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Managing Director of Sandglass Theater

Sandglass Theater (SGT) is dedicated to the arts of theatre and puppetry as a means to explore contemporary issues, inspire dialogue, and spark wonder. We achieve this by creating original ensemble performance and collaborations, presenting diverse theater artists, producing events that serve our communities, and teaching our art. We are committed to being a bridge in our local, national, and international communities for artistic and social development. We will inspire new generations of diverse artists and audiences to further embrace puppetry and theatre as thriving art forms that seek truth and a broader perspective, generate compassion, and celebrate the human spirit.

The Sandglass Theater maintains our commitment to a number of core values, including:

  • The belief that puppetry is a unique theater form that affirms the human spirit through images, metaphors, and a sense of play.
  • The importance of the ensemble process, the artistic exchange of ideas, collaboration as a means of developing and sustaining our field, the responsibility of creating and teaching theater, and a respect for the culture and traditions of our art form.
  • Our value and respect for our audiences, and the process of engaging them in civil dialogue, shared play, and critical response. This includes physical, economic, and social accessibility to all performances and events.
  • Our high value on justice and diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, and disability, and we strongly support the safety of those fleeing violence in other countries and here in our own.

Sandglass Theatre produces the biannual Puppets in the Green Mountains international festival drawing thousands of attendees, the annual Winter Sunshine Children’s Series, Voices of Community, and our biannual signature fundraiser Puppets in Paradise. We tour our original productions nationally and internationally for 7 – 10 weeks per year and serve as host to touring puppetry ensembles at our home in Putney, Vermont.

Reporting to the Artistic Co-Directors, the Sandglass Theater Managing Director will be responsible for:

  • Expanding fundraising, including grants management, donor relations, and fundraising events
  • Providing financial management to the organization in partnership with the Board Treasurer, bookkeeper, and Office Administrator
  • Working with the Artistic Co-Directors to book the SGT tours, workshops, and residencies with presenting organizations (festivals, theaters, schools, arts organizations, etc.)
  • Increasing overall organizational staff capacity, especially when artistic staff are away from the Putney headquarters on tour
  • Serving as staff supervisor, managing organizational activities and overseeing implementation of the strategic plan
  • Assisting with board relations and development, including board recruitment and training in collaboration with the Board President and Co-Artistic Directors

The Managing Director of the Sandglass Theater will possess practical knowledge and experience regarding the financial and technical aspects of scheduling and supporting a variety of performing arts events. The MD must be comfortable being the public face of the organization, have excellent communication skills and be adept at networking and outreach. They will serve as the general manager for Sandglass Theater, working in collaboration with the Co-Artistic Director and Producers, giving direction to staff. The MD will act as chief administrator, as liaison with partners, funders, the SGT Board of Directors, and the broader community. They will work with staff, consultants and board to implement the Development Plan for the organization, including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding new and existing funder prospects and its integration with the organizational Strategic Plan.

The strongest applicants will share many of these key characteristics:

  • Outstanding organizational management skills
  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising, including grants management, campaign development, and major donor relations
  • Strong understanding of budget development and monitoring
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills
  • A strong capacity for creative problem solving
  • A passion for theater arts and enabling artists to create work

The Sandglass Theater Managing is a 30-hour/week exempt $30,000 annual salaried position and will be based at the administrative offices in Putney, Vermont. This position has grant funding for two years; SGT has plans to expand the position in alignment with organizational growth in coming years.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume to:

Search Committee
Sandglass Theater
17 Kimball Hill
Putney, Vermont


No phone calls please.

Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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