Managing Director, Annenberg Theater

Employer    Palm Springs Art Museum 

Location    Palm Springs, CA

Job Type   Full-time 

Salary    Compensation is commensurate with experience. 

Deadline   The position is available immediately. 


Position Description

Opened in 1976, the Annenberg Theater is a multi-use proscenium stage 430-seat theater on the ground level of Palm Springs Art Museum’s Museum Drive facility. The Managing Director oversees all aspects of the Annenberg Theater and its staff. The Theater’s production staff provides production functions for the Theater as well as audio/visual services for all locations at the Museum. The Admissions/Box Office operations cover main museum Drive and Architecture and Design Center admissions desks and theater ticketing; they share the same software and staff. The Theater is used for in-house lectures, films, symposiums and meetings. It is the home for the Annenberg Theater Council’s Opening Night, Broadway’s Best…In The West! and Cabaret 88 series. The Theater serves as the host or co-host for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, and Palm Springs Photo Fest. In addition, the Theater is rented out to traveling and community productions of plays, musicals, music and dance performances, awards ceremonies, galas and a select number of fundraising events. The Museum has begun programming its own offerings in music and film events, and expects to grow its own performing arts program in the coming years. In overseeing these activities, the Managing Director, will handle scheduling, booking, contracting, staffing for all users of the Theater, including fee negotiations, box office set-up, and close-out. In addition, the Managing Director will develop departmental budgets and participate in strategic planning for the Theater and the Museum as a whole. The staff is comprised of full-time, part-time, seasonal, on-call and contract employees, independent contractors, and volunteers.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

Candidates should have a minimum of ten years of varied experience in theater operations or equivalent, with knowledge of production equipment and procedures, box office systems and protocols, and front of house operations. Demonstrated abilities to work as a team leader, to recruit staff and volunteers for long-term and short-term assignments, to coordinate with operations, security, special events, and finance staffs are essential. Excellent written, verbal, and customer relations skills and facility with contracts and budgets required. Ability to work weekend and evening hours.