Friday, 24 March 2017 08:56

Director of Development, Individual Giving

Sponsoring Organization

The Public Theater



425 Lafayette St. New York, NY 10003


Until Filled



 The Public Theater seeks an entrepreneurial, goal-oriented development leader with demonstrated experience in running comprehensive individual giving campaigns in a crowded cultural marketplace.

The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator in verbal, written, and presentation forms and will have good interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with marketing, development and membership colleagues to support a busy year-round scheduleThis individual will advise and set strategy for best practices in development, data management, direct mail fundraising programs, small gift efforts, and events to support restricted and unrestricted giving as well as a Major Capital Campaign.

With an engaged Board of Trustees, The Public is planning to launch the largest Capital Campaign in American theater to address its ageing facilities and to secure its future. 

This individual in this position will have significant departmental responsibilities and will report to the Chief Advancement Officer.

This individual will recruit, train, and mentor an enthusiastic team of Major Gift Officers, and early and mid-career professionals and interns; create best practice training materials and protocols for standard development operations.

Working collaboratively with departmental colleagues, strategically support the effective implementation and execution of an annual events schedule, including donor cultivation events, performance receptions, Galas, performance ticketing, and related efforts.  

This individual will Partner with the marketing team to build online fundraising capacity and coordinate the creation of new online fundraising initiatives.


·         A minimum of 10 years of development management experience;

·         A track record of successfully closing major gifts and exceeding contributed income goals in a competitive fundraising environment;

·         Experience with Capital Campaigns,  planning and operations to support strategic solicitations for Major Gifts that do not compromise annual giving;

·         Knowledge of theater and a passion for The Public’s mission, programs, and future plans;

·         Demonstrated experience successfully recruiting, managing and retaining staff;

·         Strong planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, analytical, and communication skills;

·         Prior experience in marketing will be favorably regarded, as audience development, database mining, prospect research, and the fundraising application of new technologies are all high priorities for the institution.    

·         Proficiency in Tessitura, The Raiser’s Edge, or a comparable fundraising software; and

·         Ability and willingness to work evenings/weekends to manage The Public’s fundraising events program.

The Public is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

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