Senior Development Officer

The North Carolina Theatre
The North Carolina Theatre
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NC Theatre is seeking a talented, experienced fundraising professional to join our growing Development Department. This is an exciting time for NC Theatre. The company recently completed a nation-wide search for its new President & CEO, selecting Elizabeth Doran who joined in March 2017. With a recent estate gift of $1 million, a committed Board of Directors with 100% participation in giving, a growing subscriber and donor base, and a 33-year history of artistic excellence, the company is poised for growth. The Senior Development Officer is a new full-time position. This new employee will join Director of Development Melanie Doerner in growing contributed income for the theatre.

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Senior Development Officer serves as a key member of the Development team. The Senior Development Officer will have the primary responsibility to manage and grow the lower half of the NC Theatre gift chart, representing about $500K in contributed income from gifts up to $5,000. Gift sources include solicitation of annual fund gifts, grants and corporate and foundation support, and special project fundraising. The Senior Development Officer will also lead all grants activities and development special events, and serve as the staff liaison to our volunteers. NC Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: please email resume, cover letter, 3 references, and salary requirements to with subject: Senior Development Officer

Fundraising Roles and Responsibilities:

• Design and implement a fundraising plan for annual fund gifts up to $5,000; cultivate and solicit annual gifts

• Develop and manage annual mail solicitation campaigns and special project fundraising. Develop and manage the grants calendar; ensure submission and reporting deadlines are met; compile, write and edit all grant proposals

• Coordinate with the finance office for all grant budgets and financial reports; coordinate with program staff to compile information needed for grant proposals and reports

• Make appointments for Director of Development, President & CEO, board members and other key constituents with foundation officers and other prospects; arrange for onsite tours for supporters


Other Responsibilities:

• Direct donor recognition programs

• Produce quarterly reports for Board of Directors and Director of Development; oversee the donor database and reconcile donor records with the general ledger on a quarterly or more frequent basis

• Plan and coordinate all development events and donor receptions such as the Backer’s Club, Conservatory Open House, and annual Donor Recognition Event/Season Kick-Off party; manage all event logistics including catering, vendors and volunteers; responsible for event timelines and event budget oversight

• Serve as staff liaison to our volunteer group the Curtain Callers



• Minimum 5 years of fundraising experience in a nonprofit organization with a demonstrated track record of meeting or exceeding revenue goals

• Bachelor’s degree

• Experience working in deadline-driven, goal-oriented environments; self-starter with impeccable attention to detail

• Demonstrated writing skills, excellent communication skills

• Database management experience

• Experience in volunteer management

• Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends during showtimes

NC Theatre fosters a workplace community that is exciting, respectful, and fun. Our staff is creative and positive. We encourage people to apply who tend to go with that old theatrical adage “yes…and!” rather than “no…and here’s why not…” NC Theatre embraces human diversity and is committed to building a diverse staff to ensure the highest quality workforce.

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To apply: please email resume, cover letter, 3 references, and salary requirements to with subject: Senior Development Officer