Board Membership: Marketing, Fundraising, Education, IT/Administration

Bridge Street Theatre

Posted: 9/3/2019

Position Type: Board (Unpaid)

Function: Other

Primary domain: Arts, Culture and Humanities

City: Catskill

Postal code: 12414

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

$0 - $1M

Website:

www.bridgest.org

Mission statement:

Bridge Street Theatre’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Catskill, New York by:

  • producing and presenting, independently or in concert with other institutions, quality theatrical productions and other similar events for the residents of Catskill, Greene County, and other nearby areas;
  • conducting instructional classes, lectures and workshops in theatre and related disciplines for students of all ages;
  • offering opportunities for students to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in theatrical productions at the theatre.

Position Details:

Job Description:

​​​​Bridge Street Theatre, an adventurous young production company with a state-of-the-art 84-seat facility centrally located amidst the burgeoning Hudson Valley arts scene, seeks passionate, motivated specialists to join our board for a two-year renewable term beginning January 2020. 

BST was founded in 2013 by a group of theatre professionals new to the area who wanted to present the type of challenging work local audiences might otherwise never get to see. We’ve been producing exciting new theatre, including many world premieres, for over five years to uniformly positive critical and audience response. We draw talented actors, directors and playwrights to our stage fro​m New York City and beyond, and they all seem to love working with us. We employ an average of two Equity Special Appearance contracts for each of our five yearly productions; all other performers and production staff are paid as well.

Under the Nathan Garber model, our board operates as "co-operative", progressing towards "management" – a naturally tricky transition. Membership currently includes a few theatrical professionals, plus several arts lovers from the community who volunteer their time as they can. We need to grow our board to include passionate specialists seeking the challenge of taking a ripe and ready organization like ours to the next level.

We’re virtual! Although we certainly hope to see you in person whenever possible, our monthly meetings will be held by video teleconference. As well, all current and past board artifacts are stored in a secure cloud-based collaboration space.

Qualifications:

The specific skillsets we need:

  • Development – fundraising, and all it entails; reaching out to individual and group donors (and white-gloving the larger ones!), identifying new grant opportunities, assisting the administrative director with grant response materials
  • Marketing – not just designing pretty posters, but really digging into the numbers; market research, clarifying the target demographic (which should reach all the way to the big cities on the coast!), identifying and exploiting the most cost-efficient broadcast, print, and web/social media channels, developing a detailed strategic marketing plan and budget
  • Education – spearheading the educational outreach program as part of our mission to "conduct instructional classes, lectures and workshops in theatre and related disciplines for students of all ages"
  • Administrative (board secretary) – managing (not controlling!) the board agenda; scribing for meetings and publishing the minutes; ensuring the bylaws are followed; tracking board action items from meeting to meeting; managing corporate records. None of this is nearly as scary as it sounds!
  • IT Operations – managing our Office 365/SharePoint content management platform. We have a robust online collaboration presence, which requires a good grasp of CM principles, workflows, and perhaps some low-end development using Office 365 tools

In addition to the standard board roles and responsibilities, our members:

  • are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization . . . most especially, for our artistic statement, which literally defines who we are
  • are fully engaged in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary to advance the mission
  • advise the Artistic and Managing Director in the hiring of competent staff who will be responsible for day-to-day operations
  • work in concert with staff to move the organization forward according to the mission and the plan

Benefits:

BST board service is an opportunity to make a real difference. We have literally everything needed to create amazing theatre: a solid facility with all the appropriate spaces, a supportive community, and a reputation for excellent work. Our budget last year was a mere $170,000 . . . and EVERYONE who set foot on our mahogany-edged, sprung-floor stage got paid, regardless if they were lit by our computerized LED system, or if their voice came out of our state-of-the-art speaker cluster.

And best of all: Since BST’s founding, the Village of Catskill has become a destination for arts lovers from all over New England and beyond. We joined such terrific organizations as Beattie-Powers Place, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site, and the Catwalk Institute, only to be later joined by Lumberyard and the Stephen Petronio Dance Company. Bridge Street Theatre, just like Catskill, has an incredibly bright future.

Salary:

Unpaid Board Position

Posting Expiration Date:

3/3/2020

How to Apply:

​If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you. Please send your resume or CV, along with a cover letter telling us how you might contribute to our exciting future, to:

Michael Temlin
Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]

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