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Executive Director

Theatre Philadelphia

Theatre Philadelphia unites, celebrates, and promotes the Philadelphia region's diverse and growing theatre community. We lead efforts that expand audiences and engage the public to participate in this community's work. Theatre Philadelphia envisions an equitable and inclusive region that champions and nurtures local artists. We aim to raise our city’s profile as a world-class theatre arts destination and enrich the lives of Philadelphia-area citizens.

Founded in 2012, Theatre Philadelphia is dedicated to bringing together and celebrating Philadelphia's diverse and growing theatre community. Theatre Philadelphia envisions a region that celebrates this growing and ever-changing theatre community – nurturing local theatre artists, fostering the creation of extraordinary work, forging stronger connections between our art and audiences – recognizing that a diverse, robust, and thriving theatre community can play a pivotal role in promoting Philadelphia as a world-class city. Theatre Philadelphia's programs include ongoing digital marketing efforts, the annual Barrymore Awards, Philly Theatre Week, professional development offerings, and leading strategies for audience awareness and growth. Through this work, we interact with dozens of theatre companies and hundreds of artists in a 35-mile radius of City Hall, with a variety of backgrounds and artistic disciplines. 

Executive Director
Theatre Philadelphia is seeking an Executive Director to serve as the leader and chief administrative officer of a $400,000 organization.  The Executive Director (ED) acts as both the day-to-day manager of the work and the public face of the organization. The ED is the lead fundraiser and strategist, working with two staff members, a board of directors, and over 100 volunteers to develop and achieve the organization’s goals. Duties include crafting a strategic plan, prospecting and managing institutional and individual funder relationships, building connections with the leadership of our theatre community, managing finances, and serving as producer for the Barrymore Awards Ceremony and Celebration. The ED must be equal parts community organizer, administrator, entrepreneurial executive, and enthusiastic spokesperson. 


Competencies Sought

  • A passion for the local theatre community and knowledge of the strengths and challenges of our region’s performing arts sector
  • Demonstrated leadership and management, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • The flexibility to switch gears from day-to-day tasks and big picture thinking
  • Experience managing direct reports, consultants, independent contractors, and a board of directors
  • Decision-making skills rooted in listening to reflect the needs of a diverse group of constituents
  • Comfort in financial reporting, grant writing, and public speaking
  • Clear project and task management approach to balance multiple concurrent priorities
  • Entrepreneurial approach to imagining and realizing revenue opportunities while managing expenses
  • Ability to facilitate meetings of all sizes, with varied constituencies
  • Joy for building long-lasting partnerships and finding ways toward consensus 
  • High energy dedication to positioning Theatre Philadelphia as a community leader

Salary: Mid $50s, based on experience. Flexible work schedule to be agreed upon with hiring. Location: Theatre Philadelphia holds an office in Center City.

Theatre Philadelphia encourages applications from all backgrounds and walks of life. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or any other protected status covered by federal, state or local law.

To Apply

To apply: Please fill out this form with resume and letter of introduction as a single attachment

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