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Development Assistant

Position: Development Assistant
Department: Development
Classification: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $55,000-$60,000 salary + benefits


Mission: Geffen Playhouse is a non-profit, professional theater dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement: In recognition of the essential examination of systemic racism and injustices, we at the Geffen Playhouse commit to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices in order to be part of the solution. Our vision for the Geffen is that people of all races, faiths, sexual orientations, abilities, genders and backgrounds find it an easily accessible and highly relevant source of art that reflects the dynamic human experience and galvanizes a more equitable and vibrant community. In adopting this statement, we are amplifying our strategic and ongoing commitment to improving and increasing the cultural diversity, equity and inclusion of our audiences, staff, artists, board and programming.

Position Summary

Geffen Playhouse is seeking a full-time Development Assistant to support the organization's fundraising efforts. Under the supervision of the Development Manager and the Director of Individual Giving, the Development Assistant will assist in day-to-day fundraising, ensure proper processing of gifts, and perform data hygiene in support of the organization's mission. The Development Assistant will also take point on departmental administration, including assisting with departmental scheduling, the timely processing of acknowledgements, the provision of donor benefits to supporters of the annual fund, and the successful maintenance of donor listings.

Primary Responsibilities

  • End-to-end processing of donations in Tessitura system, including accurate reporting of all donations and soft credits and monthly reconciliation with accounting department
  • Fulfilling direct mail campaigns, including mail merging, printing, and assembly of campaign documents
  • Ensure the timely acknowledgement and stewardship of donors with information captured in Tessitura, including program and website listings
  • Conversing with donors in the donor lounge during evening and weekend performances as needed, making sure to connect with each visiting party and creating a warm, congenial atmosphere
  • Communicating appropriately with donors and VIP constituents via phone, mail, and email
  • Serving as an ambassador and problem solver at donor events including panels, opening nights, corporate buy out performances, annual fundraising benefits, board events, and others
  • Recording donor data collected in the donor lounge or through conversation in the Tessitura donor database daily or as necessary
  • Other duties as needed

Skills & Background

  • Exceptional customer service, writing, and communications skills
  • Possess strong attention to detail, and demonstrate excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Comfort with databases/CRM systems and data entry, Tessitura experience preferred
  • Comfortable working independently as well as in collaboration with a team and across departments
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks with accuracy and minimal direction
  • Strong computer skills, data entry and Microsoft Office

Compensation & Benefits

Geffen Playhouse offers comprehensive benefits including medical, vision, and dental insurance, as well as PTO. The pay range is $55,000-$60,000, commensurate with experience. Must be available to work nights and weekends as necessary.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume with references in .pdf format at www.geffenplayhouse.org/apply. No phone calls, please.

Geffen Playhouse aims to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, in which we strongly encourage non-conforming and historically excluded individuals to apply for any and all available positions.

The Geffen Playhouse, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Geffen Playhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or off-duty and off-premises use of cannabis. In addition to federal law requirements, Geffen Playhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us via telephone at 310-208-6500 x148.

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