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Open Managing Director

at Monkey Tales Theatre Company in St. Charles, MO

Role of the Managing Director
The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors and works in partnership with the Artistic Director, Laura Gibbons, as the Theatre’s executive team. Together they work to ensure programmatic excellence, operational integrity and to devise strategy and initiatives for institutional advancement and sustainability. The Managing Director primarily leads, oversees, implements, and ensures the sustainability of Monkey Tales’ operations through fundraising, financial management, administration and communications. S/he is the chief operating officer and works directly with the Board of Directors. The Managing Director helps to advance the relationship between the Theatre and various local, regional and national organizations, including government agencies and advocacy groups, community and local business groups, foundations and arts organizations. The Managing Director/Artistic Director team presents the public face of Theatre and may be called upon to speak to private and public organizations and to the press. Both are expected to embody and be committed to the organizational values of Education, Creativity, Excellence, and Nurture. The Managing Director plays an integral role in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan in addition to day-to-day administrative activities, including:

Administrative: It is the responsibility of the Managing Director to maintain and sometimes create paperwork for the Theatre, including but not limited to: performance invoices, actor contracts, Board meeting agendas, and playwright contracts. Maintain a relationship with the Theatre’s provider of storage space and ensure they receive a free performance annually.

Financial Management: The Managing Director works with the Artistic Director to develop an annual budget to support the organization’s programmatic and institutional priorities. The Managing Director is responsible for requesting Board of Directors clearance for purchases above $50.00, turning in receipts to Board Treasurer, Flavia Everman, budget performance, forecasting, and cash flow projections.

Artistic: In the event the Artistic Director is unable to direct a show, the Managing Director may be asked to direct in her place. The Managing Director may also accept roles in Monkey Tales productions as an actor if s/he so desires. This is helpful in gaining firsthand knowledge of what happens during a MTT show.

Audience Development/Earned Income: The Managing Director works with staff to plan and implement audience development activities including marketing strategies, public relations and promotional events for season and single ticket sales campaigns, as well as seasonal, production and program sponsorships.

Fundraising: The Managing Director works with the Board and staff to strategize fundraising activities of the theater, including individual gifts, Board gifts, special events, corporate giving, and government support and foundation grants.

Planning: The Managing Director works with the Producing Artistic Director, Board and staff to create and execute long-term marketing and fundraising strategies that will sustain the fiscal and operational health of the Theatre.

Board of Directors: 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 Monkey Tales Theatre.

Advocate: The Managing Director helps to advance the relationship between the Theatre and various local and regional organizations, including government agencies and advocacy groups, community and local business groups and arts organizations. The Managing Director/Producing Artistic Director team presents the public face of Little Fish Theatre and the Managing Director may be called upon to speak to private and public organizations and to the press.


The ideal candidate will:

- Love theatre and working with children’s programming
- Have a bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of two years’ experience with a nonprofit or for-profit organization in a management/leadership role. Experience in fundraising, Board relations, marketing and prior experience with a theatre company is highly desirable;
- Have strong business skills and experience in budgeting, and creating long-term budgets and goals, and financial management;
- Demonstrate experience and capacity to lead, manage, motivate, inspire, train and collaborate with staff, artists, Board and volunteers;
- Have the ability to successfully develop and implement long-term strategic and annual tactical plans;
- Exhibit stamina and a strong work ethic, as well as the flexibility to deal with unpredictable pressures and a variable flow of work activity with a small administrative staff;
- Be able to speak and write persuasively and serve as a spokesperson for the Theatre in public and to the media;
- Demonstrate experience and interest in supervising/managing fundraising campaigns and identifying new sources and increased levels of contributed income;
- Have experience and knowledge of marketing, advertising and public relations activities, particularly as they relate to growing ticket and other earned income revenue;
- Demonstrate a passion for theatre and the connection between a professional company and its community.
-Have access to a computer and preferably to Microsoft programs including Word, Office, and Excel.


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Published at 19-04-2017
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