Executive Director – The Goss Opera House

The Goss Opera House is located in the heart of downtown Watertown, SD and boasts a grand 450-seat theater. Throughout its nearly 130-year history, the Goss Opera House has hosted internationally recognized exhibits, theatrical, and musical performances. Musicians from around the world assert the theater has “the most amazing acoustics imaginable”.

The Friends of the Goss Foundation is committed to preserving and enhancing the historic Goss Opera House as the cornerstone of a dynamic downtown Watertown. The Friends of the Goss is seeking an Executive Director to facilitate the foundation in this mission. The ideal candidate will also have experience in event management to assist the opera house with its wedding, corporate event, and concert series business.

Join the team at an exciting stage and help us build on future opportunities. We offer an engaging, interactive, and a collaborative culture where ideas are welcomed. This position reports directly to the Friends of the Goss Board of Directors.


Represent the Goss Opera House and the Friends of the Goss at various community events.

In partnership with the board of directors, coordinate budgeting, financials, and maintenance needs for the Goss Opera House with contracted professionals.

Oversee Board of Directors meetings, work closely with the board to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and to increase the overall visibility of the Foundation.

Management of general business operations to include, but not limited to preparing and maintaining office records, updating documents and reports as needed, and general correspondence.

Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.

Prepare event agreements with clients for all events booked, confirm all payments and other event requirements are satisfied on or before dates specified in the event agreement.

Maintain a flexible work schedule based on event schedules and selling needs.

In partnership with the Board of Directors, request funding from grant makers and donors including corporate sponsorships, special event sponsors, individual and foundation donors.

Prepare professional communications with donors, volunteers, and board members.

Administer gift acknowledgment process and posting procedures.

Plan and carry out fundraising special events.

Follow up on interest and inquiries for weddings, meetings, concerts, and other events in a timely manner.

Handle or supervise communications with clients during event planning cycle.

Check in as needed with clients to confirm we are meeting or exceeding expectations.

Perform on-site event management and supervise event implementation activities, liaise with other contracted service groups in preparation for event and on event dates.

Follow up with client after the event to thank, solicit next event or referrals, and to request published reviews of our services.

Qualifications/Knowledge Skills and Abilities

3+ years experience in managing/coordinating events in a convention and/or conference center; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of business management and marketing.

Proven success in engaging potential clients and “experience” selling.

Outgoing personality with aptitude for coordinating people and events with passion and excitement.

Must possess excellent customer service skills for interaction with contacts, customers, leads, prospects and co-workers.

Compensation / Benefits

Dependent on experience and qualifications
Paid Time off for vacation, personal leave, or illness
Paid medical allowance

For more information, contact Kristen Henderson at (605) 881-9868

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