Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) is a year-round nonprofit organization founded in 1997 in Westhampton Beach, New York, that serves patrons on the East End of Long Island and beyond. WHBPAC is a dynamic organization committed to providing a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts and to meeting the cultural aspirations of the region by presenting world-class performing arts, music, dance, comedy, and cinema from around the world. It also provides premier arts education programs to the widest and most diverse audiences, regardless of socioeconomic status, with a mission to contribute positively to the local economy and to enrich the community’s quality of life.
The organization is three-tiered—MainStage presents world-class music, comedy, year-round cinema series, and dance programs; the Arts Academy provides classes, workshops, and camps in music and acting, which culminate in full-scale, on stage productions; and a thriving School Day Bus-in and Family Friendly Performance schedule serves thousands of area students and families.
With 425 seats and presenting more than 50 performances each year, WHBPAC boasts that the distance between the stage and the very last row in the balcony would be considered center orchestra seating in Carnegie Hall. In 2017, performers have ranged from Kool & the Gang to Trevor Noah and Audra McDonald to Ziggy Marley, with a unique mix of artists of all genres from the past and present. Located about 75 miles east of Manhattan, the theater’s state-of-the-art sound system allows every seat in the house to hear the same mix.
WHBPAC is led by a 16-member board of directors, further supported by an Honorary Board, Advisory Council, and Arts Academy Council. With an annual operating budget of approximately $3.75 million and a year-round staff of nine dedicated and experienced professionals, WHBPAC has endowment funds exceeding $2 million.
The Greater Westhampton community is comprised of several incorporated villages and hamlets in the western portion of the Township of Southampton on the East End of Long Island—“The Hamptons.” Here you will find the incorporated Villages of Westhampton Beach, Quogue, and West Hampton Dunes, mixed with the hamlets of Remsenburg, Speonk, Westhampton, and Quiogue. Each offers a unique blend of history, beauty, and character, which makes these communities special and stand out as the “First Hampton.” Westhampton Beach is the largest of the destinations, with a population approaching 4,000 residents. A busy Main Street downtown area features shopping at new and classic boutiques, dining in cafes, bistros, and Zagat-rated restaurants, and the state-of-the-art Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, which brings in the world’s best entertainment acts to its stage. The village is very water centric, with its yacht basin, marina, and the Moniebogue Canal weaving up to the back parking lot of Main Street. Dual drawbridges at Beach Lane and Jessup Lane provide access to the superb white sugar sand of the Atlantic Ocean on the barrier beach portion of the village, most commonly referred to as Dune Road. Westhampton Beach and the surrounding communities offer excellent public schools as well as access to several stellar private schools.
From the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the rocky coast of the north shore, Suffolk County encompasses more than the easterly half of Long Island, has a population exceeding 1.5 million people, and is world-renowned for the beauty of its beaches and social and cultural amenities. With more than 100 public beaches located along nearly 1,000 miles of marine coastline, the county provides abundant year-round scenic and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. [Reprinted and Edited Sources: westhamptonchamber.org; suffolkcountyny.gov]
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and artistic direction of the organization. This individual, in tandem with board and senior staff, will identify goals and strategies to ensure the artistic vitality and financial stability of the institution. The Executive Director will manage the implementation of organizational objectives by each department, overseeing WHBPAC’s programming, marketing, fundraising, educational activities, financial management, and operations. With the board, the Executive Director will work towards achieving organizational advancement and governance goals, assisting in identifying board prospects, and supporting board members in their roles as fundraisers, policy-makers, and ambassadors for WHBPAC.
The position will maintain a highly visible presence in Westhampton Beach and surrounding communities in order to build a strong brand, personal connections, and financial support to ensure the vibrancy of WHBPAC and its programs. The Executive Director will uphold superior relationships with individual artists and their agents, providing a positive and memorable experience when performing at WHBPAC and visiting The Hamptons. This individual will promote an atmosphere where open communication and stakeholder participation encourage creativity, flexibility, stability, and the achievement of WHBPAC’s overall cultural, social, community, and institutional goals.
Roles and Responsibilities
Program and Strategic Planning
Develop and oversee implementation of organizational, fundraising, and artistic plans with short- and long-range goals that meet WHBPAC’s mission, vision, and funding objectives.
Devise and execute a comprehensive program strategy to build and expand audiences and funding bases that sustain the evolving demographics of the region.
Identify and develop strategic partnerships with local, regional, and national arts presenters, as needed.
Engage artists, negotiate contracts, and supervise others in those processes.
Ensure that the multidisciplinary nature of WHBPAC’s programs is embraced and promoted.
Build a strategy for rental of WHBPAC spaces that maintains an overall vision for quality programs and positively reflect WHBPAC’s brand.
Effectively and efficiently utilize physical and human resources with the staff.
Revenue Enhancement and Community Engagement
In collaboration with board committees and senior staff, identify ways to:
Increase contributed and earned revenue opportunities for WHBPAC;
Identify and implement the most effective donor stewardship and cultivation methods; and
Devise appropriate marketing and public relations strategies to effectively disseminate information regarding WHBPAC presentations and educational activities.
Actively seek out and initiate contacts with potential donors, including individuals, foundations, and corporate partners, and develop, cultivate, and maintain relationships to advance WHBPAC’s mission.
Serve as the primary spokesperson to the media and community.
Oversee the development of an appropriate educational and community engagement program.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the political and social leaders of the Greater Westhampton area.
Governance and Financial Management
Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the board, stimulate involvement, and recruit new members.
Work closely with the board to ensure strong fiscal health of the organization.
Develop effective methods with the Chair and the board to identify, cultivate, and recruit prospective WHBPAC board members.
Educate, engage, and celebrate board members and their successes.
Assist the board and its committees in developing and implementing their goals and objectives.
Design a comprehensive capital and operating budget with other members of the leadership team, for approval by the board, and provide timely reports on its progress.
Ensure that all activities in WHBPAC meet contractual agreements and are consistent with WHBPAC’s mission.
Revise human resources policies with board committees, including practices and procedures, and ensure that they comply with state and federal laws and regulations.
Directly supervise and assess senior staff and other administrative support.
Traits and Characteristics
The Executive Director will be resourceful, driven by practical results and by the return on investment of time, talent, energy, and resources. Receptive to new ideas and opportunities for learning and growth, the Executive Director will be collaborative and have a competitive drive for excellence. Socially engaged and people-oriented, the Executive Director will maintain an ongoing community presence, exude confidence, and have boundless energy to deliver superior programs and services. This individual will maintain the highest ethical standards and serve as a model of integrity throughout the region.
Other key competencies include the following:
Leadership and Decision Making – A results-oriented and self-directed entrepreneur with the ability to create artistic, fundraising, marketing, educational, and operating plans.
Project Management and Personal Accountability – A conceptual, strategic, and practical thinker who possesses a solid understanding of the factors that contribute to organizational success and community impact for a performing arts and arts education center operating in a competitive arts and culture market.
Interpersonal Skills and Customer/Donor Focus – An individual with superior interpersonal and communication skills who can articulate strong and compelling messages to generate enthusiasm and financial support among a wide array of stakeholders.
At least five to seven years in a leadership role with a nonprofit performing arts organization is required. Demonstrated experience and results in achieving successful fundraising and institutional advancement efforts, artistic and educational impacts, and operational efficiency are expected. Candidates must have experience planning, designing, and implementing effective programming, marketing, and fundraising efforts. A demonstrated track record working with a board of directors to generate financial support, cultivate community relationships, and appropriately govern the institution is necessary. Bachelor’s degree is required and graduate degree or equivalent experience in business, arts administration, or a related field is highly desirable.
Compensation and Benefits
WHBPAC offers an excellent salary, standard health benefits, vacation, non-contributory 403(b) and 457 plans, and the quality of life that living in The Hamptons has to offer.
Applications and Inquiries
Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau, President
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