The Director of Development and Communications will be responsible for creating and implementing strategies to meet revenue goals; and for the marketing, special events and public relations activities of the organization. The Director will report directly to the Executive Director and oversee all fundraising and communications activities and staff, as well as special events. The Director will primarily focus on Development; however, he/she will also spend approximately 20% of his/her time on Marketing and Communications activities for The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Lead the Development and Communications team in designing and implementing a diversified fundraising plan to prepare the organization to meet ambitious fundraising goals for general operating support and special projects or programs. Supervision should include training team members to ensure cross functionally among positions. While each team member will have a specialty, all should be able to step into other roles when necessary.
Build and maintain strong relationships with funding sources and identify and initiate new opportunities to expand the foundation, corporate, and individual donor base.
Respond to government requests for proposals and other public sector funding opportunities
Develop effective working relationships with the Board of Directors; actively engage board leadership, board members and community volunteers in the development, training, endorsement and implementation of annual fundraising plan
Oversee the preparation of high-quality and timely grant proposals, solicitations, funder reports, acknowledgements, and any other communications required to support ongoing fundraising activities. Manage donor/funder tracking programs and staff responsible for data entry.
Plan and oversee marketing and public relations activities, promoting and expanding the visibility of the organization and managing the Ridgefield Playhouse brand for both internal and external audiences. Create internal systems and processes to gather information from the field and share with staff.
Oversee production of all print and virtual PR materials, including newsletters/ e-newsletters, annual appeals and reports, and information packets.
Plan and execute special event, including cultivation, recognition, construction-related functions, press conferences and the annual Playhouse Gala
Maintain and provide upgrades to the Ridgefield Playhouse public website and public information communications, including social media.
BA in related field required; MA preferred
At least 5 years experience in development, communications and/or program in the non-profit field, with demonstrated success in cultivating and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and funders
Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills, ability to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work independently and as a member of a team
Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills (writing sample required)
Knowledge of or readiness to learn Showare ticketing program.
Commitment to education, youth development, housing and poverty issues
Sense of humor
About Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, Inc.
THE MISSION OF THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE, AS A NON-PROFIT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, IS TO ENTERTAIN, ENRICH AND EDUCATE OUR COMMUNITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS AND TO INSPIRE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS.
After many years of planning, fundraising, and building, the dream of restoring the Cass Gilbert Jr.-designed theater in Ridgefield became a reality with our December 2000 opening night performance by Jose Feliciano.
Since our opening, enthusiastic, sold-out audiences have enjoyed Peter Yarrow, Marcel Marceau, Barbara Cook, Moscow Boys Choir, Joan Baez, and The Bacon Brothers and more recently, Michael Feinstein, Gregg Allman, Clint Black, The Doobie Brothers, Brian Wilson, Diana Krall and more. Film-goers have been treated to question-and-answer sessions with many of the movie industry’s finest, including Ron Howard, Harvey Keitel, Tim Robbins, Barry Levinson and more, as part of our film society events, which screens both feature and documentary films. Community events such as the Ridgefield High School Orchestra Concert and the Annual Town Meeting found a new home at The Playhouse, not to mention a place for local dance companies to perform. Children have been enjoying ...our children series as well as our after-school programs and summer camp. Comedians such as Martin Short, Dana Carvey, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffen, Robert Klein, Ron White and many others have been making audiences laugh here while speakers such as Ira Glass, David Sedaris, and Stephen Sondheim have shared their insight and journey.
Our Arts in Education and outreach programs in addition to various series that deal with real teen issues not only fulfill our mission but also complete our sense of purpose. And of course, our free outdoor Shakespeare on the Green and Green Expo have become an annual “thank you” to all who support us.
While we can all agree with Shakespeare that “the play’s the thing,” we also know that this beautiful theater adds a great deal to the experience of a performance or movie. In an age of multiplexes and stadiums, what a pleasure to be in an impeccably renovated, historic theater with near-perfect acoustics!
NOTABLE BEGINNINGS, LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES
Designed in 1938, the auditorium in “the old high school” (now the Richard E. Venus Municipal Center) was at one time the center of Ridgefield’s cultural life. In its heyday, before being abandoned in 1972, it was home to school performances as well as community events and town meetings. During World War II, residents had the privilege of twice hearing the legendary Arturo Toscanini conduct here.
In its new life, The Ridgefield Playhouse has been designed to embrace its former role and more. The interior preserves the hall’s excellent acoustics, which make it an ideal venue for musical performance and live theater.
At the same time, retractable draperies cover the walls enabling the “deadening” effect needed to show movies. Thanks to a generous legacy from Patricia Schuster, founder of the Ridgefield Studio of Classical Ballet, the stage was built to have the resilience necessary for dance performances. Parts of the old stage rigging have been preserved and supplemented to enable use of the stage’s large fly space. Stage lights and a state-of-the-art sound system have been installed.
Echoing the importance of the town of Ridgefield in the theater’s life is a hand-painted mural covering the lobby walls with familiar scenes of historic Ridgefield. The mural, a gift from a Ridgefield couple, was created by a local artist. Other murals enliven the interior of the performance area as well as the entryway to The Playhouse; all were gifts of Playhouse supporters.