Seeking: Venue Manager
$26.50/hr non-exempt, 30hr/wk
Flexible schedule, with some weekends and evenings
Founded in 1986, Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) is a nationally recognized dance theater organization whose mission is to promote understanding, compassion and tolerance among people through the innovative use of dance and theater. Its mission is enacted through performances, educational programs, and a studio theater, the Joe Goode Annex.
The Joe Goode Annex is a studio theater located at Project Artaud in San Francisco’s Mission District. It serves as a rehearsal and performance space for the company and a significant community resource to rent for rehearsals, classes, performances, and special events, serving over 90 artists annually. It was shut down for most of 2020 and is slowly reopening as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.
Venue Manager Summary
The JGPG Venue Manager stewards the Joe Goode Annex Rentals Program, as well as ensures the operation and maintenance of the Joe Goode Annex. They work most closely in collaboration with an Annex Artist Coordinator (10-12hrs/wk), with administrative/human resource management from the Executive Director, and frequently with the Program & Communications Manager, Artistic Director, and a small team of theater technicians and front of house staff. The Venue Manager is also invited into full JGPG planning team meetings, across performance and educational programs.
JGPG is undergoing internal shifts towards greater co-leadership and away from traditional hierarchical models of non-profit management; this role features opportunities for leadership and growth in this context.
The position requires a highly motivated self-starter who has a strong interest in uplifting arts + culture, and enjoys collaborating often with colleagues + local artists. Clear communication skills are a must, with an artist-centered approach.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: building relationships with local dance-makers and community stakeholders, fielding all rental inquiries in collaboration with the Annex Artist Coordinator, maintaining the Joe Goode Annex calendar, managing the technical advance with artists and organizations renting or being presented by JGPG at the Annex, maintaining theater equipment and Annex space infrastructure, and hiring and managing a small team of theater technicians and front of house staff.
- Field rental inquiries and perform site visits
- Coordinate with the Annex Artist Coordinator who then executes rental contracts
- Implement rental subsidy program for increased affordability for artists in need of added financial support (with a focus on QTBIPOC and independent artists)
- Support and initiate new and developing Annex programs, such as presentations, co-productions, and virtual/live-streaming content
- Update and implement Annex policies and procedures, including COVID-19 protocols
- Schedule Theater Technicians as needed for publicly-attended events
- Serve as back-up crew when needed
- Maintain files and data of past and future rental contracts, including payment information and contract status
- Facilitate ongoing and responsive communication between artists, technicians, and other staff as needed to ensure events proceed as intended by renters and Annex alike – including in pre-show meetings with artists
- Maintain Joe Goode Annex technical systems and equipment, including regular and preventative space maintenance
- Serve as a liaison between the Joe Goode Annex and Project Artaud (landlord), along with additional JGPG staff
- Cultivate meaningful relationships with JGPG colleagues, constituents, and community members, in the ethos of JGPG’s methodologies
- Minimum 2-5 years’ experience in theater production management
- Solid theatrical electrician skills, including ETC Element Lighting Console
- General theatrical audio/video skills
- Facilities management experience preferred
- Curiosity and interest in group process and collaboration (e.g. co-writing, workshopping ideas, etc.) paired with ability to work independently
- Excitement and love for the live performing arts, bringing an energy into sharing that with peers and the public!
- Openness to embodiment and storytelling practices in staff meeting contexts
- Investment in learning about and implementing new workplace models, in alignment with JGPG’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity work (see below for more)
- Attention to detail
- Ability to prioritize, create, and implement achievable timelines
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including sensitivity in discussing financial or other confidential information
- Comfort in adapting to varied needs of Annex Artists
- Knowledge of Zoom, Salesforce (Patron Manager preferred), or similar online technologies
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Since 2019, JGPG has been invested in ongoing equity-centered dialogues, meetings, learning opportunities, and is beginning to enact the structural changes needed to more fully live our values. Any new member of the JGPG team would be welcomed into this vital part of our work, which takes place through working and discussion groups, affinity gatherings, and training/workshops. Read more at joegoode.org/about/equity
Physical requirements include lifting boxes and materials (50lb limit), writing, typing, talking on the phone, walking, standing and sitting. Accommodations will be made to the extent possible.
Ability to work some evenings and weekends is required.
Valid Driver’s License is required.
Email us to introduce yourself – share your professional or artistic background, related experience, and interest in the role – along with a simple resume (or list of relevant experience) to Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Executive Director, at [email protected] Please include the job title in subject line.
Interviews for the role will be conducted over Zoom.
*Joe Goode Performance Group is non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from diverse backgrounds – BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities – are encouraged to apply! JGPG aligns itself with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and considers all qualified applicants, regardless of arrest and conviction records.