POSITION SUMMARY The Director of Development leads fundraising at The National Theatre Foundation, the 501(c)(3) responsible for the continued operation and preservation of DC’s oldest performing arts venue (since 1835), during a critical period of program growth and expansion. Manages the Foundation’s 2-person development team, in concert with the Executive Director and Board leadership, to strategically and sustainability grow its nascent fundraising operations and secure the future of the theatre. Responsible for envisioning and implementing fundraising strategy and direction and driving fundraising to support a suite of community education programs, maintenance of a robust historical archive, and capital improvements. Anticipated work balance is 80% Fundraising and 20% Operational/Communications Support.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position, located in Washington, DC, with hybrid/remote work flexibility possible. This position reports to the Executive Director.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Understanding of, and appreciation for, the performing arts and other cultural programs with a specific passion for NTF’s culture and programming.
Seven to ten years of successful fundraising experience at a comparable nonprofit; proven track record of fundraising for small to mid-size nonprofit organizations.
Experience with nonprofit arts organizations preferred.
Willingness and ability to attend evening and weekend NTF special events.
Proven success as a front-line cultivator and solicitor of major, transformational, and planned gifts.
Capital campaign leadership experience.
Superior communication and interpersonal skills, verbal and written.
Commitment to ethical fundraising, collegiality, and teamwork.
Commitment to supporting equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism and capacity to engage effectively and in a culturally responsive manner with diverse colleagues, constituents and communities.
Self-confident, flexible, and able to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, consultants, and staff.
Self-starter with strong organizational, project, and time management skills.
Ability to successfully handle multiple priorities while remaining flexible, proactive, and highly professional.
Ability to liaise with key stakeholders, including Board members and leadership donors.
Ability to create, maintain, and produce sensitive, confidential information and documents.
Proficiency in fundraising and donor database software and MS Office suite.
Undergraduate degree, advanced degree and certifications a plus.
Must be able to work occasional weekend and evening hours as needed.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits: Health and dental insurance; paid-time off/vacation; retirement plan.
Internal Number: 1001
About The National Theatre Foundation
Since its opening in 1835, just blocks from the White House, The National Theatre (The National) has premiered landmark American musicals, including West Side Story in 1957; hosted presidential inaugural balls; and played a significant role in important national events. Deeply steeped in the history of the United States, it was at The National that President Lincoln watched the Washington debut of John Wilkes Booth in the title role of Shakespeare’s Richard III. The original theatre was reconstructed several times in the 19th century following a number of fires. The current building had its first performance in 1923 and in the early 1980s, the theater underwent a major renovation. The refurbished theater opened in 1984, with President and Mrs. Reagan attending a gala benefit performance of David Merrick’s 42nd Street. Simply put, few theatres in America have the history, prestige, and continuing vitality of The National Theatre.