Managing Director

Organizational Background

About the Jungle

 The Jungle Theater, located in the diverse Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis, is one of the country’s most dynamic theaters, renowned for its imaginative productions and intimate setting. Since its founding in 1991, the Jungle has been a flagship example of the transformative power of the performing arts, playing a vital, continuing role in the economic, social and cultural life of its neighborhood.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, now in her fifth season, the Jungle is focusing on new work, including world premiere commissions, and is deeply dedicated to gender parity and inclusive representation onstage and behind the scenes. 

The Jungle operates in an intimate 150-seat venue, with a budget that has grown to $2M, and with shows playing to over 93% capacity (on average) over the last two seasons. The Jungle garners national attention with its programming choices, and has received significant critical praise, including ten Ivey Awards (MN's version of the Obie Awards) and many best productions and best artist of the year recognition by local media. Rasmussen and the Jungle were recently awarded a BOLD Leadership Circle grant. More information available at



The Jungle Theater creates courageous, resonant theater that challenges, entertains, and sparks expansive conversation.


To be a neighborhood theater with national impact, indispensable to our community and aspirational to the field


Stories matter. Because we believe in the power of live theater to interrogate and celebrate, we create work that helps our audience make meaning of the world and deepen connections with each other. 

Artistry is a habit of attention. Because we believe that exquisitely crafted theater makes us feel more alive and calls to our highest potential, we pursue beauty in our work by practicing care and attention to detail in all that we do. 

A play isn’t complete without an audience. Because we see our audience as our final collaborators, and because we believe meaningful encounters demand intimacy, we strive to make the Jungle a place where all are welcome and everyone is home. 

A great theater cares for its people. Because the work we make and share depends on human time, labor and love, we are committed to being good to one another. This means we challenge one another creatively, value each other’s time and talent, and collaborate in a spirit of good will and abundance


The Position

The managing director provides administrative, fiscal, and fundraising leadership for the Jungle Theater. As a collaborative co-leader with the artistic director and partner with the board of directors, the managing director is focused on achieving the strategic priorities of the organization.

Direct reports: marketing associate, development associate, grant writer, box office manager, and finance manager.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the board and artistic director to develop and implement the Jungle’s strategic plan.

  • Supervise administrative operations, including staffing structure, performance evaluations and benefit plans.

  • Develop strategic plans for and lead the Jungle’s fundraising efforts to increase contributed sources of income from individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources.

  • Lead financial planning and human resources to support the artistic vision within a balanced budget; this includes working closely with the artistic director and applicable staff to set final detailed budgets for a theatrical season (prior to public announcement of that season’s shows) and providing the necessary context for thoughtful, viable artistic decision-making in both season planning and commissioning new work. 

  • Oversee the work of the marketing department, working collaboratively to increase earned income from sales, rentals, concessions and other sources.

  • Serve as a visible Jungle representative, representing the Jungle to donors, audiences and the wider community through attendance at Jungle events as well as meetings, fundraising events, performances and more in the wider Twin Cities community.

Specific Responsibilities

 Financial and Administrative

  •  Oversee annual budgeting process, monthly financial reports, annual audit process, and budgets for grant applications.

  •  Manage cash flow and monitor spending to budget. Monitor capital spending as needed

  • Hire and manage administrative staff.

  •  Develop systems and procedures to ensure professional, efficient operations.

  •  Lead long-range financial planning to support the Jungle’s long-term growth goals.


Fundraising and Development

  • Lead Jungle fundraising efforts, craft and implement plans to support the goals of the organization.

  • Develop and manage relationships with major donors and funders, including designing and implementing the solicitation process, in conjunction with the artistic director as appropriate.

  • Manage annual fund to grow individual donor base.

  • Work collaboratively with grant writer and artistic director to identify and pursue potential funding opportunities with corporate, government and foundation sources.

  • Work with development associate to ensure accurate tracking in the donor database (currently Donor Perfect), as well as acknowledgements and ongoing stewardship.

  • Lead the board and staff on fundraising events, including donor receptions, galas, raffles and similar activities

  • Cultivate connections in the community.

Marketing and Audience Services

  • Set box office goals for season and single ticket sales, monitor progress toward goals

  • Lead marketing associate to develop advertising, marketing and promotional plans

  • Work with box office manager to provide high-quality patron services, including concessions


Artistic Support

  • Work collaboratively with artistic director and production staff to establish and work within production budgets.

  • Negotiate financial agreements with actors, directors and designers, including travel and housing arrangements for visiting guest artists.

  • Serve as primary contact with Actors’ Equity, SDC and IATSE unions, negotiating contractual fees, rider, add-ons, etc.

  • Secure performance rights for all plays chosen by artistic director.


Board Relations

  • In collaboration with board chair, develop strategic meeting agendas and prepare all materials. Work with board committees on projects and activities.

  • Support board recruiting, election and orientation.



  • Work with production manager to ensure all equipment is in working order. Oversee ongoing maintenance and upkeep of building.

  • Represent the Jungle to the City of Minneapolis with all licensing and compliance issues (liquor license renewal, health department inspection, e.g.).



The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is an experienced professional who has demonstrated management and fundraising experience, preferably in the nonprofit arts arena, eager to build a productive, supportive working relationship with the artistic director. The ideal candidate will thrive in a collaborative work environment that values the participation of artists, staff, board and community volunteers, and be comfortable serving as an active, visible representative of the Jungle in the local theater community.

The ideal candidate has the following experience:

  • Management: Track record of effective supervision of administrative staff

  • Finance: Strong comprehension of financial strategy and accounting principles, combined with demonstrated leadership working collaboratively with staff and board to plan and manage budgets

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

  • Organizational & Interpersonal: Strong organizational and interpersonal skills as evidenced by the ability to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment

  • Relations: Understanding of and experience with achieving earned income goals and raising organizational awareness through media and community relations

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

  • Equity/Diversity/Inclusion: A demonstrable record of success in creating and maintaining a positive, supportive work environment that enables all to do their best work


Application Information

This position reports to the Jungle Theater Board of Directors.

 Application Procedure
Submit cover letter and résumé in PDF format by December 2, 2019 to Applications will be evaluated as they are submitted.