About Theatre Development Fund
Theatre Development Fund, Inc. (“TDF”), a not-for-profit
organization, founded in 1967 to promote the performing arts, is a
broadly-oriented service and advocacy organization dedicated to
bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. TDF’s
activities fall into three areas. TDF expands access, making the
performing arts accessible to all by removing cultural, physical
and financial barriers. TDF cultivates communities of theatergoers
by engaging, educating and encouraging people to make the
performing arts an essential part of their lives. TDF supports
theatre makers and sustains creators, advancing the industry
through convenings, research and the TDF Costume Collection.
Through its programs, TDF brings theatre into the lives of over
2,000,000 people per year. TDF’s efforts are primarily focused in
New York, but it has also been involved in audience development
efforts for the performing arts across the United States and, on a
limited basis, internationally.
In the five years leading up to COVID-19, TDF grew its
fundraising department from three to six and increased contributed
revenue by more than 50%, raising $3M annually. Coming out of the
pandemic we are working diligently to return contributed revenue to
pre-pandemic levels, with a focus on sustaining new donors who
provided much needed emergency support during the shutdown.
About the Position
The Development Assistant reports directly to
the Deputy Director of Development. This individual will support
all Development Department operations, enabling the department to
gracefully serve the needs of our donors. The Development Assistant
also participates directly in fundraising by leading the annual TDF
raffles and auctions, which together raise over $200,000.
Development Operations touch all elements of fundraising activity,
and integrate the work of the Development department into the rest
of the TDF operations, while the raffle and auction require feats
of communication with donors and platform management to ensure they
The work for this position has the possibility of a
remote/office hybrid schedule, which is typically 35 hrs/week. Some
evenings and weekends may be required. TDF is requiring all staff
to be fully vaccinated and boosted and will require proof of
In this role, the right candidate will be responsible for tasks
including but not limited to the following:
Fundraising & Stewardship:
- Plan and implement TDF’s two annual online raffles, as well as
periodic online auctions, raising $200,000 annually.
- Manage donor acknowledgment lists for Playbills and other
materials, ensuring that donor acknowledgment stipulations are
- Manage web portals for matching gifts, corporate social
responsibility platforms, and other donor infrastructure.
- Create and send acknowledgment letters.
- Process all gifts in Tessitura, TDF’s CRM database.
- Manage back-end processes for the Tessitura database system to
ensure smooth integration with internal and third-party systems,
and liaise with Tessitura Network regarding upgrades, adjustments,
and customization to the Tessitura database system.
- Liaise with TDF Finance to manage the annual audit on behalf of
Development Department, as well as quarterly reconciliations,
regular invoice processing, and cash flow.
- Schedule and attend meetings of the Development Committee,
prepare materials and maintain records.
- You have a love of the performing arts and a strong interest in
making it accessible to all.
- You have an interest in how to engage stakeholders and
interested parties through fundraising, and want to gain real
- You are detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
- You understand the importance of maintaining accurate records,
schedules, and internal processes for team success.
- You are a collaborative administrator and creative problem
solver ready to work with others to make complex systems easier to
- You have strong writing skills, and are comfortable
communicating graciously with donors in writing and in person.
- You have experience with Tessitura or another CRM, as well as a
basic understanding of Wordfly, SurveyMonkey or similar
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range is $45,000 -$50,000 and an excellent benefits
package is offered which includes medical, dental, vision and
Please email a cover letter and resume to Resumes@tdf.org. You may also use this
email address should you have any accessibility concerns regarding
Start Date: July 2022
TDF is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to
diversity in all areas of our work, both in our programs and in our
workplaces. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural
perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity or
expression, class, physical ability and sexual orientation.