Director, College Center - in Beautiful Northwest Montana!

Kalispell, Montana
$65,000 to $85,000 annually, plus full benefits as listed in job posting
Jun 10, 2021
Institution Type
Community College

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Director, College Center



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$65,000 - $85,000 annually, 12 month position, benefit-eligible

Generous Benefits includes:

  • Health/Vision, Dental, Life/ADD & Long-term Disability Insurance: Generous Employer contribution toward the cost of this benefit
  • Vacation Leave: Earn up to 15 days per year
  • Sick Leave: Earn up to 12 days per year
  • Holiday Leave: 12 per year
  • Retirement: Participates in MT Public Employees Retirement System and Employer match up to 7% for 403(b)
  • Tuition Waiver:  Employee plus up to two legal dependents


The closing date is July 9, at 5 p.m. 

The Paul D. Wachholz College Center, scheduled to open in spring 2022, is located on the main campus of Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. As the premier performing arts facility serving western Montana, the College Center features a 50,000 square foot facility to include a large performance and lecture hall, a multi-purpose activity complex with two basketball courts, an outdoor amphitheater, and a reception hall with an exhibition gallery.

The College Center will be the largest venue in the Flathead Valley and will serve as a primary venue for large and small-scale acts for the entire area. It will serve as a community and college resource, and it will also serve as the home for the Glacier Symphony. For this reason, building and maintaining relationships with community members is essential.

It will host a variety of performances in all genres of music, theater, film, and dance.  The College Center's mission is to provide transformative experiences that connect the community through the arts and serve as a cultural resource for Flathead Valley Community College students and the region it serves.

The Director will provide the artistic vision and direction to guide a multi-disciplinary season of programs and events that enrich the academic, cultural, and creative life of our community.

Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and its students' personal and intellectual growth in a diverse academic community.  FVCC employees play a vital role in its College community in supporting this mission.

Because of its inclusive and supportive employee and organizational culture, FVCC is a great place to work.  Additionally, FVCC offers generous health benefits, retirement, and leave programs for benefit-eligible positions, like this one. 

Located in beautiful Northwest Montana, the Kalispell area is close to endless recreation opportunities for everyone. FVCC's campus is a short drive from Glacier National Park, two world-class downhill ski resorts, and pristine alpine lakes and rivers. Aside from the College's unique location, there are many reasons why people love working at FVCC.  Positive work environment, friendly and supportive community, strong leadership, clean and safe campus, professional development opportunities, and the College's continued growth and innovation are just a handful of examples.  FVCC employees also enjoy competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package.


  • Provides the leadership to create an exciting artistic vision that promotes the Paul D. Wachholz College Center's role as a premier hub for cultural engagement.
  • Creates a vision for the College Center and serves as an ambassador for Flathead Valley Community College and its cultural programs, engaging with key community partners to advance the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Conceives and implements programs that align with FVCC’s mission, supporting the institution's educational and community service goals. Collaborates with artistic partners to support the cultural growth of the region.
  • Collaborates with the College's Foundation and other college officials to cultivate and steward current and future foundation and individual donors.
  • Identifies and pursues opportunities for increased public support, maintaining relationships with local, state, and federal arts funders, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Montana Arts Council, and others.
  • Oversees the facility and its staff, including purchasing, policy administration, booking, finance, food and beverage, box office, security, production, and related operations.
  • Acts as project manager for all community- and audience-based initiatives, including logistics planning and coordination, on-site event management, budgeting, and financial reconciliation.
  • Contracts, processes, and disseminates agreements between the College Center and the artist.
  • Plans and communicates event logistics and staffing plans; meets with marketing and development staff to share program information; hosts artists and community leaders in various settings.
  • Works with the business office to issue payments and fees. 
  • In collaboration with College personnel, develops and implements short- and long-range plans, operational objectives, policies, and procedures and identify and formulate strategies that support the continuous operation and programs at the College Center.
  • Provides day-to-day oversight and supervision for College Center staff, developing work plans and staff assignments, hiring and training staff, and fostering a supportive environment that values creativity, diversity, and mutual respect.
  • Oversees the optimal use of the College Center facilities through robust scheduling, booking arrangements, contract management, and all aspects of production for programs and events.
  • Prepares annual budget and manages financial resources throughout the fiscal year, following the college's management policies, including financial reporting, revenue forecasting, and revenue goals for the College Center.
  • Collaborates with Academic Affairs to promote and support programs and curricula that enhance connections with and integration into the college's academic, cultural, and enrichment goals.
  • Promotes a culture of leadership within a collaborative, team-oriented environment; supervises, recruits, and motivates students and volunteers for Foundation events. 
  • Creates and maintains a collaborative and collegial environment with colleagues and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Keeps abreast of the latest developments in relevant areas to help build strategic initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Reports to the President.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; AND,
  • Leadership work experience in an arts and cultural organization with a minimum of three years of administrative experience, staff supervision, and significant responsibility for program development, theater production, venue management, and budget oversight; AND,
  • Three years of experience working with clients or patrons in community and public relations, and demonstrated success establishing professional relationships within and outside the organization.


  • Master's degree in a related discipline
  • Proven results in fund development and contributed and earned revenue skills are highly desired.


  • Ability to inspire and influence others with a compelling vision, build trust and rapport with a broad range of people, and demonstrate respect and sensitivity to different perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
  • Aptitude to facilitate agreement on complex or sensitive issues, listen to multiple points of view and guide consensus for mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Ability to envision new and expanded possibilities, analyze data, identify connections, and formulate new or innovative approaches and insights.
  • Ability to create an audience-focused environment responsive to the community's artistic and social interests.
  • Skill to identify and manage competing priorities, strategize to overcome difficulties and delays, and maximize the use of time and resources to achieve organizational priorities.
  • Familiarity with and/or ability to adapt to various technologies, social media platforms, or software packages
  • Outstanding and effective communication skills, ability to build relationships and networks with key stakeholders to further the mission of the organization.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and balance timelines to reach the desired outcomes. Adaptable, demonstrates initiative, and at ease with changing situations and shifts in the workday.
  • Ability to work independently and take projects from conception to completion
  • Strong knowledge of standard office software including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google tools
  • Ability to work digitally (need not have advanced technical skills but should be able to plan and execute digital events)
  • Ability to drive to various locations on and off-campus to meet with program stakeholders and manage events
  • Capacity to provide on-site event management, often during evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to serve as a representative for the College by interacting appropriately with the community
  • Ability to work within policies and procedures of FVCC
  • Ability to intermittently work non-traditional schedules including evenings, weekends, etc.
  • Ability to maintain effective and positive professional relationships
  • Ability to issue and follow directions
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain regular and acceptable attendance levels
  • Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to respond in the event of an emergency
  • This is a Medium Duty job, according to the Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles, U.S. Department of Labor and Industry.    Medium Duty involves exertion of 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds continuously to move objects.


In order to be considered for this position, applicants must apply online at; paper submission of applications or resume materials are not accepted.  FVCC does not retain application materials for future consideration.

Additionally, applicants are required to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application (NOTE: FVCC's applicant tracking system will time-out after 45 minutes of inactivity. Please have your documents ready to upload before you click the Apply button.) :

  • Letter of application indicating how you meet the minimum qualifications and detail your work experience as it relates to the position's Knowledge, Skills and Abilities; AND
  • A current, comprehensive resume; AND
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees held. (As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will submit official transcripts for all degrees held to FVCC HR prior hire.  Only transcripts from accredited institutions will be accepted.), AND
  • Three professional references, with complete contact information, must be provided on the application form. Professional references must be individuals most familiar with applicant's work experience, skills, and work behaviors and supervisory experience. Do not list family and friends for professional references.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:  FVCC is an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action organization.  It is FVCC's policy that all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran’s status, service in the uniformed services as defined by state and federal law, physical or mental disability, national origin or ancestry except as authorized by law.  These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs, as required by federal and state laws.  

EMPLOYMENT SPONSORSHIP:  FVCC is not able to sponsor individuals seeking employment.   In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION'S, REFERENCE CHECKS, AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: Prior to any offers of employment, FVCC conducts thorough employment verifications and reference checks and may contact organizations and individuals not listed on an applicant's application or resume.  Additionally, FVCC conducts post-offer criminal background checks. 

FVCC BOARD POLICY:  The FVCC Board Policy Manual is available to review at:

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:  FVCC provides reasonable accommodations upon request to qualified individuals with disabilities during all phases of employment including the application and selection process.  No applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE ACT:  Preference applies in hiring and provides a uniform method by which special consideration is given to qualified Veterans. Veterans’ Preference laws do not, however, guarantee Veterans a job, nor do they give Veterans’ preference in internal actions such as promotion, transfer, reassignment, and reinstatement.  I understand that applying for a preference is voluntary and that all information related to a preference is confidential and used only during the hiring process; the information will be maintained in a separate confidential file.  To claim Veterans' Preference, you must complete the Veterans' Preference Form (form is available at: and email it along with document(s) that verify your eligibility for employment preference to [email protected]   Claims for Veterans' preference must be received by Human Resources prior to position closing date.    

WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION:  Based on the Windfall Elimination Provision, I understand my employment may not be covered by Social Security.  To learn more about the Windfall Elimination Provision click

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