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  • The Executive Director will communicate and establish a strong working relationship with the Board, encouraging all members to be active participants and organizational ambassadors throughout the community.

  • In partnership with the Board Chair, develop meeting agendas, committee reports, and annual calendar to ensure opportunity for the Board to effectively fulfill all its responsibilities.

  • Identify, cultivate, and assist in the recruitment of Board and advisory council members whose skills, experience, and financial connections meet the organization’s needs.

  • Identify, create, recruit and manage a volunteer base whose skills, experience, and commitment meet the organization’s needs.

  • The Executive Director will embrace the Colonial’s vision and develop a strategy to translate the mission into realistic goals and objectives. The Executive Director will lead the organization in the achievement of its mission and goals.

Capital Campaign:

  • The Executive Director will work in concert with the Capital Campaign Committee to develop and implement a strategic plan for the capital campaign, helping to keep the campaign on schedule and progressing with a high level of visibility and momentum that engenders a sense of excitement, optimism and confidence in achieving the campaign goal.

  • Manage all aspects of the campaign including but not limited to: building and optimizing a donor pipeline, cultivating prospective donors, developing and managing the timeline and budget, assigning tasks, and maintaining an updated list of naming rights.

  • Develop materials to support the Capital Campaign including but not limited to: writing of campaign case statements, campaign correspondence including solicitation proposals, meeting requests, meeting follow-up with notes for the Campaign Committee, and updated campaign reports.

  • Working closely with Grants Committee to develop, write, and submit major grants to foundations and government entities in support of the Capital Campaign.

  • Maintain donor software to produce acknowledgement of all campaign gifts and pledges, as well as a calendar to maximize cultivation events and meetings, keeping Campaign Committee on track.

  • Oversee acknowledgement of all campaign gifts and pledges, preparation of pledge payment reminders, and pledge agreements.

  • Develop and execute a public relations/communications plan to keep the campaign publicly visible.

Fiscal Management:

  • The Executive Director will work with the Capital Campaign Committee to establish and implement development goals and objectives for the theater.

  • He or she will create partnerships with businesses and other institutions that contribute to the theater’s resources.

  • Structure and launch new membership program.

  • Initiate long-term endowment effort and capital campaign.

  • Guide financial planning, including budget development, monitoring, and reporting; contract reviews and management; audit and investments; and other financial management areas as needed.

  • Generate annual budgets in accordance with approved budget policies.

  • Monitor budget projections vs. actual on a monthly basis and present anticipated trends, shortfalls, needs, and proposals for addressing issues at regular board meetings.

  • The Executive Director will make sure the daily operations of the theater, as well as its finances are stable.

  • The Executive Director will develop and maintain an annual marketing budget for the theater, and be responsible for successfully developing and coordinating at least three major fundraising events per year.

  • Assures that a clear and accurate accounting system is maintained.

  • Monitor remainder of theater renovation process

Key Competencies Include:

  • Problem Solving Ability and Resiliency – The foresight to anticipate challenges and opportunities in order to mitigate risk and overcome obstacles. Must be able to manage relationships, remain flexible, think “big picture,” and employ creative solutions to problems when appropriate.

  • Development of Volunteer Base – The ability to cultivate and manage a volunteer base of community members to help serve the theater and its fundraising and operational needs into the future.

  • Personal Accountability – The competence to prioritize and complete necessary tasks to meet or exceed the mutually agreed-upon expectations of the role and to assume accountability for leadership actions.

  • Development/Fundraising – The ability and competence to fundraise for the current Capital Campaign and to work with staff and volunteers for the long-term viability of the theater.

  • Planning and Organizing – The capacity to utilize logical, systematic, and orderly procedures to meet objectives, prioritize tasks, and develop procedures, processes, and systems that address accuracy, efficiency, and productivity.

  • Strategic Plan is reviewed and renewed at regular intervals.

  • Annual organizational plan is developed with appropriate department plans to support the overall organizational annual and strategic plans.

  • Physical Oversight – An understanding that ongoing capital improvements, as funding permits, are of significant importance.

  • In concert with the Board Building Committee, develop and implement a building maintenance and repair plan that supports optimal operations while respecting the historic integrity of the theater.

Media Oversight – A deep understanding of both print and social media, with a proven track record of building up an audience. The Executive Director will represent the Augusta Colonial Theater in public settings, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the many professional and cultural constituencies. He/she will serve as a liaison to the press, keeping them apprised of upcoming events & ongoing construction projects, while providing them progress reports on fundraising efforts through regular periodic press releases.

Public Speaking – The ability to espouse the theater’s vision and mission concisely when providing updates in a public setting. The Executive Director will serve as the theater’s spokesperson and therefore must establish and maintain positive relationships with many professional and cultural constituencies.

Flexibility & Adaptability – Ability to adjust and adapt one’s management strategy, when appropriate.


Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) plus a minimum of five to seven years of related senior management experience in nonprofit development, arts administration, or a related field. A successful track record in fundraising and leadership best practices is expected. Requirements include strong written and oral presentation skills and high-level financial management acumen. The successful candidate will have a passion for the performing arts and arts education as well as enthusiasm for the Colonial’s distinct and historic role in the cultural life of Augusta and Kennebec Valley region. Preference will be given to applicants intending to live in close proximity to the Augusta Colonial Theater.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be able to participate in evening and weekend events.

  • Must have a friendly and outgoing personality.

  • Must be able to present a professional appearance and demeanor.

  • Must be able to lift files and other documents of approximately 20 pounds.

  • Must have good organizational and time management skills and be able to multitask.

  • Must have strong written and oral communications skills, including business and casual writing.

  • Must be able to develop content and creative ideas for websites.

  • Must be able to interface effectively and professionally and possess solid interpersonal skills to work with people on all levels internally and externally.

  • Must be able to present ideas succinctly.

  • Must have a teamwork supportive mindset.

  • Must be able to respond to inquiries from all levels of paid or volunteer staff or external sources regarding a variety of questions.

  • Must be flexible in effectively addressing patrons and/or board/management expectations.

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive data without exception.

  • Must have the ability to work independently in managing day-to-day tasks.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $65,000.00 to $75,000.00 /year

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply here through Indeed.
This position is open until mid-January 2019.