In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater: Marketing and Communications Director


Open until filled

Download a detailed description of the position, including compensation and perks, here. 

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) is looking for a new Marketing and Communications Director to replace our outgoing Director, who’s leaving Minnesota this summer. HOBT’s trajectory over the last several years has been one of dynamic growth, building on our long history of radical, original, community drive work, and increasing our position within the Twin Cities arts community as a vital, responsive, 21st Century organization. More information about HOBT can be found at

In 2017, the theater received a $275,000 estate gift that we are using to update our business plan and a renovate HOBT’s home in the Avalon Theater. As part of this work, two previously part time positions of Marketing and Communications were merged into one full time position with increased leadership responsibilities. The new Director will continue building the position in the spirit of this new direction.


HOBT has worked in the Phillips, Powderhorn and surrounding neighborhoods since 1973, and incorporated in 1975 with a mission to bring people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance. HOBT is best known for the MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival which in its 44th year drew more than 50,000 people to a celebration of community created by more than 2,000 community members. HOBT also produces year-round afterschool and summer youth programming, Saturday puppet shows for kids, artist development programs and premiere mainstage productions.

In December 2016, three different theater critics listed three different HOBT productions among their year-end top ten lists of the best theater in the Twin Cities. Our most recent full length main stage production, Make Believe Neighborhood, was HOBTs largest production production - both in terms of budget and scope - in 15 years, and received accolades from critics across the board. Audience reviews regularly include comments like, ““HOBT presents some of the most wildly creative, thought provoking, and hopeful productions that I have seen. I am always surprised, engaged, and left wanting more!”

HOBT acknowledges the race, gender, and accessibility gaps in education, employment and income present in our city, in our state, and in the Twin Cities arts community. HOBT acknowledges that the level of compensation offered for these open positions is lower than we would like it to be as a measure to close these gaps. HOBT sees these open positions as an opportunity to move the organization forward in planning for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive future.


- Bachelor’s Degree (or working equivalent)
- At minimum, one year demonstrated success in related management capacity
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Experience managing website content, social media, and other external communications content
- Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications
- Experience managing press relations.
- Comfortable with WordPress, email marketing platforms; Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a plus!
- Video editing and graphic design skills a plus.
- Training in marketing and community building through grassroots initiatives
- Able to organize and coordinate multiple projects at once without losing attention to detail
- Self-motivated, creative, leadership-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team
- Previous experience serving the performing arts, preferably theater and/or puppetry, is a plus
- Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
- Tolerant of a sometimes chaotic work environment

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send by e-mail a resume and cover letter as separate attachments to [email protected].  

All applications will be acknowledged. We aim to conduct interviews in early to mid June, hire in late June, and have two to three weeks of part-time training with the outgoing Marketing and Communications Director in July. Position ideally starts full time July 23rd.

Though e-mail communication is preferred, questions can also be directed to Associate Director Deborah Ervin at 612.721.2535 or [email protected]

Opportunity Opens

Friday, May 11th 2018

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Aug 10th 2018, 4:30pm

Application Location

External Site
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