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Director of Development

Updated 11/13/2020

POSITION Director of Development for Park Square Theatre and SteppingStone Theatre

DEPARTMENT Development

STATUS Full-Time Exempt

SALARY $70,000+

REPORTS TO AND CLOSE ASSOCIATES This position reports to the Executive Director and is the primary staff liaison to the shared philanthropic community. This position will work closely with the Directors of Marketing and Communications and program managers. This person will have direct reports related to grant-writing and administrative support.

IDEAL CANDIDATE You love working with creative people to make big things happen for the community of young people, adults, families, and schools that comprise the PST/SST community. The new combined vision will lead to the substantial growth of the organization, and your passion and skills will grow and develop alongside an exciting team of change-makers. You are committed to long term relationship building and helping donors fulfill their goal of making a positive impact in their community. You love seeing success from your efforts and expect that planning and execution will get the job done. This position is full-time, but we are flexible in crafting a position or transition period for the right candidate.

DESCRIPTION The Director of Giving works closely with the Executive Director and Boards of Directors to oversee and manage all aspects of Steppingstone’s and Park Square’s donor development program. This position contributes directly to the new shared mission of SteppingStone Theatre and Park Square Theatre as a “Theatre for Life,” supporting excellent artistry, creative learning, and opportunities to develop as a human being and an artist, whether a professional artist, learner, or an audience member.

This position requires an experienced candidate with strategy and vision but one who understands that daily fundraising administration, with administrative support, will be a necessary part of working in a mid-size cultural organization.

The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills. It is expected the person in the role will have expertise with the traditional aspects of fundraising including prospecting, writing proposals and delivering presentations, events planning, relationship management, and longer-term stewardship. The role also requires some traditional fundraising management (data maintenance, reporting, etc). Maintaining good relations with all public sources of funding is required, as is the ability to administer, with the assistance of a grant writer, finance officer, and other staff, the complexities of the various application processes.

Entrepreneurial ability is very important for this position, including an understanding of appropriate innovation in the arts and youth development sector in terms of attracting and stewarding donors and corporate sponsors. The successful candidate will bring a creative mindset to achieving development objectives in the current climate. Given the relatively small size of the core staff, the ability to work cooperatively is essential. The Director of Giving is an ambassador for the institution and represents the PST/SST in many contexts, including civic and community organizations.

The Director of Giving, along with administrative staff, board members, volunteers, and a free-lance grant writer, is responsible for raising approximately $1.8 million a year. Additionally, there are special and capital projects that may have campaign goals of up to $1 million.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications or related
  • 5+ years’ fundraising experience
  • 5+ years’ institutional giving experience
  • 5+ years’ of experience working at a non-profit
  • Proven success in running a fundraising program and rallying donor dollars
  • Track record of successfully establishing and maintaining positive relationships with various foundations and sponsors
  • Strong initiative and organizational skills
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with donor management software
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Team orientation
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and progress multiple projects simultaneously

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Individual Donor cultivation and prospecting
  • Capital campaign experience
  • Passion for arts-based positive human development and community building

PLEASE SUBMIT A RESUME AND COVER LETTER to mark(at)steppingstonetheatre.org

The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the job holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and level of the position.

Park Square Theatre and Steppingstone Theatre for Youth encourage applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies.

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING ARTIST APPRENTICE

Updated 11/23/2020

POSITION Early Childhood Teaching Artist Apprentice

DEPARTMENT Education

REPORTS TO Interim Director of Education

STATUS Part-Time

COMPENSATION The apprentice training period will last four months from January-April 2021. The position is 5 hours per week during the training period.  The training pay rate is $15/hr. Following the training period, artist will have the opportunity to join the SST teaching artist roster to teach their own classes, workshops, and camps.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW SteppingStone Theatre for Youth is a creative home for young people in Saint Paul and beyond since 1987. We believe that Young people are artists, makers, and doers. They need to belong to and contribute to their world. When young people make art together, they change themselves and the world around them for the better. SteppingStone offers camps, classes, and theatre productions for young artists ages 2 through 19. During COVID-19, we offer Virtual Studios and safe outdoor in-person programs to continue serving young artists and families.

Steppingstone Theatre for Youth encourages applications from qualified candidates from visible and invisible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to hiring on merit and to removing barriers in employment policies.

DESCRIPTION Are you a passionate advocate for creative play in education and interested in new ways to engage young children (and sometimes their grown-ups) in process-based creative learning experiences? We are looking for an apprentice teaching artist who is passionate about very young artists between two and six years old and interested in a paid training program to learn skills in designing multi-sensory art experiences and inquiry-based facilitation. This is a part-time position that will begin taking on their own classes after a designated training period. This position will be offered classes on a rolling basis throughout the school year and summer.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Observe and support SST’s early childhood programs including weekly caregiver/child classes, preschool residencies, and creative drama classes.
  • Serve as support staff for early childhood Virtual Studio classes- checking families in on Zoom, modeling participation on-camera during the class, and supporting a welcoming environment.
  • Attend class reflection meetings with the Interim Education Director immediately following each class.
  • Participate in weekly, 1 hr training in early childhood facilitation, session design, process art, creative play, and creative drama strategies.
  • After the designated training period ends you will begin to plan, prepare, and co-instruct sections of early childhood classes with the support of the Interim Education Director.
  • Design curriculum to support early theatre learning with a curricular focus, social and emotional development, and play-based learning through theatre.
  • Plan and establish accessible and trauma-informed learning environments for all participants.
  • At the end of the apprenticeship period, you will have the opportunity to interview and be added to SST’s Teaching Artist roster to receive teaching offers on a rolling basis for summer and school year classes and camps.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Must have a strong interest in early childhood education.
  • You believe young people are artists in their own right.
  • At least 1 year of experience working with young people in some capacity.
  • Some continued education beyond high school.
  • Interest in working with intergenerational families in cross-cultural communities.
  • Commitment to anti-racism in your teaching and in work with educational, institutional, and governmental organizations.
  • Experience in the arts, in any discipline including theatre, visual art, music, creative writing, media arts, and beyond.
  • Commitment to fostering positive youth development in education programs and in the wider parent/school/organizational community.
  • Ability to learn as you do, receive feedback and coaching, and set goals for further development.
  • Work in a team environment and interested in collaboration.
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible, and take initiative.
  • Proficient computer skills, especially using Zoom & Google Suite of applications.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • Must be available to observe and support class on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:45 AM, Friday 11:15-1:15 & occasional Saturday from 10-11 AM.

PERSONAL QUALIFICATION
The candidate has a commitment to developing arts and skills within a teaching framework that supports SteppingStone Theatre’s core values of inspiration, generosity, mastery, belonging, and advocacy in youth. The candidate is strongly committed to sharing power with youth and families to create more inclusive social change for the world around them. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER INTRODUCING YOURSELF AND DESCRIBING YOUR QUALIFICATIONS TO education@steppingstonetheatre.org. Please direct questions to Interim Education Director, Megan Flød Johnson at mjohnson@steppingstonetheatre.org.

The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the job holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and level of the position.

Volunteer Opportunities

SteppingStone Theatre loves volunteers and has many ongoing opportunities available:

Volunteering:

  • Ushering
  • Will call
  • Classroom assistant
  • Office & clerical assistance
  • Special events planning & execution
  • Marketing & promotions assistance
  • Gardening

Mainstage Internships:

  • Production internships
  • Technical internships

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact

Rachel Ostroot, Production, Company and Volunteer Manager
rachel@steppingstonetheatre.org

Contact

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are available via email M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following:

CREATIVE LEARNING
education@steppingstonetheatre.org

TICKETS & REGISTRATION
boxoffice@steppingstonetheatre.org

DEVELOPMENT
development@steppingstonetheatre.org

MARKETING
marketing@steppingstonetheatre.org

GENERAL INQUIRIES
info@steppingstonetheatre.org