Executive Director

Celebration Arts

Job Description

Executive Director Job Announcement

HISTORY & MISSION: Celebration Arts, founded in 1986 by James Wheatley, has historically provided training and performing opportunities in acting, dance, and music, through a theater season, dance company, Celebration Chorale, Storytelling Festival, Kid’s Time and Teen Magic programs (http://celebrationarts.net/about.html). These arts opportunities are provided to community residents, both adults and children, primarily aimed at African Americans. As African Americans do not often have sincere open access to arts training in the Sacramento area from mainstream theater companies - for over three decades, Celebration Arts has filled that gap in Sacramento County.

Title: Executive Director Status: Full-Time Salaried

Compensation: Up to $70,000 annually Report to: Board

The Executive Director manages the operational, business, and administrative, including programming administrative, activities of the organization, which includes developing the strategic plan and budget in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director. They oversee the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan while working collaboratively with the Board of Directors, Artistic Director, and staff. The Executive Director will oversee CA operational, marketing, and development staff and oversee/coordinate with CA board committees to support CA’s mission and draw new audiences while also deepening connection with current audiences. They shall have creative energy, an entrepreneurial spirit and be committed to Celebration Arts’ mission to provide performing arts training and opportunities to underserved communities, particularly African American residents in the Sacramento region. They

must be able to articulate the theater’s mission and vision while acting as a spokesperson and advocate for the theater when speaking with the community, government entities, and funders.


  • ○ Responsible for day-to-day business administration and oversight of administrative programming and back-office work
  • ○ Oversee general site operations
  • ○ Work with senior staff to meet strategic and budget goals
  • ○ Maintain internal communications between administrative and artistic staff, working closely
  • with the Artistic Director to ensure mechanisms for clear communications
  • ○ Determine need for, select, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate marketing, development,
  • office administrative, facilities and other operational staff
  • ○ Coordinate calendaring and contracting for facility rental events with the Facility
  • Rental/Events Manager or oversee those functions if no Facility Rental/Events Manager
  • ○ Oversee House Manager regarding regarding front of house and box office volunteers and
  • provide administrative support as needed
  • ○ Determine and oversee non-production facility equipment and supply needs
  • ○ Participate in Board Finance Committee
  • ○ Sign on financial accounts and on contracts/agreements as directed by the Board
  • ○ Oversee administrative support for programming, such as Kids’ Time and Teen Magic
  • ○ Oversee operational support systems for communication, information sharing, donations,
  • and ticketing/other sales
  • ○ Oversee compliance with all rules and regulations regarding CA’s non-profit theater/event
  • liquor licenses
  • ○ Create an Operations Manual for all administrative procedures and utilize in training all
  • staff
  • ○ Set strategic goals that support CA’s mission and draw new and maintain existing
  • audiences, including developing a five-year strategic plan
  • ○ Aid the Development Manager in fundraising for the organization to meet its yearly
  • projected budget
  • ○ Develop annual and 5YR organization budgets in coordination with Artistic Director and
  • Board of Directors
  • ○ Coordinate with the Board, Artistic Director, and staff regarding implementing annual and
  • long-range strategic and financial planning, including establishing and assessing
  • benchmarks
  • ○ Identify opportunities to advance CA’s strategic goals
  • ○ Work in cooperation with the Artistic Director for the organization’s ongoing viability in
  • support of CA’s mission
  • ○ Hold administrative staff accountable to CA’s mission and values
  • ○ Face of organization for funding and development, including appearing at promotional and
  • special events as needed
  • ○ Oversee Marketing and Development Managers, as needed, to develop promotional

materials generally, for programming, and for promotional/special events

  • ○ Communicate the theater’s vision to funders inspiring them to give
  • ○ Support marketing and development efforts through social media and personal
  • networking, including calling donors and personal attendance at Celebration Arts or other
  • community events as needed
  • ○ Support Celebration Arts performances, donor events, and other programs with personal
  • attendance, as needed.
  • ○ Cultivate and steward relationships with individuals, corporations, foundations, and other
  • organizations to promote donations, sponsorships, and other revenue generation
  • ○ Maintain relationships with key local community members (i.e., City Council, legislators,
  • potential business sponsors)
  • ○ Respond to info@ and finance@ emails
  • ○ Google Non-Profit account domain administration, including email administration
  • ○ Use communication and information sharing tools as directed by the Board
  • ○ Notify Board of time-sensitive emergent issues requiring Board Member support
  • ○ Ensure all community development commitments are timely fulfilled
  • ○ Respond to all electronic/phone communications within 24HRS and all written
  • communications within one week of receipt/sooner unless the correspondence requires
  • sooner response
  • ○ Submit policy changes to Board for approval; if question as to whether change is a
  • policy/procedure change, change must be submitted to Board and Board has 24 hours to notify Director that proposed change is a policy-change requiring Board approval


  • ○ Report to Board
  • ○ Attend board meetings and prepare Board-requested information
  • ○ Attend committee meetings, as requested by the Board or required in job responsibilities
  • ○ Support the Board with strategic and budget planning
  • While this is intended to be an accurate description of the job, this is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the position, and may require that other or different tasks be performed as necessary and assigned.
  • ● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • ● Good writing and oral communication skills
  • ● Proven track record showing an ability to work with artists and the public
  • ● A strong understanding and respect regarding CA’s mission
  • ● Commitment to increasing the visibility of an arts organization dedicated to the African American
  • diaspora experience
  • ● Ability to and experience in pitching an administratively small organization with a strong artistic
  • track record
  • ● Ability to articulate the rationale for an organization like CA in present-day America
  • Celebrations Arts (CA) does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression,

age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. CA ensures that the evaluation and treatment of employees and applicants for employment are free of such discrimination.


Send resume and cover letter of interest to [email protected]. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide three references and two samples of managerial project work. 

Posted 6 months ago
SACRAMENTO, California
Executive Director/CEO
Education Requirement
Bachelor's Degree
Experience Requirement
1-5 years