region, including updating website content to host all industry news and events, including productions, job opportunities, announcements, and classes. They will participate in and lead alongside the staff, board, and volunteers’ pursuit of anti-racist and anti-oppressive structural and programmatic changes within Theatre Washington and broader theatre community.
The ideal candidate for this role is proactive, excited by the opportunity to work in partnership with regional theatre makers, and committed to creating a nationally recognized, equitable and inclusive theatre community. They will have several years of experience in program development, strategic partnerships, community engagement, event management, or similar roles. They will steward current partnerships and cultivate new relationships to further Theatre Washington’s commitment to dissembling structural racism in the theatre community. They are excited by how collective action is challenging and a way forward.
The Program Manager reports to Theatre Washington’s President and CEO. They work in close partnership with two part-time staff, a program administrator, administrative manager, interns, and contractors, as well as the active Board of Directors and expansive volunteer committees. There are no direct supervisory responsibilities at this time.
This position is based in Washington, DC. Theatre Washington’s staff has been working remotely and plans to create a hybrid model of office and telework. The office is located in Dupont Circle and has two offices with a small conference room, kitchen, and private bathroom. This position requires some evening and weekend work mostly to attend performances and events.
Experience, Skills and Qualities
- Design and deliver meaningful events, meetings, and programs that center equitable and inclusive practices
- Collaborate, manage relationships, and related communications with consultants, keynotes, panelists, partners, and participants, to implement programs
- Evaluate, assess, and report on outcomes as needed. Continually refine, update, and improve programs based on results.
- Support and recruit for volunteer committees, including Programming, Adjudication, and Taking Care committees.
- Steward and cultivate partnerships with theatre institutions and key stakeholders to continue to strengthen Theatre Washington’s value to the community.
- In collaboration with contractors and partners, prepare materials and focused outreach for Theatre Washington’s different programs and audiences.
- Develop resources, products, and tools to share with institutions, theatre makers, and theatre-goers to advance artistic expression, form partnerships, and grow audiences.
- Research, maintain, and circulate information and resources related to best practices in theatre, the performing arts, and other creative industries.
- Support fundraising by supplying information and planning for funding opportunities to generate revenue for programs.
- Travel across Washington, DC region to facilitate programs, partnerships, and meetings.
- Model Theatre Washington’s core values of anti-racism and anti-oppression including a respectful workplace that extends to members of the industry and the community.
- Other tasks and limited operational support as required by a small team of professionals.
The position will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity that requires a diverse set of skills and experiences to achieve success. While we understand that no single candidate can possess every qualification listed below, the following are priority areas for the organization:
- Passion for the theatre and commitment to values of anti-racism, anti-oppression
- 5+ years of increasing responsibility in a theatre or other performing arts setting
- Personal and/or professional experiences advancing equity, justice, and inclusion
- Experience designing, facilitating, delivering, and evaluating programs and partnerships
- Strong aptitude for project management, time management, and organization
- A self-starter comfortable with a high degree of independence and autonomous work
- Technological proficiency with experience using cloud-based document management systems (Google Drive), CRMs (NEON), online conferencing systems (Zoom, Oh-Yay), and project management software (Basecamp, Slack)
- Strong writing, communication, proofreading, and editing skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to build partnerships
- Polished and persuasive written and verbal communication skills. Comfort speaking publicly on behalf of the organization to a range of different audiences
- Knowledge of and networks in Washington, DC regional theatre is a major plus
- Able to attend evening and weekend events and programs
The starting salary range for this role is $61,000 - $66,000. Theatre Washington offers a monthly health insurance stipend, generous paid leave policies, support for home office, and encourages professional development with financial support.
Theatre Washington has retained the services of Good Insight, a national executive search firm, to conduct this search. Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter that describes their interest in and qualifications for this role, emphasizing related leadership experiences they have had. Visit www.good-insight.org/careers to upload application materials. Direct confidential inquiries to Kessa Thompson at TheatreWashington@good-insight.org
For best consideration, apply by August 25, 2021. Qualified applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search.
Equal Employment Opportunities
Theatre Washington bases employment decisions on each person’s performance, qualifications, and abilities. The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.