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.
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
Demonstrated attention to detail
Ability to manage and progress multiple projects simultaneously
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.
SteppingStone Theatre loves volunteers and has many ongoing opportunities available: