Executive Director

American Society for Theatre Research

Posted: 5/18/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Higher Education


Postal code: 80301

State: Colorado

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M



Mission statement:


To foster scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.


The verb “foster” in the mission statement seems central to ASTR’s commitment to supporting individual and collaborative research; nurturing professional development opportunities and initiatives for ASTR members; and sustaining innovative educational programming at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Society is currently pursuing several initiatives and bylaw revisions to both ensure smooth functioning and to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion across all of its activities.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Serve as chief staff officer for 62-year-old national professional membership society of 700+ teachers, scholars, administrators, and graduate students of theatre in universities and colleges. Budget of $300,000 plus reserve fund of $900,000.  Seeking individual as an independent contractor, hiring subcontractors to complete staff responsibilities as needed, and providing a headquarters office, phone and 800-line number.

Key responsibilities: 1. Manage and support volunteer structure and leadership; 2. prepare, recommend and monitor annual budget; 3. oversee and administer all programs and services; 4. ensure compliance with all nonprofit legal and financial requirements.

Board: Manage 17- member Executive Committee (Board), three standing committees, and 1 part-time independent contractor (Web Services Manager).  Includes planning and management of two yearly in-person meetings, conference calls as scheduled, and all hotel logistics related to these events. Provide staff assistance to committees as requested by committee chairs.

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

Responsible for all financial operations, i.e. tax filings, budgeting, bookkeeping, and maining financial books.  

Publications: Oversee vendor relationship with university press for society's peer-reviewed journal.

Conference: Manage and administer annual conference of 600-700 attendees, 8-9 plenary sessions, 20 working sessions, and events over 4 days. Work with contracted meeting management company for 2019 conference in November in Alexandria, VA.


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 $300,000 level and above. Measurable career record of proven financial acumen in an organization of similar size and complexity.

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

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


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

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

Certified Association Executive (CAE) - desired; Certified Meeting Planner (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, at [email protected]

Applications received after June 17 may be considered.

Posted By: Erickson & Associates Consulting


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