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Executive Director Liverpool, NY

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT or the Institute) was founded in 1960 as an organization to promote dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology. Today, it has grown to approximately 4,000 members at all levels of their careers and has eagerly embraced new technologies in use across the spectrum of live entertainment. Now in its 62nd year and known as a place professionals come to mentor others and “give back to the industry”, USITT has become the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry. USITT members describe an organization with an infectious joyous energy and a strong feeling of inclusion found at its annual conference, unparalleled networking opportunities, and through its dedication to mentoring and student engagement, changes people’s lives. 

A strong organization poised for a leap forward, USITT seeks a visionary leader with experience in, or a passion for the arts who, at this signal moment in this industry’s post-pandemic rebirth, has the unique opportunity to develop and execute strategies to realign the Institute to be the premier leader in education and training in the divergent world of live entertainment. The Executive Director (ED) drives the strategic direction and initiatives of the Institute; retains and expands the member base; grows the influence of the Institute; solidifies and expands earned, contributed, and in-kind income; and launches plans to augment the programmatic offerings of USITT. 

The Executive Director is hired by the Board of Directors and reports directly to its President, executes policies and directives of the Board, and oversees USITT’s central staff, its programs, and operations. In 2020, USITT earned just under $1.5M in revenue from grants, gifts, membership dues, national conference, publishing, projects and events, and other income streams. As the chief executive officer of the organization, the Executive Director works in cooperation with volunteer leaderships and professional staff to develop and implement strategic and operational goals to fulfill its mission and vision. 

Additionally, the Executive Director works to lead, coach, develop, and retain USITT’S high-performance senior management team as well as ensure consistent quality of finance and overall administration, fundraising, communications, and systems while actively engaging and energizing USITT’s Board members, members at-large, volunteers, and sponsors/funders/partners. Providing vision for and oversight of the Institute’s largest revenue generating event, the Annual Conference & Stage Expo, the ED will work with other leaders to maximize revenue and increase event reach and impact. 

Minimum compensation for the Executive Director role is $165,000.

The United States Institute of Theatre Technology has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in strict confidence to the firm as indicated at the end of this document. 

Jackie Mildner is leading this search with Stephen Kalogeras.

USITT is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. We take affirmative steps to ensure that all programs and services are free of discrimination based on protected class status, including race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other impermissible basis.


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