ABOUT LINCOLN CENTER THEATER: Established in
1985, Lincoln Center Theater (LCT) has produced over 200 plays and
musicals at the Vivian Beaumont, Mitzi E. Newhouse, and Claire Tow
Theaters at Lincoln Center and other theaters on and off-Broadway,
as well as touring productions nationally and around the world. LCT
is committed to developing and producing new works and classics.
LCT’s education program, Open Stages, reaches thousands of
public-school students annually with curriculum-related projects,
teaching artist support, and tickets to LCT productions.
LCT welcomes candidates who are fully committed to joining an
organization that is proactively focused on diversity, equity, and
inclusion. Applicants from populations underrepresented in theater
and who align themselves with LCT’s values and goals are strongly
encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit lct.org.
FUNDING: LCT has a current annual operating
budget of approximately $35 million, of which $13 million is
philanthropic support. Revenue sources include income from
performances, endowment, space rentals, charitable support from
board members, and other individual donors, foundations,
corporations, and government.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Executive Director of
Development and Planning (EDDP) is a key member of the senior
leadership team. As LCT’s primary liaison with the Board of
Directors, the EDDP facilitates board development and
communications with member of the Board. The EDDP is responsible
for raising annual philanthropic funding for the Theater’s
operations and program activities, including productions at the
Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, the Clair
Tow Theater, and on Broadway, as well as additional funding for
capital, endowment, and special projects.
The successful candidate will lead the Development team in all
facets of fundraising and board relations, and will lead a
development strategy and program that enhances the existing culture
of philanthropy and greater public awareness of LCT. It is
anticipated that LCT may launch an endowment campaign in the
The EDDP reports to the Producing Artistic Director and also
works closely with the Managing Director and members of the Board
of Directors. The EDDP leads a team of 8.
- Deep appreciation for American theater and Lincoln Center
Theater as one of the premiere performing arts theaters in the
- Extensive experience in development strategy for not-for-profit
institutions, with a strong preference in theater or the performing
- A history of soliciting and closing major gifts at the
six-figure level and above.
- Experience working with organizational leadership and an
- Success in helping to drive philanthropic growth for a
not-for-profit cultural or educational enterprise.
- Openness to innovation, creativity, and willingness to
incorporate new modes of fundraising techniques and
- Knowledgeable about the NYC philanthropic, social, and business
communities. Candidates from other geographic regions will be
considered provide they have experience in a large, competitive
- Sophisticated communication skills: able to craft proposals and
articulate a compelling case for support for LCT.
- Able to cultivate and manage donor relationships at all
- Demonstrated ability to lead a team and to cultivate
- High emotional intelligence (EQ).
- Demonstrated commitment to the principles of inclusion,
diversity, equity, and access and to building and leading a diverse
- Current with the latest trends in development donor management
systems; savvy with fundraising and commonly used business
- Ability and willingness to attend evening/weekend activities to
cultivate/steward key donors and prospects.
- Ability to work closely and effectively with artists and
- Bachelor’s degree required.
Howe-Lewis International is please to assist Lincoln
Center Theater with this exciting search. Please
click here to apply online via the Howe-Lewis Talent
Portal. You may also email your resume and letter of interest to