Wyoming Arts Council

Ballet Idaho seeks new executive director

Arts Consulting Group requests your interest in or candidate recommendations for the Executive Director position at Ballet Idaho in Boise, Idaho.


Deeply rooted in the community, Ballet Idaho and its Academy create, present, teach and preserve the art form of classic ballet, serving the citizens and visitors of Boise, the state of Idaho, and beyond. The Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy – a rehearsal, recital and performing space that also houses the administrative offices of Opera Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic – is home to Ballet Idaho. The organization is poised for tremendous growth in a Company that currently employs 25 artistically superior professional dancers and an Academy that inspires more than 300 students annually. Ballet Idaho currently has a $1.5 million annual operating budget. The Company performs a mainstage series at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and the Special Events Center, both located on the campus of Boise State University. Its Ballet Innovations and Family Series performances take place at its home facility in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in the vibrant Downtown Boise Cultural District. The 2010-11 season also includes performances of The Nutcracker in Colorado Springs.


The Executive Director works in partnership with the Artistic Director to develop a strategic vision that grows both the Company and the Academy. The position engages in a broad public dialog as to why it is important to embrace Ballet Idaho as a vital component of the quality of life in Boise, throughout Idaho, the West, and the nation. The Executive Director provides inspired managerial direction to the organization to achieve the artistic and entrepreneurial goals established in tandem with the Board and Artistic Director. The role can be seen as the chief translator of Ballet Idaho’s strategic artistic and educational goals into a language of best business practices that result in institutional vibrancy and sustainability. This includes the ability to 1) maximize audience development, student enrollments, earned, and contributed revenue for the institution, 2) expand the branding, marketing, communications, and public relations efforts for the Ballet, the Academy, and other programs, 3) develop, oversee, monitor, and report on the organization’s financial position, 4) guide the administration and integration of Ballet Idaho and the Academy and 5) supervise staff that guide operations, fundraising, marketing, public relations, facilities, technology, and financial management, as well as the administrative support team needed to implement artistic programs.


Ballet Idaho seeks an individual who will create a focused, positive, and dynamic working environment while setting and maintaining expectations that will challenge the organization’s leadership to strive for and sustain the highest workplace values and institutional goals. The selected candidate will be a leader in the field of arts management who demonstrates a commitment to entrepreneurial leadership. He/she will partner with the Artistic Director to set and maintain a collaborative leadership model that will strengthen the organization by creating a positive and synergistic relationship between the artistic and administrative sides of the organization. A leader who proactively engages with the Company’s senior artistic team to ensure that the artistic and educational programs are understood and well supported in every area of the organization. The Executive Director will support the Academy’s artistic leadership and training programs to ensure the delivery of high quality and economic sustainability.


Send letter and resume with demonstrable accomplishments to:

Rebekah Lambert, Senior Consultant
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
818 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 236
Portland, OR 97204-2405
Tel (503) 236.3379
Fax (503) 828.9896
E-Mail balletidaho@artsconsulting.com

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