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Development Director, Theater Industry
Dramatists Guild Foundation in New York City, New York
Date Posted 06/26/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


CONTACT NAME: Rachel Routh, Executive Director


DGF seeks a full-time fundraising professional to work closely with the Executive Director to meet and grow contributed income goals.

DGF seeks an entrepreneurial and dynamic Development Director to lead and oversee all fundraising including annual, major and planned giving. Over the past five years, DGF’s annual operating budget has tripled and the majority of our infrastructural growth has been supported by significant gains in contributed income. We are seeking a self-directed fundraising professional with a strong passion for theater who wants to make a meaningful difference during the next phase of the organization’s evolution.

We are interested in meeting with experienced professionals who can thrive in a small office. This individual should be a strategic thinker and strong collaborator who has the ability to see opportunity and employ the systems, processes, and staff to execute on budget and on schedule. They/she/he will report directly to the Executive Director and will also work closely with the staff and an incredible Board of award-winning business and theater professionals.


  • Lead all fundraising efforts, strategy and operations for individual, special events, institutional, and corporate funders to achieve revenue goals

  • Oversee the creation, implementation and analysis of all fundraising strategies and operations using best industry practices, data and research, to set goals across all contributed income lines

  • Plan, execute and evaluate all annual giving activities including direct mail and special events with an emphasis on increasing revenue and renewals through year-round cultivation

  • Plan, execute and evaluate annual cultivation events

  • Front-line fundraise with individuals and institutional donors and collaborate with Executive Director and the Board in these efforts

  • Develop and execute practices to deepen and steward donors

  • Liaison directly with Board and appropriate Board Committees on all fundraising and Board Development initiatives

  • Create collateral and related materials for fundraising activities

  • Manage full-time development staff and contractors to achieve annual goals

  • Work with marketing team to execute fundraising messaging and appeals

  • Prepare tracking reports for Executive Director and present at Board meetings

  • Manage department budget


  • Minimum of 5 years in a fundraising management position

  • Experience in planning, projecting revenue and executing strategy, both short term and long term

  • Experience in using a disciplined fundraising portfolio and/or tracking systems to monitor, manage and report

  • Experience and excellence in front line fundraising

  • Experience and excellence in Board and donor communication

  • Experience planning and managing fundraising events

  • Experience with DonorPerfect, a plus

  • Goal and detail-oriented with excellent organizational, writing and communication skills; the ability to work independently and collaboratively while managing multiple priorities and projects at once from beginning to end

  • Team player who strives to bring the best out in themselves and others

  • Must be able to work nights and occasional weekends, primarily around events

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree or above and 5 years of fundraising experience. This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. Please submit a cover letter, fundraising writing sample, resume, and salary requirements in your application. No phone calls please.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. DGF is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. Diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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