ATHE Executive Director — Full Time Position

Posted by | May 21, 2019 | Uncategorized

Deadline: June 21, 2019

Date Posted: May 21, 2019

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Type: Executive

Employment Type: Independent Contractor

Position Responsibilities: Serve as chief staff officer for 34-year-old national professional membership association with membership of 1550 teachers, administrators, and graduate students of theatre in universities and colleges.  Budget of $550,000 and a reserve fund of $630,000.  Individual works as independent contractor, hiring subcontractors to fulfill staff responsibilities as needed, and providing a headquarters office, phone and 800-number.

  • Manage 16 member Board of Directors, 11 standing committees, and 1 part-time independent contractor (Web Services Manager).  Includes planning and management of two yearly in-person meetings, webinar and conference calls as scheduled, and all hotel logistics related to these events. Provide staff assistance to committees as requested by Committee chairs. Collaborate with Focus Group Representatives (22) regarding the administration of these member special interest groups and with 22 Focus Group Planners in creating the conference program.

Assist in all functions related to Board of Directors, including, but not limited to:

  • Nominating Committee assistance;
  • Board development and training;
  • Strategic planning input;
  • Oversight of bylaws.

Publications: Oversee vendor relationship with university press that publishes association’s two peer-reviewed journals.  

Finance: Responsible for all financial operations of the association, including management of the following functions: budgeting, audit, tax filings, bookkeeping services and financial books.

Conference: Administer planning and production of annual conference with approximate attendance of 800-1,000 members in late July or August. Tasks include:

  • Oversight of proposal planning activities, to include pre-scheduling of 300+ sessions and events during the four- day conference;
  • Collaboration with Focus Group Planners (22) regarding conference planning;
  • Oversight of current hotel contracts and logistics and securing contracts for future meetings;
  • Management of conference marketing brochure and onsite program book production;
  • Management of pre-registration and registration process through staff-managed web-based registration process;
  • Management of onsite hotel logistics, including audio visual, meeting room sets, food and beverage, and all conference-related activities;
  • Conference budget management and post-conference close out.

Key Responsibilities:

1)           Serve as the chief staff executive in conducting business on behalf of the association.

2)           Prepare, recommend and monitor the annual budget for the association.

3)           Oversee and administer all association programs and services.

4)           Manage and supervise subcontractors of the association in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

5)           Support the governance structure of the association through the coordination and management of Board meetings and committee activities.

6) Develop and implement strategic planning activities of the association

7)           Consult with the leadership regarding bylaws including elections, Annual Membership Meeting, etc.

8)           Ensure compliance with all non-profit legal and financial requirements.

Qualifications for Executive Director:

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. Volunteer and board recruitment and management experience needed. Staff management experience required.

Equivalent skills and experience in an academic setting will be considered.

Budget management experience at $500,000 level and above. Measurable career record of proven financial acumen in an organization of similar size and complexity.

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

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

Additional skills/experience: Visionary skills; capable of anticipating and addressing industry challenges and opportunities. Experience in successful advocacy, capacity building and engagement with allied organizations and related constituencies. Experience developing and implementing strategies for achieving advocacy objectives as well as organizing and managing multiple priorities.

Salary commensurate with experience.


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

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

C.A.E. – Certified Association Executive (CAE) – desired

C.M.P. – Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) – desired

ATHE believes in the power of theatre to create an inclusive community, promote dialogue, and inspire efforts toward positive social change. We commit ourselves to helping to cultivate the creative potential of artists and educators. ATHE advocates human rights for all members, the communities in which we meet, and all organizations with which we collaborate and engage.

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment on any basis including but not limited to race, color, age, sex, religion, gender, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law where we do business.


Please send cover letter and resume to Nancy Erickson, MBA, CAE, Management Consultant.

ATHE. 303-530-3490;

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