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Interim Executive Director

As previously announced, The Princeton Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director of 16 years departed at the end of August, and since then a board member has been working as Acting ED on a short-term, volunteer basis overseeing a staff of four. Additionally, the Associate Artistic Director has stepped into the role of the Acting Artistic Director. The Board is preparing to undergo the transition to new executive leadership and is currently seeking to hire an Interim ED who can provide stable, reassuring leadership during the search for and transition to the next long-term leader(s).


Below is a summary of expected responsibilities for the Interim ED:

  • Oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations and finances
  • Implement its Bridge Plan with particular emphasis on coaching, supporting, and leading the staff through a successful implementation of the 2021 season and preparations for the 2022 season
  • Work with the Development Committee on a comprehensive development strategy focused on fundraising for the 2022 season
  • Oversee specific 2021 Fundraising events
  • Assist the board in setting parameters and priorities toward a job description for the future executive leader(s)
  • With a view toward the 2022 season make recommendations to the Board regarding:
    • Organizational structure and requirements
    • Staff strength and weaknesses
    • Additional staff requirements
  • Oversee preparation of the budget for the 2021/22 seasonal year


  • Experienced non-profit executive with proven ability to provide management and leadership during a period of transition
  • Experience with managing an arts organization is preferred
  • Proven experience managing operations, finances, and staff
  • Proven experience with the management of a multi-event program
  • Ability to develop a team leading it to more autonomy
  • Experience with fundraising is preferred
  • Familiarity with creating and implementing staff evaluation and performance processes

Anticipated Placement Period: 6-8 months, starting end of December 2020 with the potential of an extension through the end of 2021.

Anticipated Time Commitment: 24-32 hours per week during January – February, full time during March – June, 16-24 hours per week during July – August.

The Festival is a Princeton based organization. The staff is comfortable working remotely and has done so in previous years. However, during May and June a presence in Princeton would be required.

Start Date: End of December

Anticipated Compensation: commensurate with experience and qualification

Application Deadline: Friday, December 4th

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Please write “Interim” as the subject heading. The cover letter should be addressed to Benedikt von Schroder, Chair of the Festival’s Board of Trustees.

The Princeton Festival is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging throughout our organizational fabric.