Dance Place, a nationally recognized cultural arts center in Washington, DC, seeks a Director of External Relations. This is a 40 hour per week, salaried, year-round position with benefits. The Director of External Relations will report to the Executive Artistic Director. The ideal candidate will have 5 or more years of non-profit arts fundraising and marketing experience and embrace Dance Place’s mission to build a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs and our commitment to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Dance Place is an equal opportunity employer.
Title: Director of External Relations Number of hours per week: 40 Immediate supervisor: Executive Artistic Director
Position Overview The Director of External Relations proactively creates the identity of Dance Place through traditional and new media channels. The Director oversees the writing and editing of grants, solicitations, programming reports, advertising, promotional materials, press releases, and all other external communications. Working with managers in marketing, fundraising, finances, and other senior staff, the Director of External Relations reviews public communications to ensure a consistent brand identity and message.
The Director of External Relations will be responsible for oversight of all fundraising & marketing activities for the organization including foundation, corporate, and individual giving as well as marketing and communications. The Director of External Relations will oversee a team of five, including the Individual Giving Manager, Grants Manager, Marketing Associate, Communications Associate, Box Office & Volunteer Manager as well as seasonal interns and independent contractors. They will also work closely with the Financial Director and Board of Directors to monitor Dance Place’s financial health and long-range financial planning.
Work closely with the Executive Artistic Director to develop and grow the organization’s overall fundraising plan and communications strategy in support of the organization’s mission
Manage team of marketing and development staff consisting of full and part time staff as well as interns and independent contractors
Design and evaluate marketing strategies for all Dance Place programs
Oversee Grant Manager who writes and reports on all grant applications, including foundation, corporate, and government
Collaborate with Individual Giving Manager on solicitations calendar, special event planning and execution, and board of directors management
Assist Executive Artistic Director and Financial Director in budgeting contributed revenue for the organization, as well as the audit process, projections, reserves, cash flow and other procedures as necessary
Contribute to budgeting of contributed and earned revenue in partnership with key fundraising initiatives and relevant programmatic staff
Supervise all aspects of Dance Place’s print and digital marketing efforts, including direct mail, email, website content management, and social networking
Maintain and cultivate brand guidelines across all organizational materials
Serve as a member of senior staff, contributing to discussions around strategic planning, fundraising initiatives, and yearly programming
Represent the organization at professional events and environments, as well as key community engagement gatherings
Required Skills / Qualifications:
4 years minimum experience in professional fundraising and marketing preferred
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Experience in grants compliance and reporting
Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, including event planning, board management, major gift fundraising
Ability to create compelling written and oral communications and to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials
Ability to balance multiple competing priorities, complex situations and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Skill at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers across different levels of the organization, internally and externally
Ability to identify and respond to issues / opportunities in a timely manner with a controlled demeanor
Detail-oriented, self-starter with high initiative and a deep enthusiasm for the arts
Ability to think creatively about new avenues for contributed and earned income, and institutional marketing
Additional Salary Information: Dance Place offers a flexible work schedule as well as medical, dental and vision insurance package, plus (401) K plan, and pre-tax travel benefits. Employees are able to take class and attend Dance Place performances for free. Salary commensurate with experience, $50-55k per year.
About Dance Place
Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in our Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.