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The Franklin Theatre

Director of Programming & Partnerships

The Franklin Theatre


Job Summary

The Director will curate performing arts programs and series, concerts, live theater, community events and films. The individual will also oversee the theater’s ticketing services, box office, event and group sales, community relations and educational outreach. The ideal candidate will have creative and operational experience with non-profit arts organizations and will continue to raise the profile of The Franklin Theatre locally, regionally and nationally.

Job Responsibilities

To perform this job, an individual must perform each essential function satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Collaborate with the Theatre Managing Director and Heritage Foundation COO on long-term strategic planning cycle for the organization that identifies performing arts, education and event/group sales goals.
  • Oversee and support the Ticketing & Supporter Relations Manager (who oversees the hourly box office staff), Event & Group Sales Manager (2022) and Community Relations & Educational Outreach Coordinator (2022)
  • Collaborate with shared service marketing, development and finance teams
  • In partnership with Managing Director, manage an annual earned revenue budget of $2 Million and programming and event expense budget of $1 Million
  • Manage the Theatre’s master calendar of events, serving as gatekeeper for all scheduling
  • Serve as the theater’s curator and buyer of performing arts, live music, entertainment and films
  • Develop programming that serves the theater’s core audience (representative of ~20% of Williamson County) but also expands reach to new and different audience segments
  • Demonstrate consistent comprehensive understanding of contract management through all phases, including but not limited to negotiation, creation, execution and enforcement of all agreement facets in support of the goals and objectives of the Franklin Theatre.
  • Establish and nurture mutually beneficial partnerships with local and regional organizations to produce authentic programs and events that further all associated missions. Organizations include, but are not limited to the Theatre’s parent organization and its divisions – Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Downtown Franklin Association and Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens – as well as Act Too Players, Americana Music Festival & Conference, Bluegrass Along the Harpeth, Boys and Girls Club, City of Franklin, Country Music Association, Downtown Franklin Rotary, Kiwanis Club, NAMM, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Studio Tenn, Tin Pan South, VisitFranklin (Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau), etc.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships through effective influence with industry partners, stakeholders (public and private funders) and producing partners
  • With staff and volunteer support, develop and implement community engagement and educational outreach plans.
  • Lead the process of timely performing arts grant application preparation and reporting.
  • Assume the role of Manager-on-Duty (MOD) as scheduled.
  • Regular and reliable attendance
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum of 7 – 10 years of proven success in the arts, non-profit entertainment industry or related sector. Visionary artistic leader with significant experience as a performing arts professional.

  • Other Qualifications:
    Strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability and sound business acumen.
  • Outstanding leadership skills and superior strategic planning skills.
  • Strong collaborative decision-making abilities.
  • Effective delegation skills and ability to hold staff accountable to high standards of professionalism.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Passion and commitment to the performing arts and their value to society.
  • General knowledge of computer applications for the frequent use of electronic mail, word processing, data entry, spreadsheets, graphics, etc.
  • Must be able to handle multiple, simultaneous projects and tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Must be detail oriented and organized with the ability to perform duties under pressure, prioritize workload and meet deadlines and budgets.
  • Must have the aptitude and ability to self-direct work.
  • Ability to exhibit flexibility while working in ambiguous, evolving situations.
  • Ability to work irregular hours and weekends.

Additional Information


Medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off and more.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter (with salary requirements) to Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN COO Meg Hershey at No phone calls, please.


  • Date Posted: July 12, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture