Performing Arts Center Director - QPAC

Job ID: 8707

Contract Title: Higher Education Officer

Location: Queensborough CC

Department: QCC Performing Arts Center

Category: Managerial and Professional

Issue Date: July 25 2013

Closing Date: August 25 2013

Job Type: Full TimeRegular

FLSA: Exempt

General Duties:

 Plans, directs, and markets Performing Arts Center/Theatre programs and presentations at other venues throughout a College or Unit.

- Works with senior management to create a vision and strategy for performing arts

- Brings artistic vision to the organization by planning and presenting innovative and successful programming

- Develops and implements creative and cost-effective marketing plans to attract both program sponsors and audiences

- Manages revenue targets and financial plans, reporting on financial operations consistent with best practices in the not-for-profit/public sectors

- Provides programming to fulfill the community service mission of the College or Unit

- Manages relationships between the center and College academic and administrative departments

- Cultivates relationships with external customers

- Hires, trains, and manages Center staff

- Performs related duties as assigned. 

Campus Specific Information:

 The Director is responsible for the Queensborough Performing Arts Center's (QPAC) consistent achievement of its mission which is to provide accessible and affordable world-class entertainment to students and community members through inclusive and diverse programming. The performances are of the highest quality and QPAC strives to offer multi-cultural entertainment that mirrors the diversity of the borough. The Center is also a learning laboratory that provides many cultural and artistic opportunities to the College's students in an effort to integrate the arts into the learning process. The Center currently serves 95,000 individuals a year and over 45,000 children. The Director oversees the day-to-day operation of QPAC which includes planning for the continued growth of the company. The Director is responsible for organizational development, program management, financial management, staff management, and revenue generation.


Major Responsibilities:

- Provide leadership to advance the image, scope, and diversity of the professional performing arts series to enhance the cultural community on campus and in the community. 

- Schedule events, negotiate contracts, and book a rich array of professional performances to educate, enrich, and entertain individuals of all ages and ethnicities, including special programming for the deaf and hard of hearing.

- Develop the annual budget, including providing monthly financial reporting and projections, cash flow management, capital spending, and expenditures review and approval.

- Work with the fundraising staff to promote the College's fundraising campaign. Build and sustain relationships with current, new, and potential financial sponsors, including but not limited to community representatives, individual donors, private foundations, and corporate entities.

- Manage the administration of the Professional Performing Arts Series. 

- Supervise staff to ensure that the facility is maintained properly in order to guarantee a professional and safe work environment. 

- Develop a cadre of volunteers to facilitate the presentation of programs. 

- Act as the representative and advocate of the Theatre with government agencies, community and local business groups, and arts organizations and at public events.

- Coordinate marketing, publicity, and advertising efforts in conjunction with the College's Marketing Office in order to expand the audience base and produce donor-focused literature.

- Manage the College's facilities rental program generating over $150,000 in revenue annually.

- Advance the use of technology in the office as it pertains to event scheduling, ticket sales, and financial tracking.


Evening and weekend work routinely required.  

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.  

Other Qualifications:

 - Demonstrated success in arts administration 

- Documented experience in revenue generation

- Strong marketing and social networking skills

- Supervisory experience of both paid staff and volunteers

- Excellent communication skills

- Experience working in an educational organization

- Fundraising/lobbying experience

- Knowledge of, and relationships with, Queens community and business leaders

- Established relationships with theatrical management agencies

- Ability to develop and manage multiple budgets

- Ability to work well under pressure

- Ability to work effectively with colleagues, donors, audiences, and volunteers

- Ability to inspire others about organization's mission and program

- Proven success in strategic planning and the evolution of existing and new programs

- Self-starter willing to take the initiative and have a "hands-on approach" for all aspects of managing the theater, the Professional Performing Arts Series, and campus facility rentals  


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.  


 CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.

How To Apply:

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Candidates should provide a resume and cover letter.  

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

 We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.  

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