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Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the nation’s only organization dedicated to training, nurturing, and supporting directors and choreographers and advancing their craft, is seeking an Executive Director to oversee Foundation programming, fundraising, and finances and to serve as a leading representative and partner with individual artists and organizations throughout the field.
Based in New York City, SDCF produces events and programs designed to offer access, opportunity, and community to directors and choreographers at all levels of their career. The Foundation Executive Director develops these programs; produces annual award events, symposia, and panels; and administers fellowships, observerships, and other career development opportunities.
The Foundation Executive Director supervises an associate and interns and cultivates relationships to expand the organization’s base of support. Qualified candidates will bring a deep understanding of the field, a network of relationships with directors and choreographers, a creative and innovative approach to programming; successful management experience, including fundraising; and exceptional interpersonal skills.
A. Organization and Financial Management
  • Oversee all SDCF Programs, developing specific goals and objectives for annual programming, develop ideas for new programming by assessing available resources and needs of practitioners and fields, and guide new programs to fruition 

  • Staff the Foundation Board of Trustees, set agendas, prepare presentations, and ensure meetings are recorded and adhere to Roberts Rules of Order.
  • Hire and supervise one associate and contractors and interns as needed 

  • Develop long-range and annual plans 

  • Create and manage budget and shepherd through approval process 

  • Adapt budgets in appropriate program combinations for grant proposals 

  • Develop letters of agreement and contracts with program participants as necessary 

  • Ensure consistency in the overarching look, feel, and integrity of the SDCF brand in all aspects of communication, including the content of the SDCF website and the printing of all SDCF brochures and collateral 

  • Strategically work with SDC’s Member Services Department in practical ways within the mission of SDCF 

B. Fundraising
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan—including annual fundraising, major gifts, corporation foundations, and planned giving—to sustain and expand current programming 

  • Research organizational funders, write grant proposals, and file final reports on completed grants
  • Produce SDCF’s annual gala, the “Mr. Abbott” Awards.
  • Nurture relationships with current funders, and identify and initiate contact with new funding prospects
  • Identify prospective donors for annual and planned gifts and develop strategies for cultivation and solicitation
  • Write and execute annual appeal letters to individual donors
  • Ensure that all contributors are properly thanked and recognized and that all donor benefits are fulfilled
C. Develop and maintain strategic relationships with emerging artists as well as service and producing organizations
  • Represent SDCF at special events and external industry events as necessary 

  • Recruit experienced artists to participate on selection committees, act as ambassadors for outreach, and serve as mentors and program participants 

  • Create program-specific partnerships with appropriate organizations for mutual benefit
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with SDC Members, program participants, and key industry personnel and organizations 

Education and Experience
  • BA or equivalent 

  • At least 10 years of significant, relevant work experience within the professional theatrical community and exposure to its key stakeholders (artists, producers, general managers, service organizations, etc.)                          
Knowledge and Skills Required 

  • Creative thinking and fluency with collaboration; an ability to build upon and enhance existing programs and structures
  • Proficient knowledge of the industry, with particular knowledge of directors and choreographers, and artists both in New York and on a national level
  • Demonstrated success in developing and stewarding relationship with individual donors, corporate and foundation grant makers, and government funders.
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills with a strong sense of diplomacy and an ability to synthesize information and communicate efficiently 

  • Proven experience of developing and implementing a strategic vision 

  • Strong understanding of financial statements and budgeting  and an ability to work with and adapt to project budgets of various sizes 

  • Ability to see projects through from conception to execution to evaluation and to work collectively and autonomously 

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, a collaborative style, integrity, and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels with staff, Board, Members, artists, and external stakeholders 

  • Deep interest in helping others to transform their careers, improve their artistry, and gain career knowledge 

  • Extensive curiosity and respect in all genres of theatre.
SDC is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits to include comprehensive health/life insurance, retirement programs (defined benefit pension as well as 401k), paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation.
To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@sdcfoundation.org with “Executive Director Search” in the subject line.
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