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Press Release

May 5, 2015


Executive Director Search

Newberry Opera House, Newberry , SC

The Newberry Opera House is seeking a dynamic director to lead this small but very active performing arts center. Located in beautiful Newberry , SC , the facility hosts about 300 events, mainly self-promoted, and has a budget of approximately 1.5 million, with an active volunteer base, an effective Guild and a strong, supportive board of directors. Events include a Broadway series, and many national acts including Willie Nelson, Michael Bolton, Olivia Newton-John, Zoe Caldwell, Charlie Daniels, chamber orchestras and Chinese Acrobats. In 2008, the NOH won the League of Historic American Theaters, award as the top theater nationally. The NOH director should be versed in economic and community development and anticipate becoming a leader in this exciting community.

The executive director is responsible for the overall administration and management of NOH, including events, fund-raising, marketing, financial management, budgets, volunteer and staff supervision, oversight of educational programs and general operations. (S)he will help formulate and direct the plan for achieving the NOH’s mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives. This is a full-time position, hired by and directly accountable to the board of directors.



• Keep the mission of the Opera House the driving motivation for all actions, on all levels.

“Our mission is the cultural and economic development of Newberry and the Midlands of South Carolina, through the arts.”

• Create an effective strategy that incorporates program planning, strategic partnerships with governmental agencies, volunteer organizations, artistic agencies and other arts organizations, and an overall facility plan based on not for profit earned and contributed revenue models.

• Develop, implement and monitor short- and long-term goals and strategies in collaboration with the Board. Assume joint responsibility with the Board for their implementation, reporting on progress toward goals regularly

Fundraising and Development

• Coordinate the implementation of fundraising programs and procedures to meet NOH’s annual needs for contributed support

• Seek out and write grants

• Assume an active role in fundraising in consultation, coordination, and partnership with the Board.

• Participate in the successful achievement of capital campaign planning and goals.


• Develop relationships and implement programming partners to grow the Opera House’s base of patron and donor support by enhancing a broad mix of performances, from internationally and nationally acclaimed touring artists to local, state and regional arts groups.

• Negotiate contracts (negotiate everything)

• Cultivate productive relationships with promoters, entertainment and production companies, and agencies and artist management firms and artists.

• Collaborate with local entities around the community to foster programing and community support through events and performances. (Ex: Newberry College , Dance Studios, and School Bands)


• Maintain Dufford Cultural Diversity Institute: programming creatively, consulting with the School District and with Dr. Dufford.

• Maintain and grow funding base for the Dufford Cultural Diversity Institute

• Maintain positive relationships with community, civic, statewide and regional organizations. Enhance, whenever possible, Newberry’s i.e.: the College, the schools, businesses and non-profits.

External Relations and Marketing

• Broadly communicate the NOH vision and programs to a range of stakeholders to build and sustain engagement while enhancing the organization’s visibility, reputation and awareness.

• Cultivate relationships to advance NOH’s growth and development: especially patrons and volunteers.

• Cultivate relationships to advance NOH’s growth and development: Press and media

• Cultivate relationships to advance NOH’s growth and development: Foundations and area governments and officials.

• Develop and implement strategies to eventually maximize earned revenue from ticket sales and facility rentals. Cultivate relationships to advance NOH’s growth and development. Sell Tickets.

Financial Management

• Develop, manage and monitor capital and operating budgets in close coordination Board Chair, CPA and with the Finance Committee to ensure the most effective use of financial resources and to maintain fiscal health.

• Develop and implement strategies to maximize earned revenue from ticket sales and facility rentals. Develop and implement strategies to maximize donated funds.

• Create financial reports to be presented at monthly Board meetings.

• Facilitate annual audit report.


• Report on a regular basis to keep the Board informed of NOH’s progress and challenges.

• Attend and coordinate Board meetings.

• Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the Board

• Ensure strong fiscal health of the organization in collaboration with the Board by achieving revenue goals and monitoring expenses.

Operations, Facility Planning, Management

• Coordinate and oversee all aspects of NOH’s operations, staff, facility maintenance and administration.

• Hire and oversee staff and consultants as needed, develop policies and procedures to facilitate NOH’s growth and evolving role within the community.

• Coordinate and nurture NOH volunteer organizations.

• Maintenance and continual facility updates funding.


The Executive Director must be an energetic and goal driven leader with excellent people skills and a focus on collaboration. While skilled in planning and organizing, he or she will be diplomatic, communicating extensively to bring unity and cohesion to all processes. Objective, intellectual, and ready to learn new skills from the many stakeholders in this complex facility, the Executive Director will also possess the following competencies:

• Leadership – Inspires others with compelling visions, builds trust, and demonstrates optimism.

• Personal Accountability – Embraces his/her own capacity to be answerable for personal actions and professional decisions.

• Teamwork – Respects team members and their individual perspectives and works towards consensus, sharing responsibility for successes and failures.

• Self-Management – Independently pursues the Board’s objectives in an efficient manner, prioritizing activities, and completing high quality work on time, on budget, and on mission.


Qualified applicants will have a strong fundraising background, a Bachelor’s degree is required and an MBA is preferred. A minimum of 10 years’ experience as a CEO, COO, Development Director, or similar position in a nonprofit performing arts organization is required. Strength in programming, project management, and marketing is required. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential, as well as the innate ability to communicate effectively with diverse community stakeholders. Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and other computer skills are needed.

Compensation and Benefits

The NOH offers an attractive salary and benefits package, including a health insurance, vacation, sick, and personal days and retirement benefits, as well as the high quality of life derived from Newberry’s quaint, small Southern town environment and vibrant cultural offerings.

Applications and Inquires

Send cover letter and resume, electronic submissions preferred, outlining demonstrable accomplishments to:

Search Committee

Newberry Opera House

PO Box 357

Newberry , SC 29108





For Further Information Contact:

Newberry Opera House Foundation
1201 McKibben Street  Newberry SC,  29108-0211
Tel: 803-276-6264
FAX: 803-276-9993

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