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Artistic Director

  2021-07-25     Killing My Lobster     2101 Folsom Street, San Francisco     55,000-60,000 year  

Artistic Director

Exempt – Full-time Position     Salary Range: $55-60K/yr DOE with medical

LOCATION: 2101 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 


The Artistic Director works with the Executive Director to provide leadership in all areas of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director is responsible for all creative/artistic areas of the organization. The Artistic Director serves as the organization’s cultural ambassador to the Bay Area and comedy communities at large. They represent the organization to its many internal and external constituents including artists, donors, the general public, partners, etc. 

“In-office hours” are negotiable/flexible, as some work can be done remotely or from home, while other responsibilities are based in the office.


Programs: Ensures the smooth operation and administration of classes, programs, and productions. 

  • Creates annual programming and show concepts to execute the artistic vision for the organization.

  • Oversees all live productions and online programming and ensures that they align with the mission, vision, and values for the organization. 

  • Recruits, hires, and manages Directors and Head Writers, as well as Stage Managers, Choreographers, and other artistic or production positions as needed.

  • Responsible for recruiting and developing the KML Acting Pool and the KML Writing Pool.

  • Oversees all educational programming and ensures that it aligns with the teaching philosophies and values for the organization. Ensures that educational programming creates a bridge between classes and productions or online programming.

  • Recruits, hires, and manages KML Teachers and Teacher Assistants. Oversees staff responsible for educational programming.

  • Leads, organizes, and oversees all aspects of the Diversity Fellowship Program and Scholarship Program, in collaboration with education team leaders.

  • Responsible for outreach and development of artistic programming partnerships with outside organizations, individuals, or groups.

  • Advocates for risk taking and encourages innovation in creative and artistic endeavors and throughout the organization.

Marketing and Promotion:

  • Creates and adheres to Marketing Budget, with support of Executive Director.

  • Oversees marketing and promotions including logos/graphics, advertising, social media, and other outlets/opportunities.

  • Creates, edits, and schedules marketing and communications efforts and activities, considering input from staff and others as needed.

  • Attends community events and social functions on behalf of KML to broaden the recognition of KML in both the artistic community and the Bay Area as a whole.

  • Responsible for maintaining portions of the website, managing elements of social media, and other promotions and outreach.

Fundraising: Works with Board of Directors and staff in setting and achieving assigned fundraising goals.

  • Works with Board of Directors and Executive Director to support ambitious, yet manageable fundraising goals.

  • Plays a lead role in fundraising events, donor management, and grantsmanship as directed or assigned.

  • Creates and manages content for fundraising and development activities, as needed or directed.

Board Governance and Relations: Works with the Board of Directors in order to fulfill the organization’s mission, core values, and vision.

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board of Directors and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

  • Attends all board meetings and participates in discussions.

Financial: Responsible for supporting the overall financial integrity of the organization.

  • Responsible for managing or supporting the financial management of all programming.

  • Participates in planning, preparing, monitoring, reporting and administering aspects of the budget related to artistic programs, productions, classes, workshops, fundraising events, etc. 


  • Manages certain vendors or partners, especially as it relates to productions, online programming, classes, workshops, etc. 

  • Tracks and reports on activities related to artistic and creative efforts of the organization including productions, online programming, classes, workshops, etc. 

  • Oversees staff and delegates certain projects that fall under their responsibilities.


  • Two or more years of producing and/or directing experience in a live performance setting

  • Prior experience in comedy (stand up, sketch, improv, etc) as a performer, writer, director, etc.

  • Demonstrated public speaking/presentation, communication, and collaboration skills

  • Demonstrated organizational, personnel management and mentoring skills

  • Quick to respond to problems and concerns, and won't shy away from necessary conversations

  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing DEI and anti-racist initiatives

  • Strong advocate for artist safety, pay, and career development, and outspoken promoter of the importance of the arts


  • Familiar with nonprofit development/fundraising which may include individual giving, foundation/corporate giving, events, etc.

  • Passion for problem solving, organizing, and action planning


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to 

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Position start date negotiable.

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Killing My Lobster is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex (including pregnancy), race, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, age, military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and state and federal laws (including federal PACE requirements at 42 CFR 460.64(a); 460.68(a), we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions and/or to receive other terms, privileges or benefits of employment please contact Allison Page at

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