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Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA, United States
20 days ago
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, California, United States
20 days ago


About Segerstrom Center for the Arts:

Founded in 1986 as the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s premier cultural institutions, presenting a broad range of world-class performances and innovative education programs to an increasingly diverse, enthusiastic, and growing audience. The Center engages new and existing audiences with one of the most eclectic performing arts programs in the country, including an internationally acclaimed dance series, top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, leading artists from classical music, family entertainment, up-and-coming indie bands, contemporary theatre, and performance artists, and many more. World premieres, free performances, festivals, workshops, and other innovative programs invite audiences to explore the arts in new ways.  

Each year, the Center impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of students through engaging education programs that enhance their creative development, excite their imaginations, and improve their academic performance.  Annually, the Center’s programs and events enhance the human condition for over 500,000 guests.  The Center welcomes all to explore dynamic, multi-faceted productions, performances, and programs at the heart of Segerstrom Center for the Arts—a place of innovation and tradition where creativity, culture, and community connect. 


Segerstrom Center for the Arts believes in the power of performing arts to transform lives and that the shared experience and exploration of the arts will help unite Orange County, creating a more culturally connected and vital community.  We will help shape the Orange County of the future through meaningful collaborations with diverse communities, embracing creativity in all its forms and enabling a more inclusive, vibrant performing arts scene at the Center and across the region.

We will maintain the excellence of our core artistic and educational programs while demonstrating the entrepreneurial resolve to extend resources, know-how and creativity into these communities we engage. The Center will be transformed into a cultural center and dynamic town square deeply engrained in the fabric of our community, artistically ambitious, yet accessible to all, one that shines as the very model of the successful performing arts center of the future. We will show that together we thrive when we make the arts matter.

Position Summary:

As a leading cultural organization, the Center has the opportunity to both contribute to and benefit from the variety of perspectives, expertise, priorities, and resources resulting from robust engagement with its many diverse communities.  This enhanced and comprehensive level of engagement is essential to the continued excellence of artistic and educational programs and the Center’s long-term relevance to the constantly changing community in which it exists.  This position will focus on achieving that critical goal by helping ensure the Center implements key elements of its long-range plan, connecting with its diverse stakeholders in ways that add value to their communities and trigger their active engagement with the Center.  These efforts will enhance the Center’s current engagement focus with diverse constituencies as a core value and key performance driver to its future success. 

This role will report to the President and work closely with all other Center Vice Presidents.  The Vice President of Community Engagement (VPCE) will help ensure the Center implements its new initiatives and utilizes its cultural resources to maximize its capacity to positively impact the quality of life in its community while strengthening the quality and sustainability of its core programs.  The VP will serve on the Center’s senior team and provide leadership and advocacy, institution-wide, for these new initiatives and innovative engagement strategies.  Responsibilities will include implementation of planned programs and initiatives as outlined in the Center’s long-range plan and the development of and refinement of other innovative engagement strategies that are as interactive, immersive, and emotionally engaging for the following constituencies:

Internal constituencies (Center staff, artists, board, and donors)

  1. Center audiences and patrons
  2. Orange County’s diverse communities
  3. Community partners working with the Center representing the Center without Boundaries.

The VPCE will work actively with members of the Center’s Board, senior staff, and community leaders to drive the execution of Center engagement strategies, with clear metrics for success, to advance an institution-wide culture that values these goals and helps maximize their impact on Center programs and the community.   This culture will be based on an exceptionally collaborative, team-oriented staff who deliver on the Center’s strategic engagement goals.



  1. Direction of Center engagement strategy through stakeholder initiatives, campaigns, programs, events, and social media activities.
  2. Responsible for devising and implementing the wide range of community engagement programs currently taking place in its Argyros Plaza and throughout the institution, as well as the development and coordination of new engagement initiatives with external stakeholders
  3. Work in partnership with the Executive VP, responsible for the development and refinement of a full range of programs including the establishment of a “Friends of Center for Dance” and/or “Friends of the ABT/Gillespie School,” new dance programs, school scholarships, and internet-based engagement strategies. Responsible for the development, implementation, and direction of effective new civic practice-focused community partnerships and the refinement of existing community partnerships (e.g., CHOC Hospital, Camp Pendleton, Easter Seals, Orange County Asian and Pacific Islanders Community Alliance, and Alzheimer’s Orange County) as part of the Center Without Boundaries program.
  4. Responsible for continuous research into innovative new engagement strategies and tools and implementation of related pilot projects.
  5. Direction of Engagement Team responsible for implementing new audience development initiatives for all genres presented.
  6. Collaborate with VP of Marketing to ensure all Engagement programs are adequately promoted and publicized.
  7. Assess, with President, current community engagement strategies; retain and strengthen those that work, and in collaboration with Center leadership, redesign and/or revise less than fully effective strategies
  8. Working collaboratively with VPs and other staff institution-wide and with input from community leaders and volunteers, devise a plan to lead to greater participation, interactivity, and stronger ties between the Center and all constituencies it seeks to engage.
  9. Work with colleagues to develop programming that actively and meaningfully engages all constituencies, including those internal to the Center.
  10. Ensure that having a diverse staff and volunteer base remains an institutional priority.
  11. Facilitation of cross-departmental collaboration activity to leverage impact and engagement both internally and externally
  12. Advocate for and foster active community engagement and dialogue between the Center and its constituencies. In doing so, promote a robust and sustainable exchange of ideas and relationships between the Center and leading nonprofit, public, philanthropic, corporate, and other organizations throughout the broader civic sector.
  13. Other duties as assigned to support the Center’s goals and realization of its institutional mission, with all such activities aligned with the Center’s Long-Range Plan.
  14. Lead Community Engagement Committee comprised on both Board and non-Board Community Leaders.
  15. Oversee Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities programming

Reporting Relationships:

This position has three (3) direct reports, the Director of Community Engagement, Manager of Community Engagement, and Coordinator.  The VP also works collaboratively with the President, the Vice Presidents of Marketing and Education, the Executive Vice President, other Center departments, and the Board of Directors to support the Center’s mission and goals.

Qualifications and experience:

  • A passionate and innovative strategist with the energy and ability to significantly elevate the importance and positioning of the full range of Center engagement strategies both within and outside the institution
  • A creative, entrepreneurial executive possessing a goal-oriented approach that facilitates the generation of new ideas, positive collaborative energy, and the utilization of strategies that will broaden the base of involvement, institution-wide, with Center engagement activities.
  • Experience working with and cultivating volunteer leaders and senior Board leadership
  • Experience working with high-level community leaders, including those in business, education, human services, and government; knowledge of and experience working with such leaders in Orange County a plus
  • Strong critical thinking and writing skills are essential to the position
  • Strong computer aptitude; skill in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; experience with donor database management; familiarity with the Tessitura database a plus
  • Experience or knowledge of the performing arts a plus
  • Fluency in a language spoken by a large portion of the Orange County community is a plus

Personal Attributes

The successful candidate will embrace the essential components of a strong team: open communication, trust, confidentiality, respect, loyalty, and shared vision.  Additionally, the candidate will possess:

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple, high-priority projects simultaneously in a timely and professional manner within a fast-paced environment
  • The desire to help others and a willingness to work as part of a team
  • Strong sense of urgency and persistence in achieving goals and completing projects
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and project management skills; attention to detail is critical
  • Strong work ethic and a good sense of humor are essential
  • Ability to attend cultivation donor events and/or performances during the week and/or weekends at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands listed below represent those that an employee must meet to perform this job’s essential functions successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit at a workstation in an office or cubicle, regularly work with a computer and use the telephone.  The employee may also be required to drive to scheduled events and or meetings.  The employee must also have clear speaking ability and must have sufficient hearing to communicate effectively.  The employee must be able to operate a vehicle and must maintain a valid driver’s license.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58485613
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • Position Title: Vice President of Community Engagement
  • Company Name: Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Area of Focus: Art/Culture and Humanities
  • Job Function: Community Relations/Outreach
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $140,000.00 - $140,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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