The College of Performing Arts seeks a General Manager for the School of Drama. The successful candidate will be a strong leader and collaborator who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced and highly team-oriented environment. S/he will possess an extremely positive disposition, be nimble and adaptable, and will approach her/his work with a sense of humor and positivity. S/he will take initiative and demonstrate great empathy and honesty as a leader of a small team and within her/his work with colleagues across CoPA and the university.
Reporting to the Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, the General Manager works with the Dean, Associate Dean & Production Department within the School of Drama as a dynamic leadership team responsible for the academic, financial, and artistic development of a rapidly expanding school within the New School College of Performing Arts.
The position is responsible for School of Drama budgeting and accountability, leading and implementing strategic planning, resource allocation, and oversight of all Human Resource, Operations and Business needs of the school. S/he will work closely with Production leadership to determine annual budget, calendar, licensing and artist contracts. Representative duties include, but are not limited to: Administrative & Program ● In collaboration with the Dean, Associate Director and Department Heads, strategically plan curriculum, staffing, enrollment, course design, and scheduling of the division. ● Advise the Associate Dean and Department Heads on resource allocation including staffing, finance, space, and programming. ● Ensure that school policies and staffing decisions regarding part-time faculty comply with the university's negotiated contract with the UAW. ● Manage labor relations for the school, including searches, employee on-boarding, contract management, and the grievance process. ● Supervise office staff: Program & Administration Manager, Sr. Office Assistant, Drama Program Assistant, Operations Assistant and student assistants. ● Maintain faculty and administrative staff personnel files. ● Execute and manage space rental agreements, in coordination with General Counsel's office. ● Help to refine and determine production, academic, and administrative policies. ● Collaborate in the creation and implementation of external partnerships; financial negotiation with external partners and guest artists. ● Work with Drama and College of Performing Arts leadership in the development and implementation of new programs, including business plans and resource allocation. ● Execute and manage theatrical union contracts (AEA, USA, SDC) in coordination with the Production Department and General Counsel's office, and serve as liaison with all professional theatrical unions, agents, and managers. ● Work with the Production Office, Department Heads, and University room scheduler to schedule all classes for the division. ● Supervise overall operations and procedures to ensure smooth function and efficiency of School of Drama. ● Provide on-site supervision of facilities operations and serve as primary liaison for facilities related issues.
Finance & Business ● Advise the Associate Director and Student Financial Services on the administering of the divisions $1.3 million annual scholarship budget. ● Manage the day-to-day business of the division, including payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing. ● Work closely with the University Department of Finance for annual budgeting and ongoing accounting. ● Oversee and manage the divisional budget: revenues (tuition, box office sales, and grants) and expenses (curricular, production, financial aid and scholarships, and program), including providing quarterly expense reports. ● Work with the Development Office in the creation of new fundraising initiatives including budgets and program language, and assisting in the creation of annual donor reporting documentation. ● Serve as the primary contact for the Development Office for named scholarship award notification for students and donors
● Four years of progressively responsible experience managing budgets at a university or non-profit institution. ● BA required ● Strong analytical skills and the proven ability to develop creative approaches to complex financial, planning, and resource allocation issues. ● Excellent oral and written communication skills; the ability to present complex information to various audiences. ● Experience working with theatrical unions including AEA, USA, and SDC, and in the producing of theatrical productions.
● Master's degree (or equivalent experience) in arts or non-profit management preferred.
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