Job Opening: Executive Producer
Raleigh Little Theatre – Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) exists to create and teach theatre in a way that serves our community, offers a place for all to live their best creative life, and embraces diverse stories, artists, and students in a meaningful and powerful way. To support our mission and lead our team, we are seeking an Executive Producer.
This is an exciting opportunity for a thoughtful, strategic, and collaborative leader to join an outstanding organization that is beloved by and woven into the fabric of the community. Raleigh Little Theatre thrives through its deeply engaged and committed volunteers and exists to create and teach theatre in a way that serves the community, offers a place for all to live their best creative lives, and embraces diverse stories, artists, and students in a meaningful and powerful way.
The Executive Producer will work alongside dedicated and highly talented staff and volunteers to ensure the organization’s mission, vision, and values are upheld. They will actively seek opportunities for the community to participate in high quality experiences through productions, education programs, and volunteer engagement. As the passionate leader of a people-centered organization, the Executive Producer will foster connections with new and existing audiences, maintain strong partnerships with funders, cultivate and steward individual donors, and collaborate with other nonprofit organizations.
The Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
Leadership, Vision, and Strategic Planning
The Executive Producer will serve as the primary advocate, visionary, fundraiser, and spokesperson for the organization. Working with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers, the Executive Producer is responsible for setting clear goals and objectives, including long-range plans to fulfill the organization’s mission. They will ensure that Raleigh Little Theatre’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism is prioritized in all activities, policies and practices, communications, and operations. The Executive Producer will develop relationships and a strong understanding of the organization’s impact with volunteers, government officials, schools, donors, and prospective donors.
Community Engagement and Artistic Oversight
The Executive Producer will be an authentic ambassador and community builder who intentionally fosters a welcoming environment through a long-term, holistic approach to inclusion and diversity. Grounded in their commitment to Raleigh Little Theatre’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism work they will build effective partnerships with community and arts organizations and a wide range of stakeholders. It is through this community engagement that the Executive Producer will support the cultivation of the annual season of productions. The Executive Producer will oversee all artistic programming, including productions, education, and other events. They will work with staff, volunteers, and the community to ensure a sustainable season schedule and support staff in hiring productions artists, support creative teams for all productions, and support education staff in program development and administration.
Nonprofit and Financial Management
Bringing a successful record of senior leadership experience and a proven track record of significant accomplishments and professional experience in nonprofit management, the Executive Producer will oversee the business aspects and financial integrity of Raleigh Little Theatre. In collaboration with the leadership team, the Executive Producer will develop an annual operating budget for the organization to submit to the Board of Directors for review and approval. The Executive Producer will also oversee human resource needs and policies, including approval of changes to staff structure and benefits, and directly supervise the four members of the leadership team. The Executive Producer reports to the Board of Directors and carefully stewards Board relations. Working with the Board President, the Executive Producer plans the functions and duties of the Board and prepares financial reports for the Treasurer to present at each Board meeting.
With support from the Development Manager, the Executive Producer will support resource development efforts and strategically engage the Board in the fundraising process. The Executive Producer will ensure fundraising plans are developed and executed. They will serve as an advocate for government partnerships and support, and actively grow funding from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Executive Producer will maintain and steward relationships with Raleigh Little Theatre’s Advisory Board, long-term supporters, and other key stakeholders while building new relationships in the community. The Executive Producer will also work with the Marketing Manager to determine marketing strategies and goals for Raleigh Little Theatre programming.
About the Organization
Raleigh Little Theatre is one of the longest continually operating community theatres in the country. Founded in 1936, Raleigh Little Theatre uses theatre to enrich, educate, entertain, and engage volunteers, students, and audiences of all ages as part of its welcoming community. Volunteers are at the heart of its successful history of art and education.
Each year Raleigh Little Theatre produces nine unique productions, with approximately 140 performances. Each season features a subscription series of four productions which range from classics to contemporary plays and musicals. The Family Series consists of three productions each year offering fun for the whole family, along with a Teens Onstage/Teens Backstage production and the annual production of Cinderella that has become a Raleigh holiday tradition. In addition, Raleigh Little Theatre presents various special events throughout the year, including outdoor movies and concerts.
The Education program is an essential part of Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual operations that continues to grow. For over 35 years, the program has offered on-site and off-site classes, camps, field trips and workshops to students, ages 2 to 18. Over time, Raleigh Little Theatre has expanded educational offerings to include adult classes and workshops, field trips and residencies with local schools. The department reaches over 6,000 individuals each year.
One of Raleigh Little Theatre’s most treasured assets is the theatre campus itself, which consists of the Sutton Theatre (capacity of 300), the Scottie Stephenson outdoor Amphitheatre (capacity of 2,000), the Raleigh Rose Garden, and the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (capacity of 150). Raleigh Little Theatre leases the building and grounds from the City of Raleigh and has a close working relationship with its Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department.
Raleigh Little Theatre has a board of 22, staff of 12, and over 650 dedicated and passionate volunteers working in front of house, back of house, on stage, and in administrative functions. Its operating budget of $1,440,000 is funded through ticket sales (42%), education classes and workshops (14%), contributed revenue (40%), and other revenue (4%).
Raleigh Little Theatre values everyone’s story. As an organization, they work to intentionally create a welcoming environment through a long-term, holistic approach to inclusion and diversity. Raleigh Little Theatre commits itself to actively seeking out perspectives that are not their own, encouraging learning, growth, and cultural awareness, engaging community conversations, and embracing conflict as a force for change.
Raleigh Little Theatre strives to be an equitable, diverse, antiracist, and inclusive organization that is accessible to all, and maintain an organizational culture that:
- Values a diverse staff, Board, and volunteer community that understands and actively supports inclusion.
- Produces shows that engage and reflect the stories of the community, where diverse casts and crews can thrive.
- Provides educational opportunities that are culturally responsive and student-focused.
- Boldly prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all activities, policies and practices, communications, and operations.
To learn more about Raleigh Little Theatre, visit: www.raleighlittletheatre.org
Additional Preferred Attributes
- A people-first leader who motivates volunteers, board, staff, donors, and partners
- A passion for community theatre and the ability to balance both artistic and administrative duties and priorities
- A leader committed to equity, access, and inclusion, who is energized by facilitating this work in and through interactions with multiple communities
- A strategic, authentic relationship builder with a passion for collaboration
- High social and emotional intelligence, unwavering integrity, and sound judgment
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Review of candidates will begin in August and continue until the position is filled.
Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position and is in the $82-88K range. Benefits include medical (80%), dental (100%), vision (100%), and life insurance; retirement plans; flexible PTO; 10 paid holidays; complimentary tickets to Raleigh Little Theatre productions, and a 50% discount on Raleigh Little Theatre education programming.
Raleigh Little Theatre provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Raleigh Little Theatre strives to be an equitable, diverse, antiracist, and inclusive organization that is accessible to all and to maintain an organizational culture that values a diverse staff, Board, and volunteer community; thus, they seek a broad spectrum of employees. They strongly encourage and welcome candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, gender non-conforming and non-binary, neuro-diverse, and people with disabilities to apply. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.
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