Managing Director - Mu Performing Arts


Seeking Managing Director

Status: Full-time, salary employee
Schedule: Flexible, primarily daytime, with some evenings and weekends required

If the Artistic Director provides the vision, artistic integrity, programming, and face for the organization, the Managing Director leads and manages the organizational engine that delivers that vision. Mu is looking for a dynamic team-oriented individual to continue to advance and uphold the structure that supports the artistic goals. The Managing Director is supported by staff in managing fund and donor development, marketing and communications, community relations, and program management. The Managing Director reports to the Artistic Director and works closely with the AD and the Board of Directors to shape Mu’s programming, execute operating strategies and plans, manage administrative staff, lead fundraising efforts, and establish relationships within local, regional, and national communities.


Financial Oversight

  1. With the Artistic Director and Finance Committee, develop annual budget.
  2. Develop and pursue funding models that support the annual budget.
  3. Monitor revenue and expenses, cash flow projections, and project, show, and season budgets vs actuals.
  4. Act as member of the Finance Committee, preparing and presenting all financial reports.
  5. Create and track budgets as necessary to fulfill grant requirements; ensure compliance with grant restrictions.
  6. Track timesheets and prepare payroll through ADP.
  7. Use Quickbooks to manage and monitor all financial transactions.
  8. Contract administration & compliance.
  9. Engage and assist independent auditor for annual audit.

Strategic Planning & Governance

  1. Partner with the Board of Directors as a consensus builder, working collaboratively to develop an overall strategy and policy.
  2. Support the Board by keeping them informed of the internal and external issues affecting the organization.
  3. Assist the Artistic Director and Board Chair in engaging, attracting, and developing new Board members, ensuring that they are motivated, engaged, and energized by their association with Mu.
  4. Help Committees develop goals and implement strategies to advance annual and long-term goals.
  5. Assist the board in developing, implementing, and tracking ongoing strategic planning.

Fundraising & Donor Stewardship

  1. With the Artistic Director, actively participate in the cultivation and solicitation of major donors, individuals, foundations, corporations, and government.
  2. With the help of the Development Director, set goals and priorities for donor development and stewardship.
  3. Attend and assist at as many as 25 donor and audience-building events per year including food, drinks, and socializing.
  4. Develop and maintain relationships with program officers and other leadership for supporting foundations and corporations.
  5. Determine grant funding plans and assist the grant writer to request funding.
  6. Hiring and oversight of customer service staff for all earned income revenue streams.

Program Development & Evaluation

  1. With the Artistic Director, work to promote and create innovative program services and practices that fulfill the organization’s mission; identify and implement high quality programs that serve the community and ensure stakeholder satisfaction.
  2. Promote staff leadership and involvement in program planning, development, evaluation, and quality assurance efforts.
  3. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of culturally-specific art, community art, art education, arts integration, interdisciplinary, visual and performing arts.
  4. With the Community Liaison, develop, implement, and track innovative evaluation strategies for all programming.

Staffing & Administration

  1. Encourage a climate that attracts, motivates, supports, and keeps a diverse staff of energetic, enthusiastic and top quality people.
  2. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, paid staff, independent contractors, and volunteers.
  3. See that an effective team, with appropriate provision for succession/promotion, is in place.
  4. Assure that: job descriptions are fully developed; orientation, training, and on-going evaluations of performance are provided; improvement plans are developed as needed; and sound human resource practices are in place and followed.
  5. Supervise and support staff in their programmatic and administrative duties.
  6. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education; assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.


The ideal candidate is an experienced professional who has demonstrated nonprofit finance and management experience and is committed to Mu’s mission, while being interested in a collaborative work environment that values team participation.

Fundraising: Track record of effective and strategic fundraising in a nonprofit organization. 

Finance: Strong understanding of nonprofit finance, including tracking and reporting restricted funding.

Management: Track record of effective supervision of administrative staff. 

Communications: Excellent written and verbal communication skills that demonstrate an ability to inspire and motivate others to action. 

Program Development: Experience with developing, managing, and evaluating artistic and/or educational programming.



Sense of humor, Excellent communicator, Personable & Social, Well organized, Cultural fluency, Self-starter, Collaborative team player, Ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment


Salary range: $45,000 - $52,000
Benefits: 8 paid holidays, 2 weeks paid vacation (3 weeks after two years), plus full medical insurance coverage

See attached job description for more information about the organization.


Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Application deadline May 12, 2017. Mu Performing Arts seeks a diverse pool of qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment to our mission of producing great performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian-American experience. Mu strongly encourages applications from populations under-represented in the theater field.

Contact information

Arts Progress
Robin Gillette
Web site


MDJobDescription2017.pdf (228.65 KB)

Respond by
Friday, May 12
Posted April 19