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The Educational Theatre Association (EDTA) is seeking a dynamic executive level leader to oversee and manage fundraising activities for the Association and for the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF).
Leads and executes donor cultivation and stewardship strategies, fundraising events, campaigns, sponsor programs, and grant proposals:
Significantly grow fundraising revenues to expand the foundation’s impact.
Identifies, designs, and implements fundraising strategies for individual donors, major gifts, grants, and planned giving in the corporate, foundation, and public sectors.
Supervises staff, directs resources to meet the aims and ends of the ETF.
Sets and manages the foundation’s annual budget, including fundraising and expense targets.
Leads front-line fundraising, solicitation, and stewardship in partnership with EdTA executive director and ETF board.
Plans and executes fundraising events and galas, which includes attracting sponsors and high-level donors, interfacing with celebrities and agents, working with venues, and collaborating with high level volunteers.
Leads meetings and collaborates with the ETF Board which consists of leaders in the theatre and entertainment industry, corporate leaders, financial services, lawyers, and luminaries and celebrities.
As a DEI leader, oversees grant making programs, such as JumpStart Theatre, Thespian Relief Grant and Pathway.
Directs donor stewardship activities, including impact reporting.
Furthers FRD-focused culture by training board, committee members and staff in fundraising approaches.
Partners with Content & Marketing to develop communication strategies.
Coordinates with Finance staff regarding accounting procedures for donations and grant management.
Education and Experience Required:
Education and/or experience in Development, including all aspects of fundraising for non-profit, arts or educational organizations.
Theatre, arts, or education interest or background is a plus.
Skills and Qualifications:
Proven track record in planning and determining strategies to grow fundraising revenue: Set goals, create and execute action plans, and evaluate the process and results
Demonstrable skill and experience designing or interpreting a strategic vision into executional plans
Thoughtful relationship builder who can match donors' interests with ETF's causes
Fastidious budget manager with strong business acumen
Skilled people manager who develops staff to meet accuracy, quality and deadline requirements and challenges, as well as development goals
Advanced understanding of best practices, current and evolving trends in non-profit development
Outstanding communicator, both oral and written, with excellent interpersonal skills, meticulous attention to detail, and timely follow-up
Adaptability, organization, and time management - ability to operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Proficient user of leading-edge technology including donor management software and project management tools
Ability to travel frequently, as necessary
Job location: Fully remote, location flexible, preferably based in Cincinnati, New York or Los Angeles.
The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association, which is the home of the International Thespian Society. ETF provides essential financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to school theatre programs for every child, putting them on a more positive life path. ETF is focused on three areas: creating sustainable musical theatre programs where there previously were none through JumpStart Theatre; awarding need-based grants to schools through the Thespian Relief Fund; and fostering racial equity in school theatre through the Pathway program. In 2018 alone, ETF awarded more than $650,000 in grants, directly impacting high school theatre programs in 50 cities and enabling the development of musical theatre programs in diverse middle schools in six states.