The Executive Role
A new Executive Director will lead the Flea’s institutional model and partner with the Artistic Director in bringing its vision to fruition. The Executive Director will be responsible for the institutional identity, sustainability, and strategies that will position the Flea as a contemporary and cutting-edge organization. The Executive Director will activate and refine the new organization model and shape the infrastructure to that purpose.
The Executive Director will join the Artistic Director as chief spokespersons for the Flea, actively cultivating strategic partnerships and external relations that advance the Flea’s position as an economically viable and thriving arts institution. The Executive Director is expected to build alliances with key decision makers citywide, galvanize the community, and cultivate new contingents of patrons and benefactors. They will offer a fresh and complimentary perspective on leadership in New York City theater that asserts Black, Brown, and queer artistry. The Executive is expected to fully invest in the organization’s mission, with a deep understanding and comfort with its past, and advocate for its continued restoration.
The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and partner with the Artistic Director in leading all planning and management functions. Senior staff in development, operations, finance, and marketing will report to the Executive Director. Technical production will report to both the Executive Director and Artistic Director.
Mission, Vision & Strategy
Integrate the Flea’s mission and core values into every facet of operations and programming, implementing the new operating model while outlining a clear long-term strategy for organizational sustainability.
Board Relations & Governance
Foster generative relationships with the Board of Directors via productive communications and responsiveness to issues affecting The Flea’s strategic direction and operating health; identify and cultivate new Board members whose talents and resources will advance the Flea’s mission and artistic development.
Design and lead fundraising strategies in collaboration with the Board of Directors, development staff and consultants; establish and maintain relationships with funders and key individual donors; expand the Flea’s core of individual donor prospects, and be entrepreneurial in pursuit of earned income opportunities, including leveraging nontraditional opportunities.
Infrastructure & Administrative Management
Build, lead and continually develop a committed team with the expertise and networks to opportunistically realize artistic and operating goals and efficiencies, and ensure organizational financial sustainability through budget design and management.
Marketing, Communications & Branding
Redefine the Flea’s brand identity, including a potential name change, and direct all external communications efforts to ensure the Flea clearly articulates its commitment to Black, Brown, and queer artists and committed organizations, ensuring awareness among partners and the public, of the Flea’s new trajectory.
In partnership with artistic leadership, develop both an annual and long-term financial model to support programming plans that address the mission and institutional goals and objectives, and serve as a thought leader and advocate for all Flea and partner programming.
The ideal candidate must have dedication to the Flea’s mission illuminating Black, Brown, and queer artists in particular and innovative artists in general. They must have a deep knowledge of developing innovative and effective institutional models with a strong understanding of the performing arts sector, particularly theater. They should have the following experience and qualifications:
- A foundation in people-centered institutions, particularly in the arts, humanities and/or cultural sectors; experience leading an innovative or “turnaround” cultural institution
- Success developing and executing major fundraising strategies through all funding segments – individuals, foundations, corporations, and government
- Financial management acumen in budget design and implementation, accounting, and regulatory controls and reporting
- Expertise in developing and implementing a strategic plan that aligns with the mission and combines internal expertise with external resources and support
- Political savvy and comfort with broad-based constituencies including artists, legislators, business and community leaders, and others of influence; the ability to generate excitement that leads to buy-in from diverse sectors
- Outstanding oral and written communications, and negotiation skills
The ideal candidate will be:
- A persuasive advocate for Black and Brown and queer artists
- Compelled by experimental and non-traditional artistic work, who thinks globally and is able to connect with a broad spectrum of people in meaningful ways
- An inspiring and dedicated leader; able to drive toward a common purpose and who believes that the best ideas can come from any seat in the organization
- Entrepreneurial and strategic, with the ability to transform concepts into practice and capitalize on opportunities
An ethical individual who garners trust and personifies integrity, fostering transparency and accountability, and motivates others in a similar vein
- A bold, risk taker who is able to look for new ways to work with external partners
- A believer in joy and wellbeing in the workplace
- An accessible and gracious figure, has a good sense of people and humor, and a favorite 90s Hip Hop/R&B song
The Executive Role
A new Executive Director will lead the Flea’s institutional model and partner with the Artistic Director in bringing its vision to fruition. The Executive Director will be responsible for the institutional identity…