Spruce Peak Arts
is dedicated to using the inspiration and creativity of the
performing arts to fulfill its ambitious mission to inspire,
educate, and entertain all of us, all year round. Spruce Peak Arts
delivers engaging experiences for all ages that connect audiences
to the performing arts in deep, meaningful, and delightful ways.
The organization’s goal is to be both collaborator and catalyst and
to inspire the imagination of the audience and the artist through
unforgettable shared experiences.
A year-round presenter of performing arts and educational and
family programs, Spruce Peak Arts’ home base is the Spruce Peak
Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont. Opened in December 2010,
this 420-seat multi-use theater is a modern performance center
boasting pristine acoustics and state-of-the-art technical systems,
including the capacity to support high-quality live streaming and
recording. The front of house features a mixed-use lobby/gallery
and exhibition space and hosts small events, receptions, art
exhibitions, readings, and lectures.
Spruce Peak Arts offers world-renowned entertainment, including
live music, art shows, dance, comedy, film, lectures, and emerging
artists and performers from around the region, United States, and
world. From Natalie Merchant to the Dance Theatre of Harlem,
Freedom House to Arlo Guthrie, and Warren Miller to Orebolo, Spruce
Peak Arts uses its artistic platform to reach and inspire the
community. Spruce Peak Arts hosted the second Ice Dance
International Residency, which featured classes, workshops, school
tours, and public performances of two repertory pieces created
during the residency. Future offerings include live and filmed
classical dance via master classes by Boston Ballet II, Bolshoi
Ballet’s The Nutcracker in HD, and the lively Squirrel Nut
Zippers Holiday Caravan Tour. Spruce Peak Arts is also home to the
Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society consisting of three weeklong
chamber music residencies and educational programming.
The Spruce Peak Arts Gallery was founded in 2018 to add another
level of creative energy and collaboration to the beautiful theater
setting. In the summer of 2021, Spruce Peak Arts presented the
exhibition Exploring Earth, the third in an environmental
art series that began with Exploring Air in 2018 and
Exploring Water in 2019. Visual artists from this series
of exhibitions have been collaborating in the Spruce Peak Arts’
virtual panel discussion series Being a BIPOC Artist in
Spruce Peak Arts is committed to creating access to the arts and
enhancing educational experiences for central and northern Vermont
communities through its programming supported by the Community
& Education Fund. Arts education is offered through student
matinee performances, school visits, classes, workshops, and
residencies. Through deeply discounted tickets for students, Spruce
Peak Arts creates access to the arts and enhances educational
experiences for area schools, families, and community organizations
Spruce Peak Arts is led by Executive Director Hope Sullivan and
governed by a 13-member board of directors led by Chair Lisa
Hagerty. For the fiscal year ending October 31, 2020, the
organization reported total revenue of $815,847, with $610,451 from
contributions and grants and $205,396 from program services. Total
expenses were $736,038. For fiscal year 2021, Spruce Peak Arts
exceeded its revenue goals, finishing the fiscal year with a
projected surplus of approximately $120,000.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Mansfield, Stowe is located at the
heart of Stowe Mountain Resort in Northwestern Vermont. The town is
situated 45 minutes from Burlington, Vermont, 2.5 hours south of
Montreal, and 3.5 hours north of Boston. Home to approximately
648,000 residents statewide, Vermont is small in population but
large in natural beauty and history. One of the largest producers
of maple syrup in the world, Vermont’s primary industries are
tourism, forestry, agriculture, and manufacturing, including Ben
& Jerry’s Ice Cream and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. The
state also has a long history of environmental awareness and
sustainable agriculture. Several colleges and universities are
located nearby, including University of Vermont, Bennington
College, Middlebury College, Norwich University, and Castleton
State College. In an evaluation of health care, education, economy,
and fiscal stability, Vermont ranked 11th on U.S. News & World
Report’s list of states that are performing well for their
Named as one of America’s best small towns by Travel
+ Leisure Magazine, Stowe is one of New England’s
most picturesque, scenic towns. Its fall foliage viewing was ranked
number one on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 United States Foliage
Destinations. Winter skiing and snowboarding at the Stowe Mountain
Resort, spring trout fishing, maple sugaring, hiking, paddling, and
(mountain) biking are just some of the many outdoor attractions
Stowe has to offer.
More than a resort town, Stowe is home to an intimate community
of 4,500 year-round residents with its own topnotch public school
system. In addition to its year-round community, Stowe hosts a
significant community of part-time residents, with almost 70
percent of residencies in Stowe serving as second homes. This
strong sense of community differentiates Stowe from other ski
towns. It has become a very desirable post-COVID destination, with
its full-time residents increasing by 25 percent in 2020.
Stowe is home to a vibrant arts community featuring numerous
performing arts organizations, galleries, museums, artisans and
craft makers, and many other attractions. In addition to Spruce
Peak Arts, Stowe hosts the Lamoille County Players, Stowe Theatre
Guild, and Stowe Performing Arts, which is held on the spectacular
grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge. Visual and contemporary arts are
presented at the Ziemke Glass Blowing Studio, The Current, and
Little River Hot Glass Studio & Gallery. The region’s storied
history is preserved by the Stowe Historical Society Museum,
Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, and the nearby Noyes House
Museum. Stowe also hosts numerous festivals and events, including
the Stowe Winter Carnival, Vermont Renaissance Fair, Green Mountain
Games, von Trapp Brewing Oktoberfest, and the newly established
Stowe Jazz Festival.
Source: gostowe.com, travelandleisure.com, vtcng.com,
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development
will serve as a thought partner as Spruce Peak Arts enters its 12th
year of operation. As the sole member of the development team, the
Director of Development will bring focus and expertise to activate
the organization’s existing development program and capitalize on
its potential. They will serve as the principal fundraiser and
strategist in collaboration with the Executive Director and board.
The Director of Development will use innovative and traditional
methods to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and
existing donors. As an ambassador, the Director of Development will
establish trusting, authentic relationships with full- and
part-time Stowe residents, regional and national funding partners,
community leaders, and external stakeholders. Mentoring and
training both staff and board partners to leverage their passion
and interest, this individual will establish a culture of
philanthropy to support increased revenue and organizational and
Roles and Responsibilities
Donor, Member, and Audience Engagement
- Implement a systemic, donor-centric approach to prospecting,
cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition for all
donors and area businesses, with special emphasis on engaging
- Proactively collaborate with and marshal resources of the
Executive Director, board of directors, and key volunteers to
identify donor engagement opportunities that build meaningful and
supportive donor relationships regionally, nationally, and
- Articulate and promote a compelling case for support,
capitalizing on existing relationships to ensure members and donors
renew and increase their investment in Spruce Peak Arts’
programming and community engagement activities.
- Analyze Spruce Peak Arts’ membership program and collaborate
with the Executive Director and guest artists to create donor and
audience engagement opportunities that build investment, knowledge,
and value for donors, members, and audiences.
- Evaluate, refine, and implement event strategies that build
brand awareness and engage donors, community members, and
stakeholders in Spruce Peak Arts’ programming.
Internal and External Advocacy
- Utilize and engage the board of directors and community
partnerships to their fullest potential to expand Spruce Peak Arts’
sphere of influence.
- Establish, nurture, and embody the values of Spruce Peak Arts
culture of philanthropy.
- Communicate Spruce Peak Arts’ mission, vision, values, and
goals with credibility, passion, and enthusiasm.
- Professionally represent Spruce Peak Arts in the regional,
national, and international community.
- Embrace a robust schedule of attending concerts, fundraising
and engagement events, and other activities that support Spruce
Peak Arts’ goals.
Development Operations and Team Mentorship
- Build a long- and short-term fundraising plan, in partnership
with the Executive Director, to meet ongoing institutional
financial goals and needs, including planning for a future
- Implement a full spectrum of fundraising opportunities for
individuals and institutions, including grant writing and a
comprehensive annual fund and major gifts program that integrates
personal solicitation, direct mail, social media, and email to
support contributed revenue goals.
- Provide inspirational mentorship and development training to
professional colleagues and board partners, including the
development committee, to solidify skills and support engagement
and investment in Spruce Peak Arts’ development efforts.
- Assess current fundraising efforts and build out existing
development systems, diversifying revenue opportunities and
establishing relationship management protocols to expand membership
and significantly grow contributed revenue.
- Collaborate with the Executive Director and staff team to
ensure that internal culture, organizational structure, human and
financial resources, technology, and operational plans are aligned
to support a culture of philanthropy.
- Monitor revenue and expense budgets and prepare and present
accurate and timely reporting and analysis.
- Conduct a comprehensive overview of the Patron Manager
database, confirm data entry practices, and ensure accurate and
effective donor and prospect data integrity, including
implementation of relationship management protocols.
- Ensure that box office, marketing, and development share patron
and donor data and collaborate to optimize revenue and maximize
Spruce Peak Arts’ artist, donor, audience, and stakeholder
Traits and Characteristics
The Director of Development will be a self-sufficient,
proactive, charismatic, and successful fundraiser with significant
relationship management skills. A self-aware, accountable
professional, the Director of Development will have the ability to
build trust and inspire those around them to invest in a vision.
They will be a highly organized and project-oriented individual who
can establish plans, engage systems, and lead people to accomplish
goals. The Director of Development will be an active listener with
a strong aptitude for public speaking. A decisive, future thinking
problem-solver, they will engage others in decision making,
appreciate new approaches, and value contributions of a team to
support the achievement of plans and outcomes. The Director of
Development will also demonstrate cultural sensitivity and
emotional intelligence, welcoming new opportunities to learn and
facilitating growth and learning in others.
Other key competencies include:
- Diplomacy and Interpersonal Skills – The
dexterity to connect with a diverse array of people and
personalities, deftly navigating sensitive and difficult topics
with grace and respect.
- Goal Orientation and Time and Priority
Management – The skill to establish specific, realistic,
and time-sensitive goals and overcome obstacles to deliver outcomes
within designated timelines.
- Customer Focus and Influencing Others – The
awareness to anticipate the needs of others and desire to exceed
expectations coupled with the ability to personally affect the
perspective and decision making of others.
- Self-Starting and Resiliency – The flexibility
to take initiative, be professionally assertive and persistent,
recover quickly from setbacks, and move forward with renewed
Spruce Peak Arts does not require specific educational degrees
to be successful in this position. A quantifiable track record of
results-oriented development success in managing an individual
gifts program in a nonprofit organization is needed, ideally within
the arts and culture field. Qualified candidates will possess
exceptional relationship management and ambassadorial skills. A
demonstrable ability to thrive as the sole member of the
development team is necessary. The successful candidate will
appreciate the nuance of a global audience integrated into a rural
community and have the experience to successfully navigate that
culture while demonstrating an eagerness to invest in all that
rural living has to offer. The ability to work flexible hours
frequently on evenings and weekends and limited travel regionally,
nationally, and in Canada is a mandatory part of this role.
Reliable all-weather transportation is required. Strong computer
skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and
advanced donor research and customer relationship management
systems (Patron Manager preferred), are necessary.
Compensation and Benefits
Spruce Peak Arts offers a competitive salary and comprehensive
benefits package, including a base salary range between $80,000 and
$95,000, medical and dental insurance, a total of 24 days of paid
time off plus an additional eight company holidays, and 403(b)
retirement plan option. The quality of life, connection to
community, and natural environment of Vermont are exceptional.
Applications and Inquiries
To submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable
contributed revenue accomplishments in creating and implementing
annual and multiyear fundraising plans (electronic submissions
preferred), please click
here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment.
For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity,
Shawn D. Ingram, Vice President
Arts Consulting Group
8581 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 406
Los Angeles, CA 90069-4120
Tel (888) 234.4236
Spruce Peak Arts strongly supports
equal employment opportunities for all applicants regardless
of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity,
pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age,
marital status, physical disability, mental disability,
medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic
information, or any other characteristic protected by state or