The Hippodrome Director of Public Programs oversees four programs, including: facility rentals, Hippodrome special events, mainstage group ticket sales, and the student matinee series. The Director of Public Programs is responsible for leveraging these programs to better engage the community with the Hippodrome’s Mainstage and Cinema offerings as a means for extending the theatre’s institutional reach in order to help support its mission and achieve its organizational goals.

The Director of Public Programs creates and maintains relationships and contact lists for past and current patrons while identifying and reaching out to new audiences, constantly tailoring each public program to better attract, serve, and engage. The Director of Public Programs seeks to measurably increase sales and maintains records to track and report progress regularly. As a public representative of the theatre, the Director of Public Programs also participates in local councils and attends local exhibits and speaking engagements to expand awareness of the Hippodrome Theatre’s programs and create overall brand awareness.

Facility Rentals

  • Maintain the theatre’s facility calendar and coordinate usage of its six unique venues, including: Mainstage, Cinema, Basement, Art Gallery, Bar Gallery, and Rehearsal Room
  • Market and promote Hippodrome Theatre rental facilities for corporate events, social events, weddings, etc.
  • Solicit and respond to building rental requests from businesses and individuals by negotiating rates, managing contracts, and processing payments
  • Work with clients to execute all duties for successful events, including: event setup oversight, direction of front of house staff, and presence at events as necessary
  • Facilitate the Hippodrome’s online presence as a rental facility through the company website and wedding vendor websites
  • Maintain relationships with local vendors, including: caterers, photographers, event planners, bakers, decorators, florists, etc.

Event Planning

Work in conjunction with the Hipp’s artistic and administrative team to create Hippodrome events in the basement facility. Develop guidelines and ideas for attracting and retaining new audiences for the basement performance and event space. Work to establish the Hippodrome basement as a location for culturally engaging events, while improving and expanding revenue sources.

Group Theatrical Sales

  • Target and reach out to groups in a variety of markets to maximize group attendance of Mainstage productions and Cinema movies
  • Coordinate sales as well as ticketing and seating efforts for groups of up to 268 people

 Student Matinee Series

  • Work with the Hipp’s Education Department to develop and revise curriculum guides that help teachers integrate A Christmas Carol into their classroom curriculum in accordance with state and national standards
  • Maintain relationships with school administrators and teachers in local school districts and keep them informed about upcoming shows in the series
  • Coordinate sales and all aspects of school group attendance of shows in the series, including: reservations, bus parking, seating charts, arrival/dismissal, and special needs
  • Reach out to teachers who have attended shows in the series to ask for evaluation and feedback


  • Organized, highly motivated, energetic, and educated individual with a passion for the performing arts and the ability to manage a large workload with attention to setting priorities, task planning, and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with staff across multiple departments (Marketing, Production, Education, Front of House, Box Office, etc.) in a fast-paced and often unpredictable environment
  • Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills
  • Skilled in public speaking, writing, editing, public relations and promotions, design and evaluation, and special events management
  • Ability to manage contracts, partners, and vendors for special events
  • Ability to manage support staff and/or volunteers
  • Ability to manage, motivate, and inspire seasonal interns
  • Strong computer skills, including: proficiency in web research and the Microsoft Office Suite, and familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and Expression Engine
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including some weekends and evenings
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License with own transportation required
  • Previous supervisory or management experience preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience working in a complex cultural institution preferred
  • 3-5 years experience working in the areas of program development, marketing and communications, and/or project management preferred


Please submit resume and cover letter to by Thursday June 8.