Professional Training Company

Development Apprenticeship

Applications Close March 15, 2019


About the Apprenticeship


By building relationships with individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies and a variety of community partners, Actors Theatre’s Development team raises $4.5 million annually to support the theatre’s operations and programs. The Development Apprentice is considered a crucial member of the team and gains direct experience in all aspects of fundraising. The Development Apprentice reports to the Director of Individual Giving, but works with all members of the team on numerous projects in support of the Development Department’s revenue goals and strategic objectives.

Ideal For

Candidates with interest and/or experience in fundraising, special events planning/management, project management and fostering relationships between communities and arts organizations

Learning Goals

Gain an understanding of the duties and flow of activities within a Development department and its role within a nonprofit regional theatre company 

Gain proficiency in nonprofit arts fundraising principles and practices  

Master the donor lifecycle, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship 

Learning Strategies

Working alongside Development staff members, participate in department activities including weekly team meetings, planning sessions, prospect discussions, and events  

Support the work of the Development team by assisting with database management and reporting, annual fund activities, prospect research, Board engagement, and institutional funding initiatives 

Plan and execute the Professional Training Company’s Apprentice Showcase Campaign, a six-month fundraising initiative with a goal of ~$20,000 

Manage the process of securing and tracking items for a silent auction, working closely with the Silent Auction Committee, as part of our anchor fundraising event, Lobster Feast.

Craft donor engagement materials 

Create and maintain customer relationship management (CRM) databases  

Assisting with grant proposals and research funding prospects 

Ideal Candidate Possesses

Warm and friendly disposition

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail 

Ability to manage multiple tasks in an often fast-paced environment 

Flexibility to respond to the needs of various collaborators and rapidly shifting priorities. 

Excellent written and oral communication skills 

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 

Experience with CRM databases, preferably Tessitura or Raiser’s Edge  

It is preferable, but not required, for candidates to have a reliable source of transportation for getting around town for events and other duties as assigned

Alumni Include

Development Apprentices have gone on to full-time work with noteworthy arts and cultural organizations in positions such as Development Coordinator, Development Associate, Development Manager, Membership Manager, and Research Associate. 

To Apply

Cover letter
Two references

Actors Theatre is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff and apprentices. Individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.



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