The Senior Development Officer (SDO) will provide strategic direction and leadership for a full range of development activities including annual giving, major gifts, foundation relations, special events and corporate sponsorships.
ArtsEmerson, Boston’s premier presenter of contemporary theatre, and HowlRound, an online knowledge commons for and by and for the theater community, both sit within the Office of The Arts, and the SDO will have the opportunity to bring innovative approaches to continue the expansion of both organization’s development programs and to lead campaign activities toward ArtsEmerson’s 10th Anniversary (Fall 2019). The SDO will partner with the Associate Vice President to build and implement a robust development program.
Develop and implement comprehensive strategic plans for annual and campaign fundraising; ongoing major gift development and solicitation; stewardship activities including donor and cultivations events; prospect communication, participation and giving; and corporate and foundation relations and engagement.
Identify fundraising priorities in partnership with the AVP; plan and direct the cultivation and solicitation of AE and HR prospects by the Executive and Artistic Directors. Advise OA departments regarding securing funds for special projects.
In collaboration with the Emerson College Development Office, drive prospect management and related record keeping and communications, as well as prospect research and portfolio analytics.
Initiate reports, conduct studies, analyze data and perform other tasks related to development at the direction of the Associate Vice President.
Manage and mentor the development team, including Sr. Manager of Development Operations, Foundations Relations Manager, Development Associate, consultants, and freelancers as required
Lead, mentor, and coordinate the efforts of the Office of the Arts Development Team
Organize, problem solve, raise issues, and integrate initiatives, solutions, and actions for the AVP. Act as an executive liaison to ensure successful implementation of all development priorities.
Work with staff to set and evaluate individual goals, develop and sustain appropriate training, identify and recommend professional development opportunities for staff members, and assign and ensure coverage of primary areas of focus.
Through collegial consultation and cooperation, demonstrate and be a model of collaboration in the Emerson College/Office of the Arts development community. Maintain strong lines of communication with colleagues in the development and finances offices at the college, to ensure synergy in achieving OA’s fundraising goals and objectives. Work with other development personnel in identifying prospect opportunities and supporting the overall college campaign goals.
5 years of related professional experience.
Leadership skills and the capacity to implement and advance the development goals
Strong management and interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with volunteers, donors and college colleagues
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively and to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
Strong sense of fundraising ethics
Strong work ethic, flexibility and an optimistic and positive attitude rooted in the values of the Office of the Arts
The Office of the Arts is home to ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, and schedules and supports multiple performance and rehearsal spaces at Emerson.
We Are: An Office of the Arts at a college that is dedicated to “bringing innovation to communication and the arts.” The Office of the Arts exists to serve Emerson College students, faculty and staff, the Greater Boston community, and the field of p...erformance practice through:
>ArtsEmerson: our professional presenting and producing program, presenting the world on stage and screen.
>HowlRound: a communication platform that connects the Office of the Arts to the national (and international) efforts to develop a commons-based approach to performance practice.
>Stewardship of our Spaces: supporting activities that connect the facilities of the Office of the Arts to both college and community events not produced or presented by other components of our Office.
We see our work in service of the college, the public, and the arts—prioritizing community engagement with our Boston neighbors, national dialogue, shared field-wide learning, and curricular engagement that connect students with our work. We operate from the assumption that the arts belong to everyone. Every decision we make, every new programming choice and operational strategy, emerges from that conviction.