Childsplay, an internationally acclaimed ensemble-based professional theatre for young audiences located in Tempe, Arizona (Greater Phoenix) seeks a proactive, creative individual to lead our Development Team. The Director of Development is responsible for all fundraising activities, including individual, corporate, foundation and government giving, capital, planned giving, and fundraising events and who works with the Managing Director, Artistic Director, the Major Donor Committee, the Annual Gala Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Develop, plan, and implement annual and long-range strategies to ensure Childsplay achieves its fundraising goals;
Represent Childsplay by cultivating and deepening relationships throughout Greater Phoenix, State of Arizona and the national philanthropic community;
Identify, cultivate and strategize solicitations of major gift prospects; maintain and manage a professional portfolio of high-level prospects including individuals and institutions;
Collaborate with marketing and communications colleagues to develop and implement strategies and materials to ensure that communications reflect and amplify Childsplay’s fundraising brands and effectively engage current and prospective donors;
Oversee development events including the annual Gala, opening performance gatherings, Donor Society events, and donor recognition, stewardship, and solicitation events.
Identify and recruit volunteers, including Trustees, to support development events.
Support the Board of Trustees and Managing Director in the identification, cultivation and recruitment of new Board Members and assist in Board orientation and fundraising training.
The ideal candidate will possess:
A passion for the arts, education, and Childsplay’s mission with the ability to advocate for arts and youth in our community
At least three years in a progressively advancing fundraising position, preferably in an arts organization but not required;
Superior communication and interpersonal skills; effectiveness in written and oral presentation.
Excellent quantitative skills and a commitment to use analytical tools to make sound data driven decisions;
A strong commitment to fundraising ethics.
Strong understanding of computer and constituent software.
Bachelor’s Degree preferred or extensive related experience.
A valid driver’s license and an independent background check are required.
You’ll be a great fit if:
You have a passion and enthusiasm for theatre, arts, education, and young people
You are a critical thinker with an ability to problem solve
You thrive in collaborative environments
You are comfortable with multi-tasking
You stay calm under pressure
You are self-directed and eager to grow.
You are enthusiastic about being part of a learning organization
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is commensurate with that of a mid-sized arts organization with a $3 million annual budget and includes a benefits package. The company offers multiple ongoing meaningful opportunities for professional development and learning for all employees.
Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. At Childsplay, we believe that young people deserve to experience challenging, thought-provoking theatre of the highest artistic caliber. Our respect for children’s intelligence and creativity drives us to produce new and innovative works by theatre’s finest artists. Equally, our understanding of the challenges facing Arizona’s classroom teachers leads us to offer arts education resources to more than 475 schools annually. Throughout our forty year history, we have educated and inspired more than 5 million Arizona residents and currently serve an average annual audience of 200,000 children and families.
Childsplay's mission is "to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content, or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, those hallmarks of childhood that are the keys to the future."