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Director of Development Full-Time
PROTOTYPE Director of Development
SUBMITTED DATE: 12/5/2017

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, a collaboration between HERE – the downtown performance venue that supports the work of artists at all stages of their careers through commissions, development and fully produced works – and Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) – the producer of cutting-edge opera-theatre/contemporary music works – seeks a full-time Director of Development. PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now is the highly acclaimed contemporary opera-theatre and music-theatre festival, held annually for 10 days each January in New York City. Approaching its sixth season in January 2018, PROTOTYPE is seeking applicants to work year-round to grow the festival through institutional grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations.

The Director of Development will work in close collaboration with the festival co-directors: Beth Morrison and Jecca Barry of Beth Morrison Projects, Kristin Marting and Kim Whitener of HERE, as well as the Development Staffs of each organization. Applicant should have a strong interest in a multi-disciplinary theatre and arts environment, with knowledge of and passion for contemporary music and opera. Candidate must be highly detail-oriented, organized, and possess excellent writing and communication capabilities.

For the first six years of the PROTOTYPE Festival, fundraising efforts were managed by a part-time Development Manager. Due to the recent success and increased demands of the programming, following the 2018 Festival (January 7-20, 2018), this position will be converted to full-time Director role, with an intended start date of February 1, 2018.

Duties: • Develop and lead the implementation of a robust set of fundraising strategies, in collaboration with PROTOTYPE Directors and Development staff of BMP and HERE, in order to begin year-round growth for PROTOTYPE; • Oversee and maintain the fundraising calendar for both institutional and individual giving goals; • Lead bi-weekly development meetings with the Festival’s co-directors and the two organization’s development staff; • Identify prospective donors and build cultivation and stewardship plans and events to deepen relationships; • Act as the liaison to PROTOTYPE’s institutional funders and individual donors; • Write and create appeals and other ongoing communications to PROTOTYPE supporters; • Oversee the planning and execution of the PROTOTYPE Soirée, held annually during the Festival; • Write, edit, and submit letters of inquiry, grant proposals and sponsorship requests; • Collaborate with HERE and/or BMP staff to create funding budgets for applications and reports; • Write and submit project-specific grant reports and updates as needed; • Strategize project-specific funding plans in conjunction with artistic directors/producers; • Collaborate with PROTOTYPE marketing personnel to keep fundraising information up to date on the PROTOTYPE website and all marketing materials; • Serve as a core member of the staff each January, attending and fulfilling development functions at performances and events during the festival.

Qualifications • Minimum 5-6 years successful nonprofit and professional fundraising experience in a nonprofit setting; • Knowledge of the New York City cultural community; • Interest in collaborating and working closely with both BMP and HERE; • Familiarity with application processes for major institutional funders; • Experience cultivating and engaging donors at a variety of different giving levels; • Genuine desire to play a critical role on a small and dynamic team; • Demonstrated ability to produce successful fundraising outcomes and meet multiple fast-paced timelines; • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and reprioritize within a rapidly changing environment; • Self-starter, organized, disciplined and highly detail-oriented; • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work both individually and as part of a team; • Excellent oral and written communication skills; • Bachelor’s degree required and Master’s degree or significant comparable experience in Development/Fundraising.

Salary of $65K - $70K, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance and paid vacation, although vacation blackout dates apply between December 1 – 23rd and January 2 and 20th each year.

Please note – while paid vacation is provided as part of a comprehensive benefits package, there are vacation moratoriums for this position between January 2-20.

PROTOTYPE seeks to hire staff without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

To apply please send resume, cover letter, grant writing sample and 3 references to jobs@prototypefestival.org


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