5/18/20 update: as the world wrestles with the coronavirus pandemic, closing all spaces like ours where people congregate, we have decided this is a perfect time for us to reflect, regroup, re-evaluate, and re-focus ourselves. Re-invigorating our board of directors and the volunteer committees under the board are a big part of that.
Do you have two hours a month — the average length of a play — to help Your Friendly Neighborhood Theater Company? Take a seat on our board! We are currently accepting applications for both 2020 and 2021.
Serving on a board might sound scary (or, let’s be honest, boring), but we assure you that when it comes to Jobsite not much could be further from the truth. Put your passion for live theater to work!
As a small not-for-profit, Jobsite does not have a large full-time staff to help with initiatives like audience development and fundraising, and so that’s primarily where we look to our board for help. Also because of our size the board is not burdened with day-to-day operations of the theater like marketing, play selection or the hiring of artists, or theatrical production. The Straz Center takes care of all of our front of house needs like the box office, concessions, house management and ushering, security, and maintenance.
So, what are some of the things our board and our committees do?
- Help reach into more corners of the community. One of the greatest challenges we face is folks simply not knowing we’re here. The more people we can attract to our board who are active in their respective communities, the better our chances of fixing that.
- Offer valuable insights and diverse perspectives. It’s important for us to have an inclusive group that reflects the region’s rich diversity who also share a passion for our unique brand of theater. Our board helps advise in a way that offers a wider perspective than we may be able to immediately see as “part of the choir” or because of our own cultural blind-spots.
- Help get people into the theater. That’s why we do theater, right? For it to be experienced by all in a full theater crackling with that magical energy? Some folks are great at social media or promotional ideas. Others might know a reporter to pitch a unique story. Maybe you have thoughts on one-night special events that fits a particular time of year or theme of a show. If this sounds appealing, our marketing committee is waiting!
- Help plan and execute special events. We currently do two seasonal parties (an announcement in the spring and a kick-off in the fall) and two online days of giving (April and November). We need help securing food and drinks, drawing and auction items, setting up and decorating, and so on. We also need folks who can be “boots on the ground” at the events to help things run smoothly. All of this awaits in our development committee!
We know people hear “board of directors” and may think you need to be a lawyer or CEO or write a big fat check to be invited. Hey, keeping it real, we like those things, too, but we don’t ask for a minimum donation or fancy resume to be considered. Jobsite’s board is here to help ensure the long-term stability of the company and there are numerous ways that you can contribute.
Requirements are minimal: we ask that board members attend an hour-long full general meeting every other month (usually the second Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, and teleconferencing is available) and serve on at least one committee based on where they think they can best contribute. 100% of our board members donate to the organization, but there is no set minimum amount, and we ask that board members hold a current season pass (neither are required to join a committee).
We offer a few perks in return, usually in the way of free tickets to bring friends and access to special events through the year. Being a Jobsite board member also means making new connections, new friends, and helping make the region a better place to live, work, and play. One of the most meaningful benefits is the feeling of pride in knowing you’re helping us reach over 15,000 people every year with engaging professional theater, that you’re helping enrich the lives of 4,500 middle and high school students annually through our outreach, and that you’re helping employ up to 60 regional artists every season.
The contributions of our board and committees allow us to do more ambitious and better quality work while undertaking initiatives that impact not only our region but the whole industry. If any of this this interests you, fill out this self-nomination form and let’s connect. If you have questions before going that far, we would love to hear from you!
Stephanie Clegg, Board Chair
David Jenkins, Producing Artistic Director