Director of DevelopmentThe Castleton Festival • Full-Timehttp://www.castletonfestival.orgCastleton, VA
The Castleton Festival invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Development, available immediately.
Founded by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, Castleton Festival has quickly become the world's fastest growing global music festival and training ground for young artists. The Festival nurtures young artists, fosters collaborative artistic enterprise, and creates opportunities within the community for shared cultural experience. Located 70 miles southwest of Washington, DC, in beautiful Rappahonnock County, Virginia, the Festival draws enthusiastic audiences from surrounding counties and states.
Castleton's Summer Season features fully staged opera productions, unique theatrical works, chamber music, song recitals, and orchestral concerts with the Castleton Festival Orchestra in major symphonic and choral works, all under the direction of Lorin Maazel. The Fall, Winter, and Spring Seasons include presentations of recital and chamber music, jazz, world music, dance, and theatre, curated by Dietlinde Turban Maazel as an artistically rich and diverse prelude to the summer festival. The Castleton Artists Training Seminar (CATS) is a program for advanced voice students and runs parallel to the summer Festival.
The Festival's two main performance spaces include: Festival Theatre, a 650-seat proscenium theatre with multi-level seating, an orchestra pit accommodating 90 musicians, and ample theatrical lighting; and Theatre House, an intimate, 140-seat state-of-the-art proscenium theatre with seating on two levels and an orchestra pit accommodating 20 musicians.
Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel established the Chateauville Foundation at Castleton Farms in Rappahannock County, Virginia, in 1997. Emulating the business models of the Glyndebourne, Santa Fe, and Caramoor opera festivals, the Foundation opened up the estates for the development of world-class performance venues for young artists and new audiences.
The Castleton Festival was begun in 2009; in 2013 the Festival became a separate 501(c) (3) organization with its own Board of Directors.
The Director of Development will have the opportunity to design and implement a professional development and fundraising program for the Castleton Festival as newly established not-for-profit organization. Working with a highly engaged Board and a dedicated patron base, the Director will set the overall fundraising strategy, recruit appropriate staff, and establish systems and procedures that ensure long-term success in attracting broad-based philanthropic support for the Castleton Festival.
The Director of Development is responsible and accountable for the planning, implementation, and management of a comprehensive development program for Castleton Festival. S/he designs and implements annual and multi-year strategies to achieve or exceed the organization's goals for contributed income from all sources, including annual fund, major gifts, endowment, planned giving, corporations, foundations, government, and special events. S/he takes a leadership role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors.
The Director of Development provides leadership, direction, and impetus to the fundraising work of the Board. S/he serves as key development staff to the Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, and General Manager. S/he recruits, motivates, and supervises development staff. S/he ensures that systems and procedures are in place for donor cultivation and recognition, recording and acknowledgement of gifts, research and prospect management, and compliance with all grant and sponsorship requirements. S/he develops and monitors the development budget.
The Director of Development reports to the General Manager. S/he works closely with marketing and communications staff on the design fundraising materials. S/he maintains a development office in Washington, DC. S/he attends all Festival performances and events in Castleton and the surrounding area.
The successful candidate will have significant experience in designing, implementing, managing and evaluating both annual and capital campaigns for a not-for-profit institution. S/he will have a track record of success in achieving or exceeding annual fundraising goals in excess of $2 million. Experience working with an arts or cultural institution is preferred. A good working knowledge of music and opera is essential.
The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to cultivate and solicit prospects for major annual and endowment gifts. S/he will be experienced in providing staff support to executive and volunteer leadership. S/he will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse community of donors and prospects.
The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with excellent planning, budgeting, and implementation skills. S/he will be a skilled supervisor with the proven ability to manage and motivate both professional staff and volunteers. S/he will be familiar and comfortable with donor management systems and related technology.
The successful candidate will have superb communication skills. S/he will be able to write and speak persuasively about Castleton Festival and its case for support. S/he will embrace the vision, mission and goals of the Festival.
The successful candidate will be willing and able to attend evening and weekend performances as well as meetings and events that take place outside the regular workday. S/he will welcome the opportunity to represent Castleton Festival with the philanthropic community of individual and institutional donors locally, regionally, and nationally.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please send a letter that describes specific interest and qualifications for the position. Include with a resume, salary history or requirements, and the names of three references. All applications will be considered confidential and references will not be contacted without the applicant's agreement.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send to:
Castleton Development Search
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street, NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007
MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments only, please.