Improbable Players, a non-profit touring theater company serving Boston, New England and New York City that teaches about addiction prevention and recovery, seeks an Executive Director, who will report to the Board of Directors, and have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs and mission. She or he will develop deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and business plans.
Founded in 1984 by retiring Executive Director Lynn Bratley, Improbable Players teaches audiences in schools, colleges, community organizations, recovery centers, the workplace, and conferences about addiction and recovery through plays, workshops and discussions. The mission is to use the power of theater to transform peoples’ thinking about a devastating public health problem – the impact of substance abuse on their children, families, communities and themselves. All the actors are teaching artists in long-term recovery and all of the plays have been written based on their real stories
The current staff includes a part-time program manager, business manager and associate artistic director, along with troupes of actor/teachers in Boston and New York. Long term objectives are to increase the overall number of performances and workshops and build a full time staff. The budget will grow through program income, grants and other fundraising.
Leadership & Management:
• Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals;
• Actively engage and energize Improbable Players actors, volunteers, board members, partnering organizations, and funders;
• Maintain and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio member of each board committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction;
• Develop and retain a high-performance management and performance team;
• Ensure effective systems to track progress and evaluate program components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
Fundraising & Communications:
• Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion;
• Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—all digital formats, print and external relations;
• Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
Planning & New Business:
• Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with funders, political and community leaders, and social service agencies;
• Define and execute the strategic business plan for program expansion;
• Communicate the success of programs on local, regional and national levels.
Preferred: masters’ degree in theater management, business/non-profit management, theater education, public health, social work; or, five years equivalent professional management experience in these fields. Must be able to communicate a connection to the addiction / recovery topic.. Strong communication, leadership and management skills.
Salary and Benefits
Commensurate with experience. 4 weeks paid vacation.
Send cover letter, references and resume by March 1, 2017 to: Board@ImprobablePlayers.org; or by mail to: Board of Directors, Improbable Players, 22 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown Square, MA 02472-3955.