Split This Rock

Managing Director

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Overview of Role

The Managing Director role is a full-time position. The Managing Director will focus on fundraising and development, financial management, operations and systems management to further Split This Rock’s mission. The Managing Director partners and collaborates with the staff team and board members to steward a shared, consensus-based leadership structure. They work with staff, board members, contractors, and volunteers to support their areas of responsibilities, including managing the organization’s part-time contracted grant writer and bookkeeper. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible or by early December.

Responsibilities of Split This Rock’s Managing Director

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Fundraising & Development

  • Drive Split This Rock’s overall fundraising efforts by developing and executing strategies that ensure a sustainable and diverse funding stream and effectively leverage the expertise and contacts of the board
  • Process donations, maintain donor profiles in database (Giftworks/Panorama), and ensure proper gift acknowledgement
  • Track fundraising progress and create relevant reports
  • Develop a fundraising calendar and set annual fundraising goals in collaboration with staff and board
  • Secure sponsorship—in-kind and monetary—for Split This Rock programs
  • Monitor foundation and government grant application and reporting deadlines and submit completed reports and proposals in a timely manner
  • Collaborate with Communications Director to create direct mail, email, social media fundraising campaigns
  • Manage grant writing contractor and support with grant writing as needed
  • Work with the staff and board to organize and carry out fundraising events

Financial Management

  • Manage and maintain financial systems (QuickBooks Online) in coordination with bookkeeper
  • File annual organizational taxes with support from contracted CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • Issue payments to featured artists, contractors, and vendors and manage recurring bill payment
  • Review and authorize bi-monthly payroll through online payroll platform (SurePayroll)
  • Organize and file invoices, receipts, records of income and expenses, and other necessary documentation for recordkeeping on secure online filing system, Box
  • Serve as an authorized signer on Split This Rock’s accounts
  • Maintain sound financial policies and practices and produce monthly financial reports
  • Prepare annual budget for board approval; manage revenue and expenses to that budget; forecast and adjust to variances as they occur to maintain financial stability
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as accurate, informative reporting as required by the board, our constituents, and by law


  • Develop the organization’s infrastructure, systems, and processes to facilitate continuous improvement, quality assurance, and values-alignment of the organization’s practices and mission
  • Facilitate and uphold consensus-based decision making processes amongst full staff team to sustain culture of consent and accountability
  • Manage electronic and paper filing systems
  • Develop, update, and refine structures for organizational operations and governance rooted in disability justice and liberatory praxis to keep internal practices aligned with externally stated values
  • Participate in strategic planning processes and facilitate the implementation of strategic goals within Split This Rock’s day-to-day operations
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers, contractors, interns, and Fellows specific to area of work
  • Collaborate with other staff to write and review contracts for contractor roles at the organization

Supervisory Responsibilities

Manage part-time bookkeeping and grant writing contractors year-round, and manage contracted CPA to assist with tax filing. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Split This Rock policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training new staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; coordinating accountability processes; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Who We’re Looking For

The Managing Director is…

  • Committed to social justice and the role that the arts can play in social change
  • Someone who is practiced in multitasking, delivering within timelines, and adapting swiftly to change
  • Proactive, highly organized, self-motivated work ethic with a willingness to learn
  • Comfortable managing and facilitating meetings
  • Someone who works both independently and as a team player
  • Flexible in responding and adapting to a work environment in a non-traditional office structure
  • Someone who demonstrates creative and critical-thinking abilities
  • Enthusiastic, creative, patient, flexible, and practices good judgment
  • Able to work in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for a majority of a typical working day
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is able to legally work in the U.S.
  • Located in or near Washington, DC, or willing to relocate upon acceptance of the position
  • Able to work remotely in a location with no background noise during meetings with reliable internet connection when not working at Split This Rock’s office

The Managing Director has…

  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and associated budgets, resources, and people with emphasis on schedules, leading teams, and managing deliverables
  • Proven experience in various nonprofit fundraising avenues, including writing grant proposals and reports, developing individual fundraising campaigns, and securing program sponsorships
  • Excellent facilitation skills with experience holding space for and facilitating consensus-based decision making processes and collaborative group environments
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, verbal and written, with responsive and timely communication habits
  • Strong computer skills
  • Discretion in maintaining confidential information and high degree of ethics and standards of professional conduct
  • Strong people skills, emotional intelligence, and an aptitude to work well with others
  • Focus to handle responsibilities with a high degree of autonomy, accountability, and attention to detail. The Director must manage their own workload with regular check-ins from team members via meetings, email, and chat
  • Fluency in English
  • 5+ years experience in nonprofit fundraising/development or related field
  • Demonstrated experience creating and managing budgets, including pulling and presenting relevant reports and financial data to board, staff, and funders
  • At least 1 year of strategic planning implementation and/or organizational development experience
  • Experience managing contractors, interns, and volunteers
  • Experience navigating and managing donor database systems (Split This Rock uses Frontstream's Panorama, which includes Artez and Giftworks)

Preference for candidates with:

  • A college degree or an equivalent level of experience in arts administration, nonprofit management, human services, fundraising/development
  • Experience and a high level of proficiency is strongly preferred with any of the following: G-suite (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, Google Analytics, etc.), Quickbooks Online, Zoom (Online Meeting Platform), Box (Cloud-Based Storage System), or experience and proficiency with similar digital tools
  • Knowledge of nonprofit industry’s legal rules and guidelines
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors to cultivate organizational fundraising efforts

Salary, Hours, and Benefits

This role’s salary is $60,000 a year. It is a full-time position, based in Washington, DC. The Managing Director role will operate both remotely and in-person in Washington, DC, at Split This Rock’s offices according to a schedule and/or as needed.  All full-time staff work a 4-day/32-hour work week.

Split This Rock offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, and life insurance with premiums paid by employer. All full-time employees receive paid time off, including three weeks paid vacation, 10 days of paid sick leave annually, as well as all federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For best consideration, apply by Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Send a resume and cover letter to info@splitthisrock.org with “Managing Director –[YOUR NAME]” as the subject line. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible or by early December.

Access, Equity, and Inclusion: Split This Rock encourages applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, people with disabilities, nonbinary and LGBTQ+ candidates. Split This Rock is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, family duties, personal appearance, citizenship status, or any basis prohibited by federal or local laws.

Contact Information

Split This Rock
1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 600
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