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Executive Director

Bedford, NY, USA

How to Apply

Please submit a letter and resumé (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:

[email protected]

The Bedford Playhouse seeks an experienced and dynamic leader with a history of inspiring people through principled leadership.  He/she will have a proven track record in Development, (major gifts, annual fund drives and endowment). The Executive Director will exhibit a strong passion for the arts.

The successful candidate will be a hands-on experienced Administrator. He or she will be a versatile, self- starter who will manage all aspects of the Playhouse’s operations:  fundraising, programming, revenue generation, budgeting, cost control, marketing, and membership growth.

He/ she will ensure that the Playhouse continues to meet the needs of the communities it serves in accordance with its mission.

Areas of Responsibility: 

The Executive Director will report directly to the Board and be responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations and direction of departmental managers of the Bedford Playhouse- overseeing all administrative functions of the organization, including:

  • Development (Director of Development)
  • Theater Operations (Theater Manager)
  • Marketing (Marketing Manager)
  • Finance and Accounting (which is outsourced to a third party)
  • Café (Café Manager)



  • Execute Board Approved short-and long-term strategies for the Playhouse.
  • Deliver a long-term strategic plan
  • Report on activities in writing at least monthly to Board of Directors.
  • Identify, cultivate, and assist in the recruitment of board and advisory council members whose skills, experience, and financial connections meet the organization’s needs.


  • Lead and track entire development effort together with Director of Development, including solicitation of major donor gifts.
  • Enlarge Donor Base and cultivate relationships with major donors
  • Oversee the organization and execution of fund-raising events, including annual gala.
  • Initiate long-term endowment effort and capital campaigns.
  •  Grow Membership


  • Manage and develop direct reports, including Development Director, and Theater Manager.
  • Grow revenue through ticket sales, Café utilization, other events, and non-programming revenue, e.g.  facilities rentals.
  • Maintain appropriate staffing levels
  •  A commitment to the development and training of staff
  • Together with treasurer prepare annual budgets for Board approval in accordance with approved budget policies.
  • Monitor and ensure revenue and cost control in accordance with budget, monthly financial reporting, compliance, cash flow projections (through third party accounting provider).
  • Work closely with the Programming Committee to shape and oversee programming slate, including all curated series and education programs. 
  • Oversee all communications including website, marketing, and branding,


  • Foster strategic partnerships within the local government and community on an ongoing basis.


  • Ensure all facilities and equipment are maintained to a high standard


Educational Background: 
Bachelor's Degree (4-year College minimum)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector as a manager.
  • Outstanding successful track record in Fundraising/Development
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate teams and co-workers.
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills to interact effectively with major donors and other constituents.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, strong organization and time management skills, and the ability to perform non-routine work with changing priorities
  • Experience in not-for-profit cinema or arts organizations a plus.
How to Apply: 

Please submit a letter and resumé (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:

[email protected]

Additional Information: 

Bedford Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer.

Organization Info

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
May 11 2020
Active Until: 
Jun 11 2020
Hiring Organization: 
Bedford Playhouse