Deputy Director

National Sawdust

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The Deputy Director will focus primarily on both development and fundraising, while ensuring artistic excellence in the innovation, experimentation, and execution of National Sawdust’s mission-based work and programming.

The Deputy Director will report to the Managing and Artistic Director. National Sawdust seeks candidates who will:

  • Be a willing, talented, and strategic fundraiser — successfully building and maintaining long-term individual and institutional relationships while working with the existing National Sawdust development team and its objectives for board, corporate, foundation, individual, and gala donation efforts

  • Continue the groundbreaking leadership in contemporary musical experimentation and culture for which National Sawdust is known

  • Communicate and build upon existing programming and partnerships

  • Inspire community and patrons with ideas and powerful interpersonal skills; be a leader who can energize, collaborate, mentor, and delegate amongst staff and artists

  • Promote National Sawdust’s institutional identity as a can’t-miss destination for artistic innovation; enhance overall visibility regionally, nationally, and internationally

  • Expand and help communicate and strategize the activity of National Sawdust beyond the walls of its physical footprint

  • Establish a transparent, proactive, and collaborative workplace that includes open communication across the organization

  • Be an integral part of leadership as a part of the team’s senior staff; provide clear direction to empower staff and partners for specific and collective performance

  • Collaborate with development, communications, and artistic departments for the betterment of National Sawdust

  • Ensure and promote a diverse and inclusive National Sawdust in programming, outreach, staffing, and culture.

  • Flexible work schedule to meet the requirements of the role, particularly in fundraising

  • Financial and commercial acumen, with an ability to operate programs and projects on time and on-budget in service of National Sawdust’s commitment to financial health and sustainability

  • Skilled in overall institutional budgeting and reporting

  • Agile and experienced people manager, committed to getting the best out of a team, while also committed to doing work himself/herself

  • Credibility and extensive experience in the field, with personal and professional networks to support both

  • Deeply committed to the multidisciplinary nature of National Sawdust

  • An innovator, with a vision for the future of creative expression and how to realize it

  • Accessible and collaborative, generous of spirit, outgoing, organized, hard- working, humorous, and one who enjoys the social demands of an externally and internally oriented senior management role

  • Strong organizational skills, effective under pressure, ability to manage

competing demands and remain focused while multitasking

  • Skilled in diverse technology environments—e.g. Salesforce, G Suite


Salary commensurate with experience, with competitive benefits and vacation package

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. National Sawdust is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff, and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

How to Apply

Please send resume to

Posted on August 6