Bucks County Playhouse seeks a dynamic Director of Development to lead and strengthen the organization's fundraising efforts. The Director of Development, working with a Development Manager and an assistant, plans and implements all fundraising programs for the Playhouse, including annual campaign, major gifts, special events, sponsorships, foundation, corporate, and government grants, and all other aspects of fundraising to advance the mission of the organization. The Playhouse has an annual operating budget of $3 million, of which one-third comes from unearned income. The Director of Development is a member of the senior leadership team and reports to the Producing Director.
Plan and implement new and creative strategies to strengthen the annual fund-raising program;
Work with the Board of Directors and other volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts;
Prepare board members for cultivation and solicitation activities and partner with them in their implementation;
Build strong relationships with foundation and corporate funders;
Plan and oversee the annual gala and other special events;
Supervise grants and oversee all reporting deadlines;
Participate with marketing department to unify branding and messaging;
Oversee the production of all development documents and materials;
Help guide strategic planning efforts, looking to establishing planned giving and an endowment campaign;
Implement and maintain effective development systems and policies;
Other leadership and administrative duties as needed.
This is a full-time exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience. Email cover letter, resume and references to email@example.com. Include “Director of Development” in the subject line. No phone calls please. For more information on Bucks County Playhouse, visit www.buckscountyplayhouse.org. Bucks County Playhouse is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Four years of senior-level development experience;
strong preference for candidates with arts funding experience and a working knowledge of the Philadelphia region donor pool
Proven track record of securing major gifts from individuals, foundations and businesses;
Extensive knowledge of development principles, fund-raising techniques and ethics;
Ability to manage and partner with high-level fund-raising volunteers;
Excellent oral and written skills;
Ability to manage multiple priorities;
Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills;
Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
About the Bucks County Playhouse:
Located between Philadelphia and New York, Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 in a beautiful converted 1790 gristmill on the Delaware River after a group of community activists, led by Broadway orchestrator Don Walker and playwright Moss Hart, rallied to save the building. The Playhouse quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters, feat...uring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Alan Alda, Liza Minnelli and Audra McDonald and remained in continuous operation until December 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a $6 million restoration by the Bridge Street Foundation. Now under the direction of Tony Award winning producers Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman, the Playhouse is once again attracting leading theatrical artists from New York and Hollywood, and three productions have transferred to New York, including Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly (nominated for two 2014 Tony Awards). The past year’s record-breaking lineup included Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias directed by Marshal Mason and starring Susan Sullivan, Patricia Richardson, and Jessica Walter, and the hit production of BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story which will transfer to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in the summer of 2017.