Career Opportunities


Executive Director - Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

Posting Date

7/5/2017 12:00:00 AM

Position Information

WORKING TITLE: Executive Director - Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW SYSTEM OFFICIAL TITLE: Director, Unspecified (8)

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Provost and oversees all of the operations of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The Executive Director is responsible for planning, programming, marketing (with assistance from Marketing and University Communications), staff management, fundraising and development (with assistance from University Advancement), budget planning and management (with assistance from Business & Finance), event scheduling and outreach to the University and the region. The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is customer-focused in all aspects of its operations, including relationships with ticket buyers, tenants, educators, students, and members of the local community. It is a rare combination of University and community working together to provide a wide variety of cultural entertainment, and educational programming to Northeastern Wisconsin.

This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Provide vision and leadership in all facets of the Center's operations, programming and management.
  • Balance a highly complex set of duties and relationships that blend aggressive entrepreneurship, artistic leadership, community relations, and strong financial management.
  • Oversee planning, negotiating, and managing of an ambitious schedule of events that attracts a broad level of public interest and support. Remain active in national arts circles. Serve as the main contact with booking agents. Assure robust year-round programming for the numerous spaces in the facility.
  • Work to assure a base of programming that is necessary to financially support the cost of operating the Center, while also developing enrichment programming that may require limited underwriting.
  • Work to develop and foster relationships with the University community especially in regards to enhancing the student experience, building enrollments in the arts, music, and theatre departments and enable other University users the opportunity to use the center to showcase extracurricular programs.
  • Assure that staff and volunteers are committed to providing a high level of services that nurtures loyalty and support for the Center, and remain personally visible at performances.
  • Work to assure that the Center's programming stands out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
  • Encourage aggressive and cost effective marketing and communication programs that maximize revenues and public support.
  • Interact with the various constituencies of Northeast Wisconsin, especially the local and statewide arts communities.
  • Cultivate the interest and financial support of donors whose contributions are required to underwrite the Center's operations, as well as major projects and initiatives. Lead the advancement efforts for the arts, music, and theatre departments.
  • Persuasively articulate both short- and long-term goals for the organization.
  • Lead and motivate a talented staff who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Center, includes programming, marketing, education, fundraising, facility operations, finance, ticketing, community and campus relations, long range planning and facility development. Work in conjunction with other University leaders in academia, advancement, business & finance, and communications to accomplish objectives.



  • Bachelor's degree in one of the performing arts, arts administration, finance or other relevant field at time of application
  • 5 years arts administrative experience as Director or in a senior position of a comparable arts facility with a heavy production schedule. This experience must include operational and fiscal management, programming, marketing, and fundraising experience or its equivalent.
  • Experience in dealing with community, regional, and national arts organizations and boards

  • Master's degree or terminal degree in one of the performing arts, arts administration or other relevant field at time of application
  • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet application
  • Experience in higher education setting
  • Interest and successful track records in patron development
  • Ability to project a vision that incorporates high artistic standards

The successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse campus and community population, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to be part of a collaborative team. This position also requires the ability to think independently and solve problems createively, and the ability to efficiently juggle many overlapping interests, assignments, schedules, personalities, and responsibilities with tact, good humor, and personal empathy.  The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions of Appointment

Position is a full-time Limited appointment. Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the university does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package, including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

To Apply

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Job Search" screen,

  • Click in "Keywords" box.
  • Enter Job Opening ID "13254"
  • Click "Search."
  • Select "Executive Director - Weidner Center for the Performing Arts"
  • Click "Apply."
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."
    • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications for the essential job functions and salary requirements
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Unofficial transcripts of the highest degree achieved
You must select "Submit Application." Selecting "Save as Draft " or "Exit" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Holly Keener
Phone: (920) 465-5161

Application Deadline

Applications may be received and considered until the position is filled; however, to ensure consideration, applications should be submitted by August 19, 2017.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For more information regarding the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the surrounding area, see our Campus and Communitysection. For Campus Safety information see our Office of Public Safety website and our Annual Security Report (for a paper copy please contact the Office of Human Resources at (920) 465-2390). The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.