Assistant Artistic Director

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Job Type

Full-Time, Exempt

About the Role

American Legacy Theatre, a small and growing arts-based nonprofit, is adding an Assistant Artistic Director. This position will report to the EAD & CEO, work collaboratively with the Development & Marketing Director, and will join the organization as the third full time employee. Primary responsibilities include driving and implementing comprehensive artistic and programmatic strategies to help grow the organization and strengthen its relationships in the community. While working closely with volunteer leadership on and off the Board, this position must be comfortable with navigating shifting priorities, enjoying start-up or entrepreneurial-like settings, and working in a remote office.

Goals for three-, six-, and twelve-months will be collaboratively built upon hiring to support annual budgets and the current three-year strategic framework through the end of 2024.

Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA (Hybrid - work from home, but needs to be in region)

Position Title: Assistant Artistic Director

Reports To: Executive Artistic Director & CEO - currently Matthew David Gellin, MFA, CFRE.

Company Name: American Legacy Theatre

Hours: Full-Time; Exempt Employee; 40 Hours/Week

Work Days: Flexible to meet needs of organization, community, and personal life. Weekends and nights are required throughout the year due to programmatic offerings.

Compensation: $48,000 - $52,000 starting range depending on experience.
Starting Benefits: Three (3) weeks PTO, ten (10) paid holidays, 10% employer contribution to 403(b), federal maximum Health Reimbursement Account - health, vision, dental - partial phone reimbursement, professional development, and A.L.T. exploring other meaningful benefits.
COVID-19 Vaccination: This position does require full vaccination as defined by the Center for Disease Control.

Requirements

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

 

Artistic:

 

  • Act as a primary face of American Legacy Theatre in and throughout the community. 

  • Support creation and champion implementation of a comprehensive artistic plan in alignment with the multi-year strategic framework and organizational goals. 

  • Build, nurture and grow partnerships across communities to support artistic goals. 

  • Build and manage a portfolio of current and potential artists in the communities where American Legacy Theatre works. 

  • Support creation and champion implementation of annual artistic strategy in alignment with artistic plan, organizational goals and strategic vision. 

  • Lead all artistic onboarding and training of contract artists, ensuring the approach, philosophy, and standards of American Legacy Theatre are upheld and maintained.

  • Maintain communication with finance staff to ensure fiscal sustainability and mitigate risks. 

  • Maintain sufficient audience impact records. 

 

Programmatic:

 

  • Act as the primary staff point of contact for the Program & Partnership Committee and the Program & Partnership Chair (trustee). 

  • Support creation and champion implementation of a comprehensive programmatic plan in alignment with the multi-year strategic framework and organizational goals. 

  • Understand, embody and maintain the key drivers of American Legacy Theatre. 

  • Build, nurture and grow relationships across communities to support programmatic goals. 

  • Lead efforts on impact collection and aggregation.

  • Collaborate and align with marketing leadership on communication plans and marketing materials to support marketing and revenue goals in support of programmatic calendars

  • Collaborate and align with development leadership on fundraising efforts to support contributed revenue goals in support of programmatic strategies. 

  • Collaborate with marketing leadership to capture and maintain video content as sourced by you or otherwise. 

  • Ensure that organizational “voice” is consistent across all programs. 

 

Management

 

  • Consult with the direct executive and cross-functional leadership team for needs of artistic, programming, and partnerships. This may include staffing, outsourcing, materials, capital expenditures, and more. 

  • Manage and direct the volunteer committees overseeing your expertise. 

  • Ethically manage and co-direct all artistic and programmatic resources - human and otherwise.

  • Prepare and effectively manage budgets for areas of oversight. 

 

Additional responsibilities: 

 

  • Continued professional development in support of American Legacy Theatre duties. 


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Traits and Characteristics: 

 

The Assistant Artistic Director must be passionate about the organization’s mission and legacy, committed to high standards of excellence and innovation, and farsighted about its future potential. The Assistant Artistic Director will be an ethical and inspiring leader who builds authentic relationships and values frequent engagement with diverse stakeholders.  

 

This leader will be able to bridge together people from different communities, organizations, and collaborate with other departments to achieve shared goals. This strategic leader will demonstrate a results-oriented, yet collaborative and open-minded, leadership style demonstrating an entrepreneurial drive and transparent communication skills. The ability to accept responsibility for failed tactics, seek assistance, and acknowledge not having all the answers is also key. 

 

The Assistant Artistic Director must have exceptional relationship building skills, with a track record of being a serial achiever whether directly in theatre producing, theatre education or in closely transferrable experiences. This leader must seek to be a master in meeting people where they are to ensure the message of American Legacy Theatre rings as true for the community as it does for them as a person.   

 

Commitment to the values of inclusion, diversity, equity and access are an absolute must. The Assistant Artistic Director will believe their greatest asset is people. 

 

Other key competencies of the role include: 

 

1. Leadership and Interpersonal Skills – The ability to inspire and influence others with a compelling message, build trust and rapport with a broad range of people, and demonstrate respect and sensitivity to different perspectives and cultural backgrounds. 

 

2. Audience-Artist and Community Focus – The drive to create an accessible audience-artist environment responsive to the community’s social/community interests and needs.

 

3. Conceptual Thinking – The foresight to envision new and expanded possibilities, analyze data and identify connections, and formulate new or innovative approaches and insights. 

 

4. Time and Priority Management – The capacity to identify and manage competing priorities, strategize to overcome difficulties and delays, and maximize the use of time and resources to achieve organizational priorities. 

 

5. Perpetual Learner - A believer that you have not ever figured it out in its totality. One who acknowledges the only constant is change, and therefore needs to continue developing. 

 

NOTE: Presently A.L.T. is structured as an all-remote organization based in the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan. The Assistant Artistic Director will need to utilize their home office. The organization will help offset some basic resource costs to support remote work. This structure may shift as the organization grows and the needs change.


SUBMISSION DETAILS


Applications are reviewed upon receipt for interviewing. Applications will be received until the position is filled.


For first consideration, submit all application materials by November 18, 2022. A.L.T. seeks this position to begin ASAP.


Submit your artistic resume, professional resume, and cover letter to info@americanlegacytheatre.org with the subject line of “Assistant Artistic Director - (Last Name)”.

About the Company

American Legacy Theatre (A.L.T.), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, creates a more equitable tomorrow through accessible theatre. A.L.T. generates inviting, reimagined theatrical experiences for all people to have a voice in enriching society. To achieve its mission, A.L.T. consistently invites non-traditional theatre goers to participate in innovating beyond conventions that inherently prevent audiences and artists from bridging into dialogue that invigorates the community to positive action. With a strong focus on both socio-economic and geographical accessibility, A.L.T. aspires for a day when every American not only has access to the empathy-building art form of theatre, but has a respected voice “in the room where it happens.”

American Legacy Theatre was an all-volunteer organization for the first five years until July 2021, when it hired its first FTE - Executive Artistic Director & CEO (EAD & CEO). This Assistant Artistic Director leadership position is meant to help keep the accelerated growth trajectory A.L.T. continues to be on to meet the demand of the community.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Applications are reviewed upon receipt for interviewing. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

For first consideration, submit all application materials by November 18, 2022. A.L.T. seeks this position to begin ASAP.

Submit your artistic resume, professional resume, and cover letter to info@americanlegacytheatre.org with the subject line of “Assistant Artistic Director - (Last Name)”.