Arden Theatre Company provides Medical and Disability Insurance, Flexible Savings Plan, 403(b) Defined Contribution Plan, and paid vacation, personal, and holiday leave.
Arden Theatre Company seeks an experienced professional to fill the role of Manager of Institutional Giving. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Manager of Institutional Giving is responsible for all fundraising activities for the company’s institutional donors (foundation, corporate, government). Working as a front-line fundraiser, the Manager of Institutional Giving will meet and interact regularly with donors and organizational representatives, patrons, and community members, as well as the Arden’s staff, volunteers, and partners. The Manager must write and submit accurate and timely grant proposals and reports, ensure compliance with funding guidelines, and oversee institutional donor cultivation and stewardship. In this deadline-driven role, the Manager is expected to proactively seek opportunities to generate proposals based on corporate and foundation interest that will result in funding for the immediate and long terms goals of the Arden.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the annual fundraising efforts for Foundation, Government, and Corporate solicitations
Write, edit, and submit grant applications and proposals, reports, and evaluation documents
Oversee and maintain an institutional giving calendar and lead in the execution of fundraising strategies for all foundation, corporate, and government funders
Monitor and meet an annual institutional giving revenue goal of ~$1.5 million
As the primary relationship manager for Foundation, Government, and Corporate contacts, provide cultivation and stewardship and maintain accurate contact and solicitation records in AudienceView (database)
Provide stewardship to current donors and build relationships between the theatre and its institutional contacts
Actively seek opportunities for new institutional support; conduct prospect research, and maintain prospect/donor databases and records
Provide support and logistical assistance for fundraising and cultivation events, including the creation and maintenance of institutional funders invitation lists
Manage income and expenses for grant and sponsorship-related activities
Assist with writing and editing departmental and company-related collateral, as needed
With the Development Team, provide donor concierge services and onsite Development presence at performances
With the Development Team support the organization’s fundraising and donor cultivation and appreciation events, paying particular attention to events associated most closely with assigned portfolio
With the Development Team, support other donor cultivation and engagement events throughout the year as needed, including cultivation and stewardship receptions/dinners, trips, etc.
This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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Preferred Experience & Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree or at least three years of equivalent fundraising experience is required; A master’s degree or at least four years of equivalent fundraising experience is preferred. Equivalent experience includes paid or volunteer work in nonprofit administration and fundraising, with a preference for direct solicitation through grant writing and/or sponsorship.
Successful candidates will bring:
Demonstrated success in winning support from foundation, corporate, and government donors
Superior writing and editing skills, including knowledge of grammar and various writing styles
Excellent computer skills, especially Microsoft 365
An understanding of fundraising systems and how data can be used to manage the fundraising process, enhance donor cultivation and drive fundraising priorities
Experience with Constituent Relationship Management or Database software, especially AudienceView
Experience in using research resources for identifying funding prospects an opportunities
Knowledge of local community and major donors in the region
Preferred Competencies & Qualities
Successful candidates will:
Have good judgment, strong decision-making skills, and able to work with minimum supervision
Demonstrate diplomacy, tact, and professionalism
Be a goal-oriented strategic thinker; Take initiative, show creativity and a collaborative spirit
Be calm under pressure and skilled at multitasking and managing competing priorities
Be comfortable in a fast-paced environment; flexibility is key
Be a team player—rolling up your sleeves must be a favored tactic
Be able and willing to work a flexible schedule, which will include some nights and weekends
Have a passion for theatre and in the Philadelphia cultural community with a genuine interest in becoming a driver of the Arden’s mission and vision
Arden Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an environment of mutual respect. Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups in the theatre industry are strongly encouraged to apply.
Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is a professional regional theatre offering the highest quality theatrical productions and educational programs to the artists, audiences, and students of Greater Philadelphia. Each year, we produce the Mainstage season and Arden Children's Theatre, the city's first resident children's theatre. From our productions that reach over 100,000 audience members each year to our educational outreach programs that inspire and empower 6,000 students in schools across our region, the Arden stands out as a haven for shared stories and a vital incubator to create new work. The Arden has been an important force behind the vitality of the Old City neighborhood and in the Philadelphia cultural landscape. In our last complete season, 2018 / 2019, the Arden produced seven Mainstage and two Arden Children's Theatre productions, resulting in 503 performances seen by more than 107,000 people.