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Assistant Director

The Assistant Director is a member of the theatre’s professional staff. This full-time position is simultaneously a leadership role and a key support role with a primary focus on development. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director (ED) and primarily coordinates with the ED and the Operations Director to develop and implement plans to support daily operations. The Assistant Director provides project management and administrative support, using both high tech and high touch skills, and maintains productive relationships with staff, patrons, donors, community partners, board members, volunteers, and other stakeholders to contribute to the ongoing success of Kahilu Theatre.

Key Responsibilities:

  • As a leader of the development team, the Assistant Director coordinates major gifts, individual and institutional funding, sponsorships, on—line giving, naming opportunities, endowment and planned giving campaigns.
  • The Assistant Director will pioneer the organization’s new Community Partners (corporate) sponsorship program.
  • Working with the ED and consultants, the Assistant Director is responsible for grants reporting and for support on grants proposals.
  • Project management, including special event coordination.
  • Manages the database for individual and organizational content.
Essential Skills:
  • Team player with great interpersonal skills — a “people person” with a facility in building and sustaining effective and collaborative relationships.
  • Highly developed skills in writing and communications, and an ability to socialize appropriately with a wide range of people.
  • Professionalism and capacity to respond well under pressure, treating others with respect and aloha.
  • Proficiency using online databases and general ease with learning in new cloud-based environments.
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets (using functions). 
  • Physical demands: professional office environment with standard equipment, copiers, computers, and telephones.
This is a salaried position; and the annual salary range is $60,000-$65,000, depending upon experience and skills. Benefits include a health care package and paid time off.

Kahilu Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to honoring the many cultures of our island home and to creating an inclusive environment for staff and our community.

Gallery Director

Kahilu Theatre is seeking a Gallery Director who will work in concert with the Executive Director to curate, plan, and produce an annual/multi-year program of relevant and exciting art exhibitions for Kahilu Theatre’s Simperman and Hamakua galleries and auxiliary spaces. The Gallery Director will also be responsible for coordinating special Kahilu.TV art programs.

The Gallery Director is responsible for managing operations, exhibitions, calls for artists, juried shows, artist gatherings, and other events in the Theatre’s galleries.

Qualities, Responsibilities, and Experience
  • Curatorial and production experience with contemporary visual arts is required.
  • Experience working across disciplines a plus.
  • Excellent knowledge of procedures and materials used for art packing, installation/de-installation, wrapping and transport of fine art.
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of  CaFÉ(callforentry.org) system required.
  • Able to handle the physical requirements of the job.
  • Capacity to grow relationships with partners locally and throughout the state.
  • Bachelor’s degree in visual arts not required, but a plus.
The Gallery Director is a vital part of our team, and we seek someone who is communicative, collaborative, and imaginative, who values the presentation and contextualization of artwork, who is excited to develop opportunities for artists, who will incubate new work and generate equitable, diverse, and critical spaces where artists can be in dialogue with the broader community.

Overview of Services 
  • With the Executive Director, establish an operational exhibition plan, gallery maintenance program, calendar and budget for the year.
  • Develop and manage all exhibition policies and procedures.
  • Curate invitational thematic group exhibitions, select jurors for an annual juried exhibition that is open to community artists, as well as curate solo and group exhibits that reflect the Kahilu’s mission and vision.
  • Manage all communication with artists, including call for entries, arrangement of receiving and returning of artwork.
  • Oversee and participate in proper installation of artwork, signage and programming related to each exhibit and provide appropriate information for art sales commissions and awards.
  • With the Executive Director, develop private and public funding opportunities.
  • Develop a plan to appropriately market art and merchandise related to the Kahilu Exhibits Program.
  • Maintain a list of physical improvements to be made to the gallery spaces (e.g., resurfacing of walls, lighting, moveable walls and pedestals) as well as equipment for exhibiting new media artwork (e.g., projector, speaker system and monitor).
  • Provide Marketing Manager with all press materials, graphic design and photography needed for media releases, invitations, posters and web page and actively seek out press opportunities to promote and showcase the Kahilu Exhibits program.
  • Plan and execute educational programming related to Kahilu Exhibits, such as lectures geared towards different age groups to be given to the general public as well as school groups. Work with Education Coordinator to track metrics and impact.
  • Under the general direction of the Executive Director, execute other administrative and curatorial tasks related to the mission of the Kahilu Exhibitions program.

This part-time position reports to the Executive Director. Compensation to be commensurate with experience and other factors, including pay equity across the organization. Kahilu Theatre Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Kahilu Theatre 

Kahilu Theatre is an artistic and cultural gem nestled in the heart of rural Waimea on Hawai‘i Island. The mission of the Kahilu Theatre Foundation is to make a place where community, creativity, and inspiration thrive. Kahilu was founded by Parker Ranch heir and Broadway actor Richard Smart, and first raised its curtain in 1981.

Kahilu Exhibits presents solo and thematic group shows and features local and global works of art from both emerging and established visual artists. Educational outreach includes school visits, artist talks, workshops, and publications that encourage the visual arts to be a catalyst for creativity and growth. Our Exhibition Committee selects artists for solo and group exhibitions, via a proposal and review process, once each year on CaFÉ(callforentry.org).

Kahilu Theatre foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Application procedure
Kahilu Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Through our producing, presenting, exhibitions, and educational programs, we strive to reflect and enrich the diversity of our island home. 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a résumé. Kahilu Theatre will contact candidates of interest. 

Please, no calls. Email submissions only. Send only PDF attachments, no web links, to sara@KahiluTheatre.org with “Gallery Director” in the subject line. Only complete submissions will be considered.

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