Executive Director for the Hawaii Theatre Center

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By Hawaii Theatre Center
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1404
Honolulu, Hawaii
For More
Name: Signe Barlow
Title: Janis A. Barlow & Associates
Phone: 416-921-0208


The Hawaii Theatre Center in Honolulu is pleased to invite applications for the position of Executive Director. Founding Executive Director Sarah Richards is retiring later this year after 24 years of stellar work to restore, finance and program this award-winning historic community treasure. Under her leadership, the theatre achieved a robust average of 42/58% in its earned to contributed ratio of annual revenues. The Hawaii Theatre Center was established in 1984 as a private nonprofit organization to restore and operate the historic 1922 Hawaii Theatre as a 1,400 seat, multi-purpose performance facility and to promote the redevelopment of the downtown Honolulu/Chinatown area. Listed on both State and National Registers of Historic Places, it reopened in 1996, operating primarily as a rental facility with some self-produced or co-presented programming of local cultural organizations and tour bookings. In the past three years, the theatre has developed its theatre school, completed upgrades to air conditioning and sound and lighting, and the state legislature financed the installation of a state-of –the-art digital projection system. Its current annual expense budget is approximately $2 million. Over 18 years of operation, the theatre achieved significant surpluses which form a healthy cash reserve. In recent years, changes to governance, the theatre market and the economy have resulted in two years of deficits. Concerned by a perceived trend in declining licensed user bookings and contributed revenues after so many years of surplus budgeting, the Board undertook a strategic review which will serve future planning by the incoming Executive Director. The Executive Director has specific responsibility for financial management, program oversight, strategic planning, audience communications, relationship-building with the community, volunteers and board, staffing and facilities management. The new Executive Director will be asked to manage the risks and analyze the cost-benefits of new program ideas, new audience engagement strategies and alternative organizational operating models. The successful candidate will be an excellent and articulate spokesperson for the performing arts and have a proven track record in programming, financial management, fundraising and not-for-profit governance. An MBA in arts administration is desirable together with at least twelve years of executive experience in theatre facility management. The salary range starts at $100,000 and will be negotiated commensurate with skills and experience. For more information, a values, mission and vision statement, job description and qualifications are available in the news/press section of www.hawaiitheatre.com and on www.jabarlow.com

How to Apply

The position will remain open until filled. For early consideration, please apply by March 1, 2014. Preference may be given to qualified residents or former residents of Hawaii. A relocation package allowance will be negotiated with the successful candidate. We thank in advance all who apply for the position; please note that only those selected for an interview are likely to be contacted. Please send applications with cover letter, salary expectations, resume and a preliminary list of references in confidence to: Hawaii Theatre Center Search Committee c/o Janis A. Barlow & Associates 5005-44 Charles Street West Toronto, ON M4Y 1R8 CANADA Email:HTC@jabarlow.com. If you are mailing hard copies, please note that postage to Canada from the United States may be higher than national postage rates.