Director of Special Events
Acting Director of Institutional Advancement
Full time/40 hours a week – Monday to Friday; some evenings and
Los Angeles. In-person office time, meetings, and event attendance
required. (Some remote work until Los Angeles and CTG reopen.)
Starts at $2,307.70 per week, equivalent to an annualized rate
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Center Theatre Group (CTG) is one of the largest, most
influential theatre companies in the country by virtually every
measure. Over the past 50 years, it has entertained millions
of audience members and produced some of the most important shows
of our time, many of which have been World premieres and have gone
on to award-winning Broadway runs and beyond. As CTG enters its
next 50 years, it is uniquely positioned to expand the impact of
its work with audiences, community, and artists—while making Los
Angeles a global destination for theatre lovers and creators
CTG commits to creating a safe space where the values of
diversity, equity, access and inclusion permeate all aspects of our
work. We aim to attract, nurture and retain staff in a
supportive home where we can be our best selves. We celebrate
our commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure
that everyone has access to our work onstage, behind the scenes and
in the community.
Center Theatre Group seeks a dynamic Director of Special Events
with a track record of planning, leading, and executing successful
events and VIP experiences. In addition to providing high-level
strategy and solicitation plans for major annual fundraisers
netting six-seven figures, this position will oversee donor
stewardship events, sponsorship activation experiences, donor
travel, and Opening Night functions at all three CTG venues. The
Director of Special Events should have exceptional interpersonal
skills with the innate ability to connect with colleagues, vendors,
direct reports, talent, and patrons alike.
- Creates overall fundraising strategy, develops solicitation
plans, and oversees all aspects of planning and executing annual
fundraising events, ensuring revenue goals are met and/or exceeded
and expenses are kept at or below budget.
- Works closely with Board Members, Institutional Advancement
Committee, Event Host Committees, and other volunteer groups,
strategically applying relevant ideas to applicable events.
- Leads and provides creative input for 15+ Opening Night
celebrations annually, including preshow dinners and post-show
- Conceives, plans, and oversees 30+ donor stewardship events
annually, including membership benefit fulfillment events across
venues and cultivation events in donors’ homes
- Supervises and mentors a direct report who will support the
execution of all events, including fundraisers.
- Creates comprehensive Special Events budget and regularly
- Works with Marketing department to plan and execute major
sponsorship activation experiences as needed.
- Cultivates, solicits, and stewards a small portfolio of Board
members, frequent major event donors, and/or corporate
- Identifies, contacts, and solicits in-kind event sponsors
- Maintains an in-depth understanding of all Center Theatre Group
productions, programs, and strategic plans to effectively
collaborate on compelling narratives to integrate at events.
- Works with Advancement Operations team to ensure processing,
tracking, acknowledgement, and recognition of event donors are
executed to the highest standard.
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to CTG’s equity, diversity
and inclusion initiatives and values and demonstrate an ongoing
commitment to an anti-racist work culture.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
CTG provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and
responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be
flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their
Five or more years of special event leadership, planning, and
execution experience is required. A successful track record leading
fundraising events netting six-seven figures is a huge plus. Proven
experience effectively mentoring and successfully supervising staff
is required. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are
essential; dealing with high-level talent and VIPs is a plus. Must
be proficient in Microsoft Office applications and CRM database
systems. The ideal candidate will have a background in arts and/or
entertainment, and knowledge of Broadway and/or Los Angeles
All employees are required to pass a background check.
It is CTG’s intention to have a workforce which is fully
vaccinated against COVID-19. New employees will be required
to provide proof of full vaccination prior to the first date of
- Ability to sit, type and work at a computer for extended
periods of time.
- Ability to communicate through incoming and outgoing phone
- Willingness and ability to work 40 hours per week. Flexibility
to work overtime as needed.
CTG offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package
including a paid lunch hour, retirement plan options, escalating
paid vacation, sick, personal days and holidays, and health
benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term
disability insurance, flexible spending accounts and employee
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your resume and cover letter along with salary
desired to ADVANCEMENTJOBS@CTGLA.ORG,
and use the subject line DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS. In the cover
letter, tell us why you are the ideal person for this job, indicate
how you became aware of this position (i.e. name of website,
current employee, other source), and provide your desired salary
range. No phone calls please. We will contact qualified individuals
to set up interviews.
Center Theatre Group is an equal opportunity employer and does
not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status,
color, ancestry, disability, age, national origin, pregnancy,
veteran/military status, genetic information or any other basis
prohibited by law. CTG will consider for employment qualified
applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the
requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring
Ordinance. We support, promote, and embrace a diverse