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Position: Managing Director 

Closing date: June 30, 2021

Location: Austin, Texas

Job Type: Full-Time 

Compensation: $70,000 + benefits 



The Managing Director position at Fusebox serves as the organization’s primary financial and operations leader, overseeing the budget, fundraising, and organizational systems. The Managing Director works closely with the Artistic + Production staff as well as the Board of Directors to create a financially sound and sustainable strategy for supporting the organization's vision and initiatives. We’re looking for someone who thrives working collaboratively with a small team, and who shares a passion for the arts and connecting with communities.


Fusebox is a 501-c-3 non-profit arts organization in Austin, TX. Our work celebrates the boundless potential of live performance and centers around two festivals, one in Austin that takes place in 20+ sites around the city and features artists from all over the world, and another (Live in America) that will take place in different cities across North America every three years. We also produce events and performances throughout the year, provide resources + training for artists, and work with a diverse group of people to creatively address vital civic issues. We currently have five full-time staff, one part-time staff, a temporary staff of around 60 during our festivals, a Board of Directors of 20, and a team of 200+ volunteers. 



  • Working with the Artistic + Production teams, create and manage the organizational operational budget

  • Working with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, provide financial reports to the full Board

  • Provide analysis and recommendations to help guide the organization’s financial decisions

  • Working with the Artistic + Production teams, create and execute multi-year financial strategies to maintain a sustainable, healthy Fusebox 

  • Help us dream the future of this organization



  • Working with our Development Committee, create and help implement a comprehensive development plan 

  • Plan and implement efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from corporate and individual donors

  • Ensure and oversee proper systems are in place for all development functions, including donor cultivation and recognition, fundraising events, mail and online solicitations, benefits delivery, reporting requirements, recording and acknowledging contributions, and prospect research and management

  • With Board of Directors and Development Committee, evaluate and make recommendations for new opportunities to build individual giving, including consideration of an annual membership program

  • Assist with our annual fundraising gala planning and donor cultivation. The event as currently conceived is led by the Event Chair and our gala producer

  • Work with our grant writer to manage our grants calendar and all grant applications

  • Manage board meetings and related board committees, in conjunction with Artistic Directors 


  • Manage all operational/admin employees and act as point person on related outside contracts, including payroll/HR, accounting, yearly audit, and external grant writer

  • Working with our payroll and HR company, ensure that Fusebox’s employment policies and reporting are consistent with all rules and regulations governing working in the State of Texas

  • Collaborate with Fusebox staff to co-create and implement ways of working together that are welcoming, ethical, joyous, and speak to our values

  • Ensure that the organization has the information, communications, and technology systems that it needs to be effective 



  • Compose and manage major donor communications and correspondence  

  • Work with Marketing Coordinator to ensure we have the systems and tools in place to analyze our marketing and outreach efforts

  • Work with Fusebox staff and our marketing committee to raise the organization’s profile and build support with the philanthropic community 

  • Serve as a representative for Fusebox in the greater cultural, philanthropic, and professional community



  • 5+ years of nonprofit management, operations, and human resources experience, preferably in the arts

  • 3+ years leading, building, managing and collaborating with teams in a growing nonprofit

  • Significant experience interacting with Boards, Volunteers and Funders 

  • Experience in creating, implementing, and evaluating successful fundraising strategies and campaigns for a nonprofit institution

  • Proven record applying for and securing public and private funding 

  • Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts

  • Exceptional project management skills and experience

  • Dedication to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Knowledge of budgeting, reading and preparing financial reports, and negotiating contracts  

  • Passion for adventurous and unconventional art-making and process

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate  appropriately and compellingly with all constituents about Fusebox

  • Experience cultivating strategic partnerships 

  • Comfortable working collaboratively

  • Must love spreadsheets!

  • Comfortable adapting to seasonal workflows and intensities, and managing multiple priorities simultaneously 

  • Knowledge of the performing arts preferred but not required 

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills 

  • Ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly 



Ready to Apply? 

Please send the following to jobs@fuseboxfestival.com

● A one-page cover letter that describes your experience and interest in working for Fusebox 

● Your resume 

● Two professional references 

Initial Interviews will be conducted remotely.

Please send any questions to jobs@fuseboxfestival.com 


Fusebox provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the status of being transgender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.




  • We believe in the boundless possibilities of live performance.

  • We believe in the potential of imagination to shape the world.

  • We believe in shaking things up.

  • We believe in access.

  • We believe in, and are committed to, cultural equity, anti-racism, and diversity.

  • We believe in supporting arts workers.

  • We believe in the act of gathering, and the power of presence.

  • We believe in leading with joy, care, and generosity.

  • We believe in long-term collaborations.

  • We believe in a plurality of perspectives.

  • We believe in the exchange of ideas across artistic disciplines, sectors, neighborhoods, and countries.

  • We believe exchanges should be relational and reciprocal rather than transactional.

  • We believe our festival should be free, but that artists’ work should be valued.

  • We believe that art is central to a healthy society