Interim Executive Director

Town Hall Seattle (Town Hall) was founded in 1998 to save a beloved historic building and create an affordable performance home for the region’s small and midsized arts organizations. Today, Town Hall has matured into a nationally unique artistic and civic hub located in the heart of Seattle that engages over 100,000 attendees at 350+ events annually, hosts roughly 100 small to midsized civic and cultural organizations, presents hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborates with 100+ community-based groups every year. With affordable tickets for all, subsidized rental rates, and dedicated marketing support for nonprofits, Town Hall levels the cultural playing field and amplifies the voices of diverse communities. Town Hall Seattle completed a $35 million top-to-bottom renovation in 2019 to provide state-of-the-art acoustic and video broadcasting capabilities while ensuring the structural integrity of the building and accessibility for all. When the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the building in early 2020, Town Hall pivoted to provide virtual programming, which is now integrated regularly into its in-person offerings. Now able to welcome the community back into the building, Town Hall looks to embrace the full capacity of its impressive, renovated space.

The Interim Executive Director (Interim ED) will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations through a transitional period of 12 to 18 months beginning February 2024. This role will report to the Town Hall Board of Directors (Board) and supervise the Leadership Team comprising directors from the programming, development, marketing, finance/HR and production departments.
The Interim ED will prioritize stabilization of the organization and create a healthy operational model for Town Hall, working with the Board and drawing upon the institutional knowledge and expertise of the Leadership Team. The Interim ED will be an external face for Town Hall and/or will determine whom to best involve when strategic external communications, partnerships, and fund development are needed.


  • Key responsibilities for the Interim ED will include:
    Organizational Health. Work with the Leadership Team to create a healthy work environment for all staff, fostering morale, professional development, and retention. Facilitate relationship building between staff and the Board.
  • Financial Management. Oversee financial performance, including the creation of the annual budget in collaboration with the Finance Director and other department heads. Oversee new and ongoing relationships with funders in collaboration with the Development Director. Monitor revenue from ticket sales, rentals, and concessions, and develop strategies to identify and reach revenue goals
    in collaboration with the Director of Programs and Partnerships and other department heads.
  • Programming. Bring a passion for convening community to experience a diverse calendar of arts, civics, science, and music serving the entire region. Work with staff to ensure that programmatic work aligns with Town Hall priorities and budget goals.
  • Planning and Evaluation. In collaboration with the Board and key staff, create an 18-month plan that will identify short- to medium-term organizational priorities. Develop metrics to evaluate implementation success.
  • Board Support. Facilitate effective Board participation in business planning, financial oversight, community outreach, and fundraising.


  • Proven experience in a senior-level leadership role with a successful record of managing an organization (programs, strategy, human resources, finances, and systems/infrastructure).
  • Thoughtful manager and team builder with a shared leadership orientation that leverages the skills, expertise, and relationships of the full team, paired with the ability to nurture and empower leaders at all levels of the board, staff, and community.
  • Authentic commitment to DEI. Demonstrated experience bringing equity values into organizational practices and systems to better serve community.
  • Experience working successfully with boards of directors.
  • Strong strategic fiscal management, oversight, and budgeting skills.
  • Ability to maintain relationships with external stakeholders and funders.
  • Good understanding of the operational and back-office systems and infrastructure of a nonprofit (HR, Finance, IT, etc.)

Candidates should submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume to: with “Interim ED: Name” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with an ideal start in February of 2024. This is anticipated to be a 12-18 month assignment.
Compensation for the position is $145,000 – $165,000 based on full-time employment (40hrs/wk). Part-time schedule possible (80%).

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 Seattle is an equal-opportunity employer. Town Hall Seattle 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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