Job Posting: Managing Director

Posted April 5, 2019. Return to Jobs Page.

Puppet Showplace Theater seeks a Managing Director (MD) to co-lead the organization's ambitious and tight-knit team. The MD is the theater’s administrative leader. In partnership with the Artistic Director, the MD carries out the theater’s mission to present outstanding professional puppetry to diverse audiences through performances, workshops, and community outreach activities.

Now in its 45th year, Puppet Showplace Theater is nationally renowned as New England’s center for puppetry arts. Each year the theater presents over 300 performances by professional puppet companies to audiences young and old, while offering touring productions, workshops, classes, summer camps, and training opportunities. The theater also partners with local organizations and emerging artists to develop innovative new work. Puppet Showplace Theater is deeply committed to designing programs that engage audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

The MD safeguards the theater’s assets and manages the organization’s approximately $500,000 operating budget. The Managing Director is also responsible for financial reporting and compliance, annual fundraising campaigns, internal operations, administrative staff supervision, HR functions, and facility oversight.


  • Management and Operations

    • In collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Board, oversee the development and implementation of strategic organizational goals and financial targets.

    • Monitor program initiatives and business operations to ensure their alignment with the mission and their financial sustainability.

    • Report on activities and  organizational health to staff, board members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders.

    • Facilitate open communication by leading staff meetings and participating in all Board meetings.

    • Serve as head of HR, running payroll and managing personnel files for hourly, salary, and contract employees.

  • Financial Administration

    • Oversee creation of the annual organizational budget.

    • Supervise bookkeeper in maintaining financial reporting in Quickbooks.

    • Manage and approve outgoing expenses and track all project budgets.

    • Manage annual taxes and financial review with CPA.

  • Development & Fundraising

    • Manage all aspects of grant applications, including research and prospect identification, proposal writing, and reporting.

    • Oversee fundraising campaign planning, implementation, and donor stewardship.

    • Help develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Trustees. Serve as an ex-officio trustee and member of Board  committees. Seek and build Board involvement with ongoing operations and future development.

  • Facilities

    • Schedule and manage building maintenance and repairs.

    • Liaise with building management company and condo association regularly on shared and building-wide topics.

    • Ensure safety and accessibility of all work and public spaces under the theater’s purview.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

  • Enthusiasm for puppetry and live performing arts.

  • Management and/or administrative experience, preferably within non-profit performing arts sector or in a related field.

  • Confidence and ability to fundraise from individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other community organizations.

  • Experience serving diverse constituents, and enthusiasm for expanding services to new populations.

  • Ability to lead teams,  set and achieve strategic objectives, and develop programs.

  • Experience recruiting, training and supervising a professional staff and volunteers.

  • Strong analytical and data-based reporting skills, with literacy in financial management, accounting, and budget oversight.

  • Comfort negotiating with vendors and service providers.

  • Fluency with web-based communication tools, databases, and analytical software. Experience with Google Suite, Mac OSX, QuickBooks and online ticketing software & CRMs a plus.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset with a rigorous and creative approach to business planning.

  • Self-motivation to learn and acquire new skills that support the organization.  

  • Compassion, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

Puppet Showplace Theater provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and encourages a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Reports to:

Board of Trustees

Time Commitment:

Full-time exempt; 40 hours per week.
Additional hours as necessary for special events, including some evenings and weekends.

How To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Managing Director Position - First and Last Name.” No phone calls, please.

Apply By:

May 1, 2019

Start Date:

Flexible, with a target start date of August 1, 2019


$40,000-$42,000, commensurate with experience.