- Wall Street Theater
- Location: Norwalk, Connecticut
- Category: Nonprofit-Executive Philanthropy-Administrative-Non-profit
- Posting Date: 07/15/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
The Wall Street Theater is a multi-disciplined, non-profit performing arts facility located in Norwalk, Connecticut. WST was founded in 1915 as part of the regional vaudeville circuit, and has been a cinema, theater, and night club over the last 106 years. In 2017, WST completed a comprehensive $10 million historic restoration, creating a state of the art theater for the Fairfield County community.
The mission of WST is to provide a broad range of entertainment opportunities, to be an artistic generalist, accessible to the widest audience possible. Over the past 5 years, WST has presented a broad range of concerts, executed a teen theater program with multiple presentations, hosted major community events, dance recitals, live streaming presentations and more. During the pandemic shutdown, WST broadcast virtual performances utilizing its built in video production facilities and state-installed direct internet connection. WST is a 700 seat (1100 standing) theater with an adjustable floor plan and fixed balcony seats. It has a Broadway-caliber stage setup, award winning acoustics and advanced lighting and sound equipment.
WST has survived a year of pandemic shut-down and is ready and eager to offer arts events to our community. WST is entering its second five-year phase, the first, from 2012-2017 was project conception, funding and development, the second has been the growth and operation of a highly regarded arts facility. We are looking for a broadly skilled executive director to take the challenges and success of the past and make this next phase one of securing the long-term future of the theater. We seek an individual who we can entrust with exceptional authority to oversee all aspects of running a performance arts theater who has a track record of prudent financial and operations management and is a successful fundraiser who can cultivate a strong donor base within our community.
The Wall Street Theater is located in Norwalk, Connecticut, a city of 90,000 people. It is located 49 miles from Manhattan. The community and surrounding areas are highly diverse, with pockets of great wealth and areas of great need within miles of each other. Norwalk itself has strong ethnic and cultural diversity. Norwalk and surrounding areas have a greater percentage of their populations above mean age ranges than comparable areas regionally and nationwide. The area has great arts appreciation, and has come to a strong symbiotic relationship with the arts offerings of New York City. WST has hosted major film and television productions originating from New York, Broadway performers and other similar events.
Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director will focus on fundraising, marketing, oversight, programming, and financial management and planning activities that support the new phase in our operations and help grow from the leadership of our founding President and team. The Executive Director will oversee artistic development, maintain and grow our concert and rental offerings, explore new facility opportunities such as alliances with the multiple film and television partners, manage the full staff, including receiving direct hiring authority, and oversee all the necessary aspects to run a first-class theater. While a full 501©3 nonprofit, WST operates from a very small donor base. Our Executive Director will be expected to create a financial campaign, build a robust development department, and expand philanthropic support in the community. WST has been operated very closely by the Board and volunteers, the new Executive Director will bring a level of consistency and professional arts experience to its operation.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Be the day to day leader and driving force in growing and solidifying WST in its operations and within the community, oversee all staff and daily operations of the theater
- Be the ambassador of the theater in the communities it interacts – Norwalk, Fairfield County, the arts and culture community and the organizations they represent
- Sculpt and execute an artistic vision that takes into account the achievements and lessons of WST’s last 5 years, combined with new and positive ideas
- Be adept at identifying talented people to work for, or volunteer with the theater, and have the ability to successfully manage their work and develop their talents
- Be dedicated to inclusion, equality and opportunity
- Take the lead in imagining, creating and executing revenue generation plans, from subscriptions, to donor cultivation, to any other ethical and creative ideas for building a regular funding stream to assist the theater in its mission
- Develop plans to support the overall goals of the organization, including; development, marketing, programming, and technical.
- Inspire, support, and grow the board as it adjusts to a lesser operating role and one of oversight
Traits and Characteristics
We see the Executive Director as the leader, who will be given wide latitude to do their job. With this comes a requirement for this person to be able to flourish and grow independently, while at the same time not flinch from occasional critique or advice. This person must be able to internalize responsibility, and love the idea that they can put their own personal vision to work alongside the core operations of the theater. They must be able to creatively delegate, have no fear picking up a paintbrush and screwdriver or pinch hit with a role in a production, time willing. They must always be willing to be in attendance at any event, and create an environment of responsibility for others. They must like systems, and procedures, and have the ability to stay the course when they are utilized. They must understand the finances of the theater, and ensure they stay healthy for the long term.
Qualified applicants should have a degree or equivalent professional experience in arts management, performing arts, or a related field. A minimum of five years of progressive senior management experience is required, preferably in the performing arts sector, but most certainly in leadership of a non profit organization. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in public sector interaction, particularly governmental entities and community groups. A successful track record in fundraising, marketing, and related revenue generating activities is expected.
Compensation and Benefits
WST offers competitive compensation. WST encourages applications from all parts of the United States to apply. Wall Street Theater is an equal opportunity employer, who is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Applications and Inquiries
To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred)
Please notate your availability and salary requirements.
Suzanne Cahill, President
The Wall Street Theater Company, Inc,
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $28.00 - $50.00 per hour
- Flexible schedule
- Paid time off
- Monday to Friday
- Weekend availability
- Please identify a theater that you would aspire to emulate and why?
- Bachelor's (Preferred)
- One location