The Public seeks candidates for the newly created position of Senior Director of Development. Reporting to the chief advancement officer, the Senior Director serves as the day-to-day leader of The Public’s development program and as the No. 2 leader of the advancement division comprised of development and development communications functions. The Senior Director is directly responsible for individual giving [inclusive of annual donor societies (the Partners Program), major gifts, and campaigns], institutional giving, special events, and development operations, supervising director-level staff in each of those areas and an overall development team of approximately 24 individuals. The Senior Director will be the primary adviser to the chief advancement officer on development matters, and will provide a blend of strategic and operational leadership to the development team.
The Senior Director, in collaboration with the chief advancement officer, will be responsible for fostering new levels of engagement for current and prospective donors, and must help to advance the culture of philanthropy across the institution. Given The Public’s campaign and broader philanthropic ambitions, the Senior Director must continue to increase the overall sophistication of the development program, championing strategic, data-informed decision-making, industry best practices, and dedication to continuous improvement, transparency, and accountability. The Senior Director’s initial focus will be on optimizing the development team’s processes, activities, and strategic direction. The Senior Director will eventually incorporate their own frontline fundraising activity and develop a moderately sized, personal portfolio of high-level giving prospects.
Required qualifications and experience: genuine enthusiasm for The Public Theater’s mission, history, and ground-breaking productions and programs; personal passion for and broad knowledge of the art form of theater is strongly desired; minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign, preferably within a major performing arts organization, cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget; must be steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate advancement functions; must have the breadth of skills required to devise macro-level external relations strategies, including those related to organizational branding, marketing, and communications; particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives; hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors; experience in high-level, New York metropolitan area philanthropy is preferred; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members; skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.
The Public Theater has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174