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Director of Development

FULL TIME

SUMMARY
The Director of Development provides primary leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all annual fundraising efforts. The Director helps create fundraising strategies that increase the organization’s support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources. The Director of Development plays a key role in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors for capital and annual gifts. The Director works in close collaboration with the CDO and other senior staff and key volunteer leadership to achieve the fundraising goals of the organization.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Work with CDO to create and manage annual development budget and development plan
  • Plan, administer, analyze and implement all fundraising activities and events
  • Lead and direct the work of development staff/contractors and activities in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
  • Work to create, maintain and foster relationships with donors within the community
  • Coordinate donor patron receptions, events and galas in collaboration with development staff and volunteers
  • Work with members of the Board of Directors and facilitate Development Committee meetings to keep board members engaged with fundraising activities and initiatives
  • Oversee all direct mail letters, grants, brochures, and sponsorship proposals required to support fundraising activities
  • Provide reports about fundraising progress to the CDO, senior staff and board of directors; Utilize data analysis provided by the theatre’s Data Analytics team members
  • Ensure all donors are properly thanked, recognized and receive regular communication by making donor relationships a priority
  • Work in collaboration with the CDO and other senior staff on all aspects of a pending, multi-million dollar capital/restoration campaign planning and execution

ADDITIONAL DUTIES

  • Respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate ability to independently lead projects from beginning to end
  • Be available for events at night and on weekends to meet and greet donors and subscribers on an ongoing basis

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • At least 5 to 7 years’ experience in nonprofit development within an organization of comparable size and budget
  • Experience managing people and budgets
  • Ability to work in a hands-on environment
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of CRM administration (experience with Tessitura desirable)
  • Track record as an effective communicator
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about ATA’s mission and programs
  • Straightforward, self-motivated, and diplomatic – sharing information readily, listening as well as giving advice and respecting the abilities of others and emotionally mature with a sense of humor to maintain balance
  • Willing to adjust to a demanding and changing environment where different hats are worn each day

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Must be able to climb stairs safely, sit at a desk/computer/etc for much of the day, and able to lift 10 pounds or more.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Paige Deegan at pdeegan@austintheatre.org. No phone calls, please.


House Electrician

FULL TIME

REPORTS TO: Director of Production
SALARY & BENEFITS: IATSE Contract
DEADLINE: Open until filled

The Paramount Theatre, a 103-year-old historic theatre and one of the few remaining hemp houses in the United States, is seeking a qualified full time House Electrician. As a working member of the Paramount Theatre house crew, the Head Electrician is responsible for managing/overseeing the safe and efficient operation of all lighting & electrical stage equipment during work calls, load-ins and load-outs, for all productions at the Paramount Theatre, including events and rentals. The Electrician is also responsible for oversight and management of the maintenance and upkeep of all stage lighting systems and equipment in the Paramount Theatre. This is a staff position, you are expected to commit to a schedule of forty (40) hours per week, attend meetings as required, work independently and help plan for the long-term preservation of the theatre.

RESPONSIBILITIES/REQUIREMENTS: (in no order of importance)

This position is subject to a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties.

  • Managing the day to day operations of the Electrics Dept. both during shows & events & also on non-show days.
  • Planning and implementing of the cabling (circuiting) of lights and electric power distribution for any given show or production.
  • Represent the Paramount Theatre (PTPA) & Austin Theatre Alliance (ATA) to Designers, visiting crews, and management by creating a cordial, cooperative, and welcoming atmosphere. Model and support the mission and values of PTPA and ATA.
  • Have a working knowledge of all other departments (Lighting, Audio, Fly & Projection)
  • The safe and efficient operation of the Theatre Lighting & Electrics systems.
  • Participate in the planning and safe installation of all lighting & electric systems at the Paramount Theatre. Supervise and lead the Electrics crew in the installation of the temporary lighting systems necessary for productions mounted at the Paramount Theatre by working collaboratively with the design and management teams.
  • Work as part of the non-departmentalized show crew for all productions at the Paramount.
  • Program and operate the Lighting Console for all performances, rentals, and events as required.
  • Actively provide support for presented and rental productions and events. This includes, but is not limited to company functions such as backstage tours, on-stage parties and events, photo shoots, etc…
  • Consult with Production Management with respect to purchase/rental of equipment and expendables needed for upkeep of the stage/theatre and individual needs of shows.
  • Schedule, perform and/or assist in performing inspection of all Paramount Theatre lighting systems. Inform Production Management of any upkeep, repair or routine maintenance to be performed in a timely manner. Work with the House Carpenter to schedule required maintenance/repairs.
  • Inventory and repair and maintenance of all stage lighting fixtures, cables, effects, power distribution, dimmers, networking and lighting control consoles.
  • Coordinate with Production Managers to budget needs throughout the year.
  • Work with and communicate with other House Dept. Heads (Audio, Lighting, Fly, Projection) to maintain a unified and organized house crew.
  • Keep informed and up to date with training and skills including changes, technical advancements and safety protocols in the industry.
  • Manage personnel & occupational safety and uphold safety protocols within the department. Participate in all required training.
  • Recommend and evaluate practices, policies, and equipment and make recommendations regarding equipment usage and purchases.
  • As required by Director of Production, communicate with incoming productions or advance Head Electricians to answer their technical questions. Be available for advance walk-throughs and surveys if needed.
  • As required be available after hours for phone calls and/or emails from Management.
  • Attend production meetings as required.
  • Reports directly to Director of Production & Technical Services (Associate Director of Production & Production Manager)
  • Have a competent knowledge of electricity and electrical lighting systems.

KNOWLEDGE AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS:

  • Able to work safely around powered systems.
  • Manage and prioritize the day to day details of their department on non-show days
  • Read a plot, focus the plot, circuit the plot
  • Supervise a crew of up to 20 in a safe & efficient manner during load-ins, load-outs, work & show calls.
  • Have the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multitask. Must be able to see the bigger picture.
  • Be able to act as liaison between visiting production and local crew
  • Efficiently communicate to crew what is required/expected, keep them motivated through completion of tasks.
  • Understand budgets, estimates and scheduling and the importance of adherence.
  • Efficiently supervise and instruct assistants. Be able to direct others.

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION, & EXPERIENCE:

  • Have 3-5 years of experience as a Head Electrician either in a House or Road position (or comparable experience)
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience in theater, including power distribution, power tie-ins, conventional and moving light operation and maintenance, and safe rigging practices. The safe use and application of electrical systems.
  • Working knowledge and experience with theatrical rigging.
  • Demonstrated experience programming and operating lighting consoles.
  • Clear and effective communicator, both written and verbal.
  • The ability to read, evaluate, and implement lighting designs from Cad drawings and prints required.
  • Complete understanding of backstage etiquette. A good working knowledge of technical theatre practices.
  • Exceptional collaborative attitude. Exceptional customer service attitude.
  • Excellent work ethic including but not limited to: time management, work flow management, self-motivation, diplomacy, and interpersonal and collaborative communication skills.
  • The ability to work Independently & with a team and work with a variety of personalities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency coordinating multiple parts of a production, establishing priorities, and following through on time.
  • Ability to remain calm and productive in stressful situations demonstrating excellent communication skills. Face demanding situations with tenacity, diplomacy and sensitivity under a lot of pressure.
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • The physical ability to lift heavy objects such as moving lights and follow spots in a range of physical positions.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. or more occasionally and 25 lbs. frequently. Must be able to climb stairs & ladders, kneel, bend at the waist.
  • The physical ability to stay on one’s feet (standing, walking) for long days (16 hours), multiple days in a row. Work irregular hours, evening hours, long hours, late hours & weekend shifts as required.
  • The ability to work a very flexible schedule with extreme hours at times.
  • Comfortable with heights, including working with ladders and personnel lifts. (Must be able to climb 50’ straight ladder to the grid)
  • Working knowledge and comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Outlook and Excel. Proficiency communicating via email and phone.
  • Apply feedback to improve performance.
  • Effectively problem solve and troubleshoot.
  • Attend staff meetings as scheduled by Production Management.
  • All employees are expected to adhere to all published company polices for PTPA & ATA.

The Paramount Theatre, Stateside at the Paramount, and Austin Theatre Alliance are a family. We spend a lot of time together in these buildings and as such the ideal candidate will be able to mesh technical proficiency with social skills and a love for preserving this 103-year-old gem. We are host to two film festivals & one TV festival each year. We have a diverse season of shows, plus we produce/present a 4-day 10 venue Comedy Festival each April. Each May, our annual Gala takes over 2 city blocks in downtown Austin.

The Paramount Theatre has a CBA with IATSE Local 205. Wages and working conditions are dictated by the CBA. Texas is a right to work state you do not have to be a member of the union to accept this position.

The Paramount Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Apply to: production@austintheatre.org with “HOUSE ELECTRICIAN POSITION” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Box Office / Ticketing Rep

PART TIME

Established performing arts center in Austin, Texas is seeking a skilled person to join the Box Office team. The successful candidate must exhibit effective communication, and organizational expertise; as well as display a self-motivated, positive, can-do attitude, combined with exemplary customer service skills. They must maintain the phone lines and window sales to foster a superior customer experience. Tessitura or other computer based ticketing experience preferred.

The Box Office Ticketing Rep will work in a computer based environment, and will be responsible for the following: They will need to possess an excellent working knowledge of all current and up-coming events; take all incoming sales calls in a professional and customer service oriented manner; make out-bound calls to donors to gather presale and seating information; process group sales for all events. Candidate will work in the ticketing windows during events; hand out will-call tickets to patrons while maintaining an elevated level of customer service; assist patrons with any ticketing discrepancies; handle and reconcile personal box office bank bag with Manager on duty. Secondary responsibilities: Candidate will also be expected to attain working knowledge of Subscriber benefits, and all related information to aid the Season Manager in expanding the theatre’s subscriber base including: receiving/processing orders, and maintenance of subscriber records; Additional office duties will include filing, mailing, and other light-office tasks.

Most importantly, the candidate should be responsible, trustworthy, and loyal to the idea of delivering outstanding Theatre to the Austin Community. Qualifications include 60 hrs of college, computer literacy (Outlook, MS Word, and Excel), experience and knowledge of basic accounting procedures. Must be able to work a flexible schedule during evenings and weekends.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Tess Todora at ttodora@austintheatre.org. No phone calls, please.


Summer Camp Teaching Artists and Counselors

PART TIME

DEPARTMENT: Education & Outreach
COMPENSATION: Varies by role/experience
SUPERVISOR: Associate Director of Education & Outreach

SUMMARY:
The Austin Theatre Alliance is seeking professional teaching artists and intern camp counselors for our 2018 Paramount Summer Camps. Paramount Academy for the Arts offers camps for students 1st grade through 10th grade focusing on creative drama, musical theatre, playwriting, acting, and design. We are looking to fill the following positions:

    Musical Director:
    The music director should be proficient on piano and must be able to cut and arrange sheet music for children’s voices and a 4-piece band. The music director will teach songs to campers, who will learn the music by memory over two weeks. The music director will perform with and lead the band for the final performance. Available session: July 9-20 in South Austin

    Voice Teacher:
    The voice teacher will support the musical director, teach campers how to sing the songs assigned to them, and lead sections of a music class. They may be asked by the musical director to arrange harmonies. Voice teachers should be comfortable facilitating for students grades 1 through 10. Available sessions: June 18-29 in Westlake and July 9-20 in South Austin

    Choreographer/Dance Teacher:
    The choreographer/dance teacher is responsible for designing choreography and teaching it to all 4 groups of campers, grades 1 through 10. They should be comfortable working with children and teaching them challenging but age appropriate dances. Available session: July 16-27 in Far West

    Design/Tech Teacher:
    The Design/Tech teacher will teach a class to all 4 groups of campers. In this class campers will design and create their own props and costumes utilized in the final camp performance. The ideal candidate is artistic, crafty, design oriented, and comfortable teaching a variety of age levels. Available session: June 11-22 in Central Austin

    Intern Counselors:
    Counselors will provide teaching and classroom management assistance to our professional teaching artists. This position will report directly to the Associate Director of Education & Outreach. The ideal candidates will have a vested interest in the performing arts and enjoy working with youth in 1st through 10th grade. Candidates who are rising college freshman and older will be given priority. At minimum candidates must be rising seniors in high school or 17 years old by June 4, 2018. We are looking to staff all camp sessions.

DATES:
There are 6, two-week sessions during summer 2018. Sessions run June 4-15, June 11-22, June 18-29, July 9-20, July 16-27, and July 30-August 10. Camps are full day, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Should be able to lift 25 lbs and be able to climb stairs.

To apply, please submit your resume and letter of interest by April 15, 2018 to Brian Fahey, Associate Director of Education & Outreach at: bfahey@austintheatre.org. No phone calls, please.


Organizational Background

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has served Austin for more than a century now. It stands next door to the State Theatre, constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events, film screenings, and our education and outreach programs. Artists like Harry Houdini, Katherine Hepburn, and Helen Hays graced the Paramount stage in its early days. The venues continue to remain relevant to the community with a contemporary line-up of stars such as Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Each year, more than 200,000 people pass through our doors to take in first-rate performing arts events and films.

Our Mission: Inspired by the power of the arts to change lives, the Austin Theatre Alliance strives to engage all Central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, to ignite the intellect and imagination of our youths, and to ensure the preservation of the historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres; the crown jewels of downtown Austin.

To this end, the Austin Theatre Alliance has maintained its longstanding commitment to provide access to the arts for all Central Texans. Through our Education & Outreach programming, formally organized in 2008, we impact more than 18,000 children annually, seventy-five percent of the students are from the low-income, Title I schools most in need of our support. Our programs give students the thrill of attending a live performance at our historic venues, engage them in their classrooms, and provide an important resource for teachers wishing to incorporate creative learning techniques into their pedagogy. In a time of steep budget cuts, there is no more cost-effective way for students to reap the benefits of a comprehensive, integrated arts education than through the collaboration between schools and our education and outreach programs.

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