This job listing has expired and may no longer be relevant!

27 Oct 2023


Executive Director

Orlando Fringe

 Orlando, Florida, United States

Orlando Fringe, Florida jobs

Job Description

The Board of Directors at Orlando Fringe seeks a dynamic and visionary Executive Director to lead the strategic direction of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, held annually in May, and the year-round theatrical venue, Fringe ArtSpace.
As the Executive Director, you will oversee the daily administrative activities and execute the strategic direction of this thriving non- profit organization, which boasts a budget exceeding $2M.
As the leader of the organization, with the support of two senior staff members, you will lead a fantastic team of ten full-time, 13 part-time and over 80 contractors to fulfill the mission of our organization.
This role requires an individual equipped with an extraordinary blend of nonprofit leadership and management skills, the ability to envision the big picture, and the determination to help their team bring that vision to Life.


About Orlando Fringe

The Orlando Fringe produces The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the longest- running Fringe in the United States. It is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF), United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF) and the World Fringe Association and follows the CAFF guiding principles to remain 100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible for artists and audiences alike, with 100% of ticket sales given back to the artists.
Fringe ArtSpace creates and fosters a year-round inclusive and collaborative environment that promotes participation and openly recruits diverse stories and performances. It provides opportunities for underrepresented artists and communities through inclusive shows,
art, and experiences and by facilitating opportunities for coaching, mentorship, and scholarships and offering guidance that might help artists and companies on their artistic journey.
Orlando Fringe is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and receives generous funding from the Downtown Development Board, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, United Arts of Central Florida, City of Orlando and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and others.


Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership and Management

● Lead and collaborate with senior staff, volunteers, and sponsors to understand and oversee the operations, experience, and financial deliverables of the Fringe Festival
and year-round theatre.

● In conjunction with board support, develop the organization’s short-term and long-term strategic plans, including setting annual and 5-year organizational goals.

● Develop, with staff, annual work plans to serve the mission and grow the organization strategically.

● Work with staff to build and develop the organization’s culture and brand with staff, volunteers, artists, patrons and board.

● Provide oversight of employees and contractors by mentoring and developing staff, creating appropriate onboarding, and recognizing and addressing any employee or management issues within the organization.

● Develop senior staff to own and address their areas of responsibility in support of the vision and goals that are set.

● Advance the relationship between the Orlando Fringe and various local, regional, state, and national organizations, including government agencies, advocacy groups, community and local business groups, and arts organizations.

  • Represent Orlando Fringe to the media and public organizations.
  • Ensure proper administrative oversight for the production process, including supervision of human resource functions, rights and contract negotiations, scheduling, and
    financial management.

● Represent Orlando Fringe, as needed, in contract negotiations for artistic productions, venue rentals and necessary services.

● Ensure proper organizational structure, policies and procedures are updated and reflect the organization’s growing needs.

● Actively participate as liaison and leader in community groups – including but not limited to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, World Fringe, City of Orlando, and
United Arts of Central Florida.

● Assure that all annual reports are completed, including but not limited to Exemption certification, State Annual Report, Solicitation Permit, and annual tax returns.

● Ensure annual audited financial statements are prepared by an independent CPA and presented to the board.

● Maintain appropriate insurance for the organization.


Fundraising and Development

● In partnership with the assigned staff, create and execute a fundraising strategy to meet the organization’s goals and objectives.

  • Lead staff to obtain local, state, national, and foundation grants.
  • Develop the strategy and ensure execution to generate new private and corporate sponsors, manage existing sponsors, and generate sponsorship contracts, relations
    and reports sponsor income.Marketing

● Lead the staff to plan and implement audience development activities including marketing strategies, public relations activities, promotional events and sponsorship.

  • Uphold the Fringe and ArtSpace brands through marketing and other strategic initiatives.
  • Ensure the development, administration and reporting of annual audience surveys to inform and set strategy and goals for the next year or season and for use in grants
    and funding.Financials

● Work with the Board Treasurer to propose an annual budget to the board based on the organization’s goals and work plan.

● Responsible for monthly financial reporting, including current financial results, budget performance forecasting, accurate cash flow projections and balance sheet.

  • Responsible for overseeing all capital-related spending and acquisitions.
  • Ensure proper tracking of all purchases or expenditures and facilitate appropriate approvals and payments in accordance with organizational policies.

● Ensure daily financial and audience development reporting to the Board of Directors during the festival.

Board Relations

● Assist the Board of Directors as appropriate with recruitment, education and member development.

● Work closely with the Executive Committee to ensure regular and productive agendas and activities.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: ● Passion for Mission – Ability to translate mission into concrete action items, substantive

knowledge of the organization’s client base and stakeholders, compelling way of engaging business, government and other nonprofits in valuable partnerships, knows how to market and brand the organization to create interest in the mission and in sponsorship opportunities.

● Strategic Planning and Decision-making – Strong analytical skills, reliance on data to make key decisions, ability to conduct both short- and long-term prioritization for the organization, knowledge of how to describe key goals so the right action follows the
decision to prioritize a goal.

● Relationship Management – Ability to establish relationships with community members, government officials, vendors and other community non-profits.

● Donor Sponsor Management – An understanding and demonstrated ability to foster donors and sponsors.

● Staff Leadership and Mentorship – A leadership role in a non-profit organization, including management and mentorship experience.

  • Team Leader – Lead a team and help them perform at their best.
  • Business Acumen- Grasp and understand business concepts and issues.
  • Change Management- Encourage others to seek opportunities for different andinnovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.

● Conceptual Thinking with execution -Think in terms of abstract ideas while still driving and executing toward goals.
● Conflict Resolution- Work with others, including employees, partners and others and resolve issues in an appropriate way.

  • Decision Making- Make critical decisions while following the organization’s procedures.
  • Judgement – Formulate a sound decision using the available information.
  • Problem-Solving-Find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.
  • Analytical Skills-Use thinking and reasoning to solve problems.
  • Goal Oriented – Focus on a goal and obtain a predetermined result.
  • Communication – Communicate in writing and orally, clearly and concisely.
  • Organized – Be organized or follow a systematic task-performing method.
  • Demonstrated Growth – Progressive responsibilities in a wide range of leadershippositions.

● Ability to thrive in a fast-paced organization.



  • Excel and Office
  • Familiarity with Budget Software (QuickBooks)
  • Familiarly with donor management software
  • Familiarity with ticketing softwareEducationMinimum: BA or BS degree in arts management, public administration, business management or related field. Two years’ experience working with a 501C3, preferably a performing arts company. Desired: MBA or MPA in arts management or related field, 5 years’ experience working with a 501C3 organization, familiarity with technical theatre/state management. Knowledge of the Central Florida arts community.Working conditionsThis position is full-time, employee status. A typical work week will consist of 40 hours. Weekend and evening commitments may be required.Physical requirementsWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, and lift over 25 pounds.Direct reports

    Operations Director
    Artistic and Marketing Director Development Manager
    Front of House Manager Accountant


Role Details

  • Full-Time, Salaried Position
  • Position includes days, evenings, and weekends, driven by event planning and execution.
  • Reports to the Board of Directors
  • The position is based at the Orlando Fringe administration office, 812 E. Rollins St, Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32803, with regular activities at Fringe ArtSpace, 54 W. Church St,
    Orlando, FL 32801

● Benefits to include a monthly stipend for health, dental and vision; paid time off, holidays and flex time; flexible partial work at home; monthly downtown parking pass.


To Apply

Send cover letter, resume and references to by November 30.

So you don’t meet every requirement listed in this job description?

Do you think your experience level is not where it needs to be? Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they believe they meet every single qualification. Orlando Fringe is focused on building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. If you’re interested in this position but your prior experience doesn’t perfectly align with every qualification in the job description, we want you to apply anyway. The right role for you may be right around the corner!


Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Executive Director
Orlando Fringe
 Orlando, Florida, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, director, executive director, festival, management, non-profit, and performing arts. States: Florida.