Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) is a vibrant, privately-funded cultural facility that opened in May 2017 in Greensboro, Vermont. Its 10-acre campus and buildings feature a state-of-the-art 250-seat main stage theater with multiple thrust configurations, a 100-seat adaptable performance and education space, a public art gallery, outdoor terraces and ancillary facilities, and the advanced technical systems to support a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Additionally, its Hardwick Street Café – an eatery serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients – has quickly become a popular gathering place for excellent food, drink, music, and a sense of community.
HCA’s mission is to develop and operate a welcoming venue for assembly, artistic expression, entertainment, education, and refreshment. Its goal is to achieve a balanced, year-round schedule of locally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists and events suited to serving communities in Northern and Central Vermont. HCA’s campus is designed to provide exceptional opportunities to exhibit, view, experience, perform, learn about, and talk about the arts through performances, programs, workshops, festivals, and multi-disciplinary events.
HCA’s exploratory opening season has included more than 25 locally, nationally, and internationally sourced programs in theater, music, film, dance, circus, workshops, lectures, youth education, and an artists’ residency, in accordance with its commitment to collaborate with other visual and performing arts organizations and with local schools.
HCA, the nonprofit corporation that owns and operates the center, has a staff of five full-time employees and several part-time employees. It is governed by a five-member board of directors led by Chairman and Co-Founder Andrew Brown.
The beautiful rural village of Greensboro, situated near Caspian Lake in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, has a year-round population of 770 residents that swells to nearly 3,000 in the summer. The Northeast Kingdom is home to many prospering performing arts organizations and commercial enterprises, including Circus Smirkus, Craftsbury Chamber Players, Jasper Hill Farm, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Pete’s Greens, Willey’s Store, and many others. Fueled by their respective founders’ desires to serve the surrounding communities, find meaningful work, and do it extraordinarily well in a beloved place, these organizations have achieved a level of excellence, success, and influence normally associated with much larger population centers. HCA was conceived to contribute to this tradition of excellence through the development of a center for the arts in a rural setting, serving both local and summer populations, and to support the work of artists in a way that engages the community.
Greensboro is an idyllic New England town located 35 miles from Vermont’s capital, Montpelier; 70 miles from its largest city, Burlington; and 130 miles from Montreal. Several universities are within a 90-minute drive from Greensboro, including Norwich University, St. Michael’s College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, and University of Vermont. Northern and Central Vermont is popular among vacationers as well as true food lovers, offering a range of culinary experiences. Attractions include local farmer’s markets and craft festivals, the Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream factory tour, and the natural wonders of Lake Champlain and the Rock of Ages granite quarries.
Vacationers and residents enjoy the picturesque waters for fishing, boating, swimming, and relaxing. In the winter months, many enjoy the nearby Craftsbury Outdoor Center, which has world-class Nordic Skiing and other activities. Stowe Mountain, Smugglers’ Notch, Burke Mountain, and Jay Peak draw downhill skiing enthusiasts. The fall colors are heralded throughout the world. Since the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die was first printed, the Northeast Kingdom has been featured in every North American and international editions of the bestseller.
Sources: citydata.com, Greensborovt.org, vermontvacations.com, centralvt.com
The Inaugural Executive Director will be a collaborative and experienced leader, responsible for all aspects of HCA’s operations, including its artistic planning and programming, educational activities, strategic planning, financial administration, and community outreach. The Executive Director will be HCA’s chief advocate and networker throughout the region, cultivating new partnerships and relationships as a presenter, promoter, and facility renter to enhance the organization’s profile and visibility. Partnering with the board to establish the strategic direction of HCA, the Executive Director will implement programs and initiatives in fulfillment of HCA’s mission.
Artistic Vision and Educational Programming
Community Engagement and Audience Development
Management and Operations
The Executive Director will be visionary leader who values frequent interaction and collaboration with others and deeply understands the needs of rural communities. This individual will be people-oriented and will embrace the perspectives and experiences of others in formulating plans and achieving successful outcomes. As a tenacious leader, the Executive Director will be entrepreneurial in working with the board to develop a long-term vision with achievable goals and a strategy that embraces a range of partners and community collaborations. The selected individual will bring energy, passion, and an appreciation for the performing and visual arts and their inherent impacts on rural communities. Other key competencies include:
Other key competencies include the following:
A minimum of five to seven years of relevant senior management experience in a performing arts organization is required and a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Qualified applicants will have significant experience creating, developing, and implementing artistic and educational programs, including all aspects of facility and program planning and venue management. Willingness and commitment to embracing and becoming part of the unique rural setting of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is necessary.
Compensation and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience.
Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234-4236 Ext. 225
Highland Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer
that welcomes any qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds.
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