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Minnesota Fringe Festival

Operations Director

Location: Minnesota - Twin Cities
City: Minneapolis, MN
Type: Full Time
Category: Executive and management
Benefits: Yes
Salary: $40,000-44,000 DOQ
Deadline: April 5, 2017

Job description

Minnesota Fringe is one of the oldest and largest performance art festivals in the United States. Its mission is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. The eleven day celebration takes place annually in early August at various venues, draws nearly 50,000 audience members to see 1000 artists produce 160 shows in every discipline and genre. Minnesota Fringe is proud to be part of a worldwide tradition of fringe festivals that originated in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland and a founding member of the United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF). In 2016, the organization paid over $230,000 to artists and producers representing 70% of ticket sales. Now in its 24th anniversary this year, the 2017 festival is scheduled August 3-13.

Title: Operations Director
The Operations Director (OD) will work in close partnership with the Executive Director (ED) to provide management support for key areas of operations. This position is an opportunity for a dynamic thinker and leader to assist in the implementation of strategic initiatives focusing primarily on development directives – including grant writing, marketing expansion, and constituent relationship management. The position holder will also serve as a staff liaison to Board of Director (BoD) Committees focused on development and/or marketing. The OD is expected to support development research, initiate grant writing, and direct public relations that articulate critical, regular and concise communication of need for sustainability. The OD will be a part of the critical team working holistically and collaboratively with a dynamic staff charged to inspire value driven growth of an organization that connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Full-time. Year-round. Seasonal cycle (more hours in summer / less in winter).

Position Duties: 

Management and oversight of budget, fundraising, and donation reporting to assist with monitoring fiscal health.
Direct implementation of tactics to support fundraising activities and ensure related records are accurate and timely.
Cultivate sponsor, donor and funder prospects to meet or exceed budgetary and growth goals.
Generate clear and concise presentations about the organization to expand support and clarify messaging.
Manage the flow of organizational information; update and publishing internal and external communications to ensure consistent presentation of the organization to donors, funders, artists, producers board, and the media.
Serve as a point of contact to outside producers, presenters, promoters and visiting artists.
Manage and negotiate contracts with seasonal staff within established budgets.
Provide administrative support as part of a staff dedicated to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression.

Qualifications or requirements

Bachelor’s Degree; preferred majors include communications, marketing, or business development.
Three plus years of relevant experience within arts organizations and/or with artists.
Demonstrated excellence in both oral and written communications.
Self-starter with the capacity to manage time effectively. Capacity to work through stringent deadlines with acute attention and maintained focus on priorities.
Performance oriented and skillful strategic thinker with the ability to establish clear expectations and continuously measure performance progress.
Computer skills to organize records and use database programs with proficiency in Microsoft Office programs. Experience with Sales Force recommended.
Enthusiasm for mission-driven work and the Minnesota arts community.

Preferred Knowledge:

Master’s Degree; preferred disciplines of nonprofit management, arts management, or business administration.
Prior managerial or supervisory roles with an aptitude for coordinating and facilitating committee meetings.
Theater experience; preferably within the Twin Cities, Minnesota, or Midwest Region.
Documented successful partnership cultivation experience and a keen understanding of community outreach and external interactions.

How to apply

Please send cover letter, résumé, two recent grant writing examples and references to [email protected] by 4/5/17. No phone calls, please.