Chief Development Officer

Educational Theatre Association
Ohio, United States
$100,000.00 - $120,000.00
Closing date
Dec 14, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events
Arts, Education
Salary Band
$90,000 - $119,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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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:

The Educational Theatre Association (EDTA) is seeking a dynamic executive level leader to oversee and manage fundraising activities for the Association and for the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF).

Job Responsibilities:

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

  • Significantly grow fundraising revenues to expand the foundation’s impact.
  • Identifies, designs, and implements fundraising strategies for individual donors, major gifts, grants, and planned giving in the corporate, foundation, and public sectors.
  • Supervises staff, directs resources to meet the aims and ends of the ETF.
  • Sets and manages the foundation’s annual budget, including fundraising and expense targets.
  • Leads front-line fundraising, solicitation, and stewardship in partnership with EdTA executive director and ETF board.
  • Plans and executes fundraising events and 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.
  • As a DEI leader, oversees grant making programs, such as JumpStart Theatre, Thespian Relief Grant and Pathway.
  • Directs donor stewardship activities, including impact reporting.
  • Furthers FRD-focused culture by training board, committee members and staff in fundraising approaches.
  • Partners with Content & Marketing to develop communication strategies.
  • Coordinates with Finance staff regarding accounting procedures for donations and grant management.

Education and Experience Required:

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

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Proven track record in planning and determining strategies to grow fundraising revenue: Set goals, create and execute action plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Demonstrable skill and experience in designing or interpreting a strategic vision into ececutional plans
  • Thoughtful relationship builder who can match donors' interests and ETF's causes
  • Fastidious budget manager with strong business acumen
  • Skilled people manager who develops staff to meet accuracy, quality and deadline requirements and challenges, as well as achieve development goals
  • Advanced understanding of best practices, 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 - ability to operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment 
  • Proficient user of leading-edge technology including donor management software and project management tools
  • Ability to travel frequently, as necessary

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

Please include Subject Line: Chief Development Officer 2021-48 when applying.



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