The Drexel Theatre Blog

Now Hiring - Theatre Director

April 24, 2018

The Drexel: Following our stunning multi-million dollar restoration in 2017 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bexley’s iconic Drexel Theatre is one of America’s artistic jewels showcasing the best of independent film and, through its educational outreach, stimulating dialogue on film art and important issues of the day.

Position Summary: Friends of the Drexel now seeks an energetic, creative and business-savvy Theatre Director to oversee the Theatre’s day-to-day operations. The Theatre Director will report directly to the Columbus Association for Performing Arts (CAPA), who manages the Theatre for Friends. The Theatre Director works with CAPA to determine artistic content, book and promote films, program theatre activities and special events, supervise staff, oversee theatre safety, cleanliness and maintenance, manage all business operations, and serve as community ambassador for the Drexel.

Programming, Promotion, and Community Relations
• Working with CAPA and the Drexel’s outside “booking agent” to determine the primary programming schedule.
• Planning and executing special events and activities that complement the arts cinema nature of the Drexel and broaden our community engagement.
• Promoting the Drexel and its activities to broaden awareness of the Drexel and to drive revenue growth; coordinating with CAPA’s marketing department on marketing and promotional efforts.

Theatre and Operations
• Oversight of general day-to-day operations of the Drexel Theatre.
• Management of the staff through hiring, training, scheduling, and maintaining positive employee relations.
• Promoting the highest level of customer service and guest relations.
• Ensuring safety and security for all Drexel patrons and Drexel staff.
• Ensuring that the building and grounds are spotlessly maintained.

Sales and Financial
• Build the book of business and earned revenue for the Theatre in accordance with the goals set forth by CAPA and the Board of Friends.
• Oversight of daily sales activity and nightly reporting; maintaining proper cash fund and administering petty cash fund.
• Monitoring and reporting of daily revenue and expense in order to support the goal of profitable operations.

Governance and Community Responsibilities
• Cultivate a strong working relationship with the Drexel board
• Communicate effectively with the Board and provide information and analysis necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
• Serve as the “face of the Drexel” with the City of Bexley, the school system, Capital University and other important community stakeholders across Central Ohio.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Excellent communication, management, and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to problem-solve, including diplomatic resolution of situations that sometimes arise for the public users of the theatre.
• Knowledge of motion pictures, especially film art.
• Strong customer service skills and dedication to making an excellent movie-goer experience.
• A social entrepreneur who understands the unique contribution of a premier arthouse like the Drexel to the economic vitality of our community.

Credentials and Experience
• 5-10 years of experience working with the public in an operational capacity, preferably in a theatre setting.
• 3-5 years of theatre management experience preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Majors encouraged in arts administration, business, communications, or other related field.

Special Requirements
• Ability to work daytime, evening and weekend hours, as theatre activity requires.

Intangible Attributes
• Love of film and the arts.
• A passion for promoting the Drexel's "brand" and its strong connections with Bexley and Central Ohio.

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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