Vice President of Development

Blumenthal Performing Arts

Posted: May 11, 2021
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The Vice President of Development plans, executes and evaluates all fundraising activities of Blumenthal Performing Arts (BPA). Directs a comprehensive program including direct and indirect supervision of all Development staff. Collaborates with other members of the BPA senior leadership team in a shared vision to create and sustain high impact programs that benefit the entire community. A key public representative of BPA to donors, stakeholders, and other supporters. Reports to the President under limited supervision. The department is responsible for annual fundraising averaging $2.5 million in support of an organization budget that typically is $38-$45 million.

– Plans, and directs programs for major gifts, foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorship, annual membership, and planned giving.
– Researches and identifies prospects, oversees prospect management, and executes a cultivation and solicitation plan. Identifies Board and staff leadership to assist.
– Oversees creation of campaign and communications materials, as well as planning of special events.
– Manages Board Development Committee, as well as advising and reporting to all Board members on Development strategies, activities, and results.
– Manages departmental budgets.
– Represents BPA in public and private meetings of funders, donors, supporters, and stakeholders.
– Oversees travel programs for donors that build relationships, and a greater understanding of BPA’s unique mission and standing in the arts world.
– Communicates regularly with peers at other arts and non-profit institutions locally and nationally to share best practices, evaluate trends, as well as provide professional encouragement and support.

Job Qualifications:
– Requires Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, marketing, arts management, or a related field supplemented by five years of progressively responsible experience in development, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
– Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to make presentations to individuals and groups.
– Must have a genuine interest in the arts and ability to convey the important role of the arts in creating a healthy, vibrant community. Must be able to convey genuine enthusiasm and understanding of BPA’s unique mission and programs.
– Must be able to work a flexible schedule that regularly includes evenings and weekends to attend performances and other events, including some travel.
– Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. BPA supports a wide range of programs from major shows with long lead times, to others that happen quickly and require fast turnaround.
– Must be a team player who works well with others inside and outside the organization and encourages the same in those they supervise.
– Must be able to work under stress, particularly in meeting deadlines for submission of funding applications, reports, and executing special events.
– Requires proficiency with standard office software products such as Word and Excel. Must be able, with reasonable training, to utilize fundraising-specific software used by BPA such as Audience View.