Associate Managing Director Sought by Boom Arts, Inc.

Deadline April 01, 2017

Boom Arts, Inc., a nonprofit performing arts presenting and producing organization located in Portland, Oregon, seeks a skilled, passionate performing arts administrator to serve as full-time Associate Managing Director. Founded in 2012, Boom Arts will conclude our fifth annual performance season in April 2017. By joining the organization at this exciting juncture, our Associate Managing Director will work closely with our founding Curator and Producer to help grow Boom Arts from vibrant arts start-up to indispensable cultural institution.

Boom Arts’ mission is to “imagine new social and political possibilities through live performance.” We’re motivated by a deep sense of purpose about the potential of socially relevant, artistically innovative global theatre and performance to activate our collective imagination, spark civic engagement, build cross-cultural bridges, and effect social and cultural change.

Through our annual season, Boom Arts invites diverse Portland metro area audiences to experience vital and timely plays and touring theatre and multidisciplinary productions by emerging and established theatre and performance artists from around the world—a majority of them women, and many from the Global South. We present 4-6 works annually, with runs of 2-10 ticketed public performances each, in traditional (mainly small black box theatre) and non-traditional venues around the Portland area. We deepen the impact of our presentations through audience enrichment and community outreach programs that engage local scholars, community leaders, and partner organizations.

Boom Arts’ offices are located in the Old Town/Chinatown area of downtown Portland.

Past projects are listed on our web site,

The Associate Managing Director will join Boom Arts as our second full-time administrative employee, and will report to the Curator and Producer. He or she will collaborate closely with the Curator & Producer and Board of Directors to help Boom Arts to thrive, grow, and operate effectively; to deepen our community presence, impact, and connections; and to continue to deliver high-caliber, artistically distinctive seasons of work. The successful candidate will bring development and marketing skills to help Boom Arts meet goals for increasing both earned and contributed income. He or she will help the organization to shape its path forward as we continue to build our Board and engage in a strategic planning process.

Areas of responsibility will include:
• Fundraising/development, including work with individuals, corporations, government agencies, and foundations (40%);
• Marketing, communications, and audience services, including annual and project-based marketing and communications, our online CRM, and Front of House (30%)
• Finance/operations, including artist contracts and visas, budgeting, fiscal management, & grant compliance/reporting with support of Board treasurer & outside professional services (15%)
• Strategic Planning & Board Relations (5%)
• Program Evaluation (5%)
• Other duties as needed (5%)

For this position, Boom Arts seeks an experienced arts professional who shares our values and supports our mission. The ideal candidate will:
• Be a charismatic, flexible, and motivated self-starter
• Be comfortable engaging with diverse and international constituencies including artists, audiences, community groups, and supporters, and serving as a public face of the organization
• Be comfortable commingling strategic thinking and leadership with execution of sometimes mundane tasks on an as-needed basis
• Be comfortable with the pace and demands of itinerant performing arts presenting
• Be ready to collaborate closely with our founding Curator and Producer as well as our Board, Production Manager, and project-based teams.

In addition to the above strengths, the ideal candidate will bring as much of the following as possible:
• B.A. or higher plus 3-5+ years of professional arts administration experience (preferably with some experience in a nonprofit performing arts presenting organization of $1M+ budget size)
• Demonstrated professional success in nonprofit fundraising/development, plus experience and/or training in a wide range of arts administration skill sets including marketing/communications, audience services, and finance/operations
• Excellent interpersonal and written communications skills & cross-cultural competencies (might be demonstrated by past diversity training, fluency in multiple languages, your personal background as a first- or second- generation immigrant; etc)
• Positive existing relationships in Portland, Oregon, within the local arts ecosystem (donors, institutions, artists, audiences, volunteers, etc) as well as culturally specific and social justice organizations
• Familiarity with the basic landscape and terminology of the performing arts presenting & touring field in the US and abroad (or, as a secondary preference, the theatre producing field)

The Associate Managing Director is a full-time exempt employee. Salary range is $38-42,000, DOE, and benefits are limited but anticipated to become more competitive as the organization grows. We are unable to pay relocation expenses at this time. Boom Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

To be considered for this position, please send us an email with “AMD Search” in the subject line to Please address your 1-2 page cover letter to “To Whom It May Concern”, paste it into the body of your email, along with names and contact information for three references, and attach your resume as a PDF. This position is open until April 1st, with an anticipated start date of late April/early May 2017.

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