Location: Currently remote, will be based in our Harlem, USA office
Status: Full-time/Overtime Exempt
Salary: $100,000 per year plus health benefits, generous paid time off, and professional development opportunities
Reports to: CEO
National Black Theatre invites an experienced and highly-motivated storyteller to champion the efforts of a Black performing arts space in its sixth decade. This position will oversee year-round donor relations and day-to-day development operations, including grants administration, with support from our growing team of development staff and supplemental consultants. They will serve as a key liaison with core stakeholders and play an influential role in shaping organizational growth. The ideal candidate will be a charismatic project manager whose stellar communication skills allows for flawless transitions between major donor cultivations and team huddles. Long term visioning, design, and execution are a must.
The position will join the executive team, which currently includes the CEO, Executive Artistic Director, and Chief Operating Officer. The Director will join NBT’s time at a critical juncture, and will be the conductor of executing a comprehensive fundraising plan for contributed income that supports NBT’s growth—fit for its new building. The budget is expected to grow from approximately $1.7M to $5M over the next few years.
Institutionally, NBT is excited to welcome this position to its staff, and we are looking for someone eager to chart the course for NBT’s fundraising approach in order to extend our artistic reach for years to come. Our priorities, which we hope will become the director’s priorities, include:
maintaining and growing our roster of foundation funding
creating a strategy to cultivate and steward a pipeline of individual donors
with the CEO, reinvigorating NBT’s board of directors
Leadership & Supervision
Manage strategic operations of the development team, including budgeting, contracting, calendar planning, and supervising staff, consultants, and interns
Work closely with the CEO and senior leadership to design and implement a robust fundraising plan with measurable objectives for institutional advancement
Steward growing portfolio of active and prospective stakeholders, including individual donors, corporate and foundation funders, board members, and industry partners who will contribute to both the ongoing Capital Campaign as well as the annual fund
With executive leadership and development staff, year-round drive individual giving activities, including prospect research, moves management, and stewardship
Plan and produce quarterly touchpoints and campaigns, including cultivation and fundraising events, personal follow-up, and multi-channel direct appeals
Work closely with the marketing and communications team to produce consistent and compelling stakeholder collateral, including invitations, newsletters, and campaign assets
Operations & Administration
Oversee day-to-day grants administration and ensure timelines and expectations are clearly communicated with consultants and program staff
With Development Manager, manage and maintain Donor Database, including ensuring clean and updated data, regular reporting to lead sound financial and fundraising decisions, and ensure data remains clean and consistent across constituencies
Work across the organization to amplify institutional storytelling, with an eye to improve workflows and information management, and overall increasing NBT’s pool of supporters
Deep appreciation for the mission of NBT, and a core understanding of its significance in the Black arts space, and the NYC arts ecosystem
Demonstrated ability to build, cultivate, and sustain relationships over time
Supervisory and mentorship experience—someone who can lead and train up a team
A self-starter who is independently motivated to take initiative
Excellent persuasive writing and editing skills, as well as keen attention to detail
Timely and proficient management of routine development team processes such as: prospect research, smooth staff transitions, timely acknowledgment letters, calendar of events
Project management programs (we use Wrike)
Cloud-based productivity programs (we use Google Suite, Dropbox)
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Black Theatre
National Black Theatre (NBT) was founded in 1968 by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, an award-winning performer, director, visionary entrepreneur and champion of the Black Arts Movement. Our mission is to produce transformational and dialogue-generative theatre that successfully shifts inaccuracies around African Americans' cultural identity by telling authentic, intersectional stories of Black life. NBT uses theatre as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower and inform national consciousness around the social issues impacting our communities. We provide a courageous and supportive space for artists of the Black diaspora to hone their entrepreneurial spirit and articulate the complexity, beauty and artistic excellence intrinsic in how they experience the world through their craft—acting, directing, producing, creative placemaking, designing and/or playwriting.