Development Vice President

Educational Theatre Association
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 16, 2021
Jul 15, 2021
Arts, Education
Employment Type
Full Time

The Educational Theatre Association (EDTA) is seeking a dynamic Development Vice President to oversee and manage fundraising activities for the Association and for the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF).

EdTA values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color, LBGTQ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign born residents, and veterans to apply. For more information, visit:

Job Responsibilities:

Leads and executes donor cultivation and stewardship strategies, fundraising events, campaigns, sponsor programs, and grant proposals:

  • Devises dynamic strategies/tactics to meet fundraising goals in coordination with Executive Director/President.
  • Identifies, designs, and implements fundraising programs for individual donors and the corporate, foundation, and public sectors.
  • Achieves development revenue and expense goals as specified in annual budgets.
  • Along with Executive Director, serves as front-line fundraiser and solicitor for development program.
  • Plans and executes fundraising events and bicoastal galas which includes attracting sponsors and high level donors, interfacing with celebrities and agents, working with venues, and collaborating with high level volunteers.
  • Leads meetings and collaborates with the ETF Board which consists of leaders in the theatre and entertainment industry, corporate leaders, financial services, lawyers, and luminaries and celebrities.
  • Manages planned giving program.
  • Cultivates and manages event sponsorships.
  • Researches, prepares and submits grant proposals.
  • Collects, analyzes and reports impact of programs funded by individual and organizational donors.
  • Trains board, committee members and staff in fundraising approaches.
  • Coordinates with staff in defining fundraising needs and priorities.
  • Partners with Content & Marketing team to develop external communication strategies.
  • Coordinates with Finance staff regarding accounting procedures for donations.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Education and/or experience in Development, including all aspects of fundraising for non-profit and/or educational organizations.
  • Theatre, arts, or education interest or background is a plus.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Ability to plan and determine strategies to move Development forward: set goals, create and execute action plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Advanced understanding of best practices, plus current and evolving trends in non-profit development.
  • Outstanding communicator, both oral and written, with excellent interpersonal skills, meticulous attention to detail and timely follow-up.
  • Adaptability, organization, and time management — able to juggle multiple priorities and adapt quickly to changes.
  • Strong skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into executional plans.
  • Fastidious budget manager with strong business acumen.
  • Skilled manager who develops staff to meet accuracy, quality and deadline requirements and challenges, as well as achieve development goals.
  • Ability to travel frequently as necessary.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite (O365), Salesforce or other donor management software, plus ability to easily learn new tools. 

Job location:  Fully remote, location flexible, preferably based in Cincinnati, New York or Los Angeles.

About Us:  The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association, which is the home of the International Thespian Society. ETF provides essential financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to school theatre programs for every child, putting them on a more positive life path. ETF is focused on three areas: creating sustainable musical theatre programs where there previously were none through JumpStart Theatre; awarding need-based grants to schools through the Thespian Relief Fund; and fostering racial equity in school theatre through the Pathway program. In 2018 alone, ETF awarded more than $650,000 in grants, directly impacting high school theatre programs in 50 cities and enabling the development of musical theatre programs in diverse middle schools in six states.

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