Director of Facilities

Madison Youth Arts Center / Madison, WI

Madison’s Youth Arts Center (MYA) is seeking two positions:  Director of Community Partnerships and Director of Facilities to serve as co-leaders for this new facility. Both positions report directly to the Board of Directors.

The search committee will be accepting applications for both positions until they are filled but to receive first consideration, please apply by December 31, 2020. Ideally, candidates will be available to start by February 15, 2021. To apply:

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MYA is an equal opportunity employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

We value diversity and inclusion and seek to build and maintain a community and culture that celebrates and values diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives. We consider equivalent combinations of experience and education for jobs, and all candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.


After years of dreaming for a permanent, youth-focused, high-quality home for youth arts providers in our community, a lead gift in October 2018 by Pleasant Rowland and an incredible partnership with Stone House Development has pushed this idea to reality. Set to open in summer 2021, the facility will provide youth arts providers space to affordably and comfortably do their work now and for decades to come.

OUR MISSION: Ensure opportunities for young people to express themselves, discover the arts, and create connections. Serve as home for the Children’s Theater of Madison and Madison Youth Choirs.

OUR VISION: By 2025, the Madison Youth Arts Center will be recognized and valued as a vibrant community space. Youth from all backgrounds will explore, create, and connect through an array of impactful arts programming that evolves with the mission of those who call the center home.


Discovery: We celebrate activities that nurture young people’s curiosity, bring together youth from diverse backgrounds and create community through the exchange of ideas.

Inclusion: We welcome all young people to experience the arts and we strive to foster a sense of belonging among all involved.

Collaboration: We pursue connections that create shared experiences, cultivate insight, and inspire growth.

A $35M fundraising campaign is nearly completed with just $1.5M left to raise. With this campaign we are fully funding the construction and furnishing of the building; establishing a permanent endowment for long-term capital expenditures; and most importantly, committing $5-6M for an access fund that will enable the center to operate while providing affordable, accessible space to youth arts program providers from throughout Madison. In short, the access fund supports a long-term business plan that is NOT dependent on the budgets of non-profits who are already under-resourced.

Director of Facilities

Salary Range: $60-85K
Status: Full-Time
Benefits: Full benefits package


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Director of Facilities will share leadership of Madison’s Youth Arts Center (MYA) with the Director of Community Partnerships. The Directors will work together as equal partners to collaboratively set the organization’s vision, and steward its mission to ensure opportunities for young people to express themselves, discover the arts, and create connections. Both Directors will lead with warmth, authenticity, and openness, implementing the organization’s commitment to inclusion, exploration, and collaboration in serving diverse young artists and the organizations that support them (including anchor partners, Madison Youth Choirs and Children’s Theater of Madison). The Director of Facilities will hold primary responsibility for overseeing the operations of the building, and leading the budgeting and scheduling processes for the organization.

Preferred number of years and type of relevant work experience:

  • 5 years, minimum, of management experience with a track record of progressive responsibility in an operations or production role
  • Experience managing numerous, complex projects through periods of growth and change, with expert organizational and project management skills
  • Experience in the not-for-profit arts sector preferred, with a preference towards organizations serving young people

Principal Responsibilities:

The Director of Facilities shares leadership of the following areas with the Director of Community Partnerships:

  • With the Board of Directors, develop and foster the organization’s mission and vision
  • Co-cultivate a positive organizational culture, supported by the organizational structure, that welcomes diversity, inspires creativity, and fosters community and the exchange of ideas
  • Pursue a strategic approach to organizational and budgetary planning guided by foresight for opportunity, a love of youth arts programming, and proactive approaches to civic engagement
  • Together with the Board, anchor partners, and others, serve as an ambassador for MYA in the community
  • Co-lead hiring and human resources with an emphasis on cultivating diversity and providing growth opportunities for all center staff
  • Engage in and oversee fundraising, including cultivating donor relationships and eventually serving as co-supervisor for a potential future Development Specialist (yet to be hired)
  • Lead the planning and implementation of an equitable, inclusive, and expanding use of the MYAC facility by the anchor organizations and community program providers, including overseeing the scheduling/booking of space

The Director of Facilities has primary leadership of the following areas:

  • Oversee all aspects of general building operations and systems to ensure smooth and gracious service to MYAC constituent groups
  • Negotiate building systems contracts, local, regional, and state agency permits and licenses filings, intellectual and property rights, etc. on behalf of the organization
  • Supervise and provide oversight of all capital projects and building maintenance
  • Create scheduling and space use policies and procedures for the building and communicate those to all user groups
  • Lead the annual organizational budgeting process
  • Develop and create accurate and appropriate budgets for facilities functions and general operations
  • Select, implement, and administer a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
  • Lead, manage, engage, and motivate technical/facilities support staff and contractors
  • Ensure safety within the context of a public assembly facility, extending to Guest Services management (gathering and responding to complaints, providing for patron special needs, etc.)
  • Be a welcoming presence and fixture at the center

Qualities Needed:

  • A collaborative, transparent, team-oriented approach to work
  • Demonstrated skills in writing and vetting contracts
  • Keen negotiating skills
  • Financial acumen with knowledge of legal requirements and contractual concepts
  • Demonstrated experience establishing and administering budgets, and leading financial and organizational planning
  • Experience maximizing the operational efficiency of a building and a willingness to gain proficiency in operating/modifying the Building Automation System (BAS)
  • Basic understanding of building technologies such as VOIP phones systems, fire alarm systems, security cameras and access control, and lighting control
  • Familiarity with mechanical systems, including the ability to diagnose problems and engage proper service providers
  • The ability to successfully coalesce multiple strong personalities and opinions
  • Strategic thinking with vision and strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated success developing and cultivating relationships with diverse stakeholders and guiding diverse and varied staff with skill and sensitivity
  • The ability to be a trusted, calm decision-maker and problem-solver
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, with demonstrated desire and ability to find innovative ways to sustain and expand an organization and its initiatives
  • Experience leading and motivating teams of staff and volunteers with an assured and inclusive sense of purpose
  • Excitement for considering new ideas and pursue deeper understanding of unfamiliar insights
  • Grant-writing experience a plus, but not required