Jobs: Executive Search

Managing Director, The Theater Offensive

Boston, Mass.
Jan / 5 / 2017

About The Theater Offensive

Founded in 1989 by Founding Artistic Director [EAD] Abe Rybeck and a group of artist-activists, TTO grew out of a queer street theater troupe in Boston. Throughout its history, TTO has furthered its mission “to present the diversity of LGBTQ lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities.” In addition to the work it does in local communities, TTO also plays a strong part in national cultural organizing and dialogue.

TTO’s OUT in Your Neighborhood strategy is based on the conviction that people deserve to feel at home where they live, work, play and study. TTO works with and within the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, the South End and Jamaica Plain. The values of OUTness, creativity and anti-racism are infused into all aspects of TTO’s work.

TTO operates three main programs:

  • True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, the longest running queer youth theater program anywhere, for youth ages 14-29;
  • OUT’hood Series, which presents theatrical activities in local neighborhoods every month; and
  • OUT’hood Residencies, which support local, national and international artists in developing works relevant to local neighborhoods.

TTO is also contracted to house and staff the Pride Youth Theater Alliance, a growing network of 24 queer youth theater programs around North America. (For more information go to:

About the Search

The Theater Offensive (TTO) seeks a Managing Director (MD) who will hold a key leadership role in an innovative, growing, racially diverse, queer cultural organization, tightly focused in Boston’s neighborhoods.  TTO also plays a strong part in national cultural organizing and dialogue.

The successful MD candidate with have outstanding fund development skills and experience, solid business acumen, and strong communication skills and judgement. The candidate will also have strong aptitude for challenging the status quo and connecting communities across race, sexuality and gender.

This position is a reposting with a compensation adjustment commensurate with someone with senior-level experience, competencies and decision-making abilities.

The Managing Director Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director, the Managing Director will build on the existing work to date and continue to move the organization forward in the areas of fund development, communications and operations. 

Development: The MD will work closely with the EAD to plan, budget for and implement a strategic development plan and annual fundraising calendar, raising $1.3M+/year. The plan incorporates major donor cultivation and stewardship; an extensive grant portfolio; two signature fundraising events and multiple small special events; corporate sponsorship; grassroots fundraising; annual appeals; and earned income.

Communications: The MD will generate an annual Communications Plan (incorporating PR, local and national press, printed materials, website, email blasts, fundraising appeals, direct mail promotions, social media and internal communications).  The MD will oversee the Associate Managing Director’s implementation of the plan to serve TTO’s programming, development and operational needs. Creating language and images that engage neighborhood residents in the organization’s unusual and innovative programming is a particular challenge and pleasure of the job. Elevating TTO’s strong national and local presence is an identified growth area.

Operations: The MD will oversee all organizational operations and systems, including facilities management (leased offices and rehearsal studio) and landlord relationships; HR management (employee insurance and savings plans, onboarding, policies and procedures); organizing and facilitating internal operations meetings; and IT. The MD will work closely with the Finance Manager to draft the operational budget.

The individual in this highly visible and essential position will attend meetings with the Board of Directors and supervise a team that includes an Associate Managing Director, a Development & Communications Coordinator, and an Office Administrator. The MD will coordinate closely with the Director of Programs (DP) and meets weekly with the EAD and DP as a three-person senior leadership team.

Candidate Profile

Candidates from both within and outside the arts and culture sector are encouraged to submit their credentials. Candidates must demonstrate their ability to effectively raise funds for, and manage, an organization that has a budget of over $1.3 million and 14 staff members. In addition, candidates should show their leadership capacity for an organization where the majority of staff and constituents are people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills, experiences and attributes:

  • Passion for TTO’s mission and an entrepreneurial spirit that will help fulfill it.
  • At least five years as a senior staff director, development officer, or equivalent experience with individual and institutional fundraising at TTO’s scale.
  • Proven record of securing successful five-figure donor gifts and multi-year major grants through thoughtful planning, cultivation and stewardship.
  • Strong management acumen in supervision, budgeting, financial planning and business planning.
  • Excellent portfolio of written communications, oral presentations and marketing approaches.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills; the ability to successfully lead and work with a diverse staff, board and body of partners.             
  • Meticulous attention to detail and enduring dependability, as well as the ability to work in a highly flexible, collaborative work environment.
  • A clear commitment to building systems that support justice and equity.  

Coming to this position with relevant relationships among donors, foundations, community members and businesses is a plus.


This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary commensurate with skill and experience plus 100% HMO benefits and generous paid-time-off.

Submission of Candidacy

This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Consulting and Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Nancy Jackson. All submissions are confidential until the finalist round.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials online.

Click here to apply online.

Please include your resume and a cover letter stating your salary requirements, where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience match the needs of TTO.

Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible, with preference given to submissions received on or before February 6.

The Theater Offensive is an equal opportunity employer.

People of color, trans and queer candidates, and women are very strongly encouraged to apply.