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Position: Senior Programming Manager
Date Posted: 07/23/2021
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Expected Annual Pay: Starting $45,000 commensurate with experience

The Organization

The Englert Theatre is a performing arts organization based in Iowa City, Iowa. Housed in a historic theater (est. 1912) in the heart of downtown, the Englert serves as a key community activator. Our values and programmatic practices center a wide range of voices and perspectives, honor historic preservation, and demand ongoing self-analysis and evolution toward a more inclusive community.

Our Mission

To inspire and activate positive community growth through the arts

Job Description

The Senior Programming Manager is a Senior Manager-level team member and the leader of day-to-day program development for The Englert Theatre who develops a remarkable program of annual events that reflect the mission and meet financial goals. The Senior Programming Manager also serves as a producer and support staff for festivals and special programs like Mission Creek Festival, Witching Hour, and Wavelength.

Team Engagement

Works closely with the Executive Director, other senior team members, and staff from the marketing, front-of-house, and production departments

Reports To

Executive Director

Core Job Duties

Year-Round Talent Buying, Presenting, & Promoting

  • Manage a programming budget of $1+ million/year
  • Meet or exceed net revenue goals
  • Meet or exceed mission-delivery goals
  • Grow positive, complementary relationships with agents/managers, artists, and the audience/community
  • Develop meaningful friendships and partnerships with community venues and programmatic organizations
  • Identify opportunities for programmatic growth that align with our values and benefit the community
  • Book 50+ concerts, lectures, and multidisciplinary events in our historic theater (700-cap)
  • Book 30+ concerts and special events in our partner club venues like Gabe’s (150-400-cap)
  • Book 5-10 shows in our larger partner venues like Big Grove, Paramount, and Hancher (1200-1800-cap)
  • Oversee all event administrative duties

Artistic Vision & Community Development

  • Work with Executive Director to evolve the artistic vision of the organization
  • Support Festival Director’s vision for developing and growing festivals and special projects
  • Ensures safety of the equipment in the building and the building itself
  • Support Events & Operations Director on development and execution of Wavelength/educational programming

Festival Production

  • Serve as producer on Mission Creek Festival, Witching Hour, and other special events

Wavelength/Educational Programming

  • Meet with Events & Operations Director, Executive Director, and other relevant team members to assess progress and discuss goals for Wavelength programming

Digital Production

  • Oversee half-time producer’s work on digital production efforts including video projects and podcasts

Service to the Field

  • Participate as an active member in arts associations such as Arts Midwest, APAP, and NIVA
  • Attend seasonal arts conferences and summits as a representative of the Englert and an
    advocate for the arts

Required Qualifications

General Work Skills

  • Works well on their own and with others
  • Positive, diplomatic, and honest
  • Thoughtful communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong organizational skills and habits
  • Working knowledge of Google Workplace, Microsoft Office, social media, and workflow apps
  • Vigilant on email and follow-up

Programming Experience

  • Empathy for a variety of community perspectives
  • Strong record of DEI values in programmatic practice
  • 3+ years in a mid- or senior-level programming role with a record of artistic and financial success
  • Proven record of positive, strong relationships with agents, artists, and managers
  • Highly skilled at projecting and managing budgets
  • Exceptional experience with music/concert programming
  • Strong experience with programming in another area (i.e., dance, theater, literature, etc…)
  • Passion and willingness to learn about other arts practices (dance, theater, literature,
    multidisciplinary, etc…)

The Performing Arts Industry

Our schedule follows the touring industry. You can expect the bulk of your hours to come during touring seasons; October – December, and February – May. This position is subject to non-traditional work hours. Some hours are scheduled “as needed” based on the show/event schedule. Shifts can be up to 12 hours in length.

A Note Regarding Experience

If this posting looks like your dream job and you don’t have experience in this exact line of work, but you do have an outstanding record of performance with the skills listed in adjacent or applicable fields, we welcome your submission.

Application Materials Required

Ready to apply? Gather the necessary resources and click the link below to apply.

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resumé with 3 Professional References and Listing of Agent References