Director of Development - The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
REPORTS TO: Artistic Director and General Manager and/or Managing Director
STATEMENT OF POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Development Director manages all aspects of the organization’s fundraising activities to meet annual operating and capital objectives. Present fundraising goals are $2.0 million annually for the general operating budget and $1.5 million for the current capital campaign.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of the nation’s most respected classic theatres in the nation, serving approximately 100,000 people annually. The longest-running Shakespeare theatre on the East Coast, the company marks its 57th anniversary in 2019. It is New Jersey’s only professional theatre dedicated solely to the presentation of Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterworks. Through its programs, the company strives to illuminate the beauty and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences. The Shakespeare Theatre presents five or six productions each year on its Main Stage, one production each summer on its Outdoor Stage, boasts two touring companies and offers eleven education programs that benefit adults and children throughout New Jersey, the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
The annual company size of the Theatre now numbers close to 300 members each season, comprising full-time and seasonal staff, artists, technicians, and students. The Theatre is governed by a Board of Trustees with a full range of backgrounds and experiences. The Theatre’s operating budget is currently $3.9 million.
- Manage the Theatre’s annual fundraising, capital, and activities; steward existing donors and identify opportunities to grow donations from all sectors
- Includes annual appeal, online donations, program book donations, and all recognition processes
- Oversee the management of the donor database
- Manage the sponsorship process, securing specific production sponsors annually and stewarding sponsors throughout the year
- Manage special events
- Annual Gala includes reception and dinner, entertainment and auction; contributes a net $250,000 annually to the operating budget
- Fall fundraiser, with a net goal of $30,000 for the annual fund
- Oversee other smaller events, the Theater’s VIP Patron’s Lounge, and other cultivation activities
- Manage the grant application process for government, corporate and foundation grants
- Manage staff comprising a Development Associate of Institutional Giving; and a Development Associate of Individual Giving.
- Act as staff liaison with Board of Trustees
- Work with Artistic Director, Board of Trustees and senior staff to complete the current capital campaign, Act II – The Legacy Project
- Works with senior staff to expand and promote the planned giving program
- Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
- Highly developed presentation and writing skills
- Multi-tasking capability
- Excellent time management
- Strong planning capability
- Strong knowledge of best practices in all fundraising areas; familiarity with and connections to funders in our region as well as those at the national level
- Knowledge of theater and theater databases preferred but not required
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against race, age, gender or preference. The salary for this position is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. The Theatre also offers an excellent benefits package including Health Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vacation, Sick, Bereavement and Personal Days, TIAA Retirement Plan including a contribution and a match.
Please send your resume, cover letter, several writing samples, and three references including email and phone number to: RWorshinski@ShakespeareNJ.org – No phone calls, please.