Managing Director                    

Managing Director

The Hippodrome’s Managing Director will be responsible for the theatre’s operations and, in close collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Board, will implement a vision that moves the theatre into its next chapter of growth.

This is a full-time, salaried position. Health insurance contribution, vacation and sick leave. Retirement contribution.

Starting immediately.

Please apply to Gretchen Casey, Board Search Committee Chair by email:

Position Summary

The Hippodrome’s Managing Director will be responsible for the theatre’s operations and, in close collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Board, will implement a vision that moves the theatre into its next chapter of growth.  The Hippodrome seeks an experienced, self-motivated individual with strong entrepreneurial drive, outstanding communication skills and strong leadership qualities to guide and manage the overall business operations of the organization.  The candidate must demonstrate a personal commitment to a collaborative work environment and form effective partnerships with the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director, staff, and other stakeholders.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Board and Artistic Director to implement the theatre’s recently developed 5-year Strategic Vision, collaborating effectively to ensure that all operational, artistic, and financial decisions are mission-aligned to advance short- and long-range institutional goals.
  • In collaboration with the Board, implement and maintain business functions, policies, and organization infrastructure of the company to ensure that earned income, fundraising, human resources, finance, marketing, and overall operations are guided by best practices.  
  • Oversee the budget, control expenditures, create forecasting models and develop timely financial analysis with the Business Manager [and possibly a Finance Committee?] to support recommendations on general operations and the theatre’s developing endowment.
  • Maintain consistent controls and accounting policies, procedures, and periodic monthly operation reporting/metrics to ensure the highest levels of financial accountability and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as well as the requirements of foundations and grants agencies.
  • Lead conversations and encourage open and consistent communication by defining clear lines of responsibilities between the staff and Board, and empowering those at all levels of the organization.
  • Foster a positive company culture by providing leadership to, and managing efforts of, the staff, establishing accountability measures of success while ensuring an environment where all staff, interns and artists feel safe, supported, valued, and respected.

Fundraising and Community Engagement

  • In conjunction with Fund Development Committee, develop an overall fundraising and/or fund development plan and calendar while also preparing accurate and timely analyses that capture and communicate fundraising results, variances, as well as performance trends.
  • Seek out new and renewed sources of contributed income, particularly focused on the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors, corporations, and foundations while also motivating board members to leverage their skills and networks.
  • Sustain and grow partnerships and alliances with mission-compatible arts and cultural organizations locally, regionally, and nationally, to expand programs and access, retain relevance, and build community to draw people back to the theater.
  • Maintain a consistent presence as a highly engaged member of the Gainesville and Alachua County community focused on increasing the visibility and reputation of The Hippodrome in the arts, culture, public, corporate, government, and philanthropic communities.
  • Expand the Hippodrome’s presence in the broader theater field, interfacing with the community by representing the organization at national convenings, participating in collective lobbying efforts, and fostering relationships with local or national peer organizations.


Traits and Characteristics

The Managing Director will be a decisive, dynamic, and inspirational leader who communicates effectively with all stakeholders and solves problems with a calm and innovative approach. The candidate must have the ability to hit the ground running, have strong interpersonal skills, be self-aware, be goal oriented, honest, accountable, and direct. The Managing Director will be a strategic visionary who is resourceful and can resolve conflict, handle difficult situations, and make tough decisions with compassion and grace. With a transparent, and collaborative approach, the Managing Director will be a thoughtful, patient individual and a hands-on team-builder capable of uniting collective energy and resources to build upon the Hippodrome’s legacy and secure an exciting, sustainable path toward its next 50 years.


  • A degree in business, fine arts management, human resources, finance, or relevant field (eg., MBA or MFA in arts administration);
  • 5 years or more of management experience, preferably in an arts nonprofit organization;
  • Track record of success working with a Board of Directors and managerial experience within a complex, dynamic organization;
  • Experience developing and executing strong public relations and advocacy with stakeholders and community leaders;
  • A passion for theatre and knowledge of the performing arts.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Anticipated salary range of $60,000 -to- $75,000
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance options
  • 401K savings plan
  • Paid days off as well as paid holidays.

The Organization and the Community

Florida community with professional, diverse, world-class theatre productions.  Housed in a beautiful, historic beaux-arts classicist edifice (the 1911 former federal courthouse) that anchors Gainesville’s thriving downtown business district, the Hippodrome produces 5-6 Equity productions annually in its 280-seat thrust mainstage, supports emerging writers with a play development program, operates an acclaimed Education program, and maintains an art gallery, a cutting-edge Cinema and a separate performance space for musicians. 

Gretchen Casey, Board Search Committee Chair

To Apply Email: