compensation: commensurate with experience employment type: full-time
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• Maintain, expand and implement, under the direction of the Executive Director, the annual National Theatre Corporation (NTC) fundraising plan with financial goals, objectives, and strategies for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major individual gifts, sustaining partnership gifts, and corporate, government, and foundation gifts and sponsorships.
• Prepare periodic reports for the Executive Director that track fundraising activity against budgeted development targets.
• Research funding sources and trends to support NTC fundraising efforts.
• Provide support for the NTC Board of Directors Development Committee and event committees, and organize fundraising and special event committee meetings, including presentation materials. Oversee and coordinate committee meetings follow-up and assist committee members as needed.
• Plan and execute an annual fund-raising gala and manage the efforts of the event planning team.
• Prepare grant/funding applications and follow-up reports. Coordinate with the Executive Director, Operations Manager and Board of Directors Operations Committee in preparing grant applications.
• Serve as NTC liaison with the Mayor’s Office, City Council members and staff, community groups and arts agencies.
• Coordinate shared services data mining and marketing opportunities with National Theatre Group/Nederlander.
• Coordinate special cultivation events to secure new friends and donors.
• Coordinate and supervise annual sustaining membership campaign and direct mail programs.
• Maintain development files and records regarding prospective donors at all levels and ensure that all other necessary records are available as needed for development and auditing operations. Understand and/or establish donor data base systems and develop procedures to track, record, report, acknowledge, and recognize all donations. Ensure the accuracy and timeliness of all fundraising, prospect, and donor communications.
• Work closely with the Executive Director and Development Assistant to develop fundraising materials. Guide the NTC team in the design and production of all major fundraising publications, NTC’s website and social media. Work with designers and printers to promote the annual fund and other fund raising activities.
• Source prospective national funders and manage special projects related to cultivation of new donors.
• Lead Strategic Plan initiatives related to development.
• Other relevant duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.
Skills and Qualifications:
• Understanding of and appreciation for the performing arts and other cultural programs with a specific passion for the NTC culture and programming.
• Seven to ten years minimum successful fundraising experience in a comparable non-profit; proven track record of fundraising for mid-size to large nonprofit organizations.
• Experience with nonprofit arts organizations preferred.
• Willingness to attend evening and weekend NTC events and to travel, as needed.
• Success as a front-line cultivator and solicitor of transformational, major, principal, and planned gifts.
• Capital campaign leadership experience.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Commitment to embracing current and emerging strategies in philanthropy, including e-philanthropy, and digital/social media platforms.
• Highly motivated and able to work independently.
• Ability to garner the respect and trust of the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, various fundraising committees, current and prospective donors, and other third parties, including government officials and members of the community.
• Self-confident, flexible, and able to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, consultants, and staff.
• Superb relationship builder.
• Undergraduate degree, advanced degree and certifications a plus.
• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation a plus.
• Experience with fundraising software and donor database software, including LGL and WordFly.
• Proficiency in MS Office applications including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to support and advancement of a diverse team.
Hours: Full-time position with employee benefits. 35-hour work week minimum, evening and weekend hours as needed.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.
• Health insurance
• Dental insurance
• Paid time off/vacation
To apply, please submit a résumé and letter of interest highlighting relevant experience. No phone calls please.
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The National Theatre Corporation is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion. The promotion of diversity and inclusion is central to our mission, both in our operations and on our stage.
About the National Theatre Corporation (NTC)
Since its opening in 1835, just a few blocks from the White House, The National Theatre (The National) has premiered landmark American musicals, including West Side Story in 1957; hosted presidential inaugural balls; and played a significant role in important national events, including the struggle for civil rights. Deeply steeped in the history of the United States, it was at The National that President Lincoln watched the Washington debut of John Wilkes Booth in the title role of Shakespeare’s Richard III. The original theater was reconstructed several times in the 19th century following a number of fires. The current building had its first performance in 1923 and in the early 1980s, the theater underwent a major renovation. The refurbished theater opened in 1984, with President and Mrs. Reagan attending a gala benefit performance of David Merrick’s 42nd Street. Simply put, few theaters in America have the history, prestige, and continuing vitality of The National Theatre.
The National has welcomed almost every major theatrical star in United States history. It strives to be the “Stage for the Nation,” by presenting the highest caliber of performing arts genres, ranging from Broadway productions to popular entertainment and award-winning educational programming. The National’s 2018-2019 season includes six Broadway productions along with a wide range of educational and community initiatives, such as Saturday Morning at The National, a series of free educational programs for children, and the Community Stage Connections, a free program that brings theatrical and musical performances to areas of the District of Columbia and surrounding communities that have limited access to the arts.
The National has two performance venues—the main theater, with a capacity of approximately 1,700, and the Helen Hayes Gallery, an intimate 125-seat performance space ideal for educational programming and smaller performances. The National also has an extensive collection of archival materials, including playbills, photographs, articles, and posters. Plans for proper storage, access, digitization, and display are currently under development.
While its name may suggest otherwise, The National does not receive government funding. The historic building is privately owned and leased to The National Theatre Corporation (NTC)—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1974 and governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. Sandy “Charles” Wilkes was recently appointed as Chairman of the Board. NTC’s fiscal year 2019 operating budget is more than $700,000, consisting of approximately 71 percent in contributed revenue and approximately 29 percent in earned revenue. This does not reflect capital improvement funds, with recent annual expenditures of $1.5 million. NTC guides community engagement, oversees educational programs, and preserves The National and its extensive archives. Among other responsibilities, NTC’s four-person staff manages The National’s relationship with National Theatre Group (NTG). NTG is an affiliate of Nederlander National Markets and is responsible for the “Broadway at the National” season each year. NTG/Nederlander National Markets is contracted as the sole presenter on the Main Stage through 2027.
NTC’s strategic planning is focused on establishing an even clearer identity, supporting NTG’s mainstage presentations while expanding its own community engagement programs, and communicating The National’s rich history in order to distinguish it from its sister theaters and performance spaces. NTC’s corresponding strategic initiatives in the coming years include bringing The National’s archives and history to the public’s attention, increasing its organizational capacity, expanding its economic model, increasing its strategic partnerships, and formulating a communication plan that tells the compelling, inspiring story of The National.
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