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.
About the Position
The Institutional Giving Manager reports
directly to the Deputy Director of Development, and is responsible
for managing TDF’s Institutional Giving portfolio of 40+ Foundation
and Corporate funders and prospects. The Institutional Giving
Manager will collaborate with the Deputy Director of Development
and TDF’s contracted Grant Writer to seek out, cultivate, and
solicit new institutional funders and manage existing grants. This
position will also support efforts around fundraising from
The right candidate for this position will be a strong and
efficient writer, adept at crafting informative narratives and
capable of consistently meeting grant deadlines. This position
regularly coordinates with colleagues across the organization to
gather necessary information for proposals and reports, and must be
able to keep clear, consistent records to ensure grant requirements
are being met and to communicate progress with the team.
The work for this position has the possibility of a 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 vaccination.
In addition to the above, this position will be responsible for
tasks including but not limited to the following:
- Manage cultivation and stewardship of funders; ensure regular
touch points such as invitations to events and site visits as well
as timely reporting; track activity using organized donor records
and moves management system in Tessitura, TDF’s Customer
Relationship Management Software.
- Support the work of the contracted Grant Writer in preparing
proposals and report narratives complete with approved financial
documents for select funders.
- Ensure the terms of all grants are fulfilled; maintain grant
calendar and execute action items.
- Write and send acknowledgments for institutional gifts.
- Seek out new prospects for institutional giving; work with
Deputy Director of Development and contracted Grant Writer to
prepare and execute strategies to solicit new gifts.
- Manage collection of internal data from TDF staff for inclusion
in grant proposals and reports.
- You have a love of the performing arts and a strong interest in
making it accessible to all.
- You are confident in your written communications, including
your ability to use data and anecdotes to craft the right narrative
for your audience. Experience writing grants or other narrative
forms is preferred.
- You are deadline-oriented with time management skills to
effectively prioritize multiple projects at once.
- You have experience working with philanthropic CRM databases;
- You are a creative problem solver, eager to find and conceive
of new ways to engage prospective funders.
- You are a collaborator ready to marshal internal resources to
help build cases for funders.
- You have 2-4 years of experience in fundraising or other
managerial or administrative positions with an emphasis on
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range is $60,000 - $65,000 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: September/October 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.