Staircase Improv Exec 2019

Every few years (approximately every 6 years) Staircase Improv gets busy enough to require an executive structure. Why now? The program is very busy. We have 4 nights a week of drop in and series workshops. Sell out shows with multiple troupes every month. This kind of success requires a lot of hard work by very few people.

In order to keep the wondrous experience that Staircase Improv is we need spread to workload of all that love. We have been missing out on opportunities. We need to adhere to our mission and vision. We need to create a safe and supportive environment for improv comedy for lots more peeps.

The following positions are available as described. Preference will be given to peeps that already know our program. However anyone can self nominate or nominate from outside of the Staircase Improv hive mind.

Nominations are to be sent to Hugh MacLeod via email only. You are welcome to phone or text me as needed, but we need paper trails. CV is not necessary. You may also inquire

The artistic lead and staircase liaison positions are filled until April 2020. The Inclusivity Team (formerly player reps) can have multiple members.

Executive Director – Available

  • Responsible for mission, vision, and values of Staircase Improv
  • Reports to board and cross-reports to inclusivity team
  • Responsible for all leads
  • Assists all leads
  • Decides deadlocks
  • Organizes and chairs regular executive meetings
  • Estimated 4 hours per week
  • Experience in admin and leadership recommended

Artistic Lead – Andrew Hopps until April 2020

  • Responsible for delegation, completion and quality of artistic tasks
  • Reports to Executive Director and Inclusivity Team
  • Responsible for overall creative direction of Staircase Improv
  • Responsible for ensuring curriculum meets needs of broad improv community
  • Collecting reports from all other leads, liaisons and teams
  • Responsible for supporting and developing performances of Staircase Improv
  • Training of Producers and performance quality
  • Works with executive director on extramural shows.
  • Estimated 4-6 hours per week, not including shows/rehearsal
  • Experience in teaching, performing, and theatre based training recommended.

Educational Lead – Available

  • Responsible for delegation, completion and quality of educational tasks
  • Reports to Executive Director and Inclusivity Team
  • Curriculum for short long and show form improv
  • Works with Artistic lead to coordinate training and productions
  • Training of class leaders
  • Solicitation and support of extramural teachers
  • Maintenance of drop-in, series and intensive workshop quality
  • Works with executive director on extramural classes
  • Estimated 4-6 hours per week, not including classes
  • Experience in teaching, admin and leadership recommended.

Advertising Lead – Available

  • Responsible for delegation, completion and quality of advertising tasks
  • Reports to Executive Director and Inclusivity Team
  • Timely placement of online advertising for all workshops and shows
  • Maintenance of social media presence on twitter, FB and Instagram
  • Maintenance of information on local media boards (Spec, CH, Cable 10)
  • Coordination of postering, flyer drop off, and calendar distribution
  • Tracking and assessment of advertising elements
  • Arranging crazy stunts to attract international television coverage.
  • Estimated 6 hours per week.
  • Experience in attention to detail and patience with humans recommended.

Inclusivity Team – Multiple spots available

  • ensures that staircase improv is ahead of the curve on issues of:
    • Gender
    • Ability
    • Ethnicity
    • Mental health
    • Language
  • safe team of report for players and students
  • Outreach and volunteer organization
  • flexible number of participants
  • Reports to Board and cross-reports to Executive Director
  • Estimated 1-2 hours per week.
  • Experience with high level interpersonal communications required

Staircase Liaison – Kelly Kerr until April 2020

  • Works directly with Colette Kendall
  • Integrates ticketing with Colette Kendall
  • Integrates online calendar with Colette Kendall
  • Communicates between staircase and the improv exec
  • Handles telephone messages to 529.3000 that are improv
  • Handles email messages that hit
  • Estimated 4-6 hours per week

Org Chart for Fun

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All positions are unpaid. A term is one year (11 months for the first term). Maximum of 3 consecutive years in same position. Positions renewed annually on April 1st of each year. Leads must be capable of delegating the actual workload which exceeds the estimated weekly workload per lead.  

Implementation Roadmap

31-MarchTeachers review positions. Input on document.
1-AprilDocument is fixed. Distributed publicly
14-AprilAll nominations must be in.
21-AprilSelection/Election for contested positions;
30-AprilMeet new executive.

Thanks for your time.