Headlong seeks an innovative, strategic, and empathetic Managing Director to work in partnership with the Artistic Director/Co-Founder. Headlong is a Philadelphia-based activator of performance research, cultural inquiry, and overlapping layers of communities. Founded in 1993, we create audience-engaging art, support and sponsor artists, and offer a 14-week residency and performance training program at our studios on South Broad Street.

Part-time, $30,000 per year
Four weeks paid time off
Flexible schedule, mostly remote (Staff are currently working remotely but are needed in the office or at events in Philadelphia on occasion.)

The new Managing Director is organized, resourceful, flexible, detail-oriented, and has a background in fundraising and marketing, collaboration, and team-building within diverse communities. They will thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and have a passion for supporting and connecting art/creators in Philadelphia. This job description is not exhaustive but presents a scope of work. You may be expected to perform different tasks as needed by your changing role or the organization’s overall objectives. However, we are committed to a work-life balance.

As the Managing Director, you work in partnership with the Artistic Director/Co-Founder (AD) and the Board to address short- and long-term goals of the company:

You are the front-line fundraiser responsible for developing strategies to secure annual, planned giving, and donor-directed gifts.
You streamline and improve processes and oversee the company’s financial management and operations, such as preparing and maintaining annual operating and program budgets.
You help build and manage all aspects of communications and marketing to clarify and promote the company’s updated brand and artistic vision.

Key Responsibilities

Development & Fundraising (40%)

In collaboration with the Artistic Director and Finance Director, identify and prioritize funding opportunities for general operating and programs.
Partner with the Artistic Director and Board to research, identify and cultivate donors and foundations for annual and longer-term support.
Plan, manage, and evaluate fundraising campaigns and activities, such as: Write and prepare proposals for annual giving campaigns, sponsorships, etc
Assist with development and execution of organizational grant efforts, pre-and post-award, including supporting the administration of grant funds, reporting, and evaluation following grant guidelines
Oversee gift processing and acknowledgment practices, ensuring a high-touch response to partners and donors
Supervise timely preparation and delivery of required financial budgets and reports

Leadership & Strategy (30%)

Along with the Board and Artistic Director, create and implement the organization’s strategic vision and programming, aligning resources with mission and values.
Attend board meetings, serve as advisory member and minute-taker, and participate on board committees as necessary.
Strengthen existing partnerships and build long-term relationships with new and prospective partners as appropriate
Plan, execute and expand the HPI Residency in collaboration with the Program Director and Coordinator.

Communications & Marketing (25%)

Create and implement company communications plan/calendar and manage day-to-day marketing and fundraising efforts
Oversee social media strategy, write regular posts, and engage staff, fellows, or volunteers in content generation
Define marketing strategy, tactics, and programs with input from the Artistic Director.
Determine and measure earned revenue goals in partnership with the Finance Director.

Ad-hoc duties as requested by Artistic Director (5%)

In your time, we account for how you may elect or be asked to take on ad-hoc tasks/duties as suits developing programs and changing circumstances.

  • Professional experience in development or fundraising and communications or related fields
  • Experience or deep interest in non-profits and experimental performance
  • Excellent writer and clear communicator
  • Can work autonomously and collaboratively
  • Strong project management skills
  • Comfortable with Google Office Suite and with learning/using new software
  • You can take direction and give direction.
  • You can prioritize among competing needs

You might thrive in this position if:

  • You are comfortable with a reasonable amount of risk and an entrepreneurial approach to business.
  • You are skilled at identifying and developing compelling stories in both journalistic and narrative styles.
  • You are an administrator with a background in development, fundraising, management, or producing.
  • You are mid-career and ready to take on more responsibility, change priorities, or align your work more closely with your values.
  • You are an established development or management professional who would prefer to work fewer hours with a small collaborative organization.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter as a PDF to Gen Ransom, Managing Director, at [email protected] with “PT Managing Director Position” in the subject line.

Beyond meeting its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Headlong is committed to diverse and inclusive community. We encourage applications from Black people, indigenous people, people of color, and trans people.

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