Management consultants for the arts selected by Pittsburgh Ballet Theater to find new leader

May 10, 2022 – Stamford, Conn-based executive search firm Management Consultants for the Arts has been called upon by Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (PBT) to lead its search for a new Executive Director. The mission is led by David Mallette, Jason Palmquist and Shruti Adhar.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater wants a collaborative and committed organizational leader to build on its strong financial foundation and guide it into a new era of imagining what a ballet organization can be. The Executive Director will work in a co-CEO relationship with the Artistic Director, with both positions reporting to and working in conjunction with the Board. It is extremely important that people in these two positions work consistently and productively.

The successful candidate will be someone who is likely to build strong and productive working partnerships with the artistic director and board, Management Consultants for the Arts said. Prior experience with such partnerships is essential.

Successful candidates must also possess the following skills and experience:

  • Strong passion for building a great cultural institution fully rooted in its community.

  • Demonstrated success in personally obtaining philanthropic support in a non-profit arts environment.

  • Know organizational routines and processes.

  • A commitment to IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility), evidenced in current and past leadership roles.

According to the recruitment firm, the ideal person for this position will be passionate about what the arts in general, and ballet in particular, can mean for individuals and for a community. In public, he or she must be a tireless advocate and fundraiser for PBT’s mission and vision with philanthropic supporters, government officials, business leaders and community partners. Within the organization, the individual must develop and empower dynamic teams. They should also build on, evaluate and improve current structures and processes to ensure better service to the organization’s audiences, students, partners and customers, and better work experiences for PBT staff.

For 52 years, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater has fulfilled its mission to be: “Pittsburgh’s source and ambassador for extraordinary ballet experiences that bring classical tradition to life, nurture new ideas and, above all, inspire.”

At the service of arts organizations

Since 1983, Management Consultants for the Arts has been deeply involved with arts and cultural organizations of all types and sizes across the country, including theaters, museums, music and dance companies, centers performing arts organizations, science centers, historical societies, colleges and universities, service organizations, public bodies, arts councils and foundations. The firm’s services include consulting on executive search, planning, organizational analysis, board and staff retreats, seminar and workshop development, and facilitation.

Gregory Kandel, the research firm’s founding partner, has spent many years in arts management, both in the field and as a consultant to dance companies, theatres, orchestras and others. performing arts organizations. He has served a diverse group of clients across the cultural community and assisted a number of them as an advancement consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts.

As a faculty member at Yale University and a guest speaker at other academic institutions, Mr. Kandel has emphasized the particular roles that artists and managers must play collectively in the management of arts organizations, as well as the governance necessary to make their work a success on behalf of the arts organization.

Mr. Mallette joined Management Consultants for the Arts in 2005 as an associate after working for more than two decades as a performing arts administrator in theater and dance. His experience and skills bring together a unique blend of organizational leadership, production experience, creative innovation and business acumen. He became a partner in 2015.

Mr. Palmquist has worked as an associate consultant with Management Consultants for the Arts since 2015. From 2007 to 2017, he was Executive Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

An accomplished executive with demonstrated success in the nonprofit sector, Mr. Adhar has a track record in grantmaking, fundraising, program management and development. Prior to joining Management Consultants for the Arts in 2019, he was Executive Director of The Knights, a Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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