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$90,000-$100,000

The Artistic Director is an entrepreneurial, visionary artist who oversees the Girl Be Heard Company, and all aspects of 40+ public performances (stage, film, video) over the course of our production season, including our annual Mainstage show. The Artistic Director is a team player who leads the artistic team and collaborates with other key staff members to support the artistic mission, vision and goals of Girl Be Heard.  

The Artistic Director is an important leader, who is responsible for cultivating the leadership skills, artistic talents, and activist voice of our theatre company members, who are the resident artists of Girl Be Heard. The Artistic Director is the organization’s leader in translating our values and vision into a life-changing experience for our diverse, young artists. They will help to grow the artistic team and focus on strengthening our core program, while exploring ways to dramatically increase our impact and influence, locally and globally, through partnerships (theatres, colleges, major donors, companies), technology and our growing alumni network.

The ideal Artistic Director is inspired by the energy, ambitions and capabilities of young women and girls  and will want to transform our country’s leadership to better reflect our country’s diversity.  The Artistic Director should see challenges as opportunities and approach situations with curiosity before judgment. They are obsessed with quality and know that arts administration and management come as part of the work.

Responsibilities Include:

Artistic & Production:

Provide the overall performance and theatrical tone and tenor of the organization. This includes:

Collaborate, conceptualize, plan, rehearse and have production oversight over 40 plus annual performances that are virtual or in person at community centers, conferences, schools and more nationwide/global.

Create an empowering and nurturing community for young women (ages 12-21) who join the theatre company. Supervise and manage artistic team staff and independent contractors (designers, stage managers, etc.);

Assist in seasonal/goal planning and implementation;

Oversee auditions/casting for Mainstage performances and Girl Power workshops in partnership with the Director of Programs;

Supervise productions from auditions through closing, including the recruitment of the production team(s); 

Coordinate with the Global and Education departments on performances, material and casting, as needed;

Create and maintain a database/catalogue of performers’ writings and songs;

Support high quality artistic output by helping theatre company members present and perform their work. Direct and train fellows, assistants and other personnel around the performance process;

Ensure that all performances are of the highest quality, in partnership with the Executive Director & DoP who often serve as Executive and Lead Producer, respectively.

Arts Administration

Provide direct supervision to the Artistic Associate, ensuring that administrative operations within the artistic department run efficiently;

Oversee database systems (Salesforce & Dropbox) used to track and archive artistic team ongoings including, but not limited to, company membership enrollment data/forms, contracts, booking request, payments, and invoices;

Ensure data is entered into the database and assure all important information is archived for GBH & external events/performances, as well as collaborations/partnerships;

Work in alignment with the Director of Programs to dispatch booking form requests to the appropriate team/staff member, identify company members who will be a part of the event, support company members in preparing for the event (including scheduling rehearsals), ensure all invoices are received and paid (with support of Artistic Associate);

Represent the artistic department in staff meetings, external events, conferences, panels, and awards ceremonies, as needed;

Coordinate and run weekly Artistic Team, preparing meeting agendas with clear objectives and deliverables to ensure that the artistic team’s tasks are aligned with the goals and vision for the department and the organization;

Manage budget for the artistic program ensuring that allotments for major categories of programming are adhered to, in coordination with the Director of Programs and Director of Operations.

Company Member Development

In collaboration with Director of Programs and artistic program support staff, lead the development and implementation of a 32 week curriculum, aligned with the standards outlined in the GBH Curriculum and Programs Calendar,

Facilitate weekly company workshops that strengthen and solidify company members individual and collective leadership, artistic skills and activist voice.

Communications/Publicity:

Support outreach and recruitment efforts to ensure full enrollment of GBH Company roster;

Work with the Communications Team to draft publicity e-mails, press releases and other materials for performances, summer programs and all artistic initiatives;

Develop communications plans for new works and oversee implementation.

Fundraising:

Support the Board and Executive Director to conduct donor development and fundraising activities to ensure Girl Be Heard’s financial stability and sustainability;

Assist the Director of Operations and Development Team in identifying and 

applying for artistic funding and cultivate institutional and individual funders, including City Council, DCA, corporate sponsors and theatre producers; 

Provide pertinent information to the Development Team to ensure that all grant writing, applications, and reporting is completed in a timely manner.

Develop and implement a strategy to monetize the artistic products.

Qualifications:

Deep knowledge of the New York City and national theatre/arts/film scene.

Committed to youth empowerment work.  Altruistic and grounded in the experiences and work of Girl Be Heard company members – the actual work on the ground – and find the source of your passion there.

Highly collaborative, flexible, responsive, positive and kind.

Understanding of a broad range of social justice issues with a commitment to equity and inclusion respecting differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance.

Inspired by peacebuilding, and a commitment to repairing the world by leveraging the power of theatre and art.

Exceptional verbal and written communications skills and social media savvy.

Knowledge of social media platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Photography/videography/graphic design experience a plus.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Compensation: Salary is $90,000-100,000 per year. Benefits include health insurance, 5 weeks paid vacation days, federal holidays, as well as Citibike membership, discounted gym memberships, and pre-tax transit benefit. 

About Us: Girl Be Heard builds leaders, changemakers, and activists. We do this through developing, amplifying and celebrating the voices of girls and young women through socially conscious theatre-making, performance, and storytelling. Girl Be Heard’s education curriculum encourages our participants to think critically about social justice, challenge stereotypes, foster friendships, and build tools for bringing about positive change in their communities. Our programs are housed in 13 sites in NYC, one global program in Trinidad and Tobago and are also accessible virtually, online. 

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