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Job Opportunity: Managing Director

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, is seeking an energetic, collaborative, and self-motivated individual for the position of Managing Director.

Summary

The Managing Director will be the Lyric Stage’s chief operating officer (COO) and will report to the Producing Artistic Director/CEO of the company for a one-year period, and to the Board of Directors thereafter. This is a key leadership role not only at the Lyric Stage but also in the cultural life of the Greater Boston Area and will be one of the public faces of the Lyric Stage. This individual will tend to the overall financial well-being of the organization, paying special attention to fundraising initiatives set by the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will share our passion for theatre, theatre arts education, and the Lyric Stage’s distinct and historic role in the cultural life of Greater Boston and must be comfortable with a small full-time staff (10 persons) and a fast-paced fun office environment. They must have an excellent sense of humor.

Requirements

The successful candidate will have a college degree and a minimum of five years of related management experience in nonprofit arts administration, theatre, or a related field. A successful track record in fundraising and leadership best practices is expected.

The Lyric Stage is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  Application by any and all qualified candidates is encouraged.

Job Description

Finances: Have a high-level financial management acumen (including budgeting and budget management). With the Producing Artistic Director, ensure that the annual budget is prepared with input from all departments and approved by the Board. Ensure that the day-to-day operations are conducted to meet revenue and expense goals. Meet periodically with the staff and the Board to report results. Make recommendations to the Producing Artistic Director and Board for adjustments to plan for and accommodate changes. With the General Manager, ensure that expenses are paid on a timely basis and all accounts are in order. Work with the Lyric Stage’s auditor to prepare the annual audit, IRS filings, and all necessary reports to the state and federal governments. Explore financial instruments to maximize interest on accounts.

Fundraising: Set fundraising goals and budget with Board. Ensure that goals are properly addressed with events and activities that allow goals to be met. With Executive Committee of the Board and the Producing Artistic Director, work towards establishing an endowment. Seek corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors (including major gifts). Maintain lists of target donors for development. Explore opportunities for grants and complete proposals. Be an active participant in fundraising, working with the Board Development Committee and meeting with potential donors in all phases of development.

Strategic: With the Producing Artistic Director and the Board, develop or revise the mission statement. The Managing Director will be a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee. Actively participate with the Producing Artistic Director. Associate Artistic Director and Marketing Director in season planning for maximum attendance results while balancing artistic goals. Work with the Producing Artistic Director and Marketing Director to develop target audiences, marketing plans, and the marketing budget to ensure robust ticket sales. Explore and develop opportunities for community outreach and partnerships.

Personnel: Attract and retain staff sufficient to meet budget and goals. Develop talent in key areas for continuity. They should consider themselves a mentor to other administrative positions (box office, general management, marketing, and development) in order to continue the cross-training of the staff to ensure smooth operations. With the Producing Artistic Director, set the tone for the office culture.

Other: The Managing Director should be a partner with the Producing Artistic Director/CEO of the company in its operations. The Managing Director should have good written and verbal communication skills, work well with staff in a transparent, collaborative manner, and be involved with the day-to-day operations of the staff. The Managing Director should be one of the recognizable faces and positions in the Lyric Stage family.  As such, they should be available at key performances (or at non-traditional office hours) to be in front of the audience and contacting key stakeholders. The Managing Director should attend meetings and gatherings within the theatre and cultural community. They should be a good negotiator and be the point person for the Lyric Stage for collective bargaining with the unions that the company currently works with (currently Actors Equity Association, Boston Musicians Union, Stage Directors and Choreographers, United Scenic Artists). Other duties assigned by the Board of Directors. They should have great people skills.

This is a full-time salaried position. Benefits include participation in a health plan, contribution to a 403-b plan administered by Fidelity Investments, a dental plan, pre-tax T-pass benefits, reciprocal free or discounted admission to most museums and cultural institutions throughout the Commonwealth, and a liberal paid time off policy.

Please submit a cover letter, current Resume and three references with their contact information to search@lyricstage.com. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please apply by February 15th, 2019.

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