DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR at Portland Playhouse

Deadline April 15, 2021

Development Director

Position Summary

Job Title: Development Director
Reports to: Co-founder/Producing Artistic Director
Direct Reports: Development Associate and contract grant writer(s)
Position Type: Full Time Exempt or Three Quarter Time for flexibility Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000

General Summary

Responsible for the development and implementation of Portland Playhouse’s overall fundraising strategies, the coordination of fundraising events and campaigns, leading donor cultivation and major giving, and oversight of proposals and grant applications.

Job Responsibilities


Development of Portland Playhouse’s overall fundraising plan and work with the Artistic Director and Board Leadership on its implementation

Direct and manage the work of the full time Development Associate.

Direct and manage the work of a contract grant writer(s) who is budgeted to work 15-20 hours/week

Provide leadership and support for our ongoing capital campaign

Envision and execute donor dinners and a major annual event

Cultivate, recruit and support a portfolio of individual donors

Supervise a grant calendar and schedule. Review and submit private, family, government and corporate foundation grants. Identify funding opportunities and new program areas to match institutional priorities. Coordinate with the contract grant writer and Artistic Director on the preparation and submission of grants and reports

Supervise the Development Associate in running the annual membership (December and July appeals, special appeals throughout the year) and targeted campaigns

Collaborate with the Communications Director to create solicitation materials

Solicit and manage partnerships with local businesses for “cause-marketing” opportunities (ME Fitness, Firehouse, Shine Distillery etc.)


Support the Communication & PR Director with the development of Portland Playhouse’s overall Communications Plan including donor and volunteer recruitment

Assist with public relations activities as needed

Provide sponsor and donor recognition information for all communication channels

Review marketing and communication collateral as needed (email, postcard, ads, playbill, etc.)

Program Evaluation:

Collaborate on program evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of our education programs and mainstage productions – including designing/implementing patron demographic surveys, patron email surveys, pre- and post-evaluation surveys

Reporting back to funders (annual report, infographic-website)

Donor Cultivation and Appreciation:

Work with the Artistic Director, staff and Board to create an outreach campaign to improve donor relations and major giving opportunities. Analyze donor interests to help develop better donor stewardship

Serve as project manager for the Annual Report

Meet with donors to further cultivate relationships and identify interests – point of engagement

Provide backstage tours

Qualifications/Characteristics/Key Competencies

Positive attitude, strong work ethic, flexibility and ability to be self-directed

A strong commitment to equity and inclusion

Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

Ability to meet deadlines

Demonstrated ability to work with major donors

Interest/ability to cultivate relationships within diverse communities

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Experience with Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs) a plus (Portland Playhouse uses Salesforce/Patron Manager)

A willingness to learn and ability to problem solve

At least three years of fundraising experience

Demonstrated ability to manage foundation and corporate grants


Responsible for supervising Development Associate, contract grant writer(s), volunteers, contractors for development projects and providing training for Apprentices


$50,000-$55,000 annual salary based on experience

Full time employees are eligible for health, vision, & dental benefits, pretax health and childcare plans, and a retirement savings plan with employer match up to 3%

8 holidays plus 3 weeks of paid time off

Working Conditions:

ADA accessible building

private office

frequent use of computers, video calls, and phone

all staff are working from home temporarily due to COVID-19 state regulations

Hiring Process:

Rolling interviews beginning March 22nd

Hiring panel made up of Alix Kolar, Hayley Hilmes, Brian Weaver and Ramona Lisa Alexander

Interviews to occur via Zoom, and accommodation requests welcomed

Target start date projected in April, though flexible for the right candidate

Equity Statement:

Portland Playhouse greatly values inclusion and workplace diversity. We strongly encourage

people with diverse backgrounds, particularly from communities of color and historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences advance our vision to apply. We support equal employment opportunities for all classes of individuals, regardless of age, race, color, national origin, citizenship status, disability, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, economic status, or veteran status. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Anyone applying for employment with Portland Playhouse can bring a support person to the interview. A support person is most useful when an applicant’s personal or cultural values might limit the information they can provide in the interview process. You and your support person can be assured that you’ve been treated in an inclusive and safe manner, respectful of your cultural values and your support person can provide a more in-depth picture of your relevant competence, skills and experience. If you would like to have a support person join you, please indicate this at the time of scheduling the interview.

Application Instructions:

To apply, email a single pdf including your resume and cover letter to In the subject line include the name of the position for which you are applying and reference where you heard about this position.
Our Anti-Discrimination Policy

Portland Playhouse does not discriminate against any employee, volunteer or customer on the basis of race, color, cultural heritage, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, size, mental or physical dis/ability or appearance, genetic status, marital status, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state, or federal law. This policy extends to all personnel decisions, terms and conditions of employment, vendor contracts and provisions of services. Portland Playhouse does not tolerate harassment for any reason. Respect for the dignity of others shall be the guiding principle for our relations with each other. Portland Playhouse complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled employees. No employee will be retaliated against for raising concerns under this policy. We seek each employee’s cooperation and assistance in helping us maintain equal employment opportunity.

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