Executive Director

A Town Hall season reflects a calendar full of author interviews and artist tributes, chamber concerts and cooking demos, panel discussions and poetry slams, national and internationally recognized figures alongside community orchestras, children’s choirs, and the regional spelling bee. Town Hall Seattle (THS) is a beloved building and the collection of ideas and creativity within it. Since its founding, THS has become a shared piece of Seattle’s civic and cultural infrastructure and a world-class performance environment dedicated to broad community use—an open and inviting place that strives for an authentic experience of community through ideas and culture.

Town Hall continually affirms its commitment to hosting a wide spectrum of programming and perspectives on its stages to foster deeper understanding, increased empathy, and mutual respect in our civic discourse. Town Hall was founded to be an accessible shared resource for the community and a place where everyone is welcomed. It remains committed to continual progress in making anti-racism, intersectional equity, and inclusion part of the fabric of the organization.

Town Hall has seen impressive growth over the past two decades and is reemerging post-COVID poised to fully engage the promise of its beautifully renovated building, just steps from downtown on First Hill on a fully renovated block.

Hosting 400+ events annually, half produced by Town Hall and half by its rental partners, THS brings a diversity of programming to its 4,000 members, 100,000 annual visitors, and the Seattle community.

The new Executive Director will collaborate with staff, board, and community members to articulate an organizational direction and curate a vision that contributes to the rich tapestry of Seattle’s cultural and civic life and strengthens community connections. They will bring creative and sophisticated thinking to expanding audiences and impact as well as fostering partnerships and donor relationships across the nonprofit community, civic leaders, membership, and other supporters. The ED will balance sound organizational management with programmatic vision, capacity building, and people development so that Town Hall can most effectively fulfill its mission.

Compelling candidates will be curious and expansive thinkers who are passionate about arts, ideas, science, civic engagement, and culture. They will be natural relationship builders who can invite diverse voices into a shared vision for collaborative programming and leverage a mastery of fundraising across the full spectrum of donors. They will be seasoned organizational leaders with a demonstrated commitment to investing in the team and providing pathways for their growth and talents to shine. They will have the savvy to connect vision, place, people, organizational design, and creativity for mission and impact. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and imaginative individual with the organizational leadership expertise to support Town Hall in pursuit of our region’s highest aspirations: creativity, empathy, and expansive thinking.

This search is being led by Carolyn Ho and Danielle Higa of NPAG. Candidates should submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal which can be accessed here: https://npag.com/ths-exec-director.

The salary range for this position has been set at $145,000 – $165,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!

Town Hall was founded to be an accessible, shared resource for the community: a place where everyone is welcomed, represented, and valued regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, religion, disability, size, or class.

Please see our full racial equity statement here.

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