Position: Executive Administrative Assistant
Reports to: President and CEO
Department: Office of the CEO
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt

The Executive Administrative Assistant (EAA) will be an experienced leader managing a variety of confidential and highly sensitive information. He or she will enhance the CEO’s effectiveness by providing information management support; representing the CEO to others, and anticipating the needs of various scenarios. The EAA will conserve the CEO’s time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence; drafting letters and documents; preparing reports by collecting and analyzing information; initiating telecommunications and preparing visual (i.e. power point) presentations. The EAA will also serve as liaison to the Board of Directors. 


Office of the CEO

  • Manage CEO’s office providing premier customer service on behalf of the CEO, addressing complaints, resolving problems to satisfactory resolution.
  • Manage appointment requests and daily schedule including meeting room accommodations. Manage master calendar of grant and other reporting dates, important meetings, etc.
  • Prepare confidential and sensitive documents and protect operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Review email multiple times per day to identify meeting appointment requests, respond to simple questions that can be quickly answered and bring attention to time sensitive matters that may require immediate attention.
  • Read, research, and route correspondence; draft letters and documents; prepare reports by collecting and analyzing information; initiate telecommunications and prepare presentations.
  • Attend internal and external meetings to manage note taking of action items and follow-up post meeting on those actions.
  • Answer phones, take accurate phone messages, pick-up voicemail for CEO and assist callers with routing to appropriate employees/departments as necessary.
  • Communicate with staff on a daily basis to stay abreast of day-to-day operations, programs, services and events.   
  • Develop and maintain a healthy working relationships with all internal colleagues and associates along with internal and external customers as necessary, to achieve desired business results.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to accept other duties as assigned.
  • Participate in community outreach activities. 

Board Liaison

  • Serves as Board liaison with CEO council. 
  • Maintains official Board records and files, including resolutions, minutes, agreements, and other legal documents.
  • Oversees the processes of documents approved at the Board meetings including resolutions and agreements. Maintain spreadsheet of Board actions.
  • Conduct administrative functions for the Board of Directors, such as creating and maintaining computer files for Board of Directors data, composing correspondence, preparing Board of Director correspondence, replying to Board of Directors inquiries, and maintaining records of present and past Board of Directors representatives.
  • Attend Board meetings and record minutes.



The successful candidate will possesses the following:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (preferred).
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to maintain realistic balance among multiple priorities.
  • Ability to perform well under pressure while ensuring accuracy to meet extremely tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, reporting, administrative, and organizational skills.



Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar positions throughout the region.  The range of benefits include medical, paid time off, and a 403 (b) retirement plan. 


Applicants for the position should send resumes, cover letter and salary requirements to:

ATTN:  Careers

Karamu House

2355 E. 89th Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44106




Position: Technical Director
Reports To: President + CEO
Department: Theatre
FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt

The Karamu House Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio) seeks a fulltime, 12-month salaried, Technical Director to coordinate the overall production and technical requirements for events in three theatres (Jelliffe, 200-seats, Arena, 100-seats and Concert Hall, 60-seats) and other special event venues as assigned.    A typical season consists of (6) six main stage productions, (4) four special stage productions (4) four jazz concerts, (4) four comedy shows, and various community events and external rentals.  The Technical Director is expected to be a “hands-on” supervisor who provides the highest standard of service, exhibits clear follow through, and excels at open communication.  The successful candidate should possess excellent organizational and communication skills, and strong leadership ability.

Because a TD may be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues, he or she benefits from a working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.



  • Operate, maintain and safeguard the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, and communications equipment, as well as the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
  • Determine the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
  • Design, set-up, maintain, and operate lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assisting guest designers and artists with technical matters.
  • Advise production managers and lighting and sound designers on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for each show and supervise the implementation of approved technical designs.
  • Supervise and assist with set and stage construction and time management aligned to each build.
  • Assist in recruiting, training and assignment of volunteer or paid technical staff for individual shows.
  • Orient facility renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitate the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the facility.
  • Monitor the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging; arrange for repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; perform preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Assist with the preparation and control of production budgets; maintain inventory and order specialized supplies.
  • Attend technical week rehearsals, in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the mounting of each show.
  • Make recommendations to the President + CEO, and theatre leadership, regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.



  • Strong ability to maintain effective working relationships with representatives of various groups, vendors, co-workers, and others
  • Maintain irregular and extended working hours
  • Ability to lift, push or pull objects up to 100 pounds using appropriate tools



The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A minimum of a bachelor degree in technical theatre
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a Technical Director
  • Experience operating and maintaining theatrical rigging, lighting, sound, and projection in a professional theater
  • Ability to work successfully under pressure to meet deadlines and goals


Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar positions throughout the region.  The range of benefits include medical, paid time off and accident protection.



Applicants for the position should send resumes, cover letter and salary requirements to:


ATTN:  Careers

Karamu House

2355 E. 89th Street

Cleveland, OH 44106









In 1915, Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jelliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in a Cleveland area called The Roaring Third. The Jelliffes wanted to build an environment where people of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures through the arts, and Karamu House was established as a gathering place for racially-diverse members of the surrounding community at that time. As the community became predominantly African American, Karamu responded with programs geared to their needs and interests.



Compensation will be commensurate with the experience and competitive with similar positions throughout the region. The range of benefits include medical, paid time off, and a 403 (b) retirement plan.


Applicants for the position should send resumes, cover letter and salary requirements to:
Karamu House
2355 E. 89th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
ATTN: Careers