CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
BCT Management, Inc. (BCTM) is the private non-profit that operates the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on behalf of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, building owner. In close partnership with the City Parks and Recreation Department, Office of Economic Development, Visit Bloomington, Downtown Bloomington, Inc., and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, BCTM’s mission is to manage the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in a fiscally responsible manner as a widely accessible, quality venue and performance space. Towards that end, BCTM is:
- A resource; engaging the community through diverse, accessible and affordable opportunities for interaction with the Theater, both as patrons and as presenters
- An educator; independently and as a partner with the range of educational institutions in the community, in the presentation, production, and business of the arts
- A presenter of nationally acclaimed programming in live performance and film
- An initiator, supporter and/or producer of financially viable local programming which helps define and promote the cultural identity of Bloomington, Indiana, and our general region
- A “front door” to our community; providing information about and sparking interest in Bloomington arts and culture, reaching both local community and visitors
- A sustainable business; considering not only the immediate bottom line, but the long- term value and expense of our operations, both fiscally and environmentally, to our staff, promoter partners, patrons and community
- A model and national leader in all of the above areas
With an annual operating budget of approximately $1M, BCTM works with 70 different presenters in music, theatre, dance, film, comedy, variety, and lecture, creating 200 public events, and generating 60,000 annual visits every year. In addition, BCTM’s independent community box office serves an additional 20 presenters of events in other venues throughout the Bloomington community. In its eighteenth year of operation, BCTM’s permanent staff of fifteen (15) and additional union stagehands manage all aspects of rental and self-presented shows.
BCT Presents concerts and comedy have included Lyle Lovett, Tig Notaro, Keb Mo, Indigo Girls, Kris Kristofferson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Hasan Minhaj, Los Lobos, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Earle, and many more. Nearly all of Bloomington’s arts organizations and social service agencies utilize the theater as presenter partners including such groups as the Indiana University African American Arts Institute; Cardinal Stage Company; Bloomington Symphony Orchestra; Bloomington PRIDE, Ltd.; Bloomington Community Kitchen; and the Indiana Forest Alliance.
The Position of Executive Director:
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief operating officer and fund development leader of the organization. As the chief operating officer, the Executive Director is charged with maintaining an effective, fiscally responsible operating model for the theater, balancing between BCTM’s own presenting series, performances of community-based arts groups, and other community/corporate rentals and usage. As the fund development leader, the Executive Director is responsible for setting and meeting appropriate development goals, overall strategy, messaging, and primary donor cultivation.
The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget development, BCT Presents programming, strategy implementation, general administration, revenue generation, community liaison, and overseeing staff working in marketing, fundraising, box office, front of house, technical operations, building maintenance, and finance. Senior staff reporting to the Executive Director are the Associate Director, Technical Director, Office Manager, Event Manager, Concessions Manager, Maintenance, and Custodial.
The ideal candidate will have previous senior experience in leading performing arts venues, a minimum of five years of nonprofit arts venue management, and a university degree in arts and/or business management or equivalent experience in facility management and administration. Certification as a Facilities Executive and/or Fundraising Executive would be helpful.
The new Executive Director will have excellent programming, analytical, financial, and organizational skills, with demonstrated leadership in human resource management and community partnerships. Other necessary characteristics would include political savvy and diplomacy, good oral and written communication skills, and knowledge of ancillary businesses such as catering, ticketing, corporate rentals, and the like.
The Executive Director represents BCT Management, Inc./ Buskirk-Chumley Theater to the public, the media, and the performing arts industry-at-large through leadership and participation in community activities. BCTM has a pivotal role in the cultural, educational, and economic enrichment of the City of Bloomington; the Executive Director must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, the Board of Directors, the media, artists, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, volunteers, and the audience.
Other Information and Application Process:
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. Application deadline has passed.
This position is designed for students interested in the music industry but is open to all. Accommodations can be made to meet class or degree internship requirements.
Help us spread the word about upcoming performances by nationally-touring artists and provide support when these artists arrive at the theater, ensuring that our contractual requirements are satisfied and they have a positive experience at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
- A semester-long commitment to work a total of 40-50 hours on an varying schedule
- Schedule will be determined by concert dates but schedule will be developed for the entire semester at the beginning of each semester
- Must be extremely responsible and dependable
- Must have a commitment to quality work, we can only hire self-motivated individuals
- Must have a car and provide proof of insurance
- Postering for “BCT Presents” concerts across the community
- Shop for food items based on hospitality requirements of each artist
- Ensure that food is available according to hospitality requirements of each artist
- Facilitate meals at downtown restaurants, through take-out orders or by escorting artist to restaurant
- Be available at the theater as a runner/driver for certain artists
- Provide documentation for all purchases and assist with post-event cleanup
This position is unpaid but mileage will be reimbursed for all tasks.
Ian Carstens, Event Manager
Resumes and cover letters are accepted on an ongoing basis, but most hires are made at the end of the spring and fall semesters for the following semester.
Only IU students approved for federal work study funding are eligible for these positions. Not sure if you are work study eligible? Log into One.IU and search for your financial aid information. Click on the current year and if you have received a Federal Work Study award, you will see a dollar amount listed under that category.
- A semester-long commitment to the weekly schedule. The number of hours per week varies by person, depending on work-study award amount, but seven to ten hours per week is typical.
- Availability for weekend shifts.
- An outgoing and upbeat attitude. You will be handling a great deal of patron interactions.
- A commitment to quality work. We can only hire self-motivated individuals.
- Interest in working as part of a team.
- Promote events and provide ticket-sales services to our patrons.
- Welcome and orient visitors to downtown Bloomington.
- Gain expert knowledge in area attractions and amenities.
- Develop the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
Rebecca Stanze, Associate Director
Resumes and cover letters are accepted on an ongoing basis, but most hires are made at the end of the spring and fall semesters for the following semester. When you submit your application, please include your 10-digit IUID so we can verify work study eligibility.
These positions have been filled for Fall 2019.
- A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for the entire period of May 1 – Aug 31 (up to 40 hours per week possible)
- An ability to work day shifts, evenings, and weekends. The schedule is varied, but established in May for the entire summer.
- An outgoing and upbeat attitude. You will be handling a great deal of patron and promoter interactions.
- An ability to manage lots of details. You will be responsible for the safe and successful execution of events.
- Being responsible and organized. Timeliness, dependability, and self-sufficiency are the keys to success in this position.
- Staff the BCT Box Office & Downtown Visitors Center:
- Promote events and provide ticket-sales services to our patrons
- Welcome and orient visitors to downtown Bloomington
- Gain expert knowledge in area attractions and amenities
- Develop the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
- Serve as house managers for events
- Work on projects in assigned administrative areas
- Learn how a presenting and community venue operates
- Meet and work with artists and arts organizations of all types, from nationally-touring performing artists to local community groups
- Earn important work experience and references for future job searches
- You come ready to work and learn about the industry as a whole.
- You take your work for the theater seriously. A strong work ethic is a MUST.
- You are willing to work closely and well with a team.
- You are excited about the opportunity to see the inside of the presenting world.
Ian Carstens, Event Manager
Resumes and cover letters are accepted on an ongoing basis, but summer hires are generally made in February/March.