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Position Summary

The Performing Arts Manager generates and supervises current and new performing arts programming at the Northfield Arts Guild in collaboration with key partners within the organization and the community. The Performing Arts Manager builds relationships with staff, board, volunteers, and audience members in theater, music, dance, and related areas while coordinating, planning, promoting, and managing production logistics in order to produce high quality arts programs and experiences.

Job Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities listed below give a general overview of the primary task areas this role fulfills in the organization. As is the nature of working in a small non-profit, all staff are expected to be flexible and assist with operations outside of their normal scope of work as necessary.

General Performing Arts Management Duties

  • Develop annual theater, dance, and music seasons/programs that excite performers and patrons alike in conjunction with appropriate program producers
  • Facilitate and manage theater season logistics, including play selection, director selection, scheduling, rights, royalties, etc.
  • Serve as a liaison with other performing arts program personnel, including 411 Concert Series organizers and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra council members
  • Maintain and schedule theater facilities, including building, technical shop, and costume storage, and seek out paid, volunteer, and professional help per production and as needed
  • Support and facilitate production needs of all performing arts programs
  • Maintain and manage ticketing system (Blackbaud Altru) for all performing arts programs in coordination with the Executive Director and other staff
  • Maintain accurate records of ticket sales, archival materials, and program documentation
  • Create, monitor, and manage Performing Arts budgets, in consultation with the Executive Director
  • Assist Executive Director with soliciting sponsorships for performing arts programs/seasons and managing season ticket sales campaigns

Volunteer and Facility Management

  • Coordinate and manage volunteer efforts for the Guild Theater, including recruitment, training systems, retention, and accountability
  • Supervise and facilitate the Theater Committee, working closely with the chairperson and members to set agenda, follow up on action items, and ensure support for productions, projects, and overall program
  • Monitor facility issues at the Guild Theater and work with the Executive Director to plan updates and/or repairs and monitor general facility needs

Education Coordination

  • Serve as a resource for the Education and Engagement Manager in relation to educational theater, dance, and music programming and provide consultation for Purple Door Youth Theater program, as needed

Audience Engagement

  • Create strong connections throughout the Northfield community, especially among nonprofit and academic institutions
  • Create a strong network of local and regional performers, directors, creative personnel, etc.
  • Work to increase audience volume and satisfaction in all areas of programming

Other administration

  • Submit monthly report to Executive Director as necessary
  • Coordinate all performing arts program marketing materials and strategies with the Executive Director; conduct marketing email campaigns for ticket sales, program awareness, and information purposes
  • Attend regular staff meetings, theater committee meetings, and other meetings as necessary



Essential: AA Degree

Desirable: Bachelor’s Degree in theater (preferred), performing arts, or arts management field


Essential: Minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience in arts management and artistic programming.

Desirable: 3+ years arts management with proven success in volunteer management and theater and performing arts programming.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Understanding of performing arts production processes, requirements, and standards
  • A flexible and friendly communication style
  • Willingness to integrate into, and serve the Northfield community
  • Proven ability to work with and appreciate volunteers, the backbone of our non-profit organization
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate appropriately
  • Ability to focus on the “big picture” of the entire organization while being detail oriented for individual programs
  • Ability and willingness to serve as an action-oriented team player
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Passion for creating vibrant artistic communities
  • Ability and desire to lead and contribute to a collaborative and positive work and performance production environment for all
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Powerpoint), online ticketing platforms (Blackbaud Altru), and various social media platforms

Working conditions

WORK SCHEDULE:                                                          

Full Time (40 hours/week)                                          

Times: Mostly days with evening and Saturday hours as needed to facilitate performing arts season

COMPENSATION PACKAGE:                                        

$39,000-$41,000 starting salary; this position offers an additional $4000 of salary in lieu of health insurance, generous PTO, paid holidays and more. This is an exempt position.

Transportation between the Guild office (304 Division Street) and the Guild Theater (411 West Third Street) is essential.

Physical requirements

This job will require extended periods of time working at a desk, but will also require some manual labor as needed for theater facility maintenance and production work.

Direct reports

  • Theater Committee chair and members (volunteers)
  • Consults with CVRO artistic and council leadership (regarding schedules, programs and budgets)
  • All production-based personnel (directors, music directors, costume and props, etc.)

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please send the following items:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three references

Applications should be submitted to

No phone calls please.

The Northfield Arts Guild is an EOE.


Interested in teaching a class at the Northfield Arts Guild? If you are an experienced art educator and are interested in offering classes or workshops at the Guild, we’d love to hear from you. Our classes are grouped around fall semester, winter/spring semester and summer terms. Classes can range from one-day workshops to full term-long classes.

Class proposals accepted on a rolling basis. Our semesters are Fall (Sept. 1-Dec. 31), Winter/Spring (Jan. 1-May 31) and Summer (June 1-Aug. 31).

We’ve made it fast and simple for you:

  • Read the class Policies and Guidelines form.
  • Download a copy of the Class Proposal Form.
  • Please fill out the form completely, including your needed materials and/or price for supplies you provide.
  • Mail or email a copy of your proposal to us, or drop it by our office.
  • We would also like to get electronic pictures of your work for our catalog and flyers.
  • We’ll contact you to invite you to come in and meet us and learn more about our programs.

We’re looking forward to offering YOUR great class or workshop at the Guild!


The Guild hosts two work study students a year in arts administration and gallery installation.  We work with St. Olaf and Carleton College work study programs. We also work with the Piper Center for select internships.