Join our team The Hult Center is seeking a managing director

Create unforgettable experiences

Every day, the Hult Center is relentless in pursuing its mission to lead with excellence, elevating the human spirit, strengthening our communities and supporting economic vitality through the power and possibilities of the performing arts.

We are looking for the next leader for our world-class performing arts center.

Crowds enjoy the "Experience Hendrix Project" in the Hult Center's Silva Concert Hall


a strategic and visionary leader with a passion for venue management who understands the performing arts central role in a healthy community.

About the opportunity:

The Hult Center Managing Director oversees the strategic direction and facility operations of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, focusing on revenue generation, financial management and capital planning.

Photo: Ólafur Arnalds performs on the Soreng Theatre stage

The Hult Center holds a unique place in the cultural life of the Pacific Northwest. The largest performing arts center between San Francisco and Portland, the Hult offers arts and culture experiences that draw audiences from throughout the region.

The managing director will join a leadership team invested in providing unforgettable experiences to all audiences. The Hult welcomes people from throughout the community to explore a wide range of cultural offerings, from our four resident companies, the city’s leading dance and music companies, to national tours of Broadway shows, to international performing artists and exemplary children’s programming!

Photo: M83 onstage in the Silva Concert Hall

The Hult Center is truly the artistic heart of the city, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead the team in deepening and strengthening the foundation of an already irreplaceable community asset.

In addition to programming and education presented by the Hult, the center is proud to be home to Eugene’s Resident Companies, which include the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Ballet, Eugene Concert Choir and Ballet Fantastique. Beginning in 1982, the long and rich history between these organizations has served as a beacon signaling the community's values towards the arts and a fundamental identity for the Eugene area.

Resident Companies play a crucial role in Eugene’s arts and economic ecosystem by presenting performance-based art, conceived locally by Eugene's own and reflecting the unique spirit of our shared region. They contribute to local employment, stimulate economic growth, and enhance the overall quality of life by fostering a sense of community. Eugene’s Resident Companies engage in philanthropy, support local initiatives, conduct arts education, and contribute directly to the future viability of the cultural sector. Their ongoing success is vital to attract talent, encourage innovation, and create a diverse business landscape, making Eugene a resilient, vibrant, and desirable city for current and future residents and visitors.

The managing director serves as the administrative leader of the Hult Center and receives general direction from the Cultural Services Director.

They also provide complex operational and staff support to the Cultural Services Director, and collaborate with the City's broader Library, Recreation and Cultural Services team.

Photo: Audience members get in on the fun at resident company Eugene Symphony's May the Fourth concert

Job Description

Here's what we'll be trusting you with

  • Develops and implements strategies to maximize revenue generation through event programming, venue rentals, sponsorships and partnerships.
  • Oversees the financial management of the Hult Center, including budget development, forecasting, monitoring and revision.
  • Responsible for efficient facility operations and maintenance, preventive safety measures and safe equipment.
  • Leads capital planning initiatives for facility improvements and upgrades, working closely with stakeholders to prioritize projects and secure funding.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the financial performance of the Hult Center, identifying areas for improvement and implementing solutions to enhance efficiency and profitability.
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  • Directs, oversees and participates in the development of the section work plan; prioritizes and assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors workflow; implements policies and procedures; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
  • Represents the Hult Center in negotiations with artists, promoters and other stakeholders to secure high-profile performances and events.
  • Collaborates with marketing and sales teams to develop innovative promotional campaigns and drive ticket sales and attendance.
  • Cultivates relationships with local businesses, community organizations and funding agencies to support the mission and goals of the Hult Center.
Photo: "Performing Frogs" (1982), by David Gilhooly, is one of many public art installations in the Hult Center
  • Responsible for the selection, supervision and evaluation of staff; assigns work and ensures appropriate training is provided; investigates complaints; recommends and administers disciplinary actions; handles sensitive personnel matters and recommends grievance responses; exercises full supervision over employees.
  • Provides leadership and direction to staff, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration and continuous improvement.
  • Provides complex operational staff assistance to the Cultural Services Director; prepares and presents staff reports and other correspondence; backfills the role of Cultural Services Director as needed.
  • Acts as a liaison between the Hult Center and other city departments, advisory boards and community groups; makes professional presentations regarding industry trends, annual reports, and other information to a variety of organizations.
  • Actively supports and respects diversity in the workplace.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • You can read the online classification specifications for the position here.
Photo: Penn & Teller wow audiences with their magic

Your areas of expertise and knowledge

(that matter the most for this role)

Before we get into that... Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows men apply for jobs when they fulfill an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend only to apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. So, whether you're returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition or taking the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar.


The successful candidate will need knowledge of:

  • Revenue generation strategies and best practices in the performing arts industry.
  • Financial management principles and practices, including budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis.
  • Capital planning and project management processes.
  • Marketing and sales techniques for securing/promoting performing arts events and attracting audiences.
  • Developing reports and presentations related to the business of publicly managed facilities.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions related to the work done by various work groups.
  • Local government policies, procedures and regulations related to cultural services.
  • Effective leadership and management styles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management, including those related to unionized environments and collective bargaining agreements.
Photo: Pamyua performs Inuit-soul fusion at the Hult Center

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to analyze complex issues and develop effective solutions.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with experience supervising and motivating staff.
  • Financial acumen, with the ability to develop and manage budgets, analyze financial data and make data-driven decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret, negotiate and administer a variety of service contracts and agreements.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including outside agencies, organizations and community groups.
  • Strong presentation skills, with the ability to prepare and present effective reports and communications on a variety of complex information.
  • Creativity and innovation, with a demonstrated ability to advance the mission and goals of the Hult Center.
  • Ability to work irregular and flexible hours
Photo: Buddy Guy performs with the Experience Hendrix Project

Education and experience:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in arts management, business administration, technical theater, finance or a related field.

Master’s Degree preferred.


Five years of responsible professional experience in revenue generation, financial management and/or capital planning in a performing arts or cultural organization, including two years in a managerial or full supervisory capacity.

Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate, valid Oregon driver's license.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an office environment. Daily standing and sitting for prolonged periods and regular focus on a computer screen. Attendance at meetings or activities outside normal working hours and including weekends is expected. The position requires operation of a motor vehicle on public roads.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

The City of Eugene is committed to a respectful work environment. We value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally responsive services to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion we desire to welcome, respect, and create a sense of belonging for a wide range of identities and experiences in our workforce. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

Photo: Drum Tao brings its incredible performance to the Silva stage

Other details


Salary Range $115,897.60 - 156,457.60 annually

The City of Eugene determines starting pay within the range based on relevant education and experience as provided by the applicant in their application materials. This process is consistent with the Oregon Equal Pay Act (OEPA).


The City of Eugene offers robust and competitive benefits. For more info, click below to visit the summary page as well as the benefits package page.

Photo: Manual Cinema wowed audiences with their production of "Frankenstein"

How to apply:

The search for the Hult Center Managing Director is being conducted with the support of Cynthia Fuhrman of The Tom O’Connor Consulting Group, a New York-based executive search and consulting firm specializing in the arts and culture industries, with an office in Portland, Ore.

To apply:

Visit the online application and submit your materials. Your cover letter should include relevant experience, including any direct experience you've had with similar roles and institutions. No phone calls, please.

The priority application deadline for the position is June 3, 2024 by 11:59pm.

Applications received by this date will be given priority consideration. While we will still accept and consider applications received after this date, we encourage you to apply as early as possible for the best chance at being considered for the position. Please note meeting the priority deadline does not guarantee an interview.

Read on for more information about the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo: University of Oregon Students take a dance intensive from Red Sky Performances

But wait... there's more!

The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is operated by the City of Eugene and is part of the City of Eugene's Library, Recreation & Cultural Services department, which takes belonging and quality of life seriously.

You can check out just a few of the reasons Eugene is a great place to call home in the video below.

The work of the Library, Recreation & Cultural Services department is beloved throughout the community and is considered an essential component to the community’s quality of life. The wealth of recreation opportunities, thriving cultural sector, welcoming community centers and libraries help make Eugene one of the most livable cities in the country.

Photo: Queens of the Stone Age perform to a packed house

About the Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Built by the people of Eugene, the Hult Center has quite an impressive history.

"Within These Walls: 40 years of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts" (Documentary)

Since its grand opening in 1982, the Hult Center has been charming audiences and popular performers alike with its stunning architectural and acoustical features.

From the towering glass lobby, to the grand Silva Concert Hall with its basket weave ceiling and the intimate Soreng Theater with its intriguing asymmetrical design, the Hult Center is truly a great arts facility.

The Hult Center lobby
The Silva Concert Hall seats 2,447
The Soreng Theatre seats 495

Mission: The Hult Center is relentless in leading with excellence, elevating the human spirit, strengthening our communities, and supporting economic vitality through the power and possibilities of the performing arts.

Vision: To be a cultural force that creates shared experiences that transform, engage and unite.

More from the Hult Center:

Ron Artis: Live at the Hult Center

Marja Harmon (Angelica Schuyler) - Hamilton Interview

Imaad Wasif - Echoing - Hult Center Exclusive Performance

Photo: Meow Meow at the Hult Center