15 Nov 2022


Director of Artistic Programming & Engagement

Crowded Fire Theater Company  San Francisco, California, United States

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Job Description

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) in San Francisco seeks a Director of Artistic Programming & Engagement to join our existing team.

Our indispensable home for theater-makers prioritizes a human-centered approach. We nurture, develop, and produce revolutionary artistic voices, centering courageous and inventive BIPOC narratives that push the boundaries of what a play is. This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in a career in non-profit arts leadership, with growth and artistic opportunities, and a chance to learn and evolve the ins-and-outs of leading a small theater. Crowded Fire embraces a culture of collective stewardship, and centers Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in action; leadership opportunities are co-created with staff members, specific to their strengths and learning path. 


Position Summary:

Under the initial supervision and mentorship of the Director of Artistic & Artist Development, this position will work in a shared leadership model with the year-round staff of 7, following an introductory period of at least 90 days (after a 360° check-in). This year-round, part-time position will provide strategic planning and leadership for the organization; in-person artistic and producing support for our artists, productions, and Matchbox development program; community and artistic outreach for the organization across multiple initiatives; and in collaboration with the entire staff–work on donor development and Board & Resident Artist engagement. Further information is available at www.crowdedfire.org/opportunities/

What qualities might you bring? 

  • Deep care for other people and community (long-term relationship building).
  • Strong communication skills with intuitive awareness. 
  • A strong balance of respect, humbleness, and badassery.
  • Strong consensus building with the ability to motivate people and assemble strong teams. 
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative or collective-based environment.
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to look ahead. A radical futurist who pushes the organization and field forward.
  • Deep appreciation for the arts as a pathway for social change.
  • Self-reflection and leadership through learning. 
  • Sense of humor and a love of theater. 


  • Project management skills, with strong organizational skills, attention to detail, responsiveness, and follow-through.
  • Ability to analyze priorities and manage workflow.
  • Ability to work both independently and on projects with others.
  • Strong troubleshooting capabilities, with a flexible and innovative approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work with varied communication styles.
  • Experience in supporting new play development: 1-3 years.
  • Experience in artistic line-producing: 1-3 years.
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications, including Word, Excel, Email, and Google.
  • Experience in fundraising is a plus. 
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Cultural fluency, with the ability to work with diverse groups of artists and audiences. 
  • Able to work for long periods on a computer as well as participate in team-based load-in processes with staff for productions and events. *We are often pushing or pulling objects weighing up to 30 pounds and/or carrying objects weighing up to 15 pounds during production. While we recognize that this poses a restriction on accessibility, we are a small staff and we still have some of these needs. We hope as we work toward right-sizing that we can move toward less explicit requirements in the future.

Additional Information:

This is a part-time, non-exempt, 20-hour per week job, initially reporting to the Director of Artistic & Artist Development. Hourly rate is $25/hour, equal to the existing staff. Substantial growth opportunities; most responsibilities listed above are shared with other staff. Our offices are located in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. This position will be both virtual and in-person under COVID protocols. As we return to producing live, on-site evening and weekend hours will be required (we produce 1-3 shows per year). Crowded Fire is unable to provide travel or moving expenses.  

Crowded Fire Theater Company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Crowded Fire is a former member of Theater Communications Group’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute. We encourage you to review our Code of Conduct for a better idea of how we work together: www.crowdedfire.org/about/code_of_conduct/


Application Instructions:

Please email a resume and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position and our organizations, along with the names and contact information for three or more references, to opportunities@crowdedfire.org, subject line: Director of Artistic Programming & Engagement Search.
Please make sure that references are from current and/or former supervisors and that information includes names, phone numbers, and the name of the organization where you worked with each person.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Initial interviews will begin in November; second round group interviews will be scheduled in December/January. Early submissions are encouraged.
No phone calls or packets by regular mail, please. 



Part-Time Job in Theatre:
Director of Artistic Programming & Engagement
Crowded Fire Theater Company
 San Francisco, California, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: arts administration, development, director, performing arts, production, and Programs. States: California.
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