President & Chief Executive Officer – David A Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates


A Cultural Management Consulting Firm




Tampa, Florida


The President & Chief Executive Officer provides the overall institutional and creative vision, ensuring the Straz remains a forum for wide-ranging artistic expression that serves diverse audiences, and spearheads outreach and education initiatives.  Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President & CEO is responsible for overall artistic, operational, and financial oversight including

strategic planning, annual/capital/endowment campaigns, staff leadership, board and government relations, revenue generation, cost control, financial stability, artistic/educational programming, community engagement, and the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Straz Center’s mission is to inspire, educate, and enrich its entire community through the transformative power of the performing arts.

With an annual operating budget of $40M to $50M, the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is the largest presenting and producing institution in the Southeast, hosting more than 1,600 performances, conferences, training activities, business, and community events annually.  A 335,000 square-foot campus with six distinct performance venues (capacities ranging from 150 to 2600), three restaurants, and the fully-accredited Patel Conservatory, the Straz is the largest not-for-profit cultural organization in Florida. It consistently ranks in the Top 10 Performing Arts Centers in the world by Billboard, Venues Today, and Pollstar.

In 2017 the Straz Center began developing its new Master Plan to create an iconic  community gathering space: opening its lobbies to the Riverwalk and adding roof-top terraces, a water-side bistro, a multi-purpose pavilion/events space for up to 500 people, a signature restaurant, and the expansion of performance and educational facilities to be more welcoming and multi-functional.

Besides the transformation of the physical spaces, the campaign will also focus on growing the endowment fund (currently at $70 million).  The overall campaign goal is $100 million, ($40 million has been raised to date).

The ideal candidate will have seven to ten years of proven success in a leadership position with managing a large, complicated performing arts facility or cultural organization, coupled with the ability to excite and mobilize a community with a clearly defined vision of artistic excellence, and imagination.

An industry professional with existing networks within the cultural sector, especially in Broadway.  Comprehensive knowledge of many performing arts forms and all aspects of arts venue management.  Knowledge of both presenting and producing.   Knowledge of, and passion for Opera would be useful.

A graduate degree in arts, arts management, or not-for-profit administration/business is preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications with an excellent benefits package.  Deadline for applications: Monday, February 28, 2022.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, with a list of references, in confidence to:

Margaret Genovese

Senior Partner

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

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