Executive Director, Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

The Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts (Center) on the campus of Boise State University is the premier performance venue for arts, culture, and world-class entertainment in Idaho, fulfilling an important role in the state’s unique identity, quality of life, and economy. Coined by its founders, Harry and Velma Morrison, as “The Peoples’ Theatre,” more than 160,000 individuals visit the Center annually for approximately 160 events.

Position Summary
The Executive Director (ED) of the Center will report directly to Boise State University’s Chief Financial Officer, who reports directly to the President of the University. The ED will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Center. This individual will work with University leadership on the development and implementation of strategies designed to help the Center achieve its programmatic and financial goals within an operating plan and budget formally approved by Boise State. The ED will maintain a high professional profile at the university, in the community, and at regional and national cultural presenting organizations, building relationships to benefit the Center and Boise State in terms of finances, audience development, and local, regional, and national visibility.

Roles and Responsibilities

Programming and Strategic Planning

  • Oversee all activities that impact the use and rental of the Center, maintaining an overall vision for quality programs that reflect positively on the Center’s brand.
  • Cultivate relationships with various users to ensure a supportive environment that encourages their continued use of the facility.
  • Partner with producers to bring a wide selection of entertainment, including Broadway touring, family, and educational programs, while collaborating with Boise State departments and local arts organizations to create synergies and support mutual goals.
  • Plan, schedule, contract, and evaluate a diverse array of programming activities.
  • Develop, implement, and update a strategic plan for the Center, consistent with the Boise State strategic plan, articulating mission, values, and goals as the foundation for program and facility development.
  • Continually reinforce a business model that generates a substantial portion of the Center’s revenue from operating as an effective presenter and landlord.

Institutional Visibility and Community Relations

  • Act as the public face and voice of the Center, providing leadership locally, regionally, and nationally in the broader arts and cultural community on behalf of the Center and Boise State.
  • Develop substantial ties to the university and other leaders in the community.
  • Work collaboratively with the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Morrison Center Volunteers, and principal university stakeholders to extend the Center’s reach into communities of potential influence, support, and need.
  • Advocate for and engage with the regional arts and culture community, identifying opportunities for collaboration and partnership while cultivating and maintaining strong working relationships with faculty and university departments, with the goal of increasing campus and community involvement.
  • Devise and execute strategies to identify stakeholders and define how key messages will be delivered in order to maximize visibility, brand, and broader and deeper community participation in the Center’s programs.

Fiscal Management and Operations

  • Lead the day-to-day operations of the Center to ensure audiences, artists, donors, volunteers, staff, vendors, partners, and other stakeholders have an exceptional experience every time they interact with the organization.
  • Carefully manage the Center’s growth and financial resources in order to protect its stability and maintain an ongoing balanced budget.
  • Create a positive and rewarding work environment in order to attract and retain skilled employees.
  • Facilitate programs and activities to meaningfully engage and recognize volunteers.
  • Ensure a focus on facility and equipment maintenance and improvement, safety management, environmental policy, and contractual compliance.
  • Confirm that organizational policies, systems, controls, and procedures are in alignment with the Center’s mission and values and are regularly reviewed for efficiency and effectiveness.


Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) plus a minimum of seven to 10 years of increasing responsibility in the programming and/or management of a multidisciplinary performing arts facility serving a variety of user groups. Prior experience in a higher education setting is beneficial. Candidates must also possess a deep working knowledge of the presenting field and strong ties to its principals on a national level. Business and financial acumen, experience in facility management, and strong communication skills are required. Qualified applicants must have proven effectiveness in team cultivation, staff development, and collaboration with groups of arts leaders and organizations in the facilitation of a creative environment.

Compensation and Benefits

The Center provides compensation and benefits (including health insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, and holidays) that are competitive with similar positions throughout the United States.

Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Ms. Rebekah Lambert
Senior Vice President   
Arts Consulting Group
818 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 236 
Portland, OR 97204-2405 
Tel: (888) 234.4236 Ext. 207
Email: MorrisonCenter@ArtsConsulting.com