CounterPulse is building a movement of risk-taking art that shatters assumptions and builds community. We provide space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. CounterPulse acts as a catalyst for art and action; creating a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas, sparking transformation in our communities and our society. We work towards a world that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity & sexual orientation. We strive to create an environment that is physically and economically accessible to everyone.

CounterPulse is one of San Francisco’s leading small venues for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performance. Our studio theater hosts over 300 public events each year, ranging from dance, theater and music performances to political discussions and film screenings. 


Joining the CounterPulse team means joining a group of incredibly smart and dedicated folks who are driving a growing and changing organization. Our culture is artist-focused and highly collaborative. As a new staff member, you will have the chance to participate in meaningful conversations about the future of our organization, the impact we can have in our community, and the role of art in society. You will participate in selecting artists and envisioning our programming. We value the flexibility and perks of working at a small organization, and we think you will too.

CounterPulse fosters a creative and professional environment that reflects the diversity of San Francisco. We actively recruit a wide pool of applicants representing dimensions of difference that include—but are not limited to—age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.

Current Open Positions

Producing Director

About you and this position:

You’re enthusiastic about the arts and have a vision for the change you want to see in the world. As a hybrid visionary and detail-oriented taskmaster you can’t help but dream big and then build timelines and checklists. With ease you balance overlapping project threads and upkeep multiplicitous relationships. You’re a strong writer with a persuasive and succinct style, a salesperson of sorts and a warm host to boot.

As the CounterPulse Producing Director (PD) you leverage the resources of CounterPulse to best serve our artist communities and advance the technical execution of our programs, and engage the community with our growing work. By ensuring that CounterPulse’s programs are both well resourced and effectively implemented you help make the world a more hospitable place for arts and culture—and that matters a lot to you!

Full time exempt position; $65,000 – $70,000 salary depending on hours and experience

Position open until filled. Apply by July 12 for priority review.


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Operations Manager

About you and this position:

You are someone who is passionate about bringing order to information and the physical environment. If both would fit, you’d harbor a label maker and an allen wrench tucked into your back pocket. You are self-motivated to identify and address a diverse array of both operational and facility-related challenges, including those posed by basic IT systems and devices (desktops, internet, printer). As a detail-oriented, taskmaster you can’t help but build timelines and checklists. With ease you balance multiple project threads and timelines. You are confident navigating and organizing your work with web apps like Google Drive and your calendar is always water tight. You appreciate the variety of working in a fast-pace, small arthouse. Perhaps most importantly, you enjoy serving in a variety of capacities to support and contribute meaningfully to the evolving character of a lively, growing arts organization.

The Operations Manager oversees the day-to-day financial administration and coordination of our programs, human resources, general operations, and facilities. The Operations Manager works directly in support of and in partnership with the Artistic & Executive Director to manage and advance the goals of and impacts of the organization. This position reports to the Artistic & Executive Director.

Part-time to Full-time; 25-40 hours per week depending on candidate availability/interest.

Position open until filled: Apply by July 12 for priority review.


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House Manager

About you and this position:

The House Manager is the face of CounterPulse representing the values of the organization to our public. The position is responsible for all Front of House operations during performances and events at CounterPulse, including hospitality, patron services, box-office services, and volunteer management. The House Manager expected to execute CounterPulse show policies and act as a liaison between artists and CounterPulse. 

You’re enthusiastic about the arts and enjoy interacting with a diverse public. Juggling hospitality, patron services, box-office services, virtual event hosting, and volunteer management while maintaining your cool comes naturally to you. You enjoy a fast paced environment, bringing order and ease to a bustling social atmosphere. You’re confident in front of a crowd, and delivering speeches is at least equally exciting as it is scary. 

Part-time position; shifts scheduled on an event-by-event basis

Applications accepted on rolling basis.


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[Cover photo by Cesar Rubio]