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Opera House Arts is an equal opportunity employer.
We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
We are seeking talented individuals from all backgrounds, for all of our educational, professional, and artistic programs.
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Director of Development
The Director of Development will develop and execute strategies for the cultivation and stewardship of individual donors at all levels, taking a lead on strategy and implementation for major gifts; participate directly in solicitations with members of Board fundraising committee. They will develop annual funding and cultivation plans for foundation, corporate and government donors, identifying new potential candidates for support, and evaluating how best to position prospective funders. They will also play an integral role in planning benefit events such as the Annual Gala and donor cultivation events, and work closely with Gala event chairs and committee to increase revenue from these events.
Opera House Arts requires this position to interact with staff, visiting artists, students, board of directors, volunteers, audience members, and visitors in a respectful and kind manner, with a willingness to engage with the diverse viewpoints of all those who come through the Opera House doors.
Please send a brief cover letter/resume to Producing Executive Director Per Janson at email@example.com. Interviews will begin the week of February 10. Position open until filled.
Director of Development
Opera House Arts, Stonington, Maine
Opera House Arts, a non-profit performing arts center with an annual operating budget of $835,000, seeks qualified and passionate applicants for the position of Director of Development.
The Director of Development will initiate and execute strategies for the cultivation and stewardship of individual donors at all levels, taking a lead on strategy and implementation for major gifts, and will participate directly in solicitations with members of the Board Development Committee. S/he will develop annual funding and cultivation plans for foundation, corporate and government donors, identifying new potential candidates for support, and evaluating how best to position prospective funders. They will also play an integral role in planning benefit events such as the annual Gala and donor cultivation events, and will work closely with Gala event chairs and committee to increase revenue from these events. They will also work closely with the Development Committee to develop and implement fund raising strategies to meet the annual and long-term development goals. They will also work closely with the the Director of Communications & Engagement and other staff to promote and encourage giving through the OHA website, emails, and theater programs.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, 5-7 years of direct fundraising experience, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, the ability to effectively balance multiple priorities, be self-motivated and eager to take initiative, and will have a passion for Opera House Arts’ mission.
Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Producing Executive Per Janson at firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please. Opera House Arts is an equal opportunity employer.
Compose, manage and track all funding proposals and grant applications, as well as final reports to funders, to obtain government, corporate and foundation support for the theater’s activities and programs.
Cultivate and maintain relationships (through direct contact including letters, proposals, phone solicitation, and personal visits) with government, corporate, foundation, and individual donors, in order to increase contributed income among these sectors.
Represent Opera House Arts in the community, through attendance at local and regional cultural programs, lobbying and networking with elected officials, and coordinating Development communications with the Producing Executive Director.
In conjunction with the Producing Executive Director, cultivate and steward the Board of Directors, ensuring that the Board is involved in major discussions affecting the theatre and informed of the organization’s development, facilitating the board’s oversight and advocacy.
Coordinate annual fund through two annual drives, and one annual report mailing.
Coordinate and manage major gifts solicitations, working with board members and other committed donors to insure a schedule of regular visits and personal solicitations.
Oversee/Manage development data through OHA’s donor database, including report generation, gift acknowledgement, audit data preparation, and donor analysis.
Collaborate with OHA management team to budget, coordinate, and execute special events – including annual gala, major donor party, and opening nights.
Coordinate capital and other special campaigns.
Oversee maintenance of the OHA donor database, including report generation, gift acknowledgement, audit data preparation, and donor analysis.
Assist OHA Board members and staff as requested.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
At least five years of fundraising/development experience working directly with donors.
Proven ability to cultivate and solicit major donors through small group events and one on one meetings. Demonstrated comfort level asking for five- and six-figure gifts.
Proven ability to successfully solicit financial support from corporations and foundations is required.
A background in theatre and/or arts education is highly desirable, but not required.
Computer literacy required; knowledge of donor databases desired.
Some evening and weekend work required.
Driver’s License required.
ABOUT OPERA HOUSE ARTS
Opera House Arts' high quality, original, professional performance programs serve all of Hancock County's winter and summer residents and visitors, of all ages, with special emphasis on the residents and students of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. We offer a full, year-round schedule of professional theatre, film, educational programs, digital media, concerts, and community events.
Built on a rise overlooking Stonington Harbor, the 1912 Opera House, home of Opera House Arts, serves as a vibrant center of artistic, educational and civic activities on Deer Isle, drawing over 11,000 adults and youth annually to its more than 200 events, including theater, films, dance, music, forums, and civic events.