There are many was to get involved with Lamplighters Music Theatre from singing on stage, to helping us load into the theatre, from sewing costumes, to helping in our office. Whether you want to become a volunteer, a donor, an intern, or part of our pool of performers, designers, and crew—whatever your skill set or needs—we're likely to have a spot for you. Please join us - we love building the Lamplighter family!

Send your resume and letter of intent to us at or, in the more traditional manner, to:

469 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Seeking Applicants for the position of Executive Director


The mission of Lamplighters Music Theatre is to share our enthusiasm and love for the works of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan through productions of their comic operas and of other works of comparable wit, literacy, and musical merit. Our company strives to enrich the lives of current and future theatre-goers with productions of the highest artistic quality, and to offer performance opportunities in the unique style of classic music theatre to established and emerging artists alike. Through youth training, programs in schools, and community outreach, the Lamplighters aspire to develop young talent and encourage people of all ages to explore the comic appeal and deep musical rewards of this repertoire.

Critically acclaimed artistic successes for the Lamplighters include honors for Best Production and Best Director at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, and local awards in nearly every performance, direction, and design category. The hallmarks of a Lamplighters production are lavish costumes and sets, live orchestra, excellent comic acting, and gorgeous unamplified singing that showcases the beauty and purity of the human voice.


Lamplighters Music Theatre was founded in 1952. Over the past sixty-five years, the company has developed a unique and vibrant culture of singers, musicians, actors, directors, designers, choreographers, technicians, trustees, volunteers, and administrative and production staff. The Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining the company culture – one of inclusion, diversity, high production values, and commitment to the tradition of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and other similar works – combined with important doses of hard work and clever fun. There is a family ethos within the Lamplighter tradition that remains as important to us now as it did back in the 1950s. We see ourselves as an organization that is committed equally to fiscal responsibility and high artistic standards.


Reporting to the Board of Trustees, and collaborating closely with the Artistic Director and Resident Music Director, the Executive Director has overall responsibility for maintaining the Lamplighters’ tradition of excellence, and for developing strategies to meet the organization’s mission and goals. As the chief executive of the organization, the Executive Director is directly responsible for business operations, financial development and fundraising, Board relations, public and subscriber relations, and general management of the company. The Executive Director manages and supervises an Operations & Marketing Manager and an Office Manager in addition to contractors, volunteers, and hourly employees engaged for each production.


  • Work with Board on leadership, vision, strategic and long-range planning, and carry out policies as adopted by Board;
  • Work closely with Board President to recruit Board candidates, monitor Board committees, and encourage broad participation of Trustees;
  • Develop and distribute Board agendas and informational materials, and attend monthly Board meetings.

  • Develop annual budget of approximately $1.1 million, and closely monitor expenditures and cash flow;
  • Ensure all accounting is in compliance with GAAP;
  • Supervise A/P, A/R, and payroll;
  • Work with auditors on annual audit;
  • Handle monthly bank account reconciliation and annual tax filings;
  • Maintain detailed records of ticket sales;
  • Prepare, analyze, and submit financial reports to Board.

  • Design, implement and supervise overall fundraising strategy;
  • Identify and cultivate major individual donors;
  • Plan, calendar, and execute individual donor cultivation and giving programs, including annual fund drive;
  • Oversee individual donor follow-up, thank you letters, and database updates;
  • Explore special fundraising opportunities and community partnerships;
  • Research, calendar, and execute grant applications to foundations, corporations, and government agencies, and prepare reports as required;
  • Manage California Data Project;
  • Work with Board and volunteers on managing special cultivation and fundraising events, including auctions;
  • Create Annual Report;
  • Prepare, analyze, and submit fundraising reports to Board.

  • Set performance calendar and negotiate contracts with venues, acting as main liaison with venue management and box offices;
  • Act as Manager on Duty and manage FOH activities at performances, or designate;
  • Act as lead in orchestra CBA negotiations, and handle orchestra contractual and disciplinary problems;
  • Handle post-audition communications with auditionees; issue production and performer contracts and oversee payment;
  • Manage administrative aspects of Education and Outreach Programs;
  • In collaboration with Artistic staff, develop and coordinate Community Chorus and training workshops;

  • Develop and supervise overall marketing strategy with Operations & Marketing Manager;
  • Contribute to and edit all important mailings, newsletters, brochures, etc.

  • Supervise and evaluate administrative staff and coordinate volunteers;
  • Supervise HR, manage employee benefits, update personnel manual, and maintain confidential personnel files;
  • Maintain calendar and develop operating procedures;
  • Represent Lamplighters at functions and in the community;
  • Act as main point of contact for patrons and donors on non-artistic matters;
  • Act as main point of contact for professional organizations;
  • Comply with required government filings;
  • Maintain and manage insurance policies;
  • Negotiate leases and supervise building maintenance;
  • Be on call for emergencies.


    The ideal candidate will have experience and success managing a small or mid-sized nonprofit organization, and is a person who takes responsibility, manages staff performance, maintains staff morale, is well organized and self-motivated, and budgets and administers program expenditures wisely. The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to juggle multiple projects, proactively seek solutions to problems, and be able to deal pleasantly with a wide variety of people. Strong accounting skills and a proven fundraising track record are essential. In-depth experience with QuickBooks is highly desirable. Knowledge of musical theatre/opera/Gilbert & Sullivan is a plus.


    Lamplighters seeks candidates who possess a strong personal commitment to the importance of the arts in our community, along with integrity, energy, excellent judgment, inspiration, consensus-building skills, and attention to detail. We seek someone who embraces diversity, and is a leader and collaborator, with an eye focused toward the future. Personal warmth, charm, diplomacy and a well-developed sense of humor are highly desirable characteristics.

    Use of a car is desirable, and flexibility to work some evenings and weekends is required. This is a full-time exempt position. The office is located in SOMA, San Francisco.
    Start Date: October 1, 2017

    How to Apply

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