While most of the description is about the Huntington itself, there is some talk of the roles that prospective candidates would need to assume:
The successful candidate will recognize the opportunity that vests in
enhancing the Huntington’s relationship with Boston University, both for the organizations and the community as a whole. The potential exists to explore a number of initiatives that will benefit both a university determined to expand its role at the heart of the city and a theatre company invested in encountering and impacting on students who will ultimately become the next generation of theatre professionals and audience members.
The board is seeking candidates with vision, passion and commitment. The successful candidate must embrace the opportunity to share his/her vision with the community and be an effective representative of both the art of theater and, most particularly, the Huntington Theatre Company. The committee will consider applicants who are stage directors, producers, and/or artist/producers. Candidates must be capable and committed to developing a constructive partnership with the Board, Managing Director, and staff to plan and budget seasons that balance artistic and educational programming with available resources. Finally, the successful candidate must exhibit an ability to assume a visible leadership position throughout the greater Boston community.
Community, as I have highlighted, is mentioned a number of time in the above sections. In one instance, the candidate must "embrace" the opportunity to share a vision with the community. In another instance, the candidate must have the ability to assume a "leadership" position throughout the community.
These are not easy positions for which to recruit as leadership is a very amorphous thing to assess. What are the general qualities one looks for?
When I am presented with a search that calls for leadership I take a little more time to make sure the client and I are clear and tracking on what leadership means to them. As far as candidates go, I always do my general assessment based on a little book that John C. Maxwell put out a number of years ago. "The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader."
I have bolded some of the qualities that appear to be emphasised, explicitly or implicitly, in the Huntington Job Description. (Yes, I have also included Mr. Maxwell's somewhat cliched taglines after the listings.)
- Character: Be a Piece of the Rock
- Charisma: The First Impression Can Seal the Deal
- Commitment: Separates Doers from Dreamers
- Communication: Without It You Travel Alone
- Competence: If you build it, they will come.
- Courage: One Person with Courage is a Majority
- Discernment: Put an End to Unsolved Mysteries
- Focus: The Sharper It Is, The Sharper You Are
- Generosity: You Candle Loses Nothing When it Lights Another
- Initiative: You Won’t Leave Home Without It
- Listening: To Connect With Their Hearts, Use Your Ears
- Passion: Take This Life and Love It
- Positive Attitude: If You Believe You Can, You Can
- Problem Solving: You Can’t Let Your Problems Be A Problem
- Relationships: If You Get Along, They’ll Go Along
- Responsibility: If You Won’t Carry the Ball, You Can’t Lead the Team
- Security: Competence Never Covers for Insecurity
- Self-Discipline: The First Person You Lead Is You
- Servanthood: To Get Ahead, Put Others First
- Teachability: To Keep Leading, Keep Learning
- Vision: You Can Seize Only What You Can See
Oh, and regarding yesterday's post, the job description includes the following:
Huntington Theatre Company is an EOE and encourages women and persons of color to apply.