Piedmont Players Theatre seeks Managing Director

Piedmont Players, a community theatre in Salisbury, NC, established in 1963, aims to provide  entertaining, educational opportunities for people of all ages. It maintains two physical  performance spaces: the Meroney Theater, which offers programming for adults, and the  Norvell Theater, which offers programming for children.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate annual and long-range planning in collaboration with the Board of Governors.  • Assist the Board of Governors with ongoing strategic planning. 
  • Assist the Board with developing an updated policies-and-procedures manual. • Develop an annual budget in conjunction with the Facilities Manager. 
  • Work with the Facilities Manager to provide comprehensive monthly financial reports.  Reports will include forecasting, cash-flow management, capital spending, and review and  approval of expenditures. 
  • Actively participate in monthly board meetings with activity reports to the Board of  Governors. 
  • Provide leadership for and actively participate in fundraising activities, donor development,  and pursuit, preparation, and execution of grants. 
  • Supervise the Box Office Manager and direct administrative operations. • Encourage volunteer participation and support theatre volunteers and volunteer initiatives.  • Oversee all PPT vendor contracts (not related to facilities) and rights and royalty agreements. 
  • Administer and support, in conjunction with the Education Committee, all educational  programs of the theatre. 
  • Act as the representative and advocate of the theatre, as well as a spokesperson for the  organization’s artistic purpose with government agencies, community and local business  groups, and arts organizations. 
  • Foster positive relations with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and  joint activities where appropriate. 
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate artistic personnel, including directors, designers, and stage  managers within the parameters of existing standard contracts. Negotiations beyond  standard parameters require board approval. 
  • Hire, with board approval, supervise, and evaluate key technical personnel, including the  Technical Director. 
  • Maintain a written procedures manual for technical and production staff. 
  • Report to the Board of Governors on a regular basis to give an update on production  matters.

Experience and Qualifications 

The ideal candidate for the Managing Director position will have the following experience and  qualifications: 

  • Experience in a non-profit arts management/leadership position with demonstrated  experience in grant writing, fundraising, marketing, and business-management skills 
  • Knowledge of theatre and play production 
  • Strong budgeting and financial management skills 
  • Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing 
  • Demonstrated financial literacy, including working knowledge of Quickbooks or comparable  software.  
  • Ability to forge mutually respectful and effective relationships with a diverse group of  personalities 
  • Capacity to lead, manage, motivate, and inspire the theatre’s team and volunteers • Experience with major donor cultivation 
  • Experience with public relations, including the ability to increase revenue through ticket sales  and other revenue-driving activities 


The Managing Director reports to the Board of Governors. 


  • Two- or four-year Arts Management degree preferred, but all post-secondary education,  whether formal degrees or not, will be taken into consideration. 
  • 2+ years’ experience in Arts Management preferred. 

Salary and Schedule 

Full-time position. Salary: $55K-$65K per year, + benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience. 

Benefits offered: 

  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave 
  • Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
  • Flexible schedule

Please email cover letter, resume/CV, and references (in PDF files) to board@piedmontplayers.com.