Associate Managing Director

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Associate Managing Director, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Job ID: 45833
Location: Evanston, Illinois

Department: SoC Wirtz Center for Perf Arts
Salary/Grade: EXS/7

Job Summary:
The Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern seeks a skilled and experienced administrator to support the Managing Director and Assistant Dean and Executive Artistic Director in overseeing the operations of a busy, multi-venue arts center that showcases the work of Northwestern’s award-winning faculty, staff and students as well as visiting artists.  The Associate Managing Director oversees the effective, compliant, & efficient daily management of all operational, financial, & business functions in support of the Wirtz Center (Evanston and Chicago locations) & in coordination with the faculty and leadership in the School of Communications as well as central offices such as HR, Budget, Facilities, IT, & Provost. The Associate Managing Director will represent the Wirtz Center on internal & external business affairs & is viewed as an expert resource regarding the Center’s administrative affairs.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Prepares materials for annual budget planning such as analysis, budget performance reports & year-end close data.
  • Provides updated budget estimates & account research.
  • Guides units of responsibility through university budgeting and forecasting processes, reviews budget and forecasting submissions.
  • Serves a primary role in the development & implementation of annual budget including fiscal resource allocation of appropriated, discretionary, endowment & gift revenues & expenses.
  • Ensures that the program/project meets associated revenue & expense goals.
  • Develops and implements ideas for improving business processes, and increasing program/project revenues and margins.
  • Plans & manages complex budget(s) which fund strategic mission including financial sustainability & enhancement models.
  • Plans & implements annual budget process.
  • Oversees all daily, monthly & annual financial activities including transactions, analysis, & reporting.
  • Approves funds reallocation within budget as necessary & appropriate.

Analysis, Statements & Reporting:

  • Creates daily, monthly &/or annual analysis & reports regarding area/unit, grants &/or awards, accounts, funds, payroll, expense &/or revenue allocation, etc.
  • Prepares financial analysis and lead schedules for supplies, equipment, &/or personnel decisions.
  • Assists with monthly/quarterly/annual journal entries, reports and statements
  • Maintains, and updates financial models and analysis.


  • Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed, efficient and effective.
  • Operationalizes goals & objectives; ensures that resources are created or obtained.
  • Manages customer service; creates associated practices & procedures & metrics to measure success.
  • Analyzes data & recommends & implements changes & improvement to better ensure attainment of mission.
  • Manages logistics requirements, including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc.
  • Oversees documentation of agreements between NU and partner institutions, ensuring that agreements are complete and reviewed by all necessary NU officials.
  • Participates in developing IT strategy to meet the mission & needs of program/project.
  • Ensures necessary hardware, software & network infrastructure technology services are appropriated from central or internal IT.
  • Drafts and executes contracts for artists.
  • Serves as company manager, arranging travel and expenses for artists from outside the Chicago area.
  • Participates in season selection process.
  • Works with rights holders to secure rights for selected productions.

Facilities & Regulatory Compliance:

  • Manages all key distribution and inventory for the Wirtz Center.
  • Serves as the main contact for building maintenance requests and regular upkeep.
  • Manages Capital budget and expenditures.
  • Serves on Safety Committee.
  • Oversees development & implementation of processes & procedures for all safety, security & compliance programs.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, local & NU laws, regulations, policies & procedures.
  • Oversees creation &/or implementation of associated training.

Human Resources:

  • Responsible for hiring all work study and temporary employees.
  • Serve as department contact for Human Resources issues.
  • Manages implementation of human resource programs, policies, procedures & talent management lifecycle & related mentoring & training.

Grants &/or Awards:

  • Provides assistance regarding grant financial administration such as preparing financial information for grant submission.
  • Completes post award accounting.
  • Modifies grant budgets.
  • Reviews, forecasts, and budgets grants performance
  • Closes grants.


  • Assists with training of new staff members
  • Creates & provides financial training on practice, procedure, policy &/or laws & regulations to customers.


  • Supervises temporary, part-time or work study students
  • Provides work direction to others


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as accounting, business administration, finance, or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 4 years financial, budgeting &/or preparing account reconciliations or financial statements along with financial analysis or other relevant experience.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in the use of spreadsheet, database and word processing software.
  • Familiarity with financial reporting

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education and/or experience in not-for-profit financial and/or general management in professional theatre or another performing arts field.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $59,000 – 73,000/year