National and Local Arts Manager

About Central Bank Center

Lexington is an active and thriving market that is craving an active and welcoming venue for events. The heart of any thriving community is its downtown—and Lexington Center and the historic Rupp Arena are truly the heart of downtown Lexington and one of the most widely-recognized entertainment venues in North America. Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky is fast becoming THE must play venue. The 20,000-seat arena, affectionately referred to by some as “the Cathedral of College Basketball” is home to the National Champion University of Kentucky men’s basketball program and has played host to some of the most talented and award-winning musicians/artists in the world including U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and many others. 

Central Bank Center is our convention side, with 100k sf of exhibition space, 24k sf each of meeting and ball room space, 50k of hospitality space, 10k sf of flexible space, and over 2500 covered and uncovered parking spaces – bringing in thousands of visitors to Lexington for conferences, conventions, and events every year. 

Rounding out our offerings, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lexington Opera House is one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region.

Constructed in 1886 after a fire had destroyed the original theatre located on the corner of Main and Broadway, the “new” Opera House, designed by Oscar Cobb, opened its doors on July 19, 1887, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most well-designed and well-equipped theaters in the nation. By the late 1960’s the venue had evolved from a grand theatre to a Vaudeville house and finally a movie theatre. It was scheduled to be destroyed when an esteemed group of local philanthropists established The Opera House Fund to raise the necessary funds for the city of Lexington to purchase and restore the historic structure. 

The distinctly 19th-century ambiance is one of the most charming features of the restored theatre. With less than 1,000 seats, the venue currently serves an average of 85,000 patrons annually and remains a premier cultural destination in downtown Lexington.

Programming at the Opera House offers something for everyone: ballet, opera, children’s productions, family shows, comedy, music, and professional national BROADWAY tours!

Our Purpose

We are building an organization that serves our fans, community, and partners through world class entertainment, sports, and events. We believe in being authentically Kentucky. This means staying true to what makes Kentucky, Kentucky by rolling up our sleeves to get things done, valuing hospitality and gathering together, being a pillar in our community, teamwork over the individual, celebrating our wins, taking risks, and stretching our potential. As part of Oak View Group 360, we embrace a positive disRUPPtion. 

OVG360 was built on the idea that we are all fans first, and our decisions and guest interactions are made through that lens.

Position Purpose/Summary: Responsible for the booking, contracting, event management, financial settlement and cultivating an on-going beneficial relationship with all national touring Broadway shows and local arts and non-profit organizations that will use the Opera House for their performances. Serves as the advocate for the local performing arts community; and champions community outreach to organizations, sponsors, and patrons. This candidate will also be required to assist in the sales of all sponsorships related to the Broadway season that is confirmed annually at the Opera House. Accountable for meeting the objectives of the mission of OVG/LCC, in tandem with the trust and support of the Opera House Fund. Must be an excellent communicator, and effectively coordinate operations with various OVG/LCC departments, 3rd party providers, and assigned staff. Manages all phases of the Opera House Fund subsidy program for local arts organizations. This candidate will also collaborate closely with the General Manager in all correspondence and reporting to the Opera House Fund board 

  • Markets the venue as a fully equipped historical theatre for public and private utilization, including but not limited to Broadway tours, local arts groups, promoters, commercial clients, private events, and social functions.
  • Build relationships and solicit services and/or sponsorship packages with corporate partners, and develops additional fundraising support through development subscriptions, grant writing opportunities, and negotiating trade value.
  • Establishes and sustains relationships with local arts community and the Boards of both the Lexington Center Corporation and the Opera House Fund. Cultivates and preserves relationships with donors, patrons, clients, volunteers, and OVG/LCC supporting department staff.
  • Designs and implements opportunities to fulfill Opera House Fund educational / outreach mission through programs such as Broadway Buddies.
  • Contracts with the local arts groups, and maintains coordination of the venue calendar.
  • Coordinates advances and settles contract events and subsidy allocations with local clients. 
  • Curates the Broadway Live series season, and promotes to the community through educational outreach, strengthening awareness, marketing, and sponsorship programs.
  • Open communication channels with touring agents, producers, and marketing firms.
  • Contract negotiation and show scheduling for annual Broadway series, with preparation of expense estimates, ticket prices, and event settlement.
  • Partner with marketing and ticketing office leadership to plan and coordinate season ticket and single ticket campaigns, marketing materials, and show collateral.
  • Processes and controls all aspects of contracts and riders for show with internal and 3rd party departments, which may specify items such as talent accommodations, staff/public covid testing, show parking, hospitality, marketing, etc.
  • Local Arts Subsidy Program and Non-profit Events
  • Manages applications, approval and scheduling of subsidized local clients, along with other private, non-profit events.
  • Maintains appropriate oversight for Opera House Fund grant awards for all approved organizations and events, including settlements and billing to the Opera House Fund.
  • Prepares and presents annual Subsidy reports to the Opera House Fund Board.
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Schedules and negotiates contracts for annual Broadway series, with preparation of expense estimates, ticket prices, and event settlement review and approval.
  • Maintains and submits complete financial records of individual shows and overall seasons.
  • Prepares and presents annual report to the Board of the Opera House Fund, to include long-term planning and vision for programming, operations, utilization, and capital improvements of the Opera House.
  • Work directly with executing contractual requirements through all departments and 3rd party vendors to ensure efficient operation and contract compliance for each event.
  • Works with the Guest Experience and Events Team to coordinate in-house training programs that address patron safety, venue history, and cultural information through materials for employees, volunteers, and clients.
  • Provide oversight of the use of the Opera House to protect and maintain the physical condition of the restored, historic facility in coordination with the OVG/LCC General Manager and the facility maintenance and event security offices, and 
  • Assist Opera House performing groups in their applications for Opera House Fund performance subsidies and assist the Opera House Fund board in the evaluation and approval of subsidy applications. 
  • Strong connection to, and understanding of, local arts programs.
  • Creative and innovative; ability to think outside of the box to develop opportunities to advance the Opera House Fund Outreach and Educational mission.
  • Solid business instincts and business financial acumen. 
  • Sound understanding of theatre management. 
  • Experience dealing with small-market fund raising and program development.
  • Agreeing to Oak View Group’s mission of being a positive disruption in Lexington with constant evaluation of policies with a customer service and business growth mentality.
  • 5+ years of working in a theatre or performing arts center, with local arts organizations and groups. Business, Theatre, Communications, Liberal Arts degrees preferred.

EEO Statement:

Oak View Group is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

DEI Statement:

Strengthened by our Differences. United to Make a Difference. 

At OVG, we understand that to continue positively disrupting the sports and live entertainment industry, we need a diverse team to help us do it. We also believe that inclusivity drives innovation, strengthens our people, improves our service, and raises our excellence. Our success is routed in creating environments that reflect and celebrate the diverse communities in which we operate and serve, and this is the reason we are committed to amplifying voices from all different backgrounds.

Updated Vaccination Statement as of 3/17/2022:

We are committed to ensuring all our buildings and office locations are the safest in the world for artists, teams, employees, and fans. Based on recent encouraging trends in the U.S. and Canada, we highly encourage our employees to continue to get vaccinate and boosted against COVID-19.   Should circumstances change, we may need to reinstate vaccination requirements, in whole or in part, to safeguard the health of our employees, guests, performers, athletes, and partners. 

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