Do you have an hour or two a month to spare and a desire to help Your Friendly Neighborhood Theater Company? We’d love to have you on board!
Serving on a board might sound scary or boring, but we can assure you that when it comes to Jobsite not much could be further than the truth. Can I try to bottom-line it a little bit? Bear with me.
I’m sort of a one-man gang as the only full-time paid staff member for the company. That means there are basically whole departments that don’t exist here that you would see at a larger company. If the work gets done — it’s usually me. I rely on the board to help me with important things I can’t possibly do on my own:
- Help us reach into more corners of the community. One of the greatest challenges we face is a lot of folks simply do not know we’re here or what we do. The more folks we have who are active in their communities or workplaces, the better we can do. This specific need can essentially be called ambassadorship.
- Offer us valuable insights and perspective. It is important that we do what we can to have an inclusive group that reflects Tampa’s rich diversity who also have a passion for theater. Though the board does not pick the shows or directly hire artists, they do approve the season and our budgets. Perspective is a good thing.
- Help us on a show-to-show basis in getting folks into the theater. Some folks are great at social media or creative in coming up with promotion ideas or coming up with a reporter to reach out to for a unique story. Maybe they have a specific idea for a one-night only kind of special event that fits the time of year or theme of the show. If this sounds appealing, our marketing committee is waiting!
- Help us plan and execute special events. We currently do two smaller parties (a season announcement and a season kick-off) and our annual ROCK GALA. We need help in securing food and drink partners, items for drawings and auctions, event setup and decoration, and so on. We also need folks who can be “boots on the ground” at these events and help things run smoothly. We have spots for either kind of individual on our development committee!
I know people hear “board of directors” and think you need to be like a lawyer or CEO or write some big fat check to be invited. Hey, look, we like those things, too, but we don’t ask for a minimum donation or fancy resume to be considered. The board is here to help steer us and plan for our long-term health and success, but there are a lot of tasks that folks can do that are just as valuable as giving.
Stated even more simply, I can’t do this myself. I need “do-ers.” These tasks all build community, get people in the door, and help us create more donors and season passholders.
We ask that board members attend an hour-long full general meeting every other month (usually the second Monday from 6-7pm, and teleconferencing is available) and serve on a committee based on where they think they can best contribute.
We offer some perks in return for help, usually in the way of tickets and access to events. I think one of the best benefits has to the feeling of pride in helping us reach over 15,000 people every year, including up to 3,000 students, while employing up to 60 artists every season who are being taken care of better and better. The contributions of the board allow us to do bigger and better work, and undertake new initiatives that not only impact our region but possibly the whole industry.
If you have an interest, fill out this self-nomination form. We’ll get in touch soon and see what we can make happen. If you have questions before filling it out, you know where to find me
I’d love to have you on board, I truly need good folks to help me make this company better.
David M. Jenkins, Producing Artistic Director