Job Title: Chief Resource Officer

Department:  Administration

Reports To:  Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Director

FLSA Status:  Exempt, Full-time

Salary Range:  $100,000 annual

App Deadline:  On a rolling basis until position is filled

Start Date:  No later than September 2021


Baltimore Center Stage seeks a strategic, collaborative leader for the position of Chief Resource Officer. The Chief Resource Officer reports directly to the Artistic Director and works closely with senior department heads as well as other key stakeholders. This position will help lead the conversation around and about institutional issues that have theater-wide impact, share in the leadership of Baltimore Center Stage, and hold responsibility for the management of institutional fiscal resources. This position participates in the weekly department heads meeting and will collaborate enthusiastically with a team of dedicated peers throughout the organization.


Annual salary of $100,000 plus standard company health benefits and paid time off.

Key Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Hire and supervise Finance Office personnel and consultants.
  • Monitor and manage all financial aspects of the organization including operating, capital, and any campaign-related funds.
  • Develop and recommend ongoing policies on budgeting, cost control, and financial reporting.
  • Schedule and manage the annual budgeting process, as well as produce monthly updates and variance reports.
  • Direct endowment managers and custodial management working closely with the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Manage banking relationships and reporting, including loan covenants.
  • Project cashflow, and manage cash needs and short-term investments.
  • Maintain insurance and benefits administration relationships.
  • Monitor and manage operating budgets for administrative costs, fringe benefits, taxes, miscellaneous income, investment income, and special projects.
  • Review month-end accounting results and coordinate year-end annual audit and Form 990 preparation.
  • Prepare and review grant budgets as requested.
  • Act as staff liaison to the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees.

Human Resources

  • Supervise the administration of the Center Stage Retirement Plan & Trust, including preparation of annual census, payments, reports, and amendments.
  • Manage agent and vendor relationships for pension, health and other insurances, and unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance.
  • Supervise third-party human resources firm ensuring accurate and updated information is disseminated throughout the organization.
  • Facilitate ongoing financial literacy training for all members of the staff of Baltimore Center Stage.

Strategic Planning

  • Produce multi-year budgets for strategic planning purposes.
  • Collaborate with other members of the senior staff to develop new revenue models.
  • Work closely with Artistic Director to identify medium and long-term opportunities for operational efficiencies.
  • Develop and oversee resource audit in service of continuing to align Baltimore Center Stage values with operational practices.

Required Competencies

  • Cultural Competency: A sophisticated understanding of Anti-Racism principles and practices, and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and      socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Relentless Curiosity: The ability to productively question the status quo and engage in solution-oriented systems thinking
  • Communication: The ability to effectively present complex financial information and respond to questions from multiple stakeholder groups through written and verbal communication, including public speaking
  • Relationship Management: Excellent social skills with an emphasis on building and maintaining meaningful and reciprocal external relationships
  • Mathematical Skills: The ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and high-level accounting. Ability to apply      concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
  • Reasoning: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret financial statements and governmental accounting forms and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • IT Literacy: Knowledge of accounting software; internet software; payroll systems; spreadsheet software; and word processing software

Key Expectations for Job Performance

  • Confident and collaborative. Confidence in one’s own expertise and a commitment to enthusiastically collaborate with multiple departments.
  • Resilient and adaptable: A person who thrives in the uncertainty our world presents and is “up for the challenge” will be a significant asset.
  • A commitment to team member skill building and development.

Characteristics of the Chief Resource Officer may include:

  • Passion for the institutional vision as a cultural catalyst, accessible to the entire community.
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively with creative teams.
  • Enjoys leading and participating in ideation, iteration and experimentation.
  • CPA certification a plus.

Hiring Process

Every applicant’s resume and cover letter will be reviewed by the Board Relations and Special Projects Coordinator on a rolling basis. The first round of interviews with the Artistic Director will be conducted over the phone or Zoom, starting in mid-July. The Artistic Director will recommend select applicants for interviews with other key stakeholders, including the Associate Director of Finance, Business Assistant, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.

The position is expected to start September 2021; however the position will remain open until successfully filled.

The Young Playwrights Festival at Baltimore Center Stage is now accepting new work for the 2021/22 YPF Festival.
Open Call deadline: Monday, February 28th, 2022
Eligibility requirements:

  • K-12 student
  • Enrolled in a school (or homeschooled) in the state of Maryland

Please note that plays* should respond to this year's theme (Mapping Our Dreams), be approximately 10 minutes (8-10 pages) in length, include 1 to 6 actors. (Artists may send in scripts that involve more than 6 characters, but consider roles can double for a maximum of 6 actors).
*plays can have one writer or multiple writers; they can be poems, a series of monologues, dialogue, anything you write that showcases your voice and your creative story! There's more than one way to make a play!
The Festival will be held on May 21st, 2022. Winners will be notified via email and phone in March 2022.
Winners receive:

  • an invitation to attend a production of their play with professional actors, designers, and directors,
  • a professional mentor and an invitation to Mentor Day,
  • a certificate to celebrate their accomplishment, and shout outs on BCS social media!

Questions? Contact

Baltimore Center Stage