Founded in 1980, Tennessee Performing Arts Center® (TPAC) is located in downtown Nashville and is dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing and cultural arts. TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year. Performances include the HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies: Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre.
In addition, TPAC administers one of the largest and most comprehensive arts education programs in the United States, serving students from pre-school to high school, educators, and adults.
For more than four decades, the Center has welcomed more than 14 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, educators, and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs.
TPAC manages three performance venues in the James K. Polk Cultural Center: Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075), and Andrew Johnson Theater (256); as well as the War Memorial Auditorium (1,661), a historic concert hall located across 6th Avenue from the Center.
The Vice President of Development will be a member of TPAC’s senior management team responsible for driving contributed revenue to support the Center’s mission and strategic plan. The successful candidate will design and manage a comprehensive development plan that generates generous annual fund support and delivers strategies to increase revenue from individuals (especially the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-net-worth individuals in growing a major gifts program), private foundations, corporations, and government sources. This individual will actively manage a robust portfolio of major gift prospects, supervise and mentor the Development team, and serve as an active collaborator with senior management.
Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer/Executive Vice President, External Relations, with a close working relationship to the President & CEO and in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Vice President of Development will help position the organization for growth and sustainability through an ambitious fundraising program.
The ideal Vice President of Development will bring most of the following qualifications:
A minimum of 10-12 years of senior-level development leadership experience; experience fundraising for complex presenting or producing performing arts institutions is preferred
History of developing strategies and proposals to significantly grow annual development revenue; capital campaign experience is desirable
Successful experience directly soliciting and closing individual major gifts at the $500,000+ level
Thorough understanding of fundraising best practices, including prospecting, reporting, acknowledgement, and stewardship systems
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, with the ability to persuade and move people to action
Familiarity with donor database management
Collegial, non-bureaucratic, professional demeanor with flexibility and an entrepreneurial approach
Ability to effectively work in teams and develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal staff and members of the external philanthropic community
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience is required
About Tennessee Performing Arts Center
The nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center®, located in downtown Nashville, is dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing and cultural arts.