Q Theatre's creative approach to recruiting

Q, Auckland’s newest performing arts venue, will open this September and are now recruiting the management team tasked with welcoming the public through its doors.

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Q, Auckland’s newest performing arts venue, will open this September and are now recruiting the management team tasked with welcoming the public through its doors.

Q, Auckland’s newest performing arts venue, will open this September and are now recruiting the management team tasked with welcoming the public through its doors. The organisation has advertised asking for expressions of interest from anyone who has expertise in key management areas and Q will create its organisational structure and job descriptions based on the best mix of those who apply.

Led by Director, Carla Theunissen, Q are looking for a management team responsible for all elements of the theatre: Business Management (HR, IT, Finance and Reporting, Ticketing, Business Planning); Operations (Venue Sales, OSH, Front of House, Technical/Production, Building Management); Development (Fundraising, Sponsorship); Marketing and Communications (Branding, Customer Relations Management, Audience Development, Campaign Management, Online Marketing, Public Relations, Market Research); Programming or Producing (Budgeting, Contracting, Artist Liaison).

“Often people in the arts have a mixed bag of skill sets – they’ll have pockets of experience in finance, fundraising or programming and I’d hate for people not to apply to Q because we were too tied to job descriptions. We’re also interested in hearing from people who may not work in the arts but have the right skills and a strong interest.” Says, Ms Theunissen

Seeking applications from people who have what Ms Theunissen calls “a pick-n-mix skill set”, Q will fine-tune the roles around the people who apply, building a team that is complementary to each other and who are capable of working collaboratively.

The company does have an organisational structure and job titles in mind, but is flexible about how things will be structured, dependant on who applies and what skills and qualities they bring to the table. It’s an ethos that Ms Theunissen says fits perfectly with the venue itself, being a flexible space that re-configures its seating and staging depending on what each show requires.

“We’re in the very unique situation of being a business that’s got a 10 year history but is essentially in start up mode. So we have a clean slate with which to build a great close-knit team to lead the running of the theatre.” Says, Ms Theunissen.

Q are taking applications and enquiries until Wednesday 15th June 2011; more details can be found at www.thebigidea.co.nz/qrecruitment

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Q Theatre

24 May 2011

Q is an independent, multi-purpose performing arts venue at 305 Queen Street, in the heart of Auckland's Aotea Arts Precinct.