- Job Opportunity:Director of Development, Fundraising, Marketing, Communications, Corporate Sponsorship, and Government Relations
Date posted: today
Application deadline: also today
Start date: tomorrow
Salary: TBD (but approximately half of whatever you think is appropriate)
Canadian Shield Theatre (CST) is one of the nation’s most distinguished and underappreciated performing arts organizations, with a mandate to support the Artistic Director’s grandiose aspirations of leading a corporately funded, city-building festival in a major, metropolitan centre.
With a firm commitment to reflecting the diversity of contemporary Canadian society, CST produces vital and eclectic programming, featuring mid-century American musicals, last year’s Broadway highlights, and canonical works from the Norm Foster repertoire.
Since 1967, CST has operated the historic Granite Theatre, an asbestos-clad venue with 800 seats that are too narrow for today’s patrons, as well as the Slaughterhouse Studio, which utilizes an innovative space-sharing arrangement with a local business. Rehearsal spaces, technical shops, and administrative offices are housed in a compound of rustic outbuildings, some of which are heated.
The candidate is required to cultivate, incentivize, and leverage all forms of stakeholders, prospects, and protocols.
• Fundraising: conceive and implement a capital campaign that will exceed the total monies raised over the last half-century, ideally without requiring any effort from the Board of Directors, most of whom are primarily interested in eating cupcakes (the food item) during the opening night receptions.
• Donor recognition: pursue major philanthropic gifts by nurturing relationships with distinguished socialites, especially affluent and aging widows.
• Government relations: advocate for increased levels of public funding by bombarding elected officials with exaggerated financial calculations, unattainable tourist projections, and glossy photographs of Richard Florida.
• Corporate sponsorship: secure naming rights from an organization that celebrates our region’s resource-based economy yet reduces the likelihood of being targeted by trendy boycott or divestment campaigns. [End Page 48]
Required Qualifications and Skills
• Minimum of five years thriving in unpaid internships of progressively demeaning levels of responsibility.
• Tact, diplomacy, and patience for dealing with our Artistic Director’s megalomania and General Manager’s micromanagement.
• Experience with Tessitura, Raiser’s Edge, and/or other fundraising software is required, with a strong preference for candidates willing to transfer a donor database from previous employers.
• Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator is a significant asset, because the candidate could assume the workload of the graphic design company that seems increasingly unable to accommodate our requests for urgent deadlines and subsidized fees.
This is a full-time position, with regular commitments on evenings, weekends, and whenever the Production Manager forgets the password to the office computers.
This is a probationary appointment of three weeks; during that period, the candidate is expected to refrain from applying for similar positions at larger arts organizations and/or better-paying opportunities at hospitals, foundations, or “real” charities.
CST offers supportive and flexible employment terms; candidates are permitted to pursue external artistic projects during their two weeks of unpaid vacation.
We thank all applicants for their interest; please note that all candidates selected for in-person interviews are expected to pay for their own travel costs. [End Page 49]