Managed day-to-day operations and finances for this nonprofit organization founded to support innovative performances, projects, commissions and education programs by the acclaimed string quartet ETHEL. Collaborated with the foundation's Board of Directors to assess organizational structure and operations and subsequently developed new paradigms. Revised financial management practices to address industry standards; created and implemented a strategic plan with annual goals and outcomes assessment, supported through The Kennedy Center/Carnegie Corporation Arts Management Initiative. Secured new management for the quartet; re-branded the quartet and the foundation; and oversaw all fundraising, marketing and public relations campaigns.
This position reported directly to the college president and initially focused on a start-up venture: creating a series of year-round educational and cultural programs in three venues: a 450-seat theater, a 6,000-patron capacity outdoor performance space, and a 1,000-patron capacity state-of-the-art event and conference center. These multicultural and multidisciplinary programs were designed to attract current students as well as diverse communities off-campus; we served 25,000 patrons the first year and built a mailing list from scratch that topped 40,000 by year 2. With my team of five full-time staff, we re-branded and re-launched the underused oceanfront conference center as an event space for weddings and other social events.
Executive duties also included plant/facility management for three venues; financial management; event management; fundraising, marketing and public relations; lecturing and public speaking; and multiple committee assignments with faculty and administrators, including an RFP process for development of new marketing and branding strategies. Additional duties included training and overseeing college students working in production, stage management, box office and front-of-house positions at all three venues.
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