Shell Lake Arts Center looking for Operations Manager

Join our Master Teachers in a Magic Setting! The Shell Lake Arts Center is hiring an Operations Manager. Position will begin on January 1, 2023. Application Deadline is November 15. 2022. To apply, Please send Cover Letter and Resume to Patrick Barnett, Executive Director at 

Position Description

Operations Manager

Position Title: Operations Manager

Position Term: 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023

Position Salary: $40,560 annually; plus benefits

Position Description: 

The Operations Manager is a full-time, salaried employee of the Shell Lake Arts Center and reports to the Executive Director. The Operations Manager serves as the associate leader to the Executive Director, assisting in overseeing all areas of operations.  

Job Responsibilities:  

  1. Program Development

The Operations Manager is responsible for nurturing community, school, and specialty programming intended to bring visibility to the organization and events to the Shell Lake Arts Center on a year-round basis.

  • Recruit and contract suitable talent for the monthly Concerts with Erika Series (September thru May) at the Quam Theatre and Arts Center. Act as supervisor for all aspects of the programs.
  • Oversee the establishment of a community theatre program within a growth framework.  Function as producer of all productions.
  • Create and nurture a sustainable volunteer program to align needs with abilities and talents
  • Develop opportunities for student and community engagement which melds educational experiences and with learning and growth.
  1. Recruitment  

The Operations Manager is responsible for the creation and implementation of a plan that will lead to the successful recruitment of participants to programs and camps operated at the Center. 

  • Leads the creation of a recruiting plan for each SLAC Program.
  • Efficiently and effectively fill SLAC Programs.
  • Conduct regular follow-up with the Executive Director to determine the effectiveness of recruiting plans and implementation.
  • Research and recommend new sources for active and passive program participants.
  • Build networks to find possible participants.
  1. Professional Leadership  

The Operations Manager serves as the authority in the absence of the Executive Director, supervising and leading projects as assigned or needed.  Provides direction, authority, and coaching to all SLAC constituents, including but not limited to employees, parents, program participants, audience members, faculty, and volunteers.  Performs other duties and responsibilities as needed and/or assigned by the Executive Director.   

  • Works collaboratively with the Facilities Manager, Office Manager, Publicity and Marketing Manager and Student Experience Manager to plan, schedule  and communicate to all stakeholders events of the Arts Center, Lodges, and Erika Quam Memorial Theatre.
  • Works Collaboratively with the Finance Manager, Resource Development Manager, Kitchen Manager and Executive Director to forecast and plan budget on a yearly basis.
  • Coordinates with Facility Manager, Kitchen Manager, and Office Manager on all rental requests and contracts.
  • Leads the bi-monthly effort to produce a stakeholder newsletter.


  • BA in Arts Management, Performance or Education or equivalent work-related experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required to coach and lead other Arts Center Employees.
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Advanced computer literacy in Google Suite, Adobe, word processing, database management, 
  • Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Out-of-town, overnight travel, some nights and weekends are required.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.


The Executive Director will evaluate the performance of the Operations Manager on an semi- annual basis (May and October) to identify strengths and areas of growth.  The focus of the evaluation process is to promote continual growth in performance and build capacity in the staff of the SLAC.  The employee will develop professional goal(s) for the year and review progress on this goal(s) on a quarterly basis.  Final review of the goal(s) will be included in the evaluation process.

Equal Opportunity:

The Shell Lake Arts Center provides equal opportunities and affirmative action in programs and employment. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, gender,, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin and ancestry, marital status, arrest record, or non-employment related conviction record. Employment is contingent upon establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.