The Peace Center, a major multi-theater performing arts center, located in Greenville, SC seeks a Vice President, Community Engagement to design and lead an innovative arts community engagement program building upon the Center’s broad programming from Broadway, to popular music, dance, poetry, and theater.
With a 2,100-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theatre, an amphitheater, a sophisticated patrons’ lounge, and a variety of indoor and outdoor meeting, rehearsal, and event spaces, the Peace Center is the largest performing arts center in South Carolina. Built on a six-acre campus, with an energetic mix of leading-edge architecture and historic preservation, the campus is at the hub of Greenville’s nationally-recognized downtown.
What makes the Peace Center special are its performance venues. Each space is architecturally and acoustically remarkable. Classical, dance, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, pop, and comedy performers…as well as a full calendar of top Broadway shows are equally spectacular on the Peace Center’s stages.
Several of Greenville’s excellent performing arts organizations are resident companies. These include Carolina Ballet Theatre, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, International Ballet, and the South Carolina Children’s Theater.
The Peace Center was founded in 1990. It has a $20 million operating budget and 10% of its revenue is contributed income. There are 49 full-time and 92 part-time staff members employed by the Center.
Arts Education is integral to the Peace Center mission. The Center’s nationally-recognized outreach program (known as POP!) features a youth performance series and extensive community engagement programs including the Peace Voices poetry initiative, Peace Chamber, a new Singer/Songwriter program, professional development for educators, master classes with some of the world’s most respected artists, and Peace Partners, a ticketing program for the underserved.
Each year, the Peace Outreach Program offers a rich and memorable arts experience to more than 56,000 students, educators and families.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The VP of Community Engagement will fulfill an expanded role at the Peace Center. This individual is charged with developing a model community engagement program, one that will build upon the programs for which the Center is known, creating a rich environment for learning, self-exploration, and engagement. In the belief that high quality arts can change how we see ourselves in the world and can create a stronger sense of unity and belonging, the Peace Center seeks to bring diverse communities together and enable meaningful dialogue across those communities. The VP of Community Engagement will help to strengthen the brand and influence of the Peace Center in Greenville and throughout the country.
- Develop a comprehensive and innovative community engagement program that builds upon the established trademarks of the Peace Center – presentations of popular, country, and classical music; Broadway; dance; and theater.
- Expand and create new specialty programs that now include POP!, Field Trip Performance Series, Peace Voices, and Peace Chamber Program.
- Energize the school programs to ensure they are of the highest quality and represent issues relevant to children and their parents.
- Establish meaningful partnerships with the Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities, the Fine Arts Center, and other local arts and education organizations.
- Engage regional social service organizations and other nonprofit agencies so that the Peace Center becomes a vital resource and partner with them in creating a better society.
- Develop a strategic plan for community engagement that integrates into the overall programming, funding, and capital expansion strategies of the Center.
- Develop evaluation criteria to track the short- and long-term success of the effort.
- Hire, mentor, train, and encourage members of the team.
- Take an active role, along with the other Vice Presidents, in the overall operation of the Peace Center.
- Position the Peace Center as the arts group known for engaging broad and diverse communities in Greenville and across the state, and position the Peace Center as an integral part of the national dialogue around arts relevancy and accessibility.
- With the President and CEO, engage the internal stakeholders (board, volunteers, senior management, and staff) and external stakeholders (funders, audience members, community leaders, government agencies, etc.).
- With the President and Vice President of Development, participate in major gift solicitation and seeking grants from local and national foundations and corporations.
- Represent the Peace Center in the community, along with Peace Center partners, and at national and regional conferences, consortia, and discussion groups concerned about community engagement of the arts.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:
Candidates should have the following type of experience and qualifications:
- The ideal candidate will have ten plus years’ experience as an arts manager, developing and managing programs and budgets of the size and complexity required in this position.
- In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate:
- Strong strategic planning, people management, and program evaluation skills.
- An affinity for all the arts and be accomplished and conversant in one or more art forms.
- A personal presence and communication style that allows them to represent the Peace Center to a range of audiences including professional artists, ticket buyers, donors, educators, other arts and civic leaders, government representatives, volunteers, parents and teachers, and children.
- Energy, enthusiasm, a willingness to experiment, a penchant for creativity and a desire to seek personal growth and professional fulfillment.
- Thought leadership in the field, recognized for her/his ideas and accomplishments in the broader field of community engagement, specifically in the arts.
- The values of the Peace Center: excellence, high ethical standards, mutual respect, inclusiveness, diversity, and generosity of spirit.
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