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Managing Director
We Players

San Francisco, CA

Managing Director
We Players
San Francisco, CA
Connecting people with place through site-integrated theatre. 

We Players seeks an experienced Managing Director with strong skills in marketing, fundraising and nonprofit management to help the company grow substantially in the next 3-5 years.

The Managing Director works closely with the Artistic Director and reports directly to the Board of Directors, playing an integral role in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan and managing the day-to-day operations of this small company.

About We Players

Founded at Stanford University in 2000, We Players creates site-integrated performances that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theatre, in an effort to engage with history and the environment, build community, and activate personal relationships with place.

“Presenting site-integrated plays all around the city, We Players actors take their performance art out of stuffy theaters and put it right back onto the streets, reclaiming local landmarks for public discourse and civic celebration through art. Whether it's Twelfth Night at Hyde Street Pier, Macbeth at Fort Point, or Hamlet on Alcatraz, We Players actors have the ability to draw power out of their surroundings, channeling it into spectacular, immersive experiences for audience members unlike anything you'll see on Broadway.”

– SFWeekly’s Best of San Francisco 2015

“We Players has been turning public spaces into impromptu playhouses for more than a decade…but in May, the group presented its most audacious performance yet: a five-hour roving rendition of The Odyssey on Angel Island, wherein the audience is conscripted into the story to cavort with mythical monsters against the backdrop of the San Francisco skyline. With a piece of theater that could leave you grass-stained, sunburned, and in the market for a bronze chest plate, We Players didn’t just break the fourth wall, it toppled the whole playhouse.”

–San Francisco Magazine 2012


Managing Director Responsibilities:

Leadership and General Administration (20%): The Managing Director manages one full time employee (office manager) and several part time contractors (bookkeeper, communications liaison, grant writer, graphic designer, etc.).  For each large-scale site-integrated theater production, the Managing Director is responsible for administering contracts, salaries, and generally supporting the Artistic Director in management of performers, production staff and volunteers (ranging from 20-40 people). The Managing Director recruits and coordinates volunteers, ensures government compliance, secures and maintains appropriate insurance, manages payroll and benefits, and exercises responsible stewardship of all resources within the organization.

Financial Management (10%): The Managing Director works with the Board Treasurer and Artistic Director to develop an annual budget to support the organization’s programmatic and institutional priorities. The Managing Director is responsible for monthly financial reporting, budget performance, forecasting, cash flow projections, maintenance of the accounting systems, and the preparation and filing of taxes.

Marketing/Audience Development (35%): The Managing Director oversees the planning and implementation of audience development activities (including marketing strategies, public relations and ticket sales campaigns) and manages all marketing and sales channels (such as our website, email lists, ticketing platform and social media).

Fundraising (25%): The Managing Director leads the Board and staff in creating and executing long-term fundraising strategies and is responsible for implementing and managing current objectives for individual gifts, Board gifts, special events, corporate giving, government support, and foundation grants.

Board of Directors (10%): The Managing Director serves, with the Artistic Director, as the primary staff liaison to the Board. The Managing Director assists the Board’s leaders as appropriate with the recruitment, education and development of Board members and works closely with Board committees to engage the members in the service of We Players.

Knowledge/Skill Requirements

  • Administrative and marketing experience in the arts
  • Strong leadership, excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Nonprofit finance and accounting experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Proven track record managing and motivating staff and volunteers
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in theater or a related field

How to Apply:
Please send the following to

  1. 1-page cover letter
  2. Résumé
  3. References

Review of applications will begin June 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.



Deadline: 08-31-2016

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