11 Jan 2022


Managing Director

Oregon Shakespeare Festival  Ashland, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) seeks an innovative, systems driven and forward-thinking Managing Director to help cultivate an inclusive and values-driven culture by introducing people-centric systems and practices.

Who is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival?

OSF seeks to be an innovator, creating new paradigms across the theatrical omniverse.  Over the last twenty years OSF has become a leader in the American Theatre as a repertory producer and is recognized nationally for our new work development, digital content creation (see our digital platform, O!) and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access work (IDEA).  The pandemic tried to take us down, but OSF catapulted to the forefront of a national advocacy effort and was at the center of a national theatre uprising advocating for federal support for the Arts (enter the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program).  We are a behemoth of the American Theatre that  exists in a small town in Southern Oregon.  We are challenged by difficulty recruiting top talent, a lack of local housing, contracting for digital and live work, a lack of HR processes, complex community relations, and evolving our organizational culture.  We create world class work and struggle with small town challenges.

A Commitment:

At OSF, we work to expand the transformational power of art and performance.  Our invitation to the world is to join us as we cultivate a just and radically inclusive future.  We center artists, are refocusing our culture around iterative progress, collaboration and service, and we seek to create a culture of belonging and inclusion.   OSF is striving to be a global entity and ever-evolving container for the future that responds to the changing tides of our world.  We are committed to coliberation through radically inclusive, accessible and collaborative practices.  We nurture artists and multimodal, multidisciplinary practices and create access to the transformational power of art and performance.  At OSF we envision our ecology as human-centric, financially and environmentally sustainable and interconnected.

Who is in Leadership?

Nataki Garrett (Artistic Director) is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s sixth artistic director. Since her appointment in April of 2019, she has guided the organization through numerous transitions and crises, all while building toward a more sustainable producing and fundraising model. The COVID-19 pandemic forced OSF to close five productions only six days after opening, in what was supposed to be Garrett’s first full season as artistic director. Shortly thereafter, Garrett oversaw the process to shrink expenditures at OSF while maintaining a humane connection to the OSF’s company as furloughs and layoffs ensued. During this time, Garrett, together with a cohort of Oregon arts leaders, secured $9 million for the state’s performing arts organizations from the federal relief fund package that Oregon received. Garrett also was a catalyst for the national lobbying effort that has become the Nonprofit Professional Theatre Coalition which helped to lobby for and secure the Shuttered Venue Grant Funds from the federal government.  Garrett’s forté and passion is fostering and developing new work, including those that adapt and devise new ways of performing the classics. She has directed and produced the world premieres of many well-known and important playwriting voices of our time, including Katori Hall, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Dominique Morriseau and Aziza Barnes. Her credits at OSF include directing a beautifully successful production of Christina Anderson’s How to Catch Creation and producing the world premiere of Karen Zacarias’s The Copper Children. Prior to her appointment at OSF, Garrett served as the acting artistic director for Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company (DCPA) during the $66 million organization’s 18-month leadership transition. During her tenure, she produced a very provocative Macbeth, which became the most successful production in the Space Theatre’s 40-year history. She also initiated and negotiated the first co-world premieres in ten years for two DCPA-commissioned plays—The Great Leap with Seattle Repertory Theatre and American Mariachi with The Old Globe. Additionally, she was former associate artistic director of CalArts Center for New Performance.

David Schmitz (Executive Director) became OSF’s fourth Executive Director in September 2020.  In just over a year at OSF, and working in partnership with Nataki Garrett, the leaders launched a new producing model, dramatically changed the organization’s membership structure to simplify and reduce the transactional feeling among donors, and reduced ticket prices to create a more accessible theatre that will increase access to current audiences and new audiences as we come out of this pandemic and into the next years of recovery.  Schmitz has also hired 4 of the key department heads reporting to him (all of which were empty in September of 2020).   Garrett and Schmitz have also launched a new strategic planning process, which should be completed around March of 2022. Schmitz worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company for 15 years, serving as Director of Finance and Administration, General Manager, Managing Director, and Executive Director. At Steppenwolf, Schmitz was responsible at the executive level for strategy and execution of all fundraising, marketing, and business-related activities. His work ensured the world-famous ensemble had the resources and institutional support to achieve their creative ambitions in the present and the future. Prior to working at Steppenwolf, Schmitz was the General Manager at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre, and Business Manager at the entertainment agency Adair Performance. Schmitz has sat on the boards of the Theatre Communications Group, the League of Chicago Theatres, The House Theatre of Chicago and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, and prior to leaving Chicago was the President of the Producers Association of Chicago Area Theatres.  Schmitz is a founding member of Enrich Chicago, a cohort of arts organizations working to end racism in Chicago arts.

What will you do?

The position will be designed around the most intriguing and exciting candidate, and will be responsible for the strategic oversight of the people, culture and operations at OSF.  Specifically, the new Managing Director will manage the General Management, Company Management, Human Resources and IT departments. They will supervise a variety of high-level operational, people-centric and culture-driven processes and systems including artist-centric contracting and housing, people-centric recruiting and talent acquisition, onboarding, evaluation, engagement, off-boarding of OSF employees, evaluating and updating OSF’s equitable compensation system, evolving dynamic benefits structures that support an ambitious and world-class work force, strategically overseeing the use of information technology in a complex environment and generally working to make OSF a great place to work for artists, producers and administrators.

Areas of Accountability

Systems Development & Management

  • Lead the creation, implementation, monitoring and evolution of artist-centric, human-centric, agile, rigorous and fluid systems and procedures throughout the organization.
  • Partner with OSF’s Leadership Team and  Business Operations Leadership Team on the creation of artist-centric practices throughout the Business Operations, Artistic and Production departments.
  • Partnering with the OSF Leadership Team, create systems and processes organization wide that create a culture of iterative progress.
  • Working with the HR team, create and/or evolve smart, efficient and fluidly adaptable HR practices including recruitment, on-boarding, training, evaluations and off-boarding practices and procedures.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

  • In partnership with OSF’s Director of IDEA, and in collaboration with OSF’s Leadership Team, create an IDEA culture at OSF which centers coliberation, antiracism and belonging.
  • Model and support the mission and values of OSF by demonstrating inclusive behavior, maintaining a safe working environment and recognizing microaggressions and interrupting behaviors that hinder OSF’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Operationalize IDEA by implementing OSF’s values into organizational practices including systems, processes, problem solving approach and contracting artists.
  • Attend IDEA, sexual harassment and any other anti-bias training and workshops as scheduled by the institution.

Organizational Leadership

  • As a member of OSF’s Leadership Team and Business Operations Leadership Team, take part in all strategic and operational leadership conversations and decisions, including the development of organizational goals, visions and values, resource allocation and budgeting.
  • Supervise and manage the General Management, Company Management, IT and HR departments.
  • Provide strategic oversight and vision for all people and IT driven policies and procedures.
  • Craft systems, practices, and policies that make OSF a great place to work for artists, producers and administrators.

Operations Strategy & Management

  • In partnership with the Associate Artistic Directors and Director of Production, manage contracting for the organization, including actors, directors and other creatives as well as all other non-artistic contracts (excluding designers which are overseen by the Production Department).
  • Supervise the strategic IT resources of the organization with an eye towards organizational efficiency, human-centric practice and security.

Who are we looking for?

If you are thrilled by a challenge and obsessed with creating, implementing, monitoring and evolving systems and procedures that are human-centric, constantly improving through iterative progress, responsive and nimble, you are right for this position.

This individual will possess the following skills, knowledge, and experiences:

  • Demonstrated success creating, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and evolving systems and procedures for complex organizations.
  • An understanding of human-centric systems and procedures, and excitement  around the challenges of working in an 86-year-old organization that lacks many basic systems and processes.
  • Strategic level expertise in IT, human resources, general management and contracting.
  • Artistic contracting experience and work with Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA and SDC.
  • Demonstrated success implementing organizational change through systems and procedures evolution.
  • Budget management experience, with a preference for experience managing multi-million dollar budgets.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft products
  • Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills.

​​We encourage all candidates to apply, even if they do not currently meet all qualifications. We know there are great candidates who may not have all of the experience listed above, but possess intuitive knowledge or other transferable skills. If that’s you, please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

How much are we paying and what are the perks?

Salary: $136 – $146K/year

Benefits package: Amazing health, dental, and vision coverage; 403b retirement plan, STD/LTD & Basic Life Insurance; paid vacation and sick time; paid parental leave; local discounts at stores & restaurants; tickets for OSF shows.

Living in Ashland: Ashland Oregon is the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University and Mt. Ashland, the only ski area in Southern Oregon. Ashland has 20,078 residents and 350,000 tourist visitors annually. Ashland is nestled at the base of the convergence of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet. The city is centrally located halfway between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California on Interstate 5.

Ashland’s local dining scene includes a creative array of culinary offerings with over 100 restaurants, bars and coffee houses. You will enjoy discovering boutique shops that carry home décor, cookware, gourmet foods and wines. There are independently owned bookstores, specialty clothing boutiques and shoe stores. Galleries and shops feature everything from local to internationally known artists, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, paintings, and sculpture. Both residents and visitors love Ashland for its natural beauty, scenic backdrop and amazing recreational opportunities. The city was recognized as one of the Top 10 Places to Visit based on “Geo-tourism” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.  Ashland public schools consistently score above the national average on state and national assessments and other measures of student achievement.

Visit ashlandchamber.com/ for more information and a relocation guide (Ashland Chamber of Commerce).

How do I apply?

Visit aljpconsulting.com/apply-for-open-positions to submit your application.


OSF is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive and accessible environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We have a clear vision to be the place where Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access build the foundation for talented people. Women, non-gender-binary/trans individuals, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and people with disabilities are STRONGLY encouraged to apply!
Please join us as we shift the narrative and grow our organization into a true representation of Inclusion.



Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Managing Director
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
 Ashland, Oregon, United States

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