Rubicon Theatre, founded in 1998, is about to embark on its 20th Season as one of the premiere professional non-profit theatre companies in Southern California. The organization is conducting a search for an Executive Director (ED) to take the organization to the next level. The successful candidate will be an energetic, diligent, results-oriented rising star with a minimum of three-to-five years of senior management experience at an Equity theatre or not-for-profit institution. Exceptional verbal and written skills are a necessity. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will work closely with the founding artistic directors to support and carry out the mission of the company. The candidate should have a proven record of success in board and committee development, fundraising, financial management and administration. The ED will have responsibility for a “Capital and Comprehensive” campaign, making and managing donor solicitations and overseeing facility renovations and expansion during and after the campaign. The desired start date is October 1, 2017.





Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Topa mountain range in the beach city of Ventura, California (an hour north of Los Angeles and thirty minutes south of Santa Barbara), Rubicon Theatre Company has served more than 450,000 audience

members in an intimate 185-seat renovated former church built in the 1920s. Rubicon provides innovative professional productions, concerts, festivals, special events and outreach programs for the entertainment, enrichment and education of residents of Ventura County and visitors to the region. True to the name and the vision of founders Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil, Rubicon began as an actors and directors’ company and remains committed to creating a nurturing environment for artists and creating an atmosphere where experimentation and exploration are encouraged and supported. As a result, a number of notable artists have graced the Rubicon stage, including Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe and Obie Award-winners. Programming consists of a subscription season of 5-8 classic and contemporary dramas, comedies and musicals; a Broadway concert series; a Music for Changing Times festival; a Plays-in-Progress series curated by New Works Director Michael Jackowitz; and extensive education programs, summer camps, daytime student matinees, workshops and intern opportunities under the leadership of Brian McDonald. Shows are thoughtfully selected based on relevance to current events and ideas. Rubicon has mounted more than 120 mainstage production, including 22 World Premieres.  The company has launched national and international tours. Last year, three Rubicon-originated or developed productions played Off-Broadway. The company has been the recipient of multiple Ovation and Indy Awards, an NAACP Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence,” and the N.Y. Drama Desk Award.



Rubicon is the first and only Equity theatre company in Ventura’s 150+-year history as a charter city of California and the largest non-profit organization in the city, with an annual budget of $2.4 million. The theatre is an integral part of Ventura’s identity as a cultural destination and as “California’s new arts city.” The company is als


o the only fully professional theatre company based in Ventura County. Rubicon is a member of L.A. Stage Alliance. Approximately 22% of attendees come from L.A. County, 12% from Santa Barbara County. Approximately 5% are visitors from out-of-state. The vast majority of attendees come from Western Ventura County.


Rubicon is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors led by Diane Goldenring. The organization is also supported by a 48-member regional Board of Advisors chaired by Susan Van Abel. Both boards are composed of community leaders, entrepreneurs and business leaders. The company receives assistance from a volunteer auxiliary of nearly 200 members. Rubicon employs 11 full-time and 6 part-time employees.






Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, plus a minimum of three-to-five years in increasing responsibility in a senior management role. Expertise in board development, strategic fundraising, and financial management is required. A successful track record in best practices within the non-profit field and a high level of leadership experience is expected. The successful candidate should have a passion for theatre as well as enthusiasm for producing new work.





Vision, Strategy and Leadership
  • Embodies and provides positive and collaborative leadership to the board and staff
  • Partners with the Founding Artistic Directors in the activities of the organization
  • Leads and coordinates the development of the overall annual budget
  • Develops an organizational culture that supports a cohesive, creative, and productive staff
  • Oversees all programs, services, and activities to ensure that Rubicon Theatre Company’s (RTC’s) mission is fulfilled
  • Leads an inclusive strategic planning process, working with Artistic Directors, board, staff and community stakeholders to develop and articulate a visionary plan
  • Cultivates an organization with the highest ethical standards
  • Interviews, hires, and mentors staff, assigns work, and provides performances appraisals on a regular basis
  • Confers with Artistic Directors on artistic and educational programs and provides feedback


Board Relations
  • Works with the Board President, Nominating Chair and Committee to build and maintain the Board of Directors and regional Board of Advisors; arranges orientations, training, annual evaluations and succession plans
  • Engages board members in policy discussions, planning and fundraising
  • Accompanies board members on cultivation and solicitation meetings
  • Prepares for board meetings and committee meetings, assisting Development Associate, Board President, and Board Committee Chairs with agendas and appropriate background materials
  • Directs Rubicon’s fundraising strategies and provides organizational leadership in all aspects of development
  • Inspires and engages stakeholders and the community to support positive fundraising efforts for Rubicon
  • Collaborates with the board and Development Director to develop short- and long-term goals and strategies around all areas of contributed revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governments
  • Mobilizes the board to get in front of top prospects and proactively engage in fundraising activity
  • Identifies and establishes key relationships with potential funders and donors to facilitate the development of new and renewed sources of contributed support
  • Directly solicits a portfolio of supporters and potential supporters
  • Researches and writes grants, requesting assistance from other staff members as needed
  • Coaches and mentors development staff
  • Oversees special event development and execution
Marketing & Public Relations
  • Provides input to Marketing Manager in development of marketing and public relations plans along with Producing Artistic Director
  • Solicits individual, corporate and media sponsors and ensures fulfillment of benefits.


Financial Planning & Control

  • Manages the Business and Operations Manager and financial consultants to provide executive-level financial oversight for the creation and maintenance of sound fiscal policies and procedures
  • Ensures transparency and accuracy in all financial reporting
  • Oversees financial reporting and budgeting process


Organizational Management
  • Oversees all daily operations of Rubicon to ensure the organization runs smoothly
  • Ensures that organizational policies, systems controls, and procedures are in place, adhered to, and regularly reviewed for effectiveness
  • Directs the use of capital and operating funds and identifies needs for facilities, equipment and management
  • Evaluates technology needs and collaborates with staff to find the best systems for support
  • Ensures that all customer data in Vendini and Raiser’s Edge is current
  • Oversees staff recruiting and retention issues
  • Reviews all business contracts and agreements, ensuring accurate preparation and execution
  • Negotiates and oversees contracts with vendors
  • Oversees volunteer coordinator and volunteer programs
External Affairs/Community Outreach
  • Maintains a high profile and represents RTC in the greater community
  • Builds constructive and supportive ongoing relationships with board members, subscribers, sponsors, donors, volunteers, local associations, business leaders, affinity groups, government officials, and other community leaders
  • Along with Artistic Directors, cultivates relationships with peers locally and nationally to encourage the development of new and shared productions, and other joint activities that further RTC’s mission.



The ED will be a dynamic, people-oriented leader who sees the big picture and values frequent interaction with internal and external stakeholders. This individual will be versatile and able to rapidly adapt to changing priorities while maintaining a positive and friendly demeanor. With an ongoing commitment to learning, the successful candidate will inspire the development of a long-term vision with achievable goals and a practical, executable strategy. The selected individual will bring energy, tenacity, passion for the theatre, and a “can-do” attitude.

Other key competencies include the following:

Customer Focus – Commits to customer satisfaction with a high value on multiple stakeholder needs, anticipates challenges, and develops appropriate solutions


Planning and Organizing – Works within established time frames and ascertains top priorities for optimum productivity with procedures, processes, and systems that result in order, accuracy, and efficiency


Goal Achievement – Sets goals that are relevant and attainable and initiates activity without delay


Personal Accountability – Accepts responsibility for the consequences of actions and maintains personal commitment to objectives regardless of the success or failure of those personal decisions.


Compensation and Benefits

The salary is $80,000+ D.O.E., plus performance bonuses, paid time off, medical benefits, and the quality of life that a California beach community offers.


Applications and Inquiries

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

Search Committee

Rubicon Theatre Company

1006 E. Main Street

Ventura, CA  93001



The application deadline is September 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Rubicon Theatre Company provides equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, gender, age, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or political affiliation, except where religion, gender, or age are bona fide job related employment requirements.






Ventura (officially the City of San Buenaventura), is a beach city northwest of Los Angeles, California. It is the seat of the County of Ventura, a charter city of California, The city has a Mediterranean climate, typical of most coastal California cities, with the sea breeze off the Pacific Ocean moderating temperatures. The city is a destination for tourists, particularly those who enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking and surfing.

The city was incorporated in 1866, although archaeological discoveries indicate that humans had populated the region for more than 10,000 years before the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1783, who came upon a Chumash village near the Ventura River. Franciscans opened a mission and the town grew around the compound. The Ventura Pier was built in 1872 and was the longest pier in California. For the next 50 years, the city remained a quiet, rural town focused on agriculture. 


In the 1920s, the Ventura Oil Field was first drilled, producing 90,000 barrels per day at its peak. As the oil industry boomed, so did the auto industry, and travel routes between Ventura and Los Angeles were created. The real estate market expanded to the east, with a number of single story and two-story homes built on former farmland. Many of the towns’ current downtown landmarks were constructed, among them the Ventura Theatre, the Hobson Brothers Meat Packing Company, and the First National Bank of Ventura (later dubbed the Earl Stanley Gardner building).

The city had another boom in the 1960s with the completion of the four-lane Ventura Freeway. By the 1980s, the population had grown to more than 100,000.

Ventura has a total area of 32 square miles, of which 22 miles is land and 10 miles is water. The city boasts more than 40 parks. There are just over 40,000 households, and the median family income is $60,000. The racial make-up is 68% White, 32% Hispanic or Latino of any race, with a very small percentage of Asian, African American and Native American, and Pacific Islander (in descending order).


The city has a small but growing corporate base. Outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia is based in Ventura, as well as Trade Desk, Stewart+Brown, Petunia Pickle Bottom and The Barna group. Top employers are the City and County of Ventura, the school district, Ventura College, Kaiser Permanente, Cal State University, Coleman Welding, Community Memorial Hospital and Target.


In addition to Rubicon, cultural offerings take place at the Ventura County Fairground, The Majestic Ventura Theatre, and at area clubs and restaurants. The fairground is also home to the Ventura Raceway. Ventura is the home to the soccer clubs Ventura County Football Club and Ventura County Fusion, of the USL Premier Development League. A number of new restaurants have sprung up in recent years, complimenting old landmark establishments, making the city a “foodie” paradise.


The major road through Ventura is the Ventura Freeway (U.S. Route 101), connecting the California Central Coast and San Francisco to the north, and Los Angeles to the south. State Route 33, the Ojai Freeway, heads north to Ojai. State Route 126 and State Route 118 head east to Santa Clarita and Simi Valley, respectively.


The East Ventura Station, in the historic Montalvo neighborhood, serves as the western terminus of the Ventura County Line of the Metrolink commuter rail system, which extends to Los Angeles' Union Station. The Ventura Amtrak Station is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Local bus service is provided by Gold Coast Transit. The Downtown Organization sponsors a free Harbor Trolley which makes loops from Downtown to the Ventura Harbor.


Sources: City of Ventura website, Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau, Wikipedia, U.S. Census.