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Managing Director

  • Full Time
  • Boston
  • 70,000-80,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: 70,000-80,000

Website Urbanity Dance

Urbanity Dance is currently seeking a full-time Managing Director to energize and lead the organization in its next phase of growth. Working alongside Founder & Director Betsi Graves, the Managing Director oversees the administrative arm of the organization including development, financial management, and HR, with the majority of the role being development. Reporting to the Board of Directors and as co-leader of Urbanity, the Managing Director will work to set and achieve the strategic vision of the organization while ensuring long-term sustainability and increased organizational capacity.

The ideal candidate is a strong leader who is passionate about the arts with a track record of fundraising success. This position is a great fit for someone who is a positive, solution-oriented strategist. The candidate should be entrepreneurial and self-aware, understanding what personally keeps them charged and energized and when they need rest. This individual has an unequivocal commitment to social justice and makes all decisions through a lens of equity, inclusion, and access. The ideal candidate is invigorated by possibilities, is able to dream big, and is action-oriented to accomplish goals thoughtfully, with attention to detail and efficient use of time and available resources. The ideal candidate is someone who is a system implementor, excellent listener, and believes that fostering community is a crucial element of organizational success.

Create and implement annual development plan and calendar, including funding from individual institutional funders, as well as special events
Design and execute all fundraising campaigns
Create and execute the annual gala, as well as smaller fundraising events throughout the year
With the Grant Writer, research grant opportunities and review and submit grant proposals. Fulfill all grant award reporting requirements
With the Founder & Director and Development Committee, identify, research, and cultivate major donor prospects
With Development Assistant, maintain stewardship practices to retain and increase donor activity, including issuing timely acknowledgements
Establish and maintain relationships with institutional funders
With Development Assistant, oversee maintenance of Salesforce database
With Marketing Director, collaborate on marketing materials for development campaigns
Run weekly Development Staff Meetings
In conjunction with the Finance Committee, craft and oversee the annual budget
With the external bookkeeper, maintain financial management practices and systems to allow for informed decision-making, ensuring the financial wellbeing of the organization
With the Finance & Operations Assistant, oversee accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash flow projections
With the external bookkeeper, oversee and approve payroll
With the auditors and external bookkeeper, lead annual audit preparation and completion
Ensure the attainment and renewal of appropriate insurance coverage
With the Treasurer, manage lending and debt needs
Obtain and manage necessary filings and permits
Human Resources
Manage the Employee Handbook, reviewing existing HR policies and making adjustments and additions, as needed
Manage Employee Benefits, including working with external vendors and service providers
Maintain a positive, collaborative work environment, addressing staff and constituent concerns, as they arise
Ensure appropriate onboarding and training policies and procedures for all administrative staff
Ensure the implementation of an annual performance evaluation for all staff that ties to the goals for the organization
Ensure the recruitment and selection of staff with appropriate skills, expertise and personal values to help further Urbanity’s vision and mission
Hold annual staff retreat
Board Management
With Founder & Director, act as chief advisors to the Board of Trustees and its committees, particularly Finance, Development, Executive, and Governance Committees, serving in a way that helps facilitate the successful completion of Board goals
Provide Urbanity’s Board of Directors with regular reports on organizational progress
Schedule Board Meetings and prepare and distribute Board Meeting Materials
Manage Development, Executive, Governance, and Finance Committees, including scheduling and running committee meetings
Assist with Board Member recruitment and onboarding
Work closely with the Founder & Director and Board of Directors to lead the organization towards its mission, vision, and strategic goals
Collaborate with the Marketing Director on marketing and publicity
Reflect the organization’s values in daily management, strategic planning, and communication
Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with Urbanity’s core values and all appropriate legislations and regulations
Ensure all programmatic and management decisions are carried out with a DEI lens
Serve as an external representative of Urbanity Dance, alongside the Founder & Director
Be an active participant in the local and national dance community
Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
At least five years of experience, preferably in a non-profit environment
Demonstrated fundraising experience and success
Proficiency with MS Office/Google Apps
Excellent people skills
Passionate about Urbanity’s mission
Proactive, solutions-based problem solver
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Aptitude for prioritizing tasks to meet programmatic and organizational goals
Ability to engage in dialogue with internal team members to ensure work is balanced and adequate support is available to complete tasks
Commitment to Urbanity’s vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and community
Appreciation for/interest in dance and the arts
Preferred Qualifications
Master’s Degree
Experience with Salesforce
Experience  with Quickbooks
Multi-lingual (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mandarin/Cantonese)

This is a full-time, hybrid position with a flexible working schedule within a “regular” 40-hour work week. The candidate must be able to readily commute into Boston, as needed, for in-person staff and donor meetings.

$70,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience

Benefits Include
10 paid vacation days per year, plus generous paid personal and sick leave
Health, dental, and vision insurance
19 paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
8 weeks paid parental leave, after one year of employment
Professional development opportunities
Free access to all Urbanity Dance programs, including events, classes, camps, intensives, seminars and workshops
Private studio rental at a discounted rate of $5 per hour
2 complimentary tickets to each Urbanity Company / Underground performance during the year
One piece of Urbanity merch each year
Eligibility for a subsidized $25 BDA Associate Membership under Urbanity’s organizational umbrella.


Urbanity Dance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a diverse, inclusive staff. We especially encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGTBQIA+ community.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to Betsi Graves, Founder & Director, at with “Managing Director” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a preferred submission by November 1, 2022.

Please note that contact information for up to 2 references will be requested during the hiring process, and employment is contingent on results of criminal record information (CORI) and sex offender registry (SORI) background checks.

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