Vice President of External Affairs
The VP of External Affairs is a key leadership position reporting directly to the Executive Director and will lead initiatives that build upon the brand, strengthen marketing and communications, foster strategic partnerships, and expand relationships with corporations, industry leaders, and other influencers and stakeholders.
Salary Minimum: $75,000.00+
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Duties and Responsibilities
- Creates, implements, oversees, and measures the success of a comprehensive, culturally competent marketing and communications advocacy program that will enhance the Shubert’s image and funding.
- Designs proactive media, PR and thought leadership strategies to stimulate media interest, build brand awareness, and convey the Shubert's messages.
- Ensures regular contact with targeted media and timely responses to requests. Support all aspects of internal and external communication.
- Serves as a spokesperson to key external audiences and position the Executive Director and Shubert leaders to interface with the media and other key influencers such as think tanks, academics, foundations, nonprofits, government and regulatory policy makers, associations, business leaders and other key stakeholders.
- Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with volunteers, community and business leaders, donors, and fund recipients to generate necessary resources.
- Identifies, recruits, and develops new business prospects on a year-round basis.
- Initiates new ways to generate revenue by building and expanding network of donors.
- Uses data, analytics, and insights to determine program and initiative success. Understands and tracks the effectiveness of key marketing and brand initiatives, research, programs/events, and overall enhancement of consumer experience.
- Strong ability to coordinate across departments and understand the implications of decisions on areas throughout the organization.
- Provides strategic vision that allows each department to accomplish its long-term goals as well as to function at a high operational level each day.
- Manages the development, marketing, and education departments. Ensures resources in each department are allocated in a manner that supports the achievement of short and long-term goals and fairly allocates resources across our shared services organizations.
- Reports progress towards fundraising goals to Board at quarterly board meetings.
- Works with the Executive Director to manage the activities of the CAPA Connecticut Board of Directors, including board communications, meeting scheduling and maintenance of the Board minutes.
- Supports the mission and values of the Shubert by modeling and encouraging behaviors that exemplify respect, engaging in the diversification of our team, maintaining a safe and supportive working environment, and demonstrating a degree of cultural competency that enhances relationships within the organization and community.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
- Dynamic public speaker, with the ability to communicate with and gain the confidence of people from a variety of sectors and settings.
- Excellent planning, financial management, and organizational skills.
- Ability to think strategically and possess a collaborative management style.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work concisely across the organization with a high performing management team of senior professionals.
- The ideal candidate will be a builder with the ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability, and allocate resources to ensure results.
- Strong analytical skills and experience with data analysis and the use of metrics to drive decisions and achieve strategic objectives.
- Strong organizational and process management skills.
- A strong commitment to building a more inclusive organization, where every team member, artist, student, audience member and community member feels welcomed, respected and affirmed.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
- Knowledge of Tessitura, Wealth Engine, or similar platforms.
Credentials and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree, such as an MBA or MFA is preferred.
- Minimum 8-10 years’ supervisory experience in a senior management role.
- Prior experience working with or in the nonprofit or education sectors.
- Ability to understand financial statements including standard budget reports.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule is required.
The Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CAPA does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, lactation status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other protected status.