Executive Director

The Acadiana Center for the Arts is a multi-faceted non-profit organization that supports the creative community in the nine-parish region around Lafayette, Louisiana. The AcA features a state-of-the-art, three hundred seat performance hall, numerous public spaces, and several galleries in its facility. The AcA presents over 400 performances, exhibits, education events, summer camps, outreach activities, major public art projects, and community events each year.

Position

The AcA is seeking an Executive Director who will develop and implement strategic priorities that advance the mission and goals of the organization. The AcA envisions the Executive Director to be a strategic and visionary leader who values frequent interaction and collaboration with others in the community, while deeply embracing the cultural competencies required of this unique organization. This individual needs to be a visible advocate for arts and culture in the community and must have a passion for and an appreciation of the social, educational, and economic impact that arts and culture provide.

The Executive Director will create and oversee fund development and earned revenue strategies. He/she will also ensure the AcA provides a forum for diverse artistic expression and audience engagement, as well as exemplary community outreach and educational initiatives.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategy

  • Serve as a visionary leader in realizing the strategic plan that integrates programming and educational activities consistent with the mission, vision, and values of AcA.
  • Establish a broad public image for the organization, clearly articulating the needs of and long- term impacts on the community it serves.
  • Drive high-quality educational outreach programs designed to engage the community in the future of the arts for the long-term benefit of the communities served by AcA.
  • Oversee the evaluation, planning, scheduling, and management of a diverse array of programming activities.
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships with new and existing organizations to present and promote a range of artists and an eclectic mix of individual and thematic programs in the theater and multiple galleries.
  • Negotiate mutually beneficial agreements while adapting to change and moving beyond obstacles without delay.

Community Engagement

  • Lead efforts to embrace diversity and inclusion as a key element of community engagement in audience development, workforce vitality, board participation, vendor access, and programming.
  • Create and maintain strong ties with community decision makers, government leaders, resident companies, and the arts community in achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Utilize a transparent leadership approach in coordination with the board of directors, committees, community partners, resident companies, donors, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Affirm AcA's role in the ecosystem of a vital regional arts community with multiple constituents and develop relationships that enhance the goals of that larger community.
  • Serve as a key spokesperson and advocate for the arts community, arts education, and AcA's work at local, regional, and national levels.

Financial Strategy

  • Guide the strategy and oversee its implementation to increase financial resources through annual, capital, planned giving, and endowment fundraising activities.
  • Inspire corporate sponsorship opportunities, foundation and government grants, and special campaigns to maintain AcA's investment in a thriving arts and culture sector.
  • Enhance, structure, and guide a marketing and communication strategy that maximizes ticket sales, rental revenues, and other earned revenue opportunities.

Board Governance

  • Proactively support the board’s efforts in identification, cultivation, and recruitment of diverse members.
  • Effectively orient, mentor, and engage board members in their fundraising and community ambassadorship roles.
  • Provide concise, relevant, and timely information to the board so it can fulfill its policy and decision-making responsibilities.

Management and Operations

  • Supervise a diverse staff, including professional, creative, technical, clerical, maintenance, and volunteer workers, to ensure patrons, artists, and community members have a welcoming and high-quality experience.
  • Hire, train, mentor, evaluate, and create accountability measures for staff and volunteers while actively addressing their concerns in creating a balanced work environment.
  • Recommend staffing levels, facilitate employee development, and maintain an environment where diverse individuals bring various talents, skills, and cultural competencies together to achieve common goals.
  • Monitor performing, visual, and operations personnel to ensure that the organizational policies are efficient and effective in resource utilization.
Qualifications

Qualified applicants will have experience in relevant nonprofit and business administration principles, practices, and techniques. This includes high-level responsibilities incorporating major gift fundraising, earned revenue maximization, and associated initiatives in overall fiscal responsibility.

A minimum of five years of directly related senior managerial experience for a multi-faceted performing arts facility’s programming, operations, and administration activities is preferred.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and related experience is required. A master’s degree in business, public administration, arts administration, or a related field is preferred.

Applications and Inquiries

Please email a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to Board of Directors Chairman Olivia Regard at resumes@acadianacenterforthearts.org on or before June 30, 2018.

 

Technical Director

The Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is seeking a full-time Technical Director for a continually growing performing and cultural arts center under non-profit operation. The AcA maintains a healthy level of programming spanning many styles and genres of performance and visual arts by artists from around the world, as well as local artists. The AcA presents and/or hosts upwards of 150 events each year, resulting in over 200 days of production annually. The Technical Director serves as the main point of contact for the AcA Technical Department, and is responsible for advancing the details and meeting the needs of each incoming production in a professional and efficient manner. The Technical Director (TD) coordinates scheduling of the 300-seat James Devin Moncus Theater and related spaces. The TD is responsible for maintaining the Technical Department’s calendar and documentation for each event. The TD hires, trains, and schedules the crew, and processes timesheets for employees and invoices for contractors and vendors. The TD is responsible for the maintenance, repair, rental, and purchase of equipment and expendables according to budget.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of the operation and functions of technical equipment: lighting, sound, rigging, computer networks and media equipment, etc., as well as maintenance and repair of same equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of safety rules and practices pertaining to backstage theatre work; and ability to train others in safety measures to ensure compliance with industry best practices, as well as applicable codes and regulations.
  • Exceptional ability to adapt to a fast paced, frequently changing work environment.
  • Ability to engage effectively with internal and external space users (of various knowledge levels) to advance events and prepare spaces to best serve the client’s needs, while maintaining strong customer service values with kindness and respect.
  • Strong employee management and supervision skills.
  • Ability to perform heavy lifting, climb stairs and ladders, work long hours, and have a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, general email, communication, and calendar systems, and standard theater production programs.
  • Minimum one year of related experience required.
  • Valid driver’s license.
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