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, including but not limited to crafting letters and messaging, reporting and data management, assisting with grant proposals, and researching funding prospects. The Development Apprentice also plays a key role in preparing for our anchor fundraising event, Lobster Feast, attended by about 750 guests, and leads the Professional Training Company’s Industry Showcase Campaign, which generates about $20,000 to produce our annual industry showcase for the PTC Acting Company.
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.
Candidates with interest and/or experience in:
• Special events planning/management
• Project management
• Customer/patron relationship management
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 life cycle, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
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 Industry Showcase Campaign, a six-month fundraising initiative with a goal of ~$20,000
Manage the process of securing and tracking items for the Lobster Feast silent auction, working closely with the Silent Auction Committee
• Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred. Preferred fields include theatre, arts administration, communication or English.
• Professional work experience in nonprofit development or related fields will also be considered.
• Warm and friendly disposition and professional, polished demeanor.
• 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 with
• Proficiency with MS Office Suite as well as CRM databases and online platforms.
• Experience with Tessitura or Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred.
• It is preferred, but not required, for candidates to have a reliable source of transportation for getting around town for events and other duties as assigned. Mileage reimbursement may be available for certain assignments.
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.
Monday–Friday, 9a.m.–5p.m., with some evening and weekend work.
The schedule for this position allows for the possibility of taking on outside work.
Two professional references