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Sod House Theater Looking for Managing Director

Managing Director, Sod House Theater

Reports to: Artistic Directors

Sod House Theater seeks to hire a Managing Director to help build sustainable processes with budgets, strategic goals and fund development. This position is 15 to 20 hours per week and collaborates and reports to the Artistic Directors.

Sod House’s mission is to bring theater experiences to greater Minnesota residents that are high-quality, relevant and accessible, and that inspire people to embrace theater as a powerful vehicle for individual and communal reflection. Sod House chooses works that are germane to the communities in which they are presented, and perform them in venues that are connected to the community’s history. They work with both professional artists based in the Twin Cities and local artists from host communities to create and present the work. The resulting theater experiences are transformational for artists and audiences alike. Their ultimate goal is that after these communities experience their productions, they will be inspired to support theater productions in the future and embrace theater as a part of a reflective and thoughtful life.

Since its founding in 2012 by Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen, Sod House Theater has produced and successfully toured an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Durrenmatt’s The Visit, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, a newly developed piece entitled The Hoopla Train: Yard Master Yip and His Polkastraand Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Since its inception, Sod House has received nearly a half a million dollars for summer tours and has performed to over 20,000 Minnesota residents.

The Position: The Managing Director is responsible for Sod House Theater’s financial objectives, including Fund Development, Grants and the Annual Budget. Additionally, the Managing Director, in close coordination with the Artistic Directors and Board of Directors, is responsible for strategic planning and goal setting, developing and managing budgets and organizational systems; and day-to-day operations.

Primary Responsibilities:

Fund Development (60%):Create a comprehensive development plan that includes government, private foundation, corporate, and individual donor support:

  • Implement strategies outlined in the development plan, including donor research and prospecting, relationship building, grant writing and reporting, and event planning
  • Maintain an accurate and up to date donor database that reflects and helps to build donor relations in all areas
  • Maintain an accurate grant calendar including narrative writing, organizational data and history, financial data, work samples and demographic data
  • Develop and implement a planned giving program and work with board to enhance
  • development efforts
  • Write and submit all interim and final reports, as well as any associated requests for payment

Financial Management (25%):Manage the annual budget and finances:

  • Oversee budget, financial reporting, annual audit, contract management and insurance.
  • Work with the AD and BOD to prepare annual operating budget and meet projected goals throughout the year
  • Manage all financial reporting to the IRS, MN Department of Revenue, Secretary of State and Attorney General
  • Jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents
  • Manage staff and production payroll
  • Manage all accounts payable and receivable operations
  • Maintain book-keeping and payroll

Communications and Marketing (15%): Work with Artistic Directors and Board of Directors to ensure strong communications to strengthen SHT’s marketing strategies:

  • Collaborate with the Artistic Directors, consultants, Board, greater MN contacts, and performers to gather stories and statistics that demonstrate the organization’s work to funders and the general public.
  • Collaborate with consultants and Artistic staff on online content.

Education, Experience and Abilities:The desired candidate will have some or all of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) required, or three years’ experience in performing arts management.
  • Demonstrated success in securing major and annual gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting annual fund goals, development management, grant writing, sponsorships and special events.
  • Demonstrated track record with respect to detail orientation and accuracy
  • Knowledge of Twin Cities and Minnesota philanthropic communities and granting organizations.
  • Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor tracking systems
  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities; ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing.

Compensation:Part time salary of $25,000

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Darcey Engen, Artistic Director, Sod House Theater

Deadline: Position open until filled