Executive Director

Salary $95,000-$100,000 DOE

Job Description

The Executive Director serves as a co-leader of Beth Morrison Projects (BMP), a dynamic touring production company with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY and an office in Los Angeles, managing all financial and day-to-day operations of the organization. BMP is a leader in the field of contemporary opera and music-theatre. The Executive Director is the senior administrator ensuring the ongoing financial and organizational health of the company. The ED will work side-by-side with BMP’s President/Creative Producer (CP) and Board of Directors on the strategic vision for the company and implement structures and policies to ensure that vision is realized. They will be responsible for creating and managing all organizational and production budgets, managing the board of directors, creating organizational culture with the CP, and overseeing a staff of fifteen. The new ED will continue the deep work that the company is doing around Equity & Justice. It’s an exciting moment of growth for the company, and the ED will be pivotal in instituting structures and modalities of working for the future.

Responsibilities of the role include but aren’t limited to:

Organizational Strategy
• Work with the Creative Producer to determine organizational priorities and strategic visioning;
• Create and present reports for Creative Producer and Board of Directors regarding organizational capacity, staffing, and related financials;
• Review and update organizational charts as organizational staff changes.

Finance:
• Create and manage the organizational budget;
• Create and present financial reports to the Creative Producer and Board as required;
• Approve organizational expenses;
• Create and manage all production budgets, in collaboration with the Director of Production;
• Create all budgets for grant applications;
• Manage cash flow of production budgets for impacts throughout the year;
• Manage all payments; contracts; A/R and A/P with General Manager;
• Oversee the annual audit process in conjunction with the Audit Committee and General Manager.

Staffing/Management
• With Creative Producer, create the organizational culture;
• Manage the hiring of all staff and independent contractors, including interviews and salary negotiations;
• Manage four direct reports (General Manager, Director of Production, Director of Touring, and Marketing Manager); Director of Development is an indirect report (they report directly to Creative Producer);
• Schedule and manage semi-annual staff reviews in collaboration with Creative Producer;
• Run weekly staff meetings; set agenda topics for general discussion;
• Manage EDI work for the organization, including facilitating work with the consultants, spearheading internal EDI working group, and managing Equity and Justice Advisory Board.

Productions
• Create all touring and production budgets for potential presenters of BMP work;
• Work closely with Creative Producer and Director of Production on creation of season engagements;
• Work closely with the Director of Production and Director of Touring on the planning of all productions;
• Work with Director of Production and Director of Touring on creating all rehearsal and production schedules;
• Negotiate budget and contracts with presenters;
• Continually update production budgets to ensure the overall financial health of the organization;
• Approve production budget overages and contingencies.

Board Relations
• Manage the scheduling and planning of all Board and Board Committee meetings;
• Coordinate agendas with Board Chair and Committee chairs; prepare all Board meeting documents in collaboration with relevant Board members;
• Liase with Board members on on-going strategy work and present reports as required for those discussions.

PROTOTYPE
• Work with Creative Producer and HERE Arts Center on the budgeting, planning, and production of the annual PROTOTYPE Festival;
• Work with development team on fundraising for the festival;
• Work closely with PROTOTYPE Festival Producer on management of festival.

BMP: Producers Academy
• Work with team to create curriculum
• Teach some of the courses of the 8-week Academy
• Mentor the fellowship students

General
• Attend conferences and events on behalf of the organization;
• Attend weekly development meetings; input on strategy and events;
• Work with Marketing Manager on creation of season brochure; Review and approve marketing and development materials as needed. Qualifications:
• 5+ years of executive level experience in a live performing arts organization;
• Extensive experience of creating and managing budgets;
• Experience working with a Board of Directors;
• Knowledge of technical theater and the ability to discuss production needs with BMP’s Director of Production, and venue production staff as needed;
• Significant experience managing a staff;
• Must have a valid driver’s license.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and proactive individual with excellent communication and project management skills. The successful candidate has expert knowledge of creation and management of budgets and contracts. The ability to juggle multiple projects and find creative solutions to problems large and small is crucial. The candidate should thrive working with a small, tight-knit group of ambitious creatives. A strong commitment to Equity & Justice progress in the company and the field is a must. Previous experience in music-theatre/opera is strongly preferred.

To Apply:
Please send your cover letter and resume via email by clicking on the link below and include your name and the position title in the subject line.

Full-time position
Full-time salary $95,000-100,000 annual salary (depending on experience) plus benefits
BMP is an equal opportunity employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other basis protected by local, state or federal laws.

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Production Manager

Salary $55,000

Job Description

Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) is seeking a full-time Production Manager. 

The Production Manager will serve as a technical liaison between BMP and its  collaborators—including composers, directors, music directors, designers, production  staff, venues, presenters, and external vendors. They will be responsible for advancing  technical needs for BMP touring and world premiere productions as well as ongoing  operational duties.  

The Production Manager reports to BMP’s Director of Production, Creative Producer and  Executive Director. 

Responsibilities of the role include: 

  • Building production schedules, setting production timelines/deadlines, and  leading production meetings;  
  • Determining rental and crew needs for all technical departments, in conjunction  with production designers and venue production managers;  
  • Planning and executing the load in and load out of BMP projects, as well as any  developmental workshop or technical rehearsal needs;  
  • Assisting designers with the execution and realization of their designs, while  adhering to project budgets 
  • Purchasing and expense tracking 
  • Writing and revising technical riders to accompany BMP contracts, ensuring that  all aspects of the production are well documented 
  • Soliciting bids from shops and vendors for the construction of scenery/props/costumes and rental of audio/video/lighting/backline needs
  • Determine and execute packing, shipping, and cartage needs for BMP projects. 
  • Manage storage of production related items as well as equipment owned by BMP  used across productions 

BMP is a traveling company and the Production Manager will be expected to travel for  projects.  

Qualifications: 

  • 3-5 years of technical theatre experience, including a minimum of 1 year of  Production Management experience in the performing arts 
  • Proficiency in Vectorworks/AutoCAD software 
  • Broad understanding of all areas of technical production 
  • Bachelors or Masters degree; or comparable experience in theatrical production 

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and proactive individual with excellent  communication and project management skills. The ability to juggle multiple projects and  find creative solutions to problems large and small is crucial. They should thrive working 

with a small, tight-knit group of ambitious theater makers. A good knowledge of the  NYC cultural community, local rental shops and suppliers, as well as performance venues  and rehearsal spaces will be helpful. Previous experience in music/opera is a plus. 

We are looking for someone who will be available for the fall/winter season. 

To Apply: 

Please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected] and include  your last name and the “Production Manager” in the subject line. 

Full-time position 

5 days a week (approximately 40 hours per week). Evening and weekend work as needed.  In Spring 2022, anticipated 1-2 days a week in the office. Full-time salary $55,000 plus  benefits. 

BMP is an equal opportunity employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis  of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical  conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected  medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation,  gender identity, genetic information or any other basis protected by local, state or federal  laws. 

About Beth Morrison Projects 

Since 2006, Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) has been an industry disruptor and tastemaker  at the forefront of musical and theatrical innovation by commissioning, developing,  producing and touring the groundbreaking new works of living composers and their  collaborators, which take the form of opera-theatre, music-theatre, and vocal-theatre.  BMP encourages risk-taking and the result is provocative works that represent a dynamic  and lasting legacy for a new American canon. 

The 2014 bi-coastal expansion to Los Angeles sprang from growing partnerships and  relationships with institutions such as LA Opera, the LA Phil, Ford Theatres, Center  Theatre Group and RVCC. During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season, BMP will have  

produced 185 performances on 5 continents. BMP’s commitment to cutting edge musical  expression has created “its own genre” (Opera News) of originality. In 2013, Beth  Morrison Projects and HERE Arts Center co-founded the PROTOTYPE Festival, which  showcases contemporary opera-theatre and music-theatre projects over ten days each  January. The New Yorker recently wrote that the festival is “Essential to the evolution of  American Opera,” and the New York Times called the festival “Bracingly innovative… a  point of reference.” 

Always on “the edge of innovation” (Opera News), BMP has developed a trailblazing  program, BMP: Next Generation, to identify and foster the next generation of opera  composers. This crucial initiative is a prime example of the transformative and boundary-

shattering programming for which BMP has been known for over a decade. Other current  and upcoming projects include works by composers Ricky Ian Gordon, Ted Hearne,  Mary Kouyoumdjian, David T. Little, Zhou Long, Elvis Perkins, Emma O’Halloran,  Ellen Reid, Huang Ruo, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Du Yun, and more, with directors  Michael Counts, James Darrah, Lee Sunday Evans, Patricia McGregor, Michael Joseph  McQuilken, and Ashley Tata. 

www.bethmorrisonprojects.org

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