Executive Director, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Location: Livermore, CA
  • August 12, 2014


Livermore, CA

Executive Director

 The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center invites applications and referrals for the position of Executive Director.   We seek an industry professional who will be an articulate champion,  a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with a thorough grounding in performing arts management and a strong track record in fund-raising and community partnership. 

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center:
Located in the heart of downtown Livermore, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center presents world-class artists who promote and encourage the performing and visual arts, enhance the public’s enjoyment and understanding of the arts, and serves as a catalyst for the continued economic development of the City of Livermore and the surrounding Tri-Valley area.

The 500-seat BankheadTheater opened in 2007 with state of the art equipment, excellent acoustics, and experienced staff. The Bankhead is home to an array of resident companies: the Tri-Valley Repertory Theater, Cantabella Children’s Chorus, Livermore Valley Opera, Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, the  Rae Dorough Speakers Series, Valley Dance Theatre, and the Valley Concert Chorale.  The LVPAC also has an extensive education outreach program.

The Bothwell Arts Center has its own building, an arts  incubator space to create and inspire since 2006.  Its renters offer classes in the visual arts and dance and host a wide variety of arts experiences including ArtWalk,  concerts, photo and video shoots, recitals, rehearsals, breakdance competitions, and guitar singalongs.  It has also opened a second site, Downtown Art Studios, for working artists.

Both the Bankhead and the Bothwell have provided much-needed community gathering space, capable of hosting conferences, product launches, client appreciation events, community events and more.

The annual budget is approximately $2.8 million.   

The Position of Executive Director:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director as the Chief Operating Officer of the corporation is charged with developing an effective economic operating model for the performing arts center, balancing between resident companies, the Bankhead’s professional series of programs, and other community/corporate rentals and usage.  The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget development, strategic planning, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, overseeing staff working in such areas as marketing, fund-raising, programming, box office, front of house, technical and artistic operations, building maintenance, and finance.

The Tri-Valley Area:
The Tri-Valley is comprised of the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon, and the town of Danville, and its three valleys (Livermore, Amador, and San Ramon).  Located 33 miles east of San Francisco and 27 miles north of San Jose, the Tri-Valley is home to an official federally certified grape growing region, working ranches, and many cultural amenities. The Livermore area is home to two DOE National Laboratories, both known worldwide for their scientific research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory(LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories. LLNL  is the location of the IBM Sequoia supercomputer and the world’s most powerful laser.  The lab was the co-discoverer of new superheavy elements, one of which was given the name Livermorium in 2012.

The ideal candidate will have previous senior experience in leading a performing arts organization or venue, a minimum of seven years of not for profit arts management, and a university degree  in arts and/or business management or equivalent experience in facility/arts management and administration.

The new Executive Director will have excellent analytical, financial and organizational skills, with demonstrated leadership in fund-raising.  Other necessary characteristics would include political savvy and diplomacy, good oral and written communication skills, a track record in community participation and partnership, experience in human resource management, and knowledge of ancillary businesses such as catering, ticketing, corporate rentals, and the like.

The Executive Director represents the LVPAC to the public, the media and the performing arts industry at large through leadership and participation in community activities.  The LVPAC has a pivotal role in the cultural, educational and economic enrichment of the City of Livermore; the Executive Director must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, elected officials, the media, artists, board members, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, volunteers, and the audience.

We seek an individual with business acumen with a solid knowledge of fund-raising, marketing, and community engagement; someone who is a strong manager of people/staff, a good listener and synthesizer, a person curious about the world who would present a good “face” for the organization..

Other Information and Application Process:
Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references by Friday, September 12, 2014 in confidence to:


 Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Toronto, ON
 Canada  M5B 2J7
(416) 340-2762

OR by email

 For additional information see:  www.genovesevanderhoof.comwww.livermoreperformingarts.org