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It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes effort to bring quality entertainment to Columbus. Working at CAPA is a great opportunity to go beyond the stage and learn about the arts from the inside out.

CAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Opera Columbus General Director/Chief Executive Officer

The Position:
Opera Columbus is seeking applications for the position of General Director/Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the General Director/CEO provides for the overall leadership of the company, with ultimate responsibility for all creative and operational aspects of administration and production.

The General Director is the primary leader in fund-raising and building relationships with individuals and organizations in the community, establishing high standards of quality and excellence, while increasing Opera Columbus’s financial support and institutional stability.

The Organization:
Founded in 1981, Opera Columbus brings the full grandeur of opera to Columbus stages with lush main stage productions and creative education and community engagement programs. Under the vision of current General Director/CEO Peggy Kriha Dye, the company redefined the very concept of regional opera, with original productions that celebrated emerging talent, fresh perspectives, and modern technology, engaging a new, diverse audience.

Opera Columbus is proud to be a leader in Columbus’s highly collaborative arts community. Innovative collaborations contribute to the vibrancy of Opera Columbus’s programming, all garnering rave reviews, capacity audiences, and nationwide attention. Partners have included Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra (Cleveland), Ballet Met, Capital University, Columbus Symphony, and the Columbus Museum of Art, among many.

Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra were honored in 2019 by the Greater Columbus Arts Council with the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for its production of THE FLOOD, composed by Korine Fujiwara with a libretto by Stephen Wadsworth. Its co-production of ORPHEE by Gluck/Berlioz with Against the Grain Theatre (Toronto), the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and Company XIV (New York) was nominated for twelve Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Canada’s Tony Award).

Opera Columbus is especially proud of its artistic collaboration with the Artist Diploma for Opera Studies program (ADOS) at The Juilliard School. Launched in 2016-2017, this unique collaboration is bringing exceptional Juilliard ADOS artists to perform in principal roles in Opera Columbus’s main stage productions.

In addition to fulfilling Opera Columbus’s mission to support and develop emerging talent, this innovative relationship with Juilliard also benefits its local audiences, bringing extraordinary artists to the Columbus stage, often in their role debuts.

The popular K-12 education programs have included in-school Children’s Opera performances and workshops, Southern Theatre tours, Student Discount Tickets, Concerts in the Classroom, and Opera Rehearsals.

Plans for the 2021 season include Ryan Speedo Green in concerts and productions of LA BOHEME and DON GIOVANNI, as well as the Cooper-Bing Competition. The annual budget of Opera Columbus is approximately $1.1 million. The company produces in a variety of venues in the city, including two restored historic theatres.

Opera Columbus describes itself this way: “For many generations, the drama, thrill, and exhilaration of Opera have been the exclusive domain of too few. At Opera Columbus, we seek to refresh – to breathe new life – into the way Opera is performed and presented. Gone are the days of formality and unspoken rules. We strive to create an open, innovative, fun, and unexpected form of entertainment that reflects the young, vibrant, and diverse city in which we live and play.”

Peggy Kriha Dye assumes the position of General Director/Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Opera in October of 2020. Opera Columbus would like to have its new General Director in place by January of 2021.

Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA):
CAPA is a not for profit facilities and administrative management corporation. It manages a number of performing arts venues in the Columbus. Its unique shared service business model, offers personalized back office services to local arts organizations. While each agreement is tailored to fit each organization’s needs, some of these services include marketing, ticketing, management, operations, finance, publicity, human resources, IT, and development. It is known nationally for its restored historic theatre properties. Since 2011 CAPA has provided Opera Columbus support in the areas of development, ticketing, and IT.

The City:
Columbus, Ohio’s state capital, is a thriving city of 900,000, ranking at the 16th largest city in the United States. Home to the nation’s second largest university (Ohio State), it is a charming historic community with a broad cultural life and a thriving downtown. The city and its 11-county region pop up regularly on “Best” lists for high quality hospitals, safety, business opportunities, It is a diverse and growing place, home to the world’s largest independent scientific research center, a number of Fortune 500 company headquarters, with a low cost of living. It has been described as “artsy, food-loving, and family friendly.”

Columbus has a generally strong and diverse economy based on education, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, technology, and the arts.  

Candidate Profile:
The successful candidate will have senior management experience in the opera field. The new general director must demonstrate the ability to balance the traditional operatic repertoire with more contemporary works, as well as a commitment to emerging opera artists, to community partnerships, and to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Other required skills include experience in long-term multi-year budget and repertoire planning, management of operational budgets, knowledge of marketing, fund-raising, artistic operations, and educational programming, and competence in strategic problem solving. The Board of Trustees seeks someone who inspires enthusiasm, has a track record of expanding audiences, and who is interested in growing a company over a number of years.

A strong track record in fund-raising is essential, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with artists, board members, other volunteers, artist managers, foundations, corporate and individual donors, the media, the university community, and the audience. A strong contact network throughout the opera industry is vital.

Training in opera/music and/or arts management is desirable.

Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements and a list of references by Friday, November 13, 2020 to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

E-mail: [email protected]

For additional information: www.OperaColumbus.org, www.genovesevanderhoof.com. www.experiencecolumbus.com, www.gcac.org

Shubert Theatre Executive Director

CAPA-CT, the operator of the New Haven Connecticut landmark – The Shubert Theatre – is seeking an Executive Director to lead the enterprise as a key contributor to the cultural vibrancy of the city and as an effective partner both to New Haven’s arts and culture sector and with its parent organization the Columbus (Ohio) Association of Performing Arts (CAPA).

The Shubert Theatre

The historic Shubert Theatre (CAPA-CT) is a not-for profit arts, education, and community organization serving the people of Connecticut, and in particular, the City of New Haven. As a public resource, the Shubert presents a wide array of programs to the city’s diverse communities. Programming includes performers representing many cultures, nationalities, and varieties of artistic expression. Partnerships with a wide range of organizations enrich the Shubert’s service to diverse local and regional communities. The Shubert delivers comprehensive education and community outreach programs, from a student series in the theater to master classes and lecture demonstrations in schools and community centers. The CAPA Community Connections ticketing program makes it possible for families who might not otherwise be able to attend the theater, to come at no cost to them.

The Shubert Theatre is a business unit of the Columbus (Ohio) Association for the Performing Arts, or CAPA. With a strong local Board of Directors, and drawing on programming support and shared services from CAPA, this partnership creates unique opportunities for expanded programming and administrative efficiency.

The City of New Haven is home to a diverse and highly regarded set of cultural institutions, including the Shubert; the International Festival of Arts and Ideas; the Long Wharf Theatre Company; the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; the Arts Council of Greater New Haven; and many more.

New Haven is the cultural capital of Connecticut. Connected to NYC, Boston, Hartford and the region by Interstates 95 and 91 as well as bustling commuter railways, New Haven draws a diverse mix of day-trippers, professionals, and students from the region, whose interests range from the broad and sophisticated cultural offerings to the many beautiful green spaces and recreational assets. This diversity and wide array of learning, cultural, and creative resources has spurred population growth in New Haven, distinguishing it from other Northeastern cities of similar history. In this context, new leadership has been engaged by nearly a third of Greater New Haven’s arts and culture organizations in the past five years, bringing a wave of fresh perspectives, curiosity, and a strong current of experimentation.

New Haven’s Division of Arts, Culture, and Tourism has launched a path-setting initiative in response to the arts community’s stated priorities, in the form of a new anti-racism pledge. The stated principles of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, access, and relevance, and their implementation, will be key for the successful candidate to understand and address.

This dynamic cultural scene is complemented by New Haven’s educational community, with eight colleges and universities, including Yale University, as well as several magnet schools within the New Haven Public Schools system. Particularly important in the learning ecosystem is the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, a partner of the Shubert Theatre and, as the only arts magnet high school in the region, a compelling draw for students with an interest in focused arts and culture education.

New Haven’s communities are as – if not more – diverse and global as its cultural assets. One in eight residents of Greater New Haven hails from outside the US. A recent study by DataHaven notes that these residents are more likely to be employed than US-born residents, and are also highly educated, contributing significantly to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of the region.

Shubert Theatre Vision Statement

As a world-class venue for the performing arts, the Shubert Theatre will be the center of a thriving regional cultural scene. Through its community outreach and collaborations, the Shubert will be a leader in making New Haven a national model for the importance of the arts in communities.

CAPA-CT has identified several priorities moving forward that a new Executive Director will be charged with accomplishing. The CAPA-CT Board, with input from CAPA-Columbus leadership and New Haven community leaders, crafted and approved a strategic plan for the period 2018-2022. The principal goals of this plan are to:

  1. Diversify and expand programming and educational offerings to broaden our appeal
  2. Strengthen the brand to build on the iconic stature of the Shubert Theatre
  3. Strengthen Developent support for the theatre
  4. Seek regional partnerships with a variety of performing arts organizations to provide greater operating efficiencies 
  5. Institute "best practice" governance and management oversight

The Shubert Theatre’s Current Mission Statement

CAPA/Shubert Theatre-New Haven brings the world to our legendary stage, enriches lives, and creates community through our mission to:

  • Preserve the legacy of the historic Shubert Theatre in New Haven as an icon of the American theatre by operating and evolving our theatre as a world-class performing arts center
  • Present international, national, and local programming of the highest quality, featuring renowned artists from all cultures and embracing all genres of the performing arts and the diversity of our local culture and community
  • Educate, inspire, and build new and diverse audiences by offering education and outreach programs which integrate the arts into our community and by providing affordable access to live performances at our theatre
  • Strengthen our arts communities through advocacy, partnership, collaboration, and mutual support
  • Invigorate the local economy through the programming we present, the audiences we attract, and our support of the businesses in our community

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts

A non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) was founded in 1969. Over nearly 50 years, CAPA has become a cultural anchor for the Columbus community and reached beyond to be a model of innovative cultural enterprise. CAPA’s ownership of CAPA-CT is a national model for cross-market theater operation with a goal of strengthening arts communities and contributing to community and economic development.

CAPA serves as a theatre owner/landlord, presenter of performing arts, shared services manager, theater-based community developer, and fundraiser. CAPA is a complex organization, operating through several partnerships and business entities with an overall budget typically exceeding $23 million and a core operating budget over $16 million.

The Shubert Theatre Executive Director

CAPA-CT is seeking an experienced leader who will have the following credentials, skills, and abilities.

  • A forward-thinking, energetic, and inclusive professional.
  • Demonstrated leadership and related professional experience; executive experience leading a performing arts organization or similar non-profit organization preferred; familiarity with touring programming is a plus. A passion for and a commitment to enhancing the City of New Haven and its communities through existing and future programming.
  • The ability to actively engage in and across New Haven’s communities by embracing equity, diversity, inclusivity and access while balancing the needs of CAPA-CT and its partners, CAPA and other stakeholders including the City of New Haven.
  • Track record of curiosity and confidence operating on the cusp of the field; ability to develop new ideas and cultivate new ideas among diverse stakeholders.
  • Significant organizational leadership experience, specifically in the areas of artistic inclusion, audience access, programming, community relations, fundraising, marketing/branding, fiscal management, and collaboration with governing bodies.

The Executive Director has accountability, responsibility, and authority for the leadership of CAPA-CT and operation of the Shubert Theatre. This individual reports to the President and CEO of CAPA and the CAPA-CT Board of Trustees.

She/he/they provide overall leadership to a New Haven-based professional staff1. This individual also ensures the Shubert’s activities, including financial, operational, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programs are effectively implemented across all components of the organization. The Executive Director empowers all Shubert Theatre staff and volunteers. She/he/they are an effective communicator who will guide the Shubert through strategic planning and support organizational and staff development as it continues to evolve.

The Executive Director of CAPA-CT will have:

  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills; the ability to convey a vision of the Shubert Theatre’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and a wide array of community stakeholders.
  • Excellent collaboration skills with an ability to work effectively with a diverse variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions.
  • Experience navigating and engaging municipal and other public agencies in an executive leadership role.
  • Strong commitment to the professional and individual development of staff; successful track record of managing, directing, and motivating a diverse team.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making. Undergraduate degree required, Master’s degree or equivalent experience in related field preferred.
  • A personal and professional commitment to advancing social and racial justice, in collaboration with leaders in the arts and in other sectors.

Specific responsibilities include:

Board Interaction

  • The Executive Director will collaborate with the CAPA-CT Board and the President and CEO of CAPA to set strategic objectives that promote the mission, financial sustainability, and civic engagement of the organization.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and the President and CEO of CAPA and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Participate in cultivating and developing the skills and engagement of Board members.
  • Deliver updates on the Shubert’s achievement of financial, programmatic, and positive mission-driven work environment.

Organizational Leadership

  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all senior management.
  • Support the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization and establish effective decision-making and operational processes that will enable the Shubert to achieve its objectives.
  • Ensure the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with the mission and the strategic direction of the Shubert.
  • Evaluate new business opportunities, lead the decision-making process, and effectively articulate the benefits and outcomes to the Shubert’s Board and staff.
  • Effectively lead the organization’s commitment as a broadly diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible enterprise and programmer.
  • Engage externally and internally to model best practices and encourage participation in decision-making and participation; create and promote an inclusive, positive, multicultural work environment.
  • Facilitate and model cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff throughout the organization.

Financial

  • Oversee the development of strategic and long- and short-range financial plans to ensure the financial success and long-term financial sustainability of the Shubert and its shared services partners (where applicable).
  • Oversee the development of an annual budget that is consistent with long-term financial sustainability and with the financial goals of the Shubert.
  • Ensure that the budget and financial goals are adequately benchmarked against actual results.

Community Relations and Fundraising

  • Serve as the Shubert’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, its partners, the media, and the public.
  • Enhance the Shubert’s image by being active and visible across New Haven’s many communities, working closely with and developing relationships with corporate, civic and arts leaders locally and nationally.
  • Partner with the City of New Haven and other arts and cultural organizations to drive activity that creates public value through thoughtful civic engagement, creative programming, and effective partnerships.
  • Drive expanded and effective fundraising programs and initiatives for corporate, government, and individual donors.
  • Cultivate and advance the Shubert’s educational programming, to serve students and lifelong learners

Operational

  • Oversee the delivery of high-quality and innovative programming, including but not limited to traditional Broadway content, that meets the artistic needs and aspirations of the communities the Shubert serves within the parameters of the annual budget.
  • Ensure the development of comprehensive marketing, branding and PR strategies that will promote the activities and programs of the Shubert and maximize long-term revenue potential consistent with the organizational mission.
  • Develop and implement a communication program that touches the breadth of New Haven and invites participation from the broadest range of participants.
  • Ensure the maintenance and upkeep of all Shubert properties.

Shared Services

  • Ensure that the Shubert meets the requirements of its shared services agreements and provides a level of service that is consistent with its own and CAPA’s standard of service.
  • Explore and develop additional opportunities to strengthen CAPA-CT, CAPA, and other potential partners locally to maximize customer service, revenue opportunities and cost efficiency.

About New Haven, Connecticut

The Quinnipiac are the Indigenous inhabitants of the land now called New Haven.

New Haven’s people, corporate landscape, and neighborhoods represent a global community. The home of Yale University and seven other colleges and universities, New Haven thrives on knowledge-based businesses, with outstanding healthcare, educational institutions, and cultural offerings.

As a center of innovation, the Greater New Haven region is expanding opportunities in technology and biology, encouraging entrepreneurs and training a workforce to meet current and future needs. New leadership at the gubernatorial and municipal level has already begun to advance an agenda focused on digital innovation, public agency efficiency, and investment in urban centers – all of which shine a light on New Haven’s assets.

Arts and entertainment in Greater New Haven represent more than 34,000 jobs, or about 15%, the third-largest sector after healthcare and social services (34%) and educational services (23%).

With dozens of respected cultural institutions, New Haven also boasts a diverse and dynamic set of local communities, with over 100 languages spoken in New Haven homes, a highly active LGBTQ community, and a vibrant youth community represented by teens who hold seats on the Board of Education, write for the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative, and hold long-term apprenticeships with professional artists at NXTHVN.

Compensation

Compensation, including an excellent benefits package, will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience. The historic compensation for this position is $145,000-$165,000, and those interested in applying are encouraged to review the most recent available Form 990 on GuideStar by Candid.

Applications and Nominations

CAPA-CT is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

CAPA/The Shubert reserves the right to close the search for its convenience at any time, however, applicants are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2020. Please send nominations or application materials (CV/resume and cover letter) to [email protected].