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Employment Opportunities


Development Director

Near West Theatre is hiring for the position of Development Director. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 25, 2018.


POSITION SUMMARY: The Development Director is a member of the administrative team that supports and carries out Near West Theatre’s mission and expands on its 40 years of operational strength. The Development Director works with the Managing Director and Board of Trustees to build the organization’s capacity in all areas of fund development to solidify fiscal strength.

Based on the Near West Side of Cleveland, Ohio, Near West Theatre has a unique identity as an intergenerational theatre where people of all ages work side by side, onstage and off.  It prides itself on providing innovative, socially relevant musicals, engaging large casts while maintaining affordable ticket prices so as to encourage audiences from all backgrounds. In February, 2015, Near West Theatre completed the construction of a $7.3 million, 25,000 square foot theater and community center in the Gordon Square Arts District and has grown to become home to many who seek a safe place in which to grow, learn and be responsible participants in their community.



Fundraising Management:

  • In collaboration with the Managing Director, develop and carry out a three-year development plan. Receive the endorsement of the Development Committee of the Board for annual fundraising plans and proposed targets
  • Raise operating revenue and cash reserve through new and established campaigns 
  • Draft and otherwise create two annual appeal campaigns for individual fundraising each year
  • Oversee development and fundraising materials such as grant requests and corporate proposals ranging from $1K-$250K, working closely with the Development Associate position
  • Ensure accurate and timely reports to all funding sources
  • Research/identify new fundraising prospects
  • Assist in creating the yearly operational income budget
  • Oversee all fundraising special events, management of key event staff and volunteers
  • Other duties as assigned

Donor Cultivation and Donor Recognition:

  • Work with the Managing Director, Board President and Development Committee to network externally to promote and steward key donors including foundations, corporations, community organizations and individuals. Cultivate donors and their growth/placement in the continuum of giving
  • Develop creative opportunities to recognize donors
  • Plan and implement an annual donor reception/annual meeting
  • Create and maintain development and acknowledgment policies and procedures
  • Lead a transition to new donor management systems


Major Gift and Planned Gift Management:

  • Create and implement a major donor program, working to cultivate and solicit gifts from high-level donors
  • Create and implement a Planned Gift program


Board Governance:

  • Partner with Development Committee to design and implement long-term fund-raising that identifies planned giving/legacy gift prospects 
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board and to the Development Committee
  • Assist Managing Director and Board President in communicating with the Board of Trustees by creating and managing board materials and staff support for meetings
  • Assist Governance Committee, as appropriate



  • Become knowledgeable on current political issues related to organization’s mission
  • Create and/or maintain relationships with local, state and federal political figures, in partnership with the Managing Director



  • 3+ years’ experience in major individual, corporate, foundation and government fundraising, including grant writing
  • Excellence in writing and effective communication skills, proven experience in partnering with and organizing a diverse, creative group of people to successfully accomplish specific goals within a limited period of time
  • Demonstrated skills in the following environments: Windows, Word, Excel (mail merges, etc.), constituent/non-profit tracking database systems, email, and social media
  • Flexibility in schedule to work evenings or weekends if project at hand necessitates
  • Detail-oriented professional who can plan and implement complex tasks while managing every-day business tasks such as filing, organizing, etc.
  • Capable of regularly meeting deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-project environment
  • Excellent listening skills required
  • Eagerness to share information and ideas with colleagues to achieve excellent results
  • Sense of humor and adaptability to maintain a congenial working environment
  • High motivated to work alone or in collaboration with others
  • Able to delegate to and collaborate with other staff members and volunteers as needed to ensure successful completion of projects



Development Director supervises the Development Associate.


JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Full-time, exempt



EDUCATION: Masters or a B.A., with a minimum of three years’ experience in the field.  

EXPERIENCE: A prior knowledge of theatre or non-profit management is preferred, but is not a requirement.  


WORK SCHEDULE: 9:00a to 5:00p (M-F), includes evenings and weekends as needed

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to Amy Clausen, General Manager at hr@nearwesttheatre.org by end of day Friday, May 25, 2018.

No phone calls, please.


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