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Executive Artistic Director

SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY: Golden Thread Productions is seeking a new Executive Artistic Director (EAD) to follow in the footsteps of Founding Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian. This is a full-time position in San Francisco, CA. The EAD leads a professional staff of 5 and reports to the Board of Trustees. The EAD is responsible for implementing Golden Thread’s mission through compelling artistic programming, visionary strategic planning and sound operational management. The ideal candidate would be an experienced theatre producer and inspiring artistic leader with exceptional understanding of Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American theatre as well as lived understanding of the diverse communities that shape it.

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1996, Golden Thread Productions is the first American theatre company devoted to plays from or about the Middle East, defined broadly and inclusively. Golden Thread’s mission is to produce passionate and provocative plays from or about the Middle East – including its global diaspora - that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their career. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

For more than two decades, Golden Thread Productions has been expanding the scope of mainstream American storytelling to include Middle Eastern immigrant perspectives, and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the American theatre nationally. Facilitating conversations and cultural bridge-building among artists, audiences, and diverse communities is at the core of our artistic practice. With more than half of our audience made up of individuals not of Middle Eastern heritage, many seek out Golden Thread in search of alternative perspectives of the Middle East and to learn about cultures different than their own.

Golden Thread’s signature programs include ReOrient Festival of short plays; development and production of full-length plays; New Threads staged reading series; What do the Women Say? a curated evening highlighting Middle East women artists, and Golden Thread Fairytale Players creation and touring of plays based on Middle Eastern folktales and traditions.

For the past five years, Golden Thread has enjoyed steady growth expanding from $213K budget in 2013 to $500K in 2019, through significant investment in staff and board development and community engagement [prospect cultivation]. Now about to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the company enjoys a leading position as the nation’s oldest producer of Middle Eastern work, a robust donor and audience base, an engaged board, and strong community partnerships.

DESCRIPTION: The position of Executive Artistic Director is full time. This position reports to the Board of Trustees. The Executive Artistic Director leads the company’s long-term vision, visibility and impact. The goal of this position is to implement Golden Thread’s mission through compelling artistic programming, visionary strategic planning and sound operational management. In addition to artistic leadership, this position holds primary responsibility for fundraising, partnerships, community engagement, and long-term planning.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Sustain and grow Golden Thread’s position as the leading producer of Middle East-focused plays in the US.

    • Develop, implement, and evaluate artistic programs and productions for the season.
    • Hire main artistic personnel including directors, performers, and designers.
    • Cultivate relationship with playwrights locally, nationally, and internationally.
    • Identify emerging voices and create a pipeline to develop next generation artists.
    • Identify opportunities for collaborations, artistic exchange and partnerships that build cultural bridges and leverage resources.
    • Create and sustain a creative environment that supports theatre artists to tell personal stories.
  • Create a vibrant & thriving network of artists & organizations engaged with Middle Eastern Theatre.

    • Engage Golden Thread’s resident artist community and create artistic opportunities for them.
    • Discover, develop and support theatre artists of Middle Eastern heritage.
    • Play a leading role in the national network of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Theatre artists and of theaters of color.
  • Challenge artist and audience expectations about the history, culture and people of the Middle East.

    • Engage a diverse audience to reflect and share about our common human experiences superseding cultural and political differences.
    • Engage families and students in Golden Thread performances and programs.
    • Foster the development of good relations with Middle Eastern communities and other cultural organizations locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate senior staff.

  • In collaboration with the Managing Director, develop the annual budget and quarterly operational objectives.

  • Maintain funder relationships, write project grants, and develop new sources of funding and new strategies for community investment.

  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization’s mission.

  • Report to the Board of Trustees regularly.

Position Requirements:

The position of Executive Artistic Director requires a strategic thinker and creative leader who motivates and inspires, and is passionate about Golden Thread’s mission. Background in theatre arts administration is required. The ideal candidate would be politically aware and sensitive to the plurality of thought and culture within the Middle East and its world-wide diaspora.

Artistic:

  1. Significant experience in producing theater
  2. Demonstrated ability to work with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and artistic practices
  3. Ability to foster a culture of inclusion, intersectionality of personal identities and brave exchange of conflicting views
  4. High level of creative work, curation or comparable experience in developing creative projects
  5. Strong creative programming abilities with proven ability to focus, prioritize, execute, collaborate, and delegate

Managerial/Fundraising:

  1. Proven ability to motivate, develop, and lead teams of people
  2. Strong experience with fundraising and financial management
  3. Strategic thinking
  4. High level skills managing timelines, people, and competing tasks
  5. Demonstrated ability to speak and write about the work of the company
  6. Ability to plan and execute fundraising strategy

Community Engagement:

  1. Familiarity with the depth and complexity of Middle Eastern cultures and history
  2. Ability to navigate conflicts and challenges within and among different Middle Eastern communities
  3. Passionate about sharing Middle Eastern stories with a broad audience
  4. Strong collaborator able to work with diverse community stakeholders and partners
  5. Pride in Middle Eastern American community’s accomplishments and ability to leverage community resources and advocate for the community’s voice and needs

COMPENSATION AND START DATE: The salary for this position is budgeted at $65,000. Benefits include PTO, flexible schedule, and ability to work from home. The expected start date is January 1, 2021. The current EAD (founder Torange Yeghiazarian) will stay on for the first three months of 2021 in order to transition responsibilities.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, references, and a link to online work samples to NewEADSearch@goldenthread.org.

Please save all your documents as one PDF file and title it as YOURLASTNAME_EADAPP.

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2020. For questions, email NewEADSearch@goldenthread.org.

Marketing & Communications Associate

SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY - Golden Thread Productions seeks a Marketing and Communications Associate to join our small but mighty team to support our ongoing work in diversifying the American theatre by amplifying the voices of underrepresented artists and empowering under served communities. The goal of this position is to implement season and production-specific marketing plans in order to grow the company’s ticket sales, increase online engagement, and build Golden Thread’s visibility and reputation. This is a great early career opportunity with hands-on training and experience building on all aspects of marketing and communications for a non-profit theatre company.

PURPOSE – Under the direct supervision of senior staff members, this critical position will draft copy, perform targeted outreach, and coordinate the preparation of materials laid out in an annual marketing and communications strategy. This team member will aid our audience and donor development goals by providing quality messaging and ensuring branding continuity. Additionally, this role will assist with public relations and community engagement activities. This position reports to the Executive Artistic Director.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Online Presence: Update the website, create weekly email announcements, and ongoing social media post
  • Communications: Assist in writing marketing copy targeted to various audiences promoting Golden Thread and individual programs or productions.
  • Community Outreach: Create targeted pitches to communities, including Middle Eastern community organizations and other theatre and arts groups, manage outreach list and invitations.
  • Marketing: Following the season marketing plan, coordinate the creation and distribution of all marketing materials, including postcards, posters, programs, ads, publicity photos and promotional videos.
  • Media Relations: Assist in writing press releases, creating targeted pitches, managing press list and invitations to events and openings.
  • Reporting: Track and report on progress on objectives.

Position Requirements:

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work with varied communication styles.
  2. Proficiency in basic computer applications, including Word, Excel, Email and Google and a working knowledge of website applications, and email marketing software like Mailchimp.
  3. Proficiency in basic graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite) and/or CRM (Salesforce).
  4. Ability to analyze priorities and manage workflow.
  5. Strategic thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to plan and look ahead.
  6. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  7. Ability to work both independently and on projects with others.
  8. Commitment to equity and inclusion, and the ability to work with diverse groups of artists and audiences. The ideal candidate will be politically aware and sensitive to the plurality of thought and culture both within the Middle East and its world-wide diaspora.
  9. Must be able to push or pull objects weighing up to 30 pounds, and lift or carry objects weighing up to 15 pounds.

We believe that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications above. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Information:

This is a part time, non-exempt, 20 to 25 hour per week position, reporting to the Artistic Director. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ranges between $18-$22/hour. Our offices are located in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. During productions, some on-site evening and weekend hours will be required. Golden Thread Productions provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Golden Thread is a current member of Theater Communications Group’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute.

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position and our organization, along with three or more references, to michelle@goldenthread.org, subject line: Marketing & Communications Associate. Please make sure that references are from current and/or former supervisors and include names, email addresses, phone numbers, and the name of the organization where you worked with each person. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will the position will remain upon until filled. No phone calls or packets by regular mail, please.

Production, Design & Technical Personnel

Golden Thread accepts ongoing resumes with letters of interest in Golden Thread from stage managers, designers, set builders, and technical directors at information@goldenthread.org.

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