Position title
General Manager, Performing Arts

ummary Job Description

The new General Manager will be a key leader of the San Jose Multicultural Artist Guild (SJMAG). They will be responsible for overseeing the operations, finances, fundraising, and information technologies; will partner with the two Artistic Directors to achieve the artistic purpose; and will manage the office manager, bookkeeper, and contract grants manager.


Responsibilities and Duties

1) Collaborate with and support the Artistic Directors.

  • Support the Artistic Directors in implementing their unique artistic visions and program purpose.
  • Work with Board and Artistic Directors to articulate and communicate the mission and vision that encompasses all artistic programs.

2) Board Governance.

  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide timely and accurate information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions and fundraising, and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.

3) Financial Management.

  • Prepare annual budget and monthly financial statements.
  • Manage income and expenses within the approved budget. Approve invoices before they are paid.
  • Work with Artistic Directors to manage program budgets.
  • Work with a bookkeeper to manage finances, ensure taxes are paid, and budgets prepared.

4) General Operations.

  • Hire, retain and manage employees (Office Manager) and administrative contractors (bookkeeper, grant proposal writer).
  • Establish and follow employment and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Sign all legal and financial agreements and contracts.
  • Manage insurance, tax filings, CPA annual financial compilation, workers compensation, and business licenses.
  • Complete Cultural Data Profile annually.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

5) Marketing and Fundraising.

  • Represent SJMAG to the funders of the arts community.
  • Support the Board of Directors and Artistic Directors in strengthening SJMAG’s presence and visibility in the community.
  • Develop annual contributed and earned revenue plans and fundraising campaigns.
  • Track government and foundation grants and manage a grant proposal writer. Ensure grant reports are submitted.
  • Manage and coordinate SJMAG communications. Ensure that the website and database are updated. Oversee general SJMAG email communications.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of SJMAG.
  • Multicultural experience. Experience working with and advocating for Latinx, Black, or other culturally specific communities, preferably in Silicon Valley.
  • Arts experience. Three or more years experience with arts organizations, including ticketing, audience development, box office, theater production, and partnering with artistic leadership, preferably in performing arts.
  • Management experience. Two or more years of nonprofit management experience, at a senior level managing a team. Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Strong people skills. Good listening, decision-making, and leadership skills. Ability to be flexible and manage ambiguity while keeping goals in mind.
  • Strong values. Healthy work ethic with high energy and commitment to honesty, transparency, and respect for differences. Kindness, humor, and openness all are important to this position.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Able to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers, and the community.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community. Understanding of individual, government, and foundation fundraising.
  • Experience with marketing and promotion. Understanding of marketing strategy, tools, and execution. Has either done promotion or managed marketing staff.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Solid office technologies skills. Comfort and experience with email marketing databases, Google Workplace, social media, Office 365, Zoom, basic website editing, and other tools.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Education. A bachelor’s degree in the arts, business, management or other relevant focus is preferred.
  • Ideally, someone who identifies as a member of the communities being served.
Job Benefits
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
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Base Salary
€$30,000.00 per year
Date posted
February 3, 2022
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