Chief of Staff

The Moth

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Since 1997, The Moth—an acclaimed nonprofit and cultural institution—has celebrated the art and craft of storytelling. Through true stories, told live on stage without notes, The Moth has presented nearly 40,000 true personal stories to standing-room-only audiences around the globe that celebrate the diversity and the commonality of the human experience.

The Chief of Staff works closely with the Executive Director–helping to support staff and board growth and wellness and overseeing strategic initiatives towards The Moth’s mission. This role serves as the liaison between The Moth’s Executive Director, its Board of Directors, and the entire Moth team. The Chief of Staff has a bird’s eye view of the organization across teams and departments and is central to advising, planning and influencing outcomes for the organization. The Chief of Staff is both a leader within the organization as well as the key administrator who also handles detailed work such as scheduling, preparing agendas, and handling individual personnel issues.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in a business management role, human resources and executive-level advising. The ideal candidate believes in the conviction that storytelling is an important art form and believes in the Moth’s mission.


Direct Support of the Executive Director:

  • Work with the Executive Director and senior leadership to set strategic priorities for the organization and further employee wellness and company culture.

  • Act as a key thought partner to the Executive Director, brainstorming and identifying solutions to organizational challenges.

  • Plan senior leadership and high-level operations meetings and all-staff retreats, developing objectives and agendas, coordinating with executive assistant on logistics.

  • Oversee preparation and planning for The Moth’s Board of Directors, support the Executive Director in managing interactions with the board co-chairs and four committee leaders.

  • Provide communications support in drafting reports, presentations, pitches, board newsletters, and staff communications on behalf of the Executive Director.

  • Assist the Executive Director in onboarding new board members, monitoring term lengths and attendance and maintaining the Board of Directors handbook.

Strategic Planning and Alignment:

  • Help lead the strategic management process for the organization by acting as a project manager and ensuring alignment with the Executive Director and senior leadership.

  • Assist in oversight of large, often cross-functional, organization-wide projects or initiatives, bringing together important stakeholders and helping to drive decision-making.

  • Help determine key performance indicators and update leadership regularly.

Human Resources, Legal and Management:

  • Build relationships with staff to identify and propose new systems and processes to streamline operations.

  • Provide support to management and/or employees using maturity of judgment and keeping confidentiality around sensitive HR issues.

  • Manage Human Resources functions including People Development, collaborating with hiring managers to execute recruiting and hiring needs.

  • Define and guide the recruitment process as well as onboarding and offboarding of new and departing employees.

  • Timely communication around employee benefit eligibility, enrollment, and changes, as well as HR policy and procedure updates.

  • Work closely with the Finance Team regarding employee related policy development to ensure the organization remains compliant with Federal, State and City labor laws.

  • Serve as the point of contact for all legal issues with The Moth’s outside counsel on contracts, licensing, HR issues and brand protection.

  • Assist on improvements to organizational structure, looking for areas of vulnerability or skills gaps and help to address them.

  • Oversee the management of one direct report, the Executive Assistant and Office Manager, who supports The Moth’s Artistic Director, Executive Producer and Executive Director.

  • Identify training and skill-building workshops/courses for individual staff and Moth teams.

  • 8+ years of experience in executive management with experience in HR

  • Experience planning and helping to lead strategic initiatives

  • Proven track record of working across multiple teams

  • Ability to create systems and processes; loves to create order out of chaos

  • Thrives in helping others and is trusted with confidential information

  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment

  • Strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and versatile

  • Excels at building relationships and networks


  • A love of The Moth’s work and mission

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree or relevant experience

  • Proven success in a project coordination role

  • Experience with the intersection of creativity and business

  • Experience working with a board of directors or an understanding of non-profit management

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity


Our energetic team is made up of story directors and producers, archivists and media creators, instructors and educators as well as hundreds of volunteers with a passion for stories and community-building through storytelling. The Moth is dedicated to building a culturally vibrant team and strongly encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds. The Moth seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves. All positions at The Moth are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. The Moth brings storytelling opportunities to people from a variety of communities. Candidates with a commitment to supporting diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line of, “Chief of Staff” by Friday, March 13th.


Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 35,000 stories, told live and without notes to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth conducts seven ongoing programs: The Moth Mainstage, which tours internationally, has featured stories by Malcolm Gladwell, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, John Turturro, Molly Ringwald, Boots Riley, Krista Tippett, Rosanne Cash, Danyel Smith and Tig Notaro, as well as an astronaut, a pickpocket, a hotdog eating champion and hundreds more; The Moth StorySLAM program, which conducts open mic storytelling competitions in 30 cities: 27 in the US plus Sydney and Melbourne, AU and London, UK; The Moth Community Program, which offers storytelling workshops and performance opportunities to adults who are too often overlooked by the mainstream media; The Moth Education Program, which brings the thrill of personal storytelling to high schools and colleges in New York, and educators around the world; The Moth Global Community Program, which develops and elevates true, personal stories from extraordinary individuals in the global south; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded more than 61 million times a year; MothWorks, which uses the essential elements of Moth storytelling at work and other unexpected places; and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour which airs weekly on 500 public radio stations nationwide. To date, The Moth has published three critically acclaimed books: The New York Times Best Seller The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette Books, September 2013), All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown (Crown Archetype, March 2017) — described as “wonderful” by NYT’s Michiko Kakutani and Occasional Magic: True Stories of Defying the Impossible (Crown Archetype, March 2019) which debuted at #12 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and a better storytelling experience for our audience. This is something we value deeply and we encourage everyone to come be a part of changing the way the world experiences storytelling. Moth employees benefit from a variety of perks including:

  • Full benefits package, including 401k, wellness reimbursements and more

  • Summer Fridays

  • Quarterly happy hours and excursions

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Posted on February 25