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Senior Director of Performing Arts

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Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Experience Level: Senior-Level
Categories: Supervisory
Role: Senior Director of Performing Arts

As a result of the Covid-19 Delta Variant, the Governor of the State of Illinois has issued Executive Order 2021-20 (Covid-19 Executive Order No. 87), to include mandatory COVID vaccines or submission to weekly testing for higher education faculty, personnel, and college students, as well as issuing an indoor mask mandate for all. By choosing to apply, I acknowledge and understand that upon employment, Elgin Community College (ECC) may require proof of vaccination or weekly testing as required by this mandate.


About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Rate of Pay:

The minimum salary for a grade 17 is $76,725. Commensurate based of education/experience. 

FLSA Status:


Grant Funded:


Job Summary:

An employee in this classification performs work of considerable difficulty through collaborative leadership for all aspects of a multi-venue academic and community performing arts center; balance the needs of a wide range of programs and stakeholders, including performers, cultural arts directors, audience members, donors, faculty, staff and students. Work is distinguished by extending the Arts Center’s mission across the college and to the community; ensure that programs and operations are in alignment with mission and financial goals. General direction is received by the assigned manager.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Master’s degree with 5 years of experience in arts administration, including supervisory experience or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of performing venue management
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary and world-music genres, theatre genres and related artists
  4. Comprehensive knowledge of local, national and international commercial and nonprofit music industries, including field-wide ideas and trends to support development of diverse, financially successful season lineups
  5. Considerable knowledge of professional networks within cultural sector to support execution of artistic vision and programming
  6. Comprehensive knowledge of accessibility, diversity and inclusiveness to enrich the district’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy
  7. Considerable skill in both producing and presenting large scale events
  8. Considerable skills to negotiate favorable contract terms with artist management companies
  9. Considerable skills to direct and apply appropriate marketing principles, strategies and tactics (direct mail, print, broadcast, social media, web, etc.) to develop and execute marketing campaigns that generate sales for arts events
  10. Considerable skill to articulate, communicate and actualize vision for integrating arts programming in the college and wider community
  11. Considerable skills to connect interdisciplinary educational outreach programs with the college’s instructional activities
  12. Considerable skills for supervising and fostering growth performing arts instructional programs
    Considerable skills in fiscal acumen, demonstrated successful financial management of mixed income streams within a non-profit and/or higher education context.                                                                                                                                                             
  13. Considerable skills in grant writing with a track record of successful awards.
  14. Experience in union environments preferred
  15. Considerable diplomatic communication and interpersonal skills required to nurture and maintain relationships with faculty, staff, peers, superiors, community leaders, sponsors, volunteers and other stakeholders
  16. Considerable strategic planning, managerial and financial skills required to adapt and thrive in changing and competitive entertainment/arts environment
  17. Considerable skills in conflict resolution & cultural competency
  18. Considerable skill in developing and maintaining positive and professional relationships with internal and external customers from diverse populations.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Experience in union environments

Essential Duties:

  1. Program development, contract negotiation, coordination, communication, risk management. Plan, decide, conduct, implement and evaluate all strategic and tactical elements and consequences for over 200 annual publicly visible programs, including programs that contain high fiscal risk, high public media scrutiny, and potentially contentious subject matter viewed by nearly 40,000 ticketed/admitted patrons annually.
  2. Apply knowledge of contemporary and world-music genres, theatre genres and related artists and local, national and international commercial and nonprofit music industries, including field-wide ideas/trends to support development of diverse, financially successful season lineups congruent with mission. 
  3. Responsible for planning, review, implementation and evaluation of all auxiliary unit and select instructional performance programs (e.g. music lesson program/faculty, ensemble courses culminating in public performance, such as Concert Band).
  4. Develop and plan media and public communication strategies to promote programming; anticipate and respond to exigent issues such as artist cancellations, patron injuries, charged public responses and positive and negative media coverage.
  5. Manage organizational risks to reduce college exposure that stems from complex, risk-elevated events and contractual terms. Identify, evaluate and implement measures to control such risks to the college and its stakeholders (e.g. patrons, staff, board, volunteers, students), property, finances, goodwill and image.
  6. Provide fiscal leadership for instructional and auxiliary units, grant writing, budget development and management.
  7. Develop and maintain an effective operational model with earned income from a blend of community based arts organizations, the Arts Center’s own presenting/producing operations, community/internal rentals, and contributed income.
  8. Responsible for strategic planning and oversight of all revenue generation/expenses for instructional performing ensembles and auxiliary Arts Center unit. Provide fiscal leadership, budget development and administrative oversight of 14 instructional budgets and 2 auxiliary unit budgets totaling nearly $2M. Responsible for maintaining in-the-black auxiliary unit operations and for oversight of the current $1.3M auxiliary fund reserve.
  9. Apply specialized knowledge of the producing/presenting industry to negotiate favorable contracts with artists/artist management firms, and evaluate contracts for congruency with college policies. Season program development requires knowledge, evaluation and execution of all legally binding contract obligations.
  10. Has authority to execute standard performing arts and lessee contracts and negotiate and execute provisions of five In-Resident Ensemble contracts. Retains authority for negotiating terms of contracts and contract cancelations with performing artists; conducts review of non-standard contracts prior to business services office review. Due to competitive and confidential nature of these contracts even fees exceeding $25K are excluded from board review/action (CFO executes).
  11. Facilities management, consultation, and planning; ensure compliance with administrative procedures.  Strategically plan/authorize repairs, maintenance and equipment replacement for this heavily utilized building complex to minimize lost business income.
  12. Evaluate need/approve equipment purchases/maintenance, and operating supplies for instructional performance rehearsal spaces and performing venues to avoid disruption of instructional programs and the creation of unsafe work conditions. Collaborate with college departments to evaluate, plan, and implement decisions for maintaining physical plant and major renovations.
  13. Personnel/supervision - hiring, evaluation of Arts Center staff, and private music lesson and performing ensemble (e.g. Concert Band) faculty, evaluate performing arts programs; implement collective faculty and support staff bargaining agreements, resolve student complaints/issues.
    Serve as primary liaison with in-residence ensemble community partners (IREs); establish expectations and performance standards, ensure IRE compliance with these and college policies.

    Possess a detailed understanding of, and consult, review and approve the operational work of full-time and part-time staff responsible for marketing, box office management, on-line sales, technical production and crowd management for over 200 annual public events.
  14. Preparation of reports, program updates, information exchange, consultation, other college business and service
  15. Responsible for public outreach programs to high schools, libraries and community partners by national visiting artists, faculty, student ensembles for the purpose of raising College visibility, recruit students and donor cultivation. Partner with the ECC Foundation to support fundraising/special events and to identify, cultivate and solicit individual and corporate contributions, sponsorships and grants.

Other Duties:

  1. Perform other job-related duties as assigned which pertain to the job description.
  2. Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department.

Physical Demands:

Light (up to 25 lbs occasionally or 10 lbs frequently)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Moderate noise

Environmental Conditions:

Typical office or administrative

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

The initial posting date for this position is 09/20/2021. Elgin Community College Support Staff Association (SSECCA) members that apply by 09/27/2021 and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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