In the past few years, I’ve grown increasingly attached, first to the development of Rabbit Room Press, which is constantly growing into new and exciting areas, and more recently, to Rabbit Room Theatre, which has exciting things coming up in the near future. At the same time, the organization has grown by leaps and bounds since I was appointed Executive Director in 2016. Over the course of the last couple of years, I’ve consistently asked the Rabbit Room Board to allow me to focus more intentionally on the Press and Theatre, and now we’ve collectively agreed that the time make that shift has come.
As of today, we are officially searching for a new Executive Director, and I’m directing all of my efforts toward the continued health and growth of the Press and Theatre programs. I could not be more excited about this opportunity to lean wholly into my creative gifts. And I’m equally excited to discover the person who will fill my previous role and usher the organization into its bright future.
At its heart, the Rabbit Room aims to cultivate a joyful working environment in which each member of the team is empowered to think creatively, to strive for excellence, and to faithfully, generously, and humbly pour out their unique gifts in order to reveal the beauty of Christ to the world.
As our Executive Director, you will manage and oversee the implementation of directives set forth by the Rabbit Room Board of Directors. You will get to develop strategic plans for driving the mission of the organization and will play a key part in shaping the public’s experience of the Rabbit Room and its programs. You will get to collaborate with team members and senior leadership to develop new processes and gain insight into current ones.
To be successful, you will need to be a self-motivated professional with proven experience and an outstanding track record in leadership, critical thinking, business relationships, communications, and team collaboration. You will need the skills to lead a creative team as they engage with a global audience through a variety of media and will need to show a creative approach to problem-solving while embodying a spirit of generosity.
Most importantly, you will use your skills and experience to help the Rabbit Room in its mission to cultivate and curate stories, music, and art to nourish Christ-centered communities for the life of the world.
What You’ll Be Doing
- Acting as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the Rabbit Room staff
- Leading and encouraging a collaborative, productive, and healthy culture among the Rabbit Room staff
- Developing strategic relationships with supporters and organizations
- Overseeing business management as well as tracking progress toward financial goals and budgetary plans throughout the year
- Analyzing and managing operational processes and performance, recommending solutions for improvement when necessary
- Ensuring that Rabbit Room communications adhere to the voice, ethos, and orthodoxy of the organization
- Executing contracts and liaising with general counsel on legal and strategic matters
- Ensuring insurance compliance
- Acting as a Rabbit Room representative at conferences, conventions, etc.
- Conducting regular staff meetings
- Conducting quarterly employee evaluations for program heads
What We Are Looking For
- At least a bachelor’s degree in organizational development, business, communications, public relations, or related fields
- A desire to make and maintain personal connections within a broad community of creators, artists, organizations, and supporters
- Five years of experience in related fields
- Proven gifting in leadership, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and communication
- Strong analytical and quantitative skills; ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions and drive good choices
- Ability to work collaboratively across departments
- Strength in creative problem-solving, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a deadline-driven work environment
- Location: Nashville, Tennessee (Cane Ridge). This is an in-person role.
- Beginning: Spring/Summer 2023
- Reporting to: Board of Directors
- Compensation & Benefits:
- Minimum starting salary is $90,000/year (plus healthcare package)
- 4 Weeks paid time off annually + 15 days off for holidays
- Paid parental leave
- Paid learning stipend
- Flexible schedule
- You get to work in the beautiful North Wind Manor and staff office.
- Access to Rabbit Room events year-round, including international conferences
- Opportunity to work in a creative environment in a growing organization
About the Rabbit Room
The Rabbit Room was conceived as an experiment in creative community. After author/singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson’s first visit to the Oxford home of C. S. Lewis, he returned to Nashville with a renewed conviction that community nourishes good and lasting artistic work. The Rabbit Room, the name of the back room of the pub where the Oxford Inklings (including Lewis, Tolkien, and Charles Williams, among others) shared their stories, began as an online store for books and music and a blog with contributors who are authors, songwriters, artists, and pastors. Over the years, it has grown to include a publishing house, podcast network, an annual arts conference called Hutchmoot, a theater program, a beautiful community and event space called North Wind Manor, and a vibrant community of artists and creators.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a cover letter to apply.
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