General Manager

Covenant Ballet Theatre:

Covenant Ballet Theatre (CBT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in South Brooklyn, New York, where cultural resources are limited. Founded in 1987 by Artistic Director Marla Hirokawa, CBT provides serious classical ballet and modern dance training for children and adults taught by highly trained and accredited instructors who are strongly committed to their students’ health and safety. In a uniquely accepting yet rigorous environment, CBT fosters a love of the art of dance through pre-professional training, educational programs in the schools, and original ballet productions. 

CBT’s Gravesend location in South Brooklyn is distinct: it has the largest Ukrainian and Arab populations in the U.S., as well as African, Caribbean, Latino, Chinese, Russian, Jewish, Greek, Turkish, and Indian populations. Students enrolled at CBT are equally diverse, and thirty percent are immigrants. They range in age from three years old to over sixty. Together, they are the beneficiaries of CBT’s “harmony of interests” philosophy, which combines the rigor and discipline of the art form with genuine love and concern for every individual. Scholarships are offered annually based on merit, potential, and need.

Each year, CBT serves over 4,000 diverse academy students, public school students, and concert attendees who come from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Our alumni have gone on to study at virtually every major dance school in New York and beyond. They have also attended the top high schools of performing arts in New York City. They have apprenticed and danced professionally with renowned dance companies throughout the US and in Europe and established their own dance companies. CBT students have also earned college degrees in fine arts, dance, and/or physical therapy. Most importantly, all CBT students learn the valuable life lessons of perseverance, patience, and hard work that can be applied in a wide range of settings and circumstances.

The Opportunity:

Building on 34 years of pedagogical and artistic success, Covenant Ballet Theatre is poised to strengthen and expand its operations in order to positively impact many more people’s lives in the coming years. For the newly-created position of full-time General Manager, we seek an individual who desires to grow with the organization, bringing a range of skills in nonprofit management along with a strong desire to continue learning and growing professionally. This person will function as the lead executive in the organization, reporting directly to the Artistic Director. Advancement in the position is desired and expected as the organization and staff grow.

Chief Responsibilities:

The General Manager is responsible for the overall business management and administration of Covenant Ballet Theatre. S/he will effectively leverage the people, processes, and technology necessary to enable this successful, established company to grow while improving profitability. The selected individual will be responsible for the broad operational efficiency of CBT while maintaining the company’s culture of excellence and respect for all. S/he will also serve as CBT’s ambassador to the greater community.

Essential Duties:

1. Carries out CBT’s mission and policies, as determined by the Artistic Director and Board of Directors. 

2. Collaborates with the Artistic Director to create and implement an effective marketing and communications program, including the creation and distribution of print and electronic newsletters, flyers, visual merchandising, social media, and the company website. Maintains mailing lists.

3. Responsible for all fundraising activities, including grant writing and reporting, managing special events, and soliciting donations from individuals, government representatives, and corporations. Tracks, records, and reports on all fundraising activities. Facilitates and supports fundraising activities of the Board of Directors.

4. Performs basic bookkeeping functions such as payroll processing, vendor and independent contractor management, and automated billing procedures. Organizes and maintains all accounts receivable and accounts payable records and monthly invoicing. Manages CBT’s annual budget, including reporting operational results and making periodic reforecasts as needed. Maintains a fully adjusted general ledger and performs monthly or periodic reconciliation of general ledger accounts in Quickbooks.

5. Manages box office, concession, and merchandise sales for CBT events. 

6. Ensures compliance with all state and federal regulatory agencies. 

7. In concert with the Artistic Director, recruits, trains, and provides direction to volunteers, vendors, and other business partners.

8. Uses diplomacy and tact when communicating with upset and/or distraught constituents and identifies the best course of action for resolution in a courteous and professional manner.

9. Applies critical thinking to identify issues, inconsistencies, and problem resolution. Maintains awareness of internal and external trends, recognizes opportunities, and proposes initiatives to maintain a growth trajectory for CBT. 

10. Attends board and committee meetings, providing relevant reports and status updates. 

11. Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

• A warm and welcoming personality, comfortable interacting with numerous individuals with a broad range of ages and backgrounds.

• Experience in nonprofit administration, including fund development, marketing & communications, financial management, personnel supervision, and community relations.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including polished writing and editing skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences and individuals. 

• Proficiency in office software programs (QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, CRM), and Website management. 

• Experience with managing social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and Vimeo.

• Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

• Demonstrated initiative, creativity, flexibility, and commitment.

• A self-motivated, efficient, and resourceful work ethic.

• Strong attention to detail.

• Demonstrated initiative, creativity, flexibility, and commitment.

• Bachelor’s degree, minimum, preferably in a related field.

• Fluency in English required; fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, highly prized.

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