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WAAA Executive Director Job Announcement

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Evan Kavanagh @ WAAA (@)
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 16:42:20 -0700 (PDT)

May 1, 1997

Dear Colleague,

As you may know, WAAA’s Executive Director, Evan Kavanagh, recently tendered his
resignation effective September 30, 1997.

Under Evan’s leadership, WAAA has grown not only in size but in importance.
Your Board feels that WAAA is now the voice for the professional touring
performing arts in the West. For this reason, it is imperative that the
Alliance locate the most qualified person possible to serve as its next
executive director.

Enclosed is the job announcement. Please relay this information to anyone who
you believe would be an excellent candidate for the position. We are especially
looking for candidates whose experience and skills reflect the points mentioned
in the position description. The application deadline is June 5, 1997. Further
information on WAAA (including this job description) may be found at our

Thank you for your assistance.


Ingrid Kidd Goldfarb
WAAA President/Search Committee Chair

Search Committee: Jerry Willis (Caltech Public Events), Mark Cianca (University
of California, Santa Cruz), Irene Namkung (Traditional Arts Services), Lindsey
Nelson (Music Center of Los Angeles County), Judy Nemzoff (Nemzoff/Roth Touring
Artists), Cedric Reverand (University of Wyoming).

Please address all correspondence to: Ingrid Kidd Goldfarb
WAAA Search
P.O. Box 5517
Los Alamitos, CA 90721
(800) 451-9723 ext. 7
Fax: (714) 220-6747
Email: ikg




San Francisco, CA

Reports to the President and the Board of Directors

The successful candidate will be a confident partner of the Board, serving, with
the President, as the prime spokespersons for WAAA. The Executive Director will
work with various constituencies, both WAAA members and non-members, consisting
of presenters, artist managers and agents, artists, legislators, arts service
organizations, corporate and foundation grant makers and underwriters, and
government arts agencies.

The Alliance’s major service to its members is its Annual Conference. The
Executive Director will, in concert with the Board, plan, implement, manage, and
account for the Alliance’s Annual Conference.
The Executive Director is also expected to:
· Manage the office and staff of WAAA (ED + 2)
· Manage annual budget of $435,000
· Provide financial oversight of WAAA’s activities
· Participate in the meetings of the Board of Directors and report on
activities and initiatives, and advise on matters of organizational policy and
· Manage the production and distribution of WAAA publications, as well as
determine and implement the World Wide Web presence of WAAA
· Represent WAAA and serve as chief contact for the WAAA Board with media,
funding entities, other arts-related organizations, as well as with the general
· Manage existing and develop new membership programs
· Manage major issues that affect WAAA
· Seek and secure new sources of revenue, both earned and contributed, to
support existing and new WAAA activities.

A college degree is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable.
Meaningful work experience may be substituted for part of this education

Candidate should have a minimum of five years professional experience in the
performing arts, which includes a significant amount of time in a senior
management position. Interactions with culturally diverse, community based,
and/or organizations of color are highly desirable.
Previous experience should include:
· Successful skills in oral and written communication
· Staff supervision
· Strategic planning (including major meetings)
· Oversight of Board activities
· Financial management
· Grant writing and administration
· Negotiation skills
· Sensitivity to the ethics of business
· Human resources
· Motivating and managing volunteers
· Arts advocacy
· Not-for-profit organization business operations
· Reputation as a credible thinker and leader.

The successful candidate’s personal characteristics should include:
· Flexibility
· Team player
· Motivator
· Strong sense of ethics and honesty
· Good sense of humor and ability to inject fun into organization’s image
and programs
· Even temper
· Understanding the aesthetics of the performing arts
· Tact
· Stamina
· Good physical presentation of self
· Detail-oriented without losing perspective
· Visionary thinker
· Passion for the performing arts

$50,000 to $55,000 plus retirement and health benefits

Resume by 6/5/97 to:
Ingrid Kidd Goldfarb
WAAA President/Search Committee Chair
WAAA Search
PO Box 5517
Los Alamitos, CA 90721
FAX (714) 220-6747
Email: IKG

WAAA is an equal opportunity employer

Evan Kavanagh, Executive Director (EvanKav)
Western Alliance of Arts Administrators Foundation
44 Page Street, #604-B, San Francisco, CA 94102-5986
phone 415-621-4400 fax 415-621-2533
General email: Staff
Robin James, Program Mgr.: RobinJam
Stephanie Patterson, Mbrshp. Svcs. Mgr.: StephPat