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Executive Director of O’Shaughnessy

St. Catherine University | Saint Paul, MN
Salary Range: $110,000 - $120,000 annually

Executive Director of O’Shaughnessy

Position Summary
St. Catherine University and the Office of Institutional Advancement invite applications for the position of the Executive Director at The O’Shaughnessy.

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The O’Shaughnessy is one of the Twin Cities’ premiere venues for the performing arts. While performances in its 50-year history have represented many genres, in recent years the focus has been primarily on dance companies, most led by women and artists of color. O’Shaughnessy artists represent high artistic achievement, acknowledged by critical acclaim and support by national funding organizations. The Executive Director of The O’Shaughnessy (EDOS) aligns the vision for the venue with the mission of the university, leading all strategic, curatorial, operational, business and financial initiatives. To execute the vision, the EDOS creates partnerships with faculty, students, staff that integrate the venue’s programmatic focus into academic and student life, and business arrangements that fully utilize The O’Shaughnessy and campus assets for the benefit of the university and the community-at-large.

In the past four years, national artists that The O’Shaughnessy has hosted included Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Anoushka Shankar, Tori Amos, Toshi Reagon, and Arlo Guthrie. Minnesota-based artists have included Ananya Dance Theatre, TU Dance, Ragamala Dance Company, and James Sewell Ballet. Pre-COVID, The O’Shaughnessy served over 75,000 patrons annually with over 200 rehearsal or event days per year. Presentations are frequently done in collaboration with area presenters such as the Ordway, Walker Art Center, and Northrop.

  • Set the vision and strategic direction for the venue, in conjunction with the university’s mission, vision, values, and priorities.
  • Applying the University focus to an outward stance, develop community partnerships for programming, marketing, business, fundraising, and networking opportunities.
  • Create, seek and secure a variety of programming, local and national, that services both a general and campus audience, establishing the venue as an important cultural asset to the University and regional communities.
  • Oversee the brand and marketing strategy, positioning The O’Shaughnessy for success in a crowded and competitive marketplace.
  • Build relationships with the advisory board, funders, agents, artists, clients, and other key associates that are crucial to the venue’s fiscal and curatorial success.
  • Build, manage, and maintain The O’Shaughnessy advisory committee, in compliance with Minnesota State Arts Board and university guidelines.
  • Serve as the organization’s chief spokesperson to constituencies in both internal and external communities.
  • Intersect with campus committees to establish The O’Shaughnessy as a cultural center of campus life.
  • Lead all revenue-producing initiatives, including fund development in partnership with University Institutional Advancement, business initiatives, rentals, promoters, and sponsorships.
  • Lead, manage, and provide oversight to all operational, financial, and business initiatives.
  • Lead a team of theater and administrative professionals for a venue that has maintained a consistent schedule of over 200 rehearsal/event days a year and services over 75,000 patrons annually (pre-COVID)

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Eight (8) years of arts leadership and management experience.
  • Five (5) years of related experience.
  • Five (5) years of curatorial experience, ideally in a major urban market.
  • Experience motivating, inspiring and maintaining a highly-effective workforce.
  • Experience building positive relationships with a wide variety of individuals and organizations in order to work collaboratively, innovate rapidly, and create future plans.
  • Vision and passion for the performing arts.
  • Organizational and administrative expertise, including budgeting, not-for-profit accounting, fiscal reporting, contract negotiation, programming, marketing, fundraising, and organizational operations of a performing arts venue.
  • Respectful, welcoming, and engaging approach to people of all cultures, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families, and communities.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree.
• A wide range of experience in and understanding of the performing art and venue market, both locally and nationally.
• Established relationships with Twin Cities arts, funding, and business communities.
• History of effective fundraising on a local, regional and national level.
• Experience working cooperatively with a large variety of clientele, including artists, community organizations, promoters, and university departments.

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university’s commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement
St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for STAFF
The wage range established for this position is $110,000 to $120,000 annually.
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First consideration will be given to applications submitted by December 6, 2021.

Given the way campus life inherently puts people in close proximity to each other, including residence and dining halls, classrooms, and gatherings, the University has determined that a vaccination requirement is the best way to keep our community safe and prevent potential outbreaks as we return to more regular, in-person operations. St. Catherine University is requiring all students, faculty (including adjuncts contracted for the fall semester and beyond), staff, and residents age 12 and older to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series unless the University approves a medical or religious accommodation or other accommodation/exemption as required by applicable law. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation before beginning work. For more information, visit

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