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Executive Director

  2020-10-16     Foundation for the Performing Arts Center     755 Santa Rosa St #310 San Luis Obispo  

Subject to the general policies and expressed goals of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, and under the direct supervision of the President of the Board, the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center ("FPAC") is responsible for the day to day operation of the Foundation including its administration and management, personnel, financial operations, fundraising, marketing and public relations and partnership relations with both Cal Poly and the City of San Luis Obispo.

Reporting Relationship: Reports to the President of the Board of Directors of FPAC

Administration and Management   

-Oversee the operation and business of FPAC            

-Serve as staff member to the Board of Directors 

-Develop and maintain a program for efficient staffing 

-Maintain a spirit of teamwork with staff and Board of Directors 

-Assist all Standing Committees in completion of their responsibilities 

-Supervise policies and procedures and implement changes as needed 

-Work collaboratively with staff to best utilize strengths of the individuals  

-Keep the Board informed of the business of FPAC 

-Assist in the orientation of new Board members 

-Maintain appropriate office space for FPAC operations     

-Work collaboratively with staff and Board to develop and execute a strategic plan


-In consultation with the Finance and Investment Committee and the Development Associate, develop the annual budget

-Maintain budget controls

-Ensure a balanced budget for FPAC operations 

-In consultation with the Finance and Investment Committee, oversee prudent handling of all financial accounts

Fundraising and Development 

-Work closely with the FPAC Board of Directors  

-Develop, implement and manage campaigns to ensure the continuing growth of the endowment, support for the Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund and support for the School Matinee Program 

-Raise funds to maintain and improve equipment at the PAC 

increase growth of the annual fundraising plan ('Center Circle") 

provide approximately $300,000 annually to the operating budget of the Center 

-Lead the Board in creating a climate that encourages donors who, in turn, encourage others to give 

-Facilitate the consideration of FPAC in legacy planning with the local community

with the assistance of the Board, maintain awareness of foundation and corporate donor prospects and cultivate them 

-Supervise the maintenance of gift records and production of gifting reports by the Development Associate

with the Development Associate, maintain positive donor relations including timely ------------Acknowledgement of gifts lpartner with the Board in the development of short and long range plans and goals

Marketing and Public Relations

Working with the Marketing and Communications Manager, 

-Represent FPAC in a positive light to the community at large

-Seek out and create opportunities to represent FPAC in the community both in writing and by speaking to community groups 

-Have a presence at FPAC functions 

-Supervise a news release system to obtain media coverage 

-Ensure that FPAC has an appropriate presence on social/new and traditional media 

-Prepare marketing materials including the FPAC annual print piece 

-In conjunction with appropriate agencies, support the presentation the School Matinee Program 

-Assist in expansion of the School Matinee Program through advocacy and financial support

-Cultivate awareness of the Foundation among ticket patrons who are not yet donors

Partnership and Community Relations  

-Maintain good working relationships with FPAC's partners (the City of San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly)

-Attend meetings of the Central Coast Performing Arts Center Commission (CCPACC) and other Performing Arts Center committees as needed

-With the CCPACC, maintain a list of prioritized future capital improvement needs for purposes of possible Foundation fundraising efforts

-Cultivate and maintain relationships with local arts groups.

And all other duties as assigned by the President of the Board.


• To hire personnel as provided within the approved FPAC budget

• To supervise, discipline, replace or dismiss personnel

• To make expenditures in accordance with the approved budget

• Discretion to approve non-budgeted expense up to $2500 per purchase without

the approval of the Board of Directors.

This is an exempt position.

Employment is subject to the policies of the FPAC Personnel Handbook and the Bylaws of FPAC.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree or equivalent experience; minimum 5 years related employment experience in nonprofit arts fundraising and development. Superb written and verbal communications skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Good technology skills including familiarity with social and new media. Ability to lift and or move 40 pounds. Valid California driver license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation.

Desirable: Knowledge of the San Luis Obispo community; knowledge of Donor Perfect or other fundraising software. CFRE. Familiarity with University environment.

Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include fully funded health insurance plan; generous vacation and personal time off. Simple IRA with Foundation matching funds. Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.

Special condition of employment: Some evening and weekend work.

Do not contact this company in solicitation of any product or service.

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