The Assistant Manager, Designated Campaigns works with the Assistant and the Manager, Designated Campaigns to plan, develop, and implement the solicitation of individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors to support Kennedy Center designated programming.
The Assistant Manager will organize and execute solicitation campaigns, prospecting research and strategy, and fulfillment of donor benefits, working directly with donors and internal staff from throughout the Kennedy Center. This role includes project management within the Development Department and regular interdepartmental communication.
The Assistant Manager must be able to exercise discretion in order to collaboratively prioritize assignments and work expediently under pressure, as many projects are time sensitive involving concurrent deadlines and donor interaction. A proactive working style and an eagerness to communicate and problem-solve with a positive attitude is essential.
Duties and Responsibilities:
35% Identify, cultivate, and solicit current and prospective donors/sponsors at all levels, helping to ensure their continued interest in and goodwill toward the Kennedy Center.
35% Draft/edit proposals, final reports, solicitation letters and other written materials as needed. Includes the submission of budget and financial information.
15% Cultivate and steward sponsors via events/hospitality opportunities, donor recognition and ticketing, and other benefits as appropriate. Work directly with individual, corporate, foundation, and government contacts to fulfill benefits.
15% Oversee the Assistant in processing gifts, drafting correspondence, researching donor prospects, and ensuring proper donor crediting on all materials related to events and season sponsorship.
N/A Other duties as assigned.
N/A Responds to the needs and requests of the Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner.
N/A Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.
Large, vibrant, fast-paced office that values organization, proactivity, flexibility, efficiency, and teamwork.
Office culture encourages professional growth through internal promotion whenever possible.
Occasional event-based evening and weekend work required.
The noise level in the work environment is moderate.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion
Minimum of 4 years development experience required
Working knowledge of the performing arts is preferred
Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:
The candidate must have the ability and confidence to work without close supervision, to foresee development needs, and to generate work for this position and for others supportive of this position including an Assistant and interns.
Strong communication skills are imperative, as are interpersonal and organizational skills.
Creativity and an excellent command of the English language are critical to identifying funding sources, matching their interests to projects, and communicating persuasively the need for funding, both in person and in writing.
A professional and cordial demeanor, tact, and diplomacy are imperative as the incumbent is regularly in contact with people at all levels of society and business including Kennedy Center leadership, high level corporate executives, volunteers, major donors and prospects, and other personnel.
About The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility. The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages.
We are the nation’s beacon for the performing arts, engaging artists and audiences around the world to share, inspire, and celebrate the cultural heritage by which a great society is defined and remembered.