Development & Managing Director
Reports to and is supervised by the Board of Directors of Tellin’ Tales Theatre (501c3). This is a salaried position of approximately 35-40 hours per week.
Help change the face of Chicago theater by joining a 25-year-strong theater company that allows writers, artists and designers with disabilities to produce, write and perform theater on an equal playing field with their non-disabled peers. The Development & Managing Director is responsible for the day to day operations and Development initiatives of Tellin’ Tales Theatre (TTT) and will work in partnership with the Artistic Director to move the company forward. This person will also work in partnership with the Board of Directors and its committees to 1) ensure funds are raised to support the organization, 2) implement strategic plans to grow the organization, and 3) recruit new Board members and volunteers that represent the diversity of Chicago. This position will also maintain an open dialogue with stakeholders and funders, and drive organizational success.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Development & Managing Director will be responsible for duties that fall within four main categories:
Developing and executing strategies to achieve short- and long-term resource development and programmatic goals and objectives.Lead the organization’s development operations, including interfacing with Board committees, volunteers, annual benefit and event committees, donor receptions, and third-party fundraising groups.Designing and implementing fundraising initiatives such as the Year-End Appeal, online giving, etc.Managing the data entry of all donor info and gifts.Cultivating donors and funders through calls and other means.
Attending regular Board meetings; provide written reports, insight and advice.Expanding the network of the organization through Board and volunteer recruitment, collaborations, and social media.Supervising part-time staff (other than the Artistic Director and Program Director), consultants and volunteer duties that relate to development.Ensuring, with the Board, that policies, procedures and legal guidelines are followed.Assessing, managing, and resolving problems and situations as they arise.Maintaining positive and trust-based relationships with the Artistic Director, Board, internal and external partners, and stakeholders.Building and enhancing the organization’s public profile at events, partner organizations, speaking engagements, etc.Handling the administrative work (or recruit volunteers to do so and supervise them).
Programming & Production
Consulting with the Artistic Director on season planning, budgets, and new initiatives.
Overseeing marketing, website updates, all external communications in consultation with the Artistic Director.
Proven track record in board development, volunteer recruitment, diverse fundraising methodology, event management, and marketing.Degree in business administration, nonprofit management, arts management, arts education, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.A minimum of 3 years experience as a Development Manager and Managing Director or in a similar role.Theater background is preferred.
Excellent written, communication, presentation, and organizational skills.Ideally corporate solicitation experience.Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.Must be highly self-motivated, a self-starter and enjoy working independently.Experience working with budgets and nonprofit organization financials.Grant writing experience.Proficient in MS Office Suite, familiar with donor databases or CRM software, MailChimp or other e-blast systems, and willing to do administrative work (including mail merges, mailings, etc.).Must have a home office, computer (laptop/MAC/PC) and printer.Access to transportation, as neededMust have a working cell phone at all times.Remote position (no physical office), but Chicagoland location necessary.