Program Director: The Wilma Theater

Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 10:15 am.

The Wilma Theater seeks a Program Director to develop and implement a new Audience-as-Artist initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation’s New Audiences/New Places program. This is a three-year initiative to bring the art form of theater to community-based organizations in various geographic regions of Philadelphia. The Program Director will work collaboratively with the artistic, education, and marketing departments of the Wilma, along with input from a community organizing consultant, to realize the grass-roots Audience-as-Artist initiative as detailed in the Wilma’s grant application to the William Penn Foundation. Responsibilities of the position will include, but are not limited to:

• Develop the Audience-as-Artists program to bring a minimum of five residencies and/or workshops to community-based organizations each year
• Create residency and workshop models based on existing outreach programs
• Identify, cultivate, and confirm community partners for implementation of the program
• Plan and conduct receptions and town hall meetings to engender community interest in theater-based activities
• Coordinate schedules of teaching artists in collaboration with artistic and education departments
• Manage all correspondence with partner organizations
• Monitor and annually assess the program to inform its further development in subsequent years
• Attend weekly Department Heads meetings and monthly Staff meetings
• Participate in all-staff events, such as the annual Theater Lovers Fête fundraising party

Ideal candidates will demonstrate:
• Evidence of visionary leadership to develop and implement a new grass-roots initiative
• Multi-disciplinary organizational skills with an ability to integrate systems already in place at the Wilma
• Experience in building inclusive and sustainable community partnership
• Knowledge of the diverse communities throughout the City of Philadelphia
• Authentic interest in generating impact through experience with and exploration of the arts
• Experience working with audiences and artists from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds
• Experience in program development and flexibility in shaping and implementing a new program
• Clear and passionate alignment with the mission and programming of The Wilma Theater

Minimum requirements for the position include:
• Four years of professional experience with an arts organization on cultivating community-based programming and community driven projects
• A four-year undergraduate degree or ability to demonstrate equivalent professional experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings and present publicly
• Experience in managing staff, including but not limited to coordinating schedules, conducting reviews, organizing payroll, and orchestrating professional development
• Ability to work proactively, autonomously, and collaboratively
• Strong desktop computer skills (business professional level) and excellent time management and organizational skills
• Knowledge of community planning, organizing and community programming on a local and state level
• Spanish or secondary language proficiency preferred but not required
• Local travel, as well as occasional evening and weekend availability

Salary in the high 30s/low 40s depending on experience, plus benefits.

The Wilma Theater is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants who understand and embrace the Wilma’s multi-faceted mission to create living adventurous art; to reflect on the complexities of contemporary life; to present bold, original, well-crafted productions; and to represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.

To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to Megan O’Donnell at No phone calls please.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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