THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT seeks a dynamic and creative individual as its new Artistic Director. The Artistic Director will oversee and implement the organization’s artistic and educational work and provide fundraising and marketing support, in a manner consistent with MAP’s mission and vision. We are seeking a highly motivated and effective leader comfortable with being the public face of the organization; an experienced theater artist with well-developed teaching, directing, and writing skills; as well as a flexible, compassionate, and organized individual experienced in and passionate about working with youth ages 8-18. Also indispensable is a healthy sense of humor. This hands-on and intensive position offers many rewards, including the opportunity to collaborate with the vibrant arts community in Providence and to work closely with the wonderfully creative – yet underserved – youth of the Olneyville neighborhood.
Since January 2004, THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT (MAP) has been working with children from the economically under-resourced Providence neighborhood of Olneyville; the Founder has run the organization as sole (part-time) staff member since its inception. MAP has reached a crucial nexus in its development; by bringing in new leadership MAP hopes to deepen and build on the strong groundwork laid by the Founder. In addition to hiring a new Artistic Director to replace the founding Executive Artistic Director before September 2011, the Board envisions hiring a part-time Managing Director by November 2011 to handle administrative responsibilities and share fund raising activity with the Artistic Director. Both AD and MD will work from home or other improvised space, while planning the build-out of the MAP offices, to be completed in July 2012.
· Collaborate with Managing Director to devise organization’s annual budget, for approval by Board Finance Committee
· Collaborate with Board and Managing Director to devise and evolve a sustainable fund development strategy
· Attend and actively participate in Board meetings
· Serve as ex officio member of Board’s Board Development Committee and Gala Committee
· Network in the artistic and greater Providence area communities to increase visibility of organization
· Research and write grant proposals to advance artistic and programming goals
· Cultivate and engage potential donors (individual, corporate, foundation, government)
· Seek in-kind donations
· Oversee and implement current programming
· Assess, adjust, and, eventually, expand programming in concert with MAP mission
· Produce all theater performances (currently five per year), ensuring both smooth operation and high artistic quality.
· Plan and oversee weekend retreats, both in and out of town (currently six per year)
· Recruit and manage all volunteers (including actors, director/dramaturges, designers, stage managers, stage crew,
· prop-makers, and front-of-house personnel)
· Provide training to new volunteers and periodic refresher sessions (as needed) for existing volunteers.
· Foster partnerships with other local organizations
· Act as creative producer for annual Gala event
· If desired, there will be the opportunity to direct, perform, write, or otherwise collaborate artistically with
· MAP youth.
· Plan and teach all classes based on existing playwriting curriculum
· Recruit and supervise volunteer classroom assistants
· Steward relationship with William D’Abate Elementary School administration and teachers
· Collaborate with school, family, and community to recruit and retain youth participants.
· Communicate with children and their families regarding scheduling and programming details
· Collaborate with Managing Director to devise and implement marketing/publicity strategy
· Recruit graphic designer and supervise design of print and web materials
· Produce and edit e-newsletter
· Perform the many miscellaneous duties necessary in the operation of a small nonprofit organization, including
· but not limited to: the constant transportation of supplies and people, answering of emails and phone calls, and, as
· needed, the ordering of pizza or sweeping the floor.
REPORTS TO: The Board of Directors
SALARY RANGE: $30-35 K depending on experience, plus benefits.
Send resume, the names of three references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your experience in the above areas and your interest in MAP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30.
Feel free to email with questions, but all inquiries should be sent electronically; no phone calls please.
MAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all applicants, especially those whose experiences and backgrounds are similar to those of the children in the Olneyville neighborhood which we serve.
Thank you for your interest!