Job Opening: BRC Event Operations Director

The Burning Man Founders are excited to announce a new open position at BRC: Event Operations Director. This person will oversee the event-related logistics and operations of Black Rock City and all event-related departments (ESD, Community Services, Playa Safety Council [Rangers, Gate/Perimeter/Exodus, DMV], DPW, Café and Ice, and Art) as well as all physical manifestations of the event.

This position will be taking on the Founders’ event-related responsibilities, which will allow them to transition to the Burning Man Project as their main focus.

We are taking applicants both internally and externally, so please send this to people who you think may be great for this role. The best candidates come from other Burners!

POSITION AVAILABLE: BRC Event Operations Director

LOCATION: Burning Man San Francisco office

Submit resume and cover letter by 6pm on Sunday, July 29th, using this link.


The BRC Event Operations Director will oversee and direct the ongoing event operations and logistics of the Burning Man event. This role will manage six event-related departments and oversee strategic planning and decision-making for the long-term success of the event. The Event Operations Director will consult with the Burning Man Founders on decisions, and will have full authority to make all decisions in fulfilling the responsibilities set forth in the job description.

The responsibilities of the BRC Event Operations Director will include but are not limited to:

*General management of event-related departments

*Event operations production and management

*Participation in the Executive Committee, the Leadership Forum, and staff-wide meetings, retreats, and processes

*Oversight of the Operations Team Committee

*Participation in External Relations

*Budgetary Oversight

For comprehensive details on the duties and essential functions of this role, as well as a list of qualifications and physical requirements, please view the complete job listing.

This is a full-time, regular position eligible for benefits in our San Francisco office.

Submit resume and cover letter by 6pm on Sunday, July 29th, using this link.

About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase

Will Chase is Burning Man's former Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He was the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Burning Man Journal, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He also oversaw the ePlaya BBS and Burning Man’s social media presence. Will first attended Burning Man in 2001. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He was Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004 until he transitioned to the Communications Department in 2009.

8 Comments on “Job Opening: BRC Event Operations Director

  • James McFly says:

    I would give my left nut to get paid to work for the BORG.

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  • PromKing says:

    This is the first good decision BMORG has made all year! Finally figured out that they need a professional running this show…

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  • John Glueck says:

    Wow.. The only person I think that could qualify for this job is some retired general, who spent A LOT of time on LSD while serving… talk a bout having to guide, direct, manage and build a team of radical self expression extremest’s WHILE ON PLAYA. Job challenge? Exceptional.

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  • Matt says:

    I hope you guys are seeking applicants through more active methods than this as well. ;)

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  • beta says:


    IMHO, it’s important for all of BMOG to recognize upfront that must *not* be a built-to-burn-out, hero/martyr position. A qualified hire would presumably attune the BMOG to a more operationally-focussed org resulting in many desirable and undesirable, expected and unexpected outcomes.

    So be it. Buck up and give the director the power to affect change. Growth is hard, but inevitable for Burning Man, as history demonstrates. You regret things you don’t do — not those things you do, er, do. :)

    beta / billion jelly bloom

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  • Weldboy says:

    I wanna be king of burningman. I’m sure the would never consider any DPW regardless the qualifications. It’s nice to dream.

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  • PlayaNai`a says:

    Yo! Make way! Retired general on LSD comin’ through!

    Playa Nai`a

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  • openmike says:

    ya know, the most experienced and qualified people usually screw it up. I mean what ever happened with the good ol’ lottery system, cum on you guys, not literally, you know the lottery system is the way to go, I mean it worked before……..didnt it?

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