Managing Director

The Thirteen
Washington, DC
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 16, 2021

About The Thirteen

Led by founder and Artistic Director Matthew Robertson and praised for “transfiguring the listener” (The Washington Post) and “a tight and attractive vocal blend and excellent choral discipline” (American Record Guide), The Thirteen is a professional vocal ensemble that seeks to redefine the capabilities of vocal music. The Thirteen’s five-program season of fifteen to twenty concerts generally goes from late September to June each year with summer months dedicated to long-range planning, preparing for the upcoming season, and advancing organizational priorities. The Thirteen’s six commercial recordings include music from the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries, with plans to release a recording per year over the next five years. Fiscally, The Thirteen has grown by 450% over the past five years and is well-positioned for the upcoming period of further substantial growth. The organization has an eleven-member Board of Trustees, a current annual operating budget of $360,000, significant cash reserves, and has just begun the private phase of significant multi-year fundraising campaign in conjunction with our 10th anniversary (one third of the total campaign goal has already been pledged).


Opening the Opportunity

At this time of transition and growth we seek a Managing Director (MD) who will accelerate the already-exceptional growth of the organization, manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, serve as the primary grants manager, and work for further growth of the ensemble and organization, in coordination with the Artistic Director and the Board of Trustees. This is a full-time position which is expected to take approximately 40 hours per week; it is expected to be any candidate’s primary professional focus. The Managing Director works closely with and reports to The Thirteen’s founder and Artistic Director. Currently the other staff are an Assistant Conductor and a quarter-time Marketing & Operations Associate. We anticipate expanding our staffing structure further in the summer of 2022; the Managing Director will be a key partner in designing this medium-term staffing structure.


The Managing Director will:

  • Serve as primary grants officer: identify, solicit, and apply for prospective foundation and corporate giving opportunities, both locally and nationally; increase the number of grants and total grant revenue The Thirteen receives.
  • Serve as the primary financial manager: enter financial data, prepare and track budgets, generate reports, and work closely with the Board member who serves as volunteer treasurer.
  • Provide leadership and direction to all non-musical staff and contractors, which currently include a Marketing and Operations Associate, graphic designer, and web consultant.
  • Serve as a Board liaison; prepare Board agenda, minutes, and packet in coordination with the Board President and Artistic Director. Provide support and staffing to Board committees.
  • Attend Board meetings, which are currently scheduled five times per year for two hours each, plus one six-hour meeting in the summer for long-term strategy and planning.
  • Serve as production manager for self-presented concerts including insurance, contracts, schedules, artists’ contracts, licensing and related rights, travel and accommodations, venue rental, and instrument and equipment rental.
  • Secure and execute contracts with touring venues; increase touring appearances and associated revenue.
  • Coordinate The Thirteen’s educational outreach initiatives.
  • Plan and coordinate fundraising events authorized by the Board.
  • Coordinate volunteers, vendors and service providers as needed.
  • Implement efficient box office procedures, advance, online and on-site ticket sales; serve as a presence at the front of house.
  • Manage databases of ticket sales and donations.
  • Assist with distribution and content of concert programs, marketing materials, email marketing campaigns, web site and social media content and expansion.


Candidate Profile:

  • A proven track record of success working in the non-profit environment, ideally winning grants and substantially furthering organizational growth. Ideally has experience in a performing arts non-profit environment.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both speaking and writing.
  • Self-starter, goal oriented.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task while meeting deadlines.
  • Availability and willingness to work evenings and weekends for The Thirteen’s 15-20 yearly concerts and events.
  • Experience and skill with the Microsoft Office Suite, Mailchimp, Tix, Wix, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
  • Residence in the greater Washington Metropolitan, DC area; willingness to perform most work from home; ability to be on-site for all fundraising events, performances and some rehearsals; ability to travel, as needed, with The Thirteen’s concert tours.
  • A passion for The Thirteen’s artistic output.


Ideal Experience:

  • Education: this position requires excellent critical thinking and communication skills; these types of skills are usually gained in a baccalaureate environment. An advanced degree or certification in business, arts management, or other relevant area is helpful.
  • Experience: prior experience in a leadership capacity; experience in a leadership capacity of a performing arts organization would be ideal. Strong financial management skills are strongly desired.


Compensation and Benefits: 

$46,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience.


4 weeks leave per year, most of which is expected to be taken in the summer. Generous sick leave and family leave. Professional Development stipend included. No other benefits are offered or implied at this time.


Application Procedure: 

While it is anticipated that this position will start in September or October of 2021, The Thirteen is open to other start dates for the right candidate. The Thirteen’s outgoing General Manager will serve in a remote capacity until the new Managing Director begins; she will also assist in the transition.



The Thirteen encourages applicants to apply by August 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin in early August. To apply, please send the materials requested to [email protected]. Please make sure that your name and “Managing Director Application” is in the subject line.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume demonstrating experience in a non-profit environment and referencing The Thirteen’s position requirements and scope of the Managing Director position.
  3. Three professional references.
  4. An example of professional writing; ideally this is a grant application (with confidential details redacted as necessary).


The Thirteen enthusiastically supports equal opportunity in employment.

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