St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) invites applications for its Executive Director of The O’Shaughnessy. Located on the gorgeous St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul, Minnesota, The O’Shaughnessy is one of the Twin Cities’ preeminent performing arts venues. Its name honors I.A. O’Shaughnessy, whose family foundation spearheaded the drive for a performing arts center at St. Catherine University.
The Executive Director of The O’Shaughnessy (EDOS) leads all venue and related strategic, curatorial, operational, business and financial initiatives. This includes leading all initiatives that benefit the University, venue, campus, and the community at large; creating, seeking, and securing a variety of local, national and global programming that aligns with the University’s Mission and Vision. It is essential that programming serves both a general and campus audience while maintaining the venue as an important cultural asset to the University and wider community. The EDOSprovides administrative oversight and leadership to venue and supporting staff across the campus. The EDOS is charged with building key relationships with an advisory board, funders, agents, artists, clients and other key associates that are crucial to the University’s fiscal and curatorial success.
The EDOS reports directly to St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and enjoys a dotted-line reporting relationship with the University’s Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (SHAS). This relationship with the Dean of SHAS supports collaboration with faculty, students, and staff creating partnerships that integrate the venue’s programmatic focus into academic and student life. The EDOS is responsible for securing business arrangements that fully utilize O’Shaughnessy and campus assets for the benefit of the University and the community-at-large. Applying the University focus to an outward stance, the EDOS develops community partnerships for programming, marketing, business, fundraising and networking opportunities.
Reporting to the EDOS is a team of three full-time staff including the Deputy Director, Events Manager and Production Manager. The O’Shaughnessy employees a large team of student and hourly staff in addition to its full-time employees. The EDOS is responsible for leading a team of seasoned theater and administrative professionals for a venue that has maintained a consistent schedule of over 200 rehearsal/event days per year and services over 75,000 patrons annually. Responsible for building a sustainable venture, the EDOS partners with the University’s Institutional Advancement division in all fundraising initiatives; including fund development, grants, sponsorships, corporate and individual giving. In addition, the EDOS is responsible for commercial initiatives, including; securing of artists, promoters, rentals and concessions with an eye to both Mission and profitability. It is essential that the EDOS work with the University’s Marketing and Communications (MarComm) team to ensure that the market positioning of The O’Shaughnessy is secured in a crowded and competitive marketplace, including the development and implementation of a brand and marketing strategy.
The ideal Executive Director will possess a high level of artistic and operational acumen and will be able to demonstrate strong, collaborative leadership. While no one candidate will have all the criteria enumerated below, the ideal Executive Director will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
*Ability to integrate the University’s vision, mission and values to all O’Shaughnessy programming and business initiatives. *Exhibits a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Demonstrates respectful, welcoming, and engaging behavior to people of all cultures and backgrounds, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of all individuals, families, and communities.
Exhibits a vision and passion for the performing arts and a history of delivering client focused service.
Demonstrates organizational and administrative expertise, including budgeting, not-for-profit accounting, fiscal reporting, contract negotiation, programming, marketing, fundraising and organizational operations of a performing arts venue.
Exhibits management expertise, including staff oversight, human resources, and the ability to motivate, inspire and maintain a highly-effective work force.
Demonstrates a proven track record of collaboration, innovation and forward thinking.
Works effectively as content expert to institutional advancement team to raise funds for the venue and its programs on a local, regional and national level. Established relationships with Twin Cities funding, business and arts communities preferred.
Outstanding communication skills, with the ability to build positive relationships with a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including the ability to work cooperatively with artists, community organizations, promoters, faculty and other university departments.
Seasoned professional with a wide range of experience in and understanding of the performing art and venue market, both locally and nationally. A minimum of 5 years of curatorial experience in a major urban market. Preferred 8-10 years of arts leadership and management experience.
Bachelor’s degree minimum or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred.
Internal Number: 20190060
About St. Catherine University
St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation’s largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for both women and men. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.