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4 Jan 2019

Part-Time Executive Director

Sierra School of Performing Arts  Reno, Nevada, United States

Job Description

The Executive Director is the key management leader of Sierra School of Performing Arts (SSPA). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the president of the board of directors.

General Responsibilities – position may include the following:

1) Organization Leadership: Works with board, contractors and staff to fulfill the organization mission through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.budget

Responsible for the effective administration of SSPA operations by leading and managing the day-to-day business operations to ensure that the operations of the organization are efficient, effective, and reflect best practices.

Responsible for working with the Producing Artistic Director to hire and retain competent staff and contractors.

Responsible for communicating effectively with the board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all detailed information necessary for the board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Responsible for development and implementation of SSPA policies and procedures to enhance the growth of the organization.

2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health and continuing growth of the organization.

Responsible for the fiscal integrity of SSPA to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget. ED will also review monthly financial statements to ensure they accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

Responsible for fiscal management including operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining the organization in a positive financial position.

Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support SSPA’s mission and growth.

3) Community Engagement: Initiate, build and maintain relationship with community organizations, non-profits, theater-goers, donors, and other stakeholders to strengthen SSPA’s presence in northern Nevada and northeastern California.

Responsible for the enhancement of SSPA’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

Develop and maintain partnerships to support SSPA’s mission and growth.


Specific Job Responsibilities – position may include the following:

Work with the budget committee to plan and implement annual budget.

Plan and implement the annual and biennial strategic plan.

Lead all development programs.

Keep detailed records of all outreach, contacts, and communications and provide them to the board each month.

Supervise and collaborate with organization staff and contractors.

Report to and work closely with the board of directors on policy decisions, fundraising and increasing the overall visibility of the organization throughout the region.

Attend and participate in board and committee meetings.

Participate in marketing and community outreach.

Supervise and contribute to a monthly newsletter which is distributed to SSPA’s mailing list of theater-goers, participants, volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders.

Establish and oversee all policies and procedures for functions and operations.

Serve as business manager of SSPA.

Sign all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Be present for, and assist as needed, with productions, camps, workshops and other SSPA events. Presence is required at all class showcases, previews and performances.

Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance SSPA’s mission; engage in other performing arts efforts throughout the northern Nevada community.

Provide detailed timesheets to the BOD President every month.

Other duties as assigned by the board of directors.


Professional Qualifications and Requirements:

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Transparent and high integrity leadership.

Three or more years senior nonprofit management experience, preferably as executive director of an arts organization.

Solid, hands-on, budget management skills preferred, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting; familiarity with QuickBooks, Google Analytics, merchant credit card services, ticketing and event management platforms.

Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

A thorough, organized, and detail-oriented approach to work.

Ability to convey a vision of SSPA’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors.

Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.

Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.

Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities.

Ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing.

Ability to interface with and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups.

Strong public speaking ability.


Part-time contractor/consultant (20 hrs/wk). Weekly schedule is flexible.

Reno, NV-based opportunity – Nevada resident preferred.

Compensation based upon experience ($18. – $30./hr).

Background check and finger-printing required.

SSPA does not provide benefits, vacation pay, sick pay or holiday pay.

Additional Information:

All applications must be received by January 30, 2019.

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: administration, director, education, executive director, fund-raising, management, and theatre. States: Nevada.

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