Sep 20, 2023

MashUp Contemporary Dance Company

Los Angeles, CA

MashUp Contemporary Dance Company is seeking a part-time Managing Director. An experienced and enthusiastic fundraiser, strategic and organized thinker, and self-starter, the Managing Director is responsible for managing the organization’s business and development operations, and contributing to community engagement initiatives. Reporting to the company’s Creative Council and Board of Directors and collaborating with the Creative Producer, this individual will take a leading role in planning and executing MashUp’s fundraising, financial management, budgetary, and human resource operations, providing key administrative oversight; as well as conducting research, writing grant proposals and completing grant reports.

We are looking for someone who, in addition to having the skills to execute the responsibilities below, has previous professional fundraising and arts management experience, is well versed in cultivating audiences and donors and in gift solicitation, is an engaging communicator, proactive networker, enjoys a mix of independent and collaborative team work, and lives in the Los Angeles area. It is also important that this individual be able to embrace MashUp’s values for empowerment, creativity, community, diversity, and innovation, and clearly articulate meaning found in MashUp’s mission to uplift womxn artists and build community through dance.

Specific responsibilities include:

Business & Operations Management

  • Execute day-to-day company operations including email correspondence, budget and
    bookkeeping, HR/payroll, legal compliance (charity registrations, tax prep, insurance, etc), and contracting.
  • Strategize with the Creative Council in determining the annual budget and making key ongoing
    financial decisions, with ultimate oversight from the Board of Directors.
  • Track finances in real-time to ensure accuracy and fiscally responsible choices; manage cash-flow to ensure payroll needs are met and expenses are covered.
  • Liaise with the Board of Directors and prepare required materials for and attend quarterly Board meetings.
  • Serve as HR point person for all personnel.
  • Support Creative Producer by assisting with program vendor negotiations and managing contracts and payments, volunteer recruitment, and submitting sponsorship/in-kind proposals.
  • Ensure MashUp’s office, paper and supply inventory is organized and stored properly at Frogtown Creative Studios.
  • Serve as booking manager/negotiator when applicable.

Donor Management and Growth

  • Help meet and expand an approximately $115K annual budget for individual contributions and
    foundation gifts.
  • Cultivate community, donor, and prospective donor relationships, build donor pipelines, meet
    with potential and current donors.
  • Research, maintain, and update major donor prospect lists.
  • Lead the strategization and solicitation process for major gifts, with assistance from the Creative Council and Board of Directors.
  • Plan and execute fundraising campaigns.
  • Prepare MashUp’s annual impact report, with assistance from Creative Producer and Creative Council.
  • Manage any administrative tasks associated with donations, such as providing deposit memos, ensuring the donor database stays up-to-date, and sending acknowledgements and year-end giving reports.

Grant Management

  • Oversee grant research, strategy, and ongoing funder relationships.
  • Guide submission process to appropriate funding opportunities.
  • Compile creative input, written narratives, budget, and supplemental materials for submissions.
  • Complete all required reports, ensuring the proper information is tracked throughout the grant cycle and program delivery.
  • When relevant, contract and supervise an external grant writer.
  • Attend grantee events and any funder hosted networking events on behalf of MashUp

Event Planning

  • Plan/Execute fundraising and community-building events to promote organization relationships and build audience and donor base – including the International Women’s Day Dance Festival Gala, monthly happy hours, and other events as added/desired/needed.
  • Manage vendor relationships.
  • Prepare timelines and coordinate logistics for day-of execution, including training any staff and volunteers.
  • Solicit sponsorships and in-kind donations, with assistance from board members.
  • Manage administration of any secured sponsorships and in-kind donations, including preparing support material, outreach, and sending invoices and acknowledgements.

Overarching Expectations

  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization’s mission.
  • Attend workshops and professional development opportunities on behalf of the company.
  • Maintain an organized presence/files at the company’s home studio: Gilroy in Frogtown.
  • Alongside Creative Council and Creative Producer, network and advocate on behalf of MashUp within the local dance community and the broader Los Angeles area.
  • As a member of a small staff team, willingness to take on other organizational tasks and responsibilities as needed in collaboration with the Creative Council and Creative Producer.

Schedule — 20-24 hours/week. MashUp expects work time to generally look like (with understanding it will fluctuate somewhat throughout the year depending on grant cycles and event scheduling):

  • Weekly staff meeting with Creative Producer and bi-weekly meeting with Founders (1-2 hours/week)
  • Onsite work coordinated to match Creative Producer at least 4 hours/week
  • General administration, including bi-weekly payroll monitoring, continual financial tracking and reconciliations, ensuring ongoing filings, workman’s comp reports, and insurance are up-to-date, etc. (appx 2-6 hours/week)
  • Rest of time (at least 10 hours/week) filled with grant writing, donor/grant research,
    audience/donor cultivation efforts, and fundraising event planning.

Salary — Salary negotiable between $25-$35/hour (appx. $28,000-$36,000/year). 96 hours of combined

Benefits: PTO/Sick time per calendar year. 13 Paid holidays/year paid as half days (4 hours).

Application Process — Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing samples (fundraising and/or grant writing) to: by November 19, 2023

Company Description —MashUp Contemporary Dance Company’s mission is to uplift female-identifying artists and build community through contemporary dance, prioritizing innovation, collaboration, and inclusion in its dedication to the movement of female bodies and feminist ideas.

Leading with core values of empowerment, creativity, community, diversity, and innovation, MashUp is
steadfastly committed to supporting female-identifying artists, sparking conversation around inclusive, intersectional feminist ideologies, democratizing creative leadership, producing innovative and exciting dance performances and new works, and working towards a more equitable, inclusive future – where more voices have the resources to grow and the opportunity to be heard – for the dance industry and beyond.

Company Website here

Any questions can be directed to Sherisa Oie at