The Oxford Performing Arts Center (OPAC), a multi-disciplinary venue comprised of two theatres and two art galleries, seeks a full-time Development Associate. Since 2013, the Center has become a regional destination for both performing and visual arts. Each year, OPAC presents approximately eighty performances featuring touring artists and hosts a further forty community and rental events. Located between Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, the Center is visited by approximately 140,000 patrons annually. OPAC is currently in the planning stage in developing the Alabama Children’s Museum (ACM). The museum will be located on the OPAC campus and feature a new 60,000 square foot facility comprised of a school for the arts, exhibition hall, and permanent children’s museum space.
This is a key position to assist the Director of Development, executes a portfolio of donor information and analysis and utilizes data effectively to inform fundraising strategies. This position will play a crucial role to cultivate relationships for assigned areas associated with the overall fundraising efforts of the Oxford Performing Arts Center (OPAC) and the upcoming Alabama Children’s Museum (ACM). The Development Associate will be accountable for significant contribution targets, as well as event-related mission and membership activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Maintains all aspects of Tessitura data as related to the Development Department including data integrity with donor information
Will ensure that pledges, invoices, and gifts from all channels are processed accurately and on a timely basis, and supply data analysis of donors using Tessitura
Accountable for the achievement of income performance targets for a portfolio of donors for the OPAC, The Alabama Children’s Museum (ACM), and other community fundraising events
Responsible for effectively and efficiently completing activities and meeting target deadlines in order to execute successful events
Reports to the Director of Development and will work collaboratively with the Director on collecting prospect research and strategizing gift solicitations
Proactively identifies prospects for individuals, foundations and cooperative giving on a monthly basis
Will provide Tessitura reports of all Development-related revenues for the Director of Development
Oversees gift acknowledgment and renewal processes
Will work closely with the Development team and Event Services staff to ensure events are well planned and meet organizational and departmental goals
Implements best practices for Sponsor/Donor/Membership revenue growth; drives and encourages creativity and innovation at the event level
Will assist the Director of Development to identify grant opportunities for OPAC, the foundation, and ACM, and apply for grants that will meet and/or exceed the foundation’s revenue budget goals
Manages all aspects of grant compliance and reporting
Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Associate engages, recruits, trains, and manages relationships with community volunteers to ensure successful events execution
Utilizes and responds to customer experience surveys
Will provide supportive information for the Marketing Department as necessary
Ensures compliance with OPAC, City of Oxford, risk management policies, event and cash handling procedures, and financial controls
Maintains productive and collaborative relationships with the OPAC and City of Oxford departments; participates in projects and committees as appropriate
Models and fosters behavior that establishes a culture that values the staff/volunteer partnership, and is consistent with the values, goals, and objectives of the Development Department to create an atmosphere of trust, cooperation, accountability, empowerment, and dedication to the mission
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development
Understands and appreciations the performing arts and other cultural programs
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, information systems, management, business administration, or information technology
At least 4 years of increasingly responsible professional experience
Significant track record of success working within a development program in a cultural or not-for-profit setting
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Tessitura experience is strongly preferred)
Strong analytical, statistical, and problem-solving skills
Ability to multitask with strong attention to detail
Ability to take initiative, be flexible, persevere, adapt, and work well independently and with a team
A charismatic, energetic, engaging entrepreneurial style
Works weekends and evenings as required
Ability to travel within the regional area and infrequently out the Southern region of US
Sitting throughout the day, working with a computer, driving, and standing for four or more hours a day
Ability to climb stairs, lift up to forty pounds, and work during events in a fast-paced environment while prioritizing tasks.
This a full-time position with excellent benefits including state retirement, health, and dental insurance, and potential for annual step and merit raises
Please send an up-to-date resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to Crystal Hancock, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Associate Search” in the subject line.
Deadline Open until filled. The position is available immediately.
To learn more about the Oxford Performing Arts Center, visit oxfordpac.org.
About Oxford Performing Arts Center
The Oxford Performing Arts Center (OPAC) is a multi-disciplinary venue comprised of two theatres and two art galleries. Since 2013, the Center has become a regional destination for both performing and visual arts. Each year, OPAC presents approximately eighty performances featuring touring artists and hosts a further forty community and rental events. Located between Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia, the Center is visited by approximately 140,000 patrons annually. OPAC is currently in the planning stage in developing the Alabama Children’s Museum (ACM). The museum will be located on the OPAC campus and feature a new 60,000 square foot facility comprised of a school for the arts, exhibition hall, and permanent children’s museum space.