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Development Manager

Position: Development Manager
Department: Development
Classification: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $70,000-$80,000 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 seeks a full-time Development Manager to support the organization's fundraising efforts and join a 5-person Development team in support of Geffen Playhouse’s mission. The Development Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing many Geffen Playhouse fundraising efforts including the development of a young professionals’ group, general donor development, and special events. The Development Manager supervises the Development Assistant and reports to the Director of Individual Giving while working closely with the Chief Development Officer to implement Geffen Playhouse’s annual fundraising plan.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Overseeing implementation and coordination of all special event activities including annual Backstage at the Geffen benefit, general fundraisers, board activities and donor benefit fulfillment events
  • Collaborating closely with the Development and Marketing teams to create event assets including invitations, event specific assets, and follow-up materials
  • Managing young professionals’ donor portfolio in support of the establishment of an active and robust young professionals’ program
  • Executing our annual donor benefit events program designed to cultivate new donors and steward existing ones while expanding to new populations
  • Securing sponsorship and tribute ads for Backstage at the Geffen and special events in collaboration with the Director of Institutional Giving
  • Supporting execution of the annual fundraising plan, which includes measurable goals, metrics, and specific strategies for expanding both levels and sources of support.
  • Use CRM software critical to recording, researching, prospecting, and cultivating relationships and donations
  • Supervising the activities of the Development Assistant, including accurate data entry, appropriate donor recognition and day-to-day departmental administration
  • 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
  • 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

  • Two to five years of non-profit fundraising experience required
  • Experience in arts & culture nonprofit organizations preferred
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet strict deadlines
  • Must have strong initiative and demonstrate the ability to learn in a self-directed manner with minimal supervision
  • 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. Demonstrated fluency with Tessitura, Classy, iWave, and other software preferred
  • Comfortable working independently as well as in collaboration with a team and across departments

Compensation & Benefits

Geffen Playhouse offers comprehensive benefits including medical, vision, and dental insurance, as well as PTO. The pay range is $70,000-$80,000, 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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