Executive Director

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Posted: 5/18/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Higher Education

City: Boulder

Postal code: 80301

State: Colorado

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M



Mission statement:

An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatre, and promoting access and equity. ATHE aims to support and advance the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Position Responsibilities: Serve as chief staff officer for 34-year old national professional membership association with membership of 1550 teachers, administrators, and graduate students of theatre in universities and colleges.  Budget of $550,000 and a reserve fund of $630,000.  Individual works as independent contractor, hiring subcontractors to fulfill staff responsibilities as needed, and providing a headquarters office.

Manage 16 member Board of Directors, 11 standing committees, and 1 part-time independent contractor (Communications Manager).  Includes planning and management of two yearly in-person meetings, webinar and conference calls as scheduled, and all hotel logistics related to these events. Provide staff assistance to committees as requested by Committee chairs. Collaborate with Focus Group Representatives (22) regarding the administration of these member special interest groups and with 22 Focus Group Planners in creating the conference program.

Assist in all functions related to Board of Directors, including, but not limited to: Nominating Committee assistance; Board development and training; strategic planning input; oversight of bylaws.

Publications: Oversee vendor relationship with university press that manages association’s two peer-reviewed journals.  

Conference: Manage and oversee all aspects of annual conference, including pre-planning, hotel contract (s), onsite logistics and registration functions. The conference, held in late July or August, attracts 800-900 attendees, and features plenary sessions, receptions and 300+ program sessions. Applicant to work with meeting planning company to manage 2019 conference.

Finance: Responsible for all financial operations of the association, including: budgeting, audit, tax filings, bookkeeping services and financial books. Ensure compliance of nonprofit legal and financial requirements.

General: Provide for and maintain a national office presence, telephone and 800-line services, subcontracting as needed for completing the Scope of Work.


Experience: Minimally five (5) years’ experience in association management with at least 2 years in a senior level management position; and/or meeting management expertise with at least two years’ experience in nonprofit settings.

Equivalent skills and experience in an academic setting will be considered.

Staff management experience required. Volunteer and board recruitment and management experience needed.  

Budget management experience at $500,000 level and above. Measurable career record of proven financial business acumen in an organization of similar size and complexity.

Excellent interpersonal and team building skills, with effective written and verbal communication skills for fostering key internal and external relationships.

Experience working and managing the publishing of a professional, peer-reviewed journal and web publications preferred.


B.S. or B.A., minimally, preferably in non-profit management, arts management, or business. 

Graduate education in theatre, performance studies or related arts desired.

Certified Association Executive (CAE) - desired; Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) desired.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nancy Erickson, MBA, CAE, Management Consultant, at [email protected] Applications received after June 17 may be reviewed.

Posted By: Erickson & Associates Consulting


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