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Chief Financial Officer
Reporting to the President & CEO and serving as an integral member of the executive team, the Chief Financial Officer will be responsible for the development of the Long Center’s financial management strategy and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition to the strategic components, the CFO will be charged with developing and implementing more sophisticated policies and procedures both in the finance and general operational realms. This is an outstanding opportunity for an executive with financial and operational experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management to join in a high-growth, mission-driven organization.
The successful candidate will be a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading multiple teams, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The CFO must be a leader who is able to help others deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the vision a reality. The CFO and Head of HR will work hand-in-hand in support of the Organization and be the President & CEO’s go-to team. While it is essential that the CFO bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization, it is also critical that the team retain the creative spark and focus on mission that drives the Long Center.
Strategy, Vision and Leadership
- Advise the CEO and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
- Contribute to the development of the Long Center’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
- Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the CEO informed of all critical issues.
- Represent the organization externally and effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the board and committees as necessary.
- Research, recommend and implement appropriate metrics (like Balanced Scorecard) throughout the organization.
- Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance and operations teams.
- Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.
- Partner with HR to provide data to our People strategy and collaborate together to constantly monitor continuous improvement of People and finance strategies.
Financial Oversight and Analysis
- Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, services and procedures.
- Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process.
- Partner with HR during annual Open Enrollment to set budget to Company benefits contributions.
- Provide analytical support to internal management team including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
- Identify and implement cost-saving measures, analyze new business opportunities and monitor financial performance.
- Develop on accounting system that provides the organization with quick access to financial information and enables strategic budgeting.
- Analyze the current technology infrastructure and scope out the next level of information technology and financial systems that support the growth of specific programs and the organization overall.
- Monitor resource and personnel allocation to ensure departments are appropriately resourced.
Key Partner Cultivation
- Oversee the management of building services, production and operations teams.
- Lead the development of a facilities master plan.
- Cultivate relationships with key city departments and stay up to speed on all permitting, ordinances and other requirements.
- Manage the Long Center’s lease agreement with the City of Austin.
- Manage, conduct analysis and oversee a competitive bidding process for all external contracts.
- Business, Finance or Accounting degree mandatory, a Master’s in Business Administration is preferred.
- Minimum 10 years’ experience in a senior management role ideally with both external audit and in-house financial management experience gained in a high-growth organization.
- Must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations.
- Excellent judgement and creative problem-solving skills.
- Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.
- Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask.
- Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
- Self-reliant, good problem solver, results-oriented.
- Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives.
- Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, the board of directors, the City of Austin and staff.
- Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker.
- Passion for the Long Center’s mission.
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VP of Live Arts & Community Outreach
The Long Center seeks a Vice President of Live Arts & Community Outreach who will be an inspiring leader and collaborative and active member of Austin’s dynamic, celebrated Live Arts Community
Reporting to the President & CEO and serving as an integral member of the executive team, The Vice President of Live Arts and Community Outreach has primary responsibility for creating and executing a programming and outreach strategy that aligns with the organization’s vision and is fully integrated into and supportive of the unique arts and cultural ecology of Austin. The Vice President of Live Arts & Community Outreach develops, manages and implements all of the Long Center’s live arts, education and community outreach programming and initiatives. This position builds and maintains vital partnerships with the City of Austin and local cultural organizations and programmatic partners including the founding resident and resident company relationships. The Vice President of Live Arts & Community Outreach will lead a team of experienced professionals to cultivate seamless collaboration internally and throughout our community while building programs and events that reflect the vibrancy, diversity and trailblazing spirit of Austin.
The successful candidate will be a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic leader with experience programming for a broad spectrum of venues and audiences. He/she will have demonstrated success in creating relevant and meaningful education and outreach initiatives and building strong local and national partnerships. While it is essential that the VP of Live Arts and Community Outreach brings financial acumen and a focus on sustainable solutions to the position, is it also critical that he/she lead his/her team to retain the creative spark and focus on mission that drives the Long Center.
Strategy, Vision and Leadership
- Serve as a key member of the Long Center’s executive leadership team assisting in setting vision, structure and policy for the entire organization.
- Contribute to the development of the Long Center’s strategic goals and objectives as well as creation and management of the strategic business plan for all aspects of programming, education and community outreach.
- Represent the organization externally and effectively communicate our mission and artistic vision.
Lead Live Arts and Community Outreach
- Lead a programming team to research, evaluate risk, curate, and contract artists for the Long Center, creating a robust live arts calendar of experiences which engages the variety of audiences in Austin’s highly competitive market throughout our multiple venues.
- Work with in conjunction with Sales, Marketing, Development and Operations colleagues to assure effective fundraising, ticket sales, and execution of all events.
- Develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for our education and community programs to ensure that we are living our vision that All Austinites deserve access to world-class arts and cultural experiences.
Key Partner Cultivation
- Serves an ambassador to and advocate for the Austin arts and culture community.
- Cultivate collaboration with other presenters, promoters and cultural organizations.
- Maintain key civic relationships including partnerships with City of Austin staff and elected officials.
- Understand the local arts ecology and develop strong alliances with local artists.
- Cultivate key national and international industry relationships in the live arts field.
Lead Programming and Outreach Department
- Hire, train and supervise a dynamic multidisciplinary team of programming professionals, articulating artistic vision, directing the development of a cohesive season, and encouraging collaboration.
- Serve as a strong manager and mentor for programming and education colleagues.
- Help to set and cultivate a positive and inclusive company culture.
- Develop, monitor and forecast live arts, community and education program budgets.
- Support fiscal goals of the organization and support the development of prudent strategies towards sustainable growth.
House Technician (Lighting)
Summary: The House Technician (Lighting) position supports the Production Department and the entire Long Center team by overseeing and executing house theatrical lighting operations in all venues as assigned. This position must interface well with incoming companies while maintaining Long Center safety and artistic standards. This position will oversee the set up and the safe operation of Long Center equipment, especially lighting equipment. A thorough understanding of Long Center’s lighting equipment is required for adequately advancing productions and for troubleshooting problems. This position will attend to the maintenance of the Long Center’s lighting systems, helping to keep them at peak performance levels. As a fully functioning member of the Long Center’s production staff, the House Technician (Lighting) also has the responsibility to assume other stagehand tasks as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other Stagehand duties may be assigned by the Director of Production or designee.
- Be present for load-ins, load-outs, technical rehearsals, and performances as assigned.
- Assist in the supervision of the lighting systems and coordinate lighting technical needs of the Long Center and its users at the direction of Director of Production and the House Head Electrician.
- Work in conjunction and lead stagehands, volunteers, and contract labor brought in to assist on productions.
- Occasionally act as lead Lighting Technician for Long Center Presents and rental events as assigned.
- Works as light board operator and run shows as assigned.
- Train local theatrical lighting technicians to properly operate the Long Center’s equipment within manufacturer’s guidelines and the Long Center’s standards.
- As necessary, advance with production staff from incoming clients to ensure that their lighting needs can be effectively met.
- Maintain and track theatrical lighting equipment inventories.
- Advise the Director of Production and Production Supervisors, and other department heads on lighting system status and the need for any remedial action necessary.
- Pursue opportunities for continuing education in the lighting field so as to stay abreast of the latest technologies, techniques, and equipment.
- Assist in the preparation and maintenance of a capital replacement schedule based upon the demonstrated needs of Long Center users and the potential of realizing greater operational efficiency and performance quality.
- Execute inspections and make repairs to theatrical lighting systems and equipment. Supervise third party vendors as necessary.
- Assist the Director of Production and production staff with all aspects of production.
- Be available for long and irregular hours.
Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Customer Service: manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments; understands and fulfills I PERFORM service model.
- Knowledge of and proficiency with the following:
- ETC Eos lighting console
ETC Ion lighting console
AMX control system
ETCNET networking distribution
ETC Sensor Dimmers and High Rise Dimmers
Leon Audio’s proprietary cue light system
Stagecraft such as lighting and rigging
Basic repair: Cables, connectors, and such.
- ETC Eos lighting console
- Team Work: balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
- Organizational Support: follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
- Dependability: follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions, keeps commitments; willing to work more than 40 hours per week as assigned; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
- Planning/Organizing: prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans.
- Professionalism: approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Education/Experience: Associates degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience; highly skilled and experienced with all aspects of theatrical sound reinforcement and video systems, equipment and their maintenance needs.
- Language Ability: ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
- Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
- Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- Computer Skills: Excel (proficient), Word (proficient), experience with (or easily trained on) the Long Center’s scheduling system, and CAD (AutoCad and Vectorworks), and Lightwright.
- Certificates and Licenses: no certifications needed.