San Francisco, CA

Executive Director

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting San Francisco Ballet in the search for a new Executive Director. For more information, please review the complete Position Description.

San Francisco Ballet is one of the art form’s international leaders, and embodies classical dance as bold, diverse, young, spirited. With a rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its 1933 founding as the first professional ballet company in the United States (inc. the first American productions of Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and the North American premiere of Frankenstein in 2017), San Francisco Ballet constantly drives home the Company’s idea of “dance without limits”, including with the 2018 season’s Unbound – 12 World Premieres by leading choreographers offered in 4 programs over 17 days.

Responsible for the outstanding international reputation of San Francisco Ballet, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson leads a Company known for a sophisticated and varied international repertoire, for powerful and entertaining dance embraced by audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and for the San Francisco Ballet School, the nation’s oldest professional ballet academy.

The Executive Director leads an experienced senior executive team and manages about 80 staff that include 36 marketing, communications and development professionals. Reporting to the Board of Trustees through the Chair of the Board and Executive Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s earned and contributed revenue, overall financial strength, engagement with a diverse audience of all ages and backgrounds, operating infrastructure, contract compliance, information technology, human resources and all business management functions of this world renowned classical ballet company. The current annual operating budget is about $55m, with an annual revenue mix of about 50% earned, 40% contributed and 10% endowment. The current value of the Ballet’s endowment is approximately $126m.

Of paramount importance is the relationship among the Executive Director and the Business Team, the Artistic Director and the Artistic Team, and the Board Chair and the Governance Team. The Executive Director has a special responsibility to bind together the organization as an operationally coherent, effective and ambitious world leader of classical ballet. Just as the Artistic Director is responsible for the vitality and quality of performances experienced by San Francisco Ballet’s audience, the Executive Director must provide the Artistic Director and the Company with a financially strong, uniquely supportive environment for their art.

Success will be defined in terms of year-over-year improvement, and each year the artistic and business teams will reach beyond the accomplishments of the previous year. San Francisco Ballet is on the move, with an arts ambition matched to the creativity of San Francisco itself.

For additional information or to apply please contact Dennis Hanthorn or Mark Oppenheim at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.