Managing Director Search

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A Red Orchid Theatre (AROT) is an ensemble of artists dedicated to the proliferation of live theatre in the modern world. We believe that theatre is the greatest sustenance for the human spirit and approach our work with a palpable sense of social compassion, aesthetic rigor, and honesty. By presenting new plays from all over the world and by reviving insightful works from the past that bear new relevance today, we aim to seek out and build new audiences for the modern stage.

Managing Director Position

A Red Orchid Theatre seeks a Managing Director with demonstrated strong executive leadership skills — a dynamic leader with a passion for the arts and the impact of art on the lives of the community. The Managing Director will guide the development of a vision and strategy for the organization’s long-term growth and will provide strong leadership for the Board, Ensemble, staff, and the community. The Managing Director and Artistic Director are jointly charged with enabling AROT to realize its goals for artistic excellence, community service, education, financial stability, fundraising, and audience engagement. Within this collaborative partnership, the MD is responsible for rendering the AD’s vision into practicable initiatives that are financially sound and supported, and which galvanize the Board, staff, and extended community behind it. The MD is responsible for the overall business, administrative, and operational management of the company. This includes leadership of fundraising, budgeting, financial management, HR, information systems, institutional marketing, and Board relations. The MD is expected to work both autonomously and collaboratively. The MD must be both a creative and highly organized individual with a big picture focus as well as great attention to detail.

Minimum qualifications and specific areas of leadership are detailed below. The following items are representative but not comprehensive. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned to ensure the success of the organization.


The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors, and oversees the Communications Coordinator, the Audience Services Manager, and all Development positions. The Managing Director leads the organization in partnership with the Artistic Director. These partners are jointly held accountable for the success and stability of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor of Arts in business, non-profit administration, or related field, or 2-5 years of equivalent work experience.
  • Must be positive-minded, team-oriented, diligent, organized, timely and detail driven.
  • Must embrace and admire theatre and the arts’ capacity for inspiration and positive change
  • Possess proficiency with Sharepoint, Microsoft Office, data management systems, and Quickbooks
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal skills.

Desired Qualities

  • Remain committed to the values and mission of our organization.
  • Demonstrated business acumen combined with strong management skills.
  • Have the vision to design and execute AROT’s resource development in the short, intermediate and long-term to achieve sustainable growth in the future.
  • Be a charismatic communicator with the ability to establish long-lasting, productive relationships with the Board, staff and community of patrons and funders.
  • Have demonstrated ability to generate earned income and philanthropic support and a passion for organizational development.

We highly value teamwork, real-time communication and collaboration. We are looking for someone to grow with us in a fun, engaging, and highly creative environment.


  • Organizational Leadership & Strategy
    • Maintain administrative branch of the organization; supervise the administrative staff, volunteers, company members in company support tasks; and direct administrative operations.
    • Develop and model a collaborative, mutually supportive partnership with the Artistic Director in establishing organizational strategy.
    • In collaboration with the staff and Equity, Diversity and Community Inclusion Accountability Chair, define, identify, secure the resources for, and realize Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access objectives. Commitment to EDIA.
    • Support efforts to expand and continue programming that celebrates and amplifies artists of color.
  • Board Development & Communication
    • Work with the Artistic Director to support the development and effective operations of the Board of Directors.
    • Work with the Board Chair to identify need for committees and prioritize work of the Board.
    • Provide regular written reports to the Board, as well as the Finance Committee, reflecting financial and organizational progress, relevant analysis, and recommendations.
    • Work to grow the Board through active Board cultivation and recruitment.
    • Serve as staff liaison for Budget & Finance, Governance, Space, Development and Executive Committees of the Board.
  • Leadership & Management of Staff & Artists
    • Lead AROT’s Human Resources function; develop and implement HR improvements, based on best practices, as appropriate. Ensure that AROT’s employment policies and employee handbook are current, complete, and comply with all relevant standards, as well as support the organization’s staffing goals and needs.
    • Report payroll weekly and ensure other wages are dispensed timely and accurately.
    • Oversee recruiting, training, coaching, and retention of staff.
    • Work with Communications Coordinator and other staff to plan and implement audience development activities including marketing strategies, public relations activities and promotional events for season and single ticket sales campaigns, as well as seasonal, production and program sponsorships.
    • Partner with the Audience Services Manager to manage the Box Office and House Management staff, overseeing subscriptions and ticket sales.
    • Foster an office culture of teamwork, generous collaboration, clear communication, effective delegation, and mutual support.
    • Partner with Artistic Director to oversee all of AROT’s contracting with external agents, including Actors’ Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, insurance agreements, leases, rights/royalty agreements, vendors, etc. Financial, IT, and facility management.
    • Serve as main point of contact with facility landlords and assist in maintaining facility.
  • Finance Operations
    • Manage the creation of annual operating and capital budgets.
    • Manage the overall financial operations of the organization.
    • Manage all external financial reporting of the organization. Provide financial materials and reports for annual audit, grant applications, board and ensemble meetings and any other situations that may arise.
    • Provide financial analysis and recommendations to guide the organization’s financial decisions.
    • Supervise the day-to-day operations of the administrative offices, including: billing and sales, keeping records and files accurate and up to date, and supervising ticket sales.
    • Work with outside auditors to assure that all financial systems and internal controls are adequate to appropriately serve the organization and guard against fraud and waste.
    • Work with outside auditors on the preparation of the annual audit and 990.
    • Ensure that the organization has the information, communications, and technology systems that it needs to be effective.
    • Oversee and, as appropriate, manage the execution of facility maintenance, capital investments and replacements, and vendor relationships that contribute to the success of AROT.
  • Stewardship of Full-Cycle Financial Development
    • Serve as a key representative of AROT in the community, including cultivation of donors, funding institutions, the local Chamber of Commerce, advocacy groups, and government agencies.
    • Represent AROT in communication with external agencies that have the power to govern or influence financial or administrative demands within our industry (i.e. Theatre Communications Group).
    • Attend relevant governmental and community meetings as a representative of AROT.
    • Provide additional support for and attend meetings, fundraisers, events, celebrations, opening nights, etc.
    • Work with Development team to direct and lead institutional fundraising with foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
    • Oversee communication with donors and patrons when it relates to fundraising or institutional advancement, ensuring best practices are used in stewarding patrons.
    • Oversee the patron database and ensure that best practices are used in recording and analyzing data.

Core Objectives

The successful candidate will be able to describe their approach to the following opportunities and challenges, within the unique context of AROT and the theater industry.

  • Extend Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access principles throughout the organization and its activities.
  • Strengthen, extend, and expand programming, in partnership with the Artistic Director.
  • Innovate and implement best practices in the business functions, fundraising, and administration of the organization.
  • Address the short-and long-term implications of the pandemic on the organization, its operations and its communities.

Compensation & Benefits

The Managing Director is a full-time exempt employee. Compensation including salary and benefits will be in the range of $42,000 to $45,000. Employee benefits include medical insurance, paid vacation time, sick leave, holidays, and a flexible, hybrid schedule. AROT is an equal opportunity employer.

A Red Orchid Theatre is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

A Red Orchid Theatre defines equity, diversity, and inclusion as reaching beyond ourselves to create art that reflects society. As a company committed to honoring the human spirit, we feel it is crucial to practice what we preach about social compassion and honesty. We are committed to examining ourselves, our culture, and our policies and making anti-racism a central, core value.

Additionally, A Red Orchid Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our hiring process. Women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. AROT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

To Apply

To apply, please email the following documents to with subject line: Managing Director Application | [Your Name].

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position
  • Resume
  • 3 professional references with email and phone contact information
  • 1-2 professional writing samples.

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to apply by August 1, 2022.

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