Development Manager – Ars Nova

WHO/ABOUT: Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional career. Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

SEEKING: Development Manager to oversee all fundraising efforts for Ars Nova including individual, foundation and government support, corporate relationships, and special events. Reporting directly to the Managing Director, the Development Manager will collaborate with senior staff to establish fundraising goals and to develop short and long term strategies to diversify and grow the contributed income for the organization

RESPONSIBILITIES: Developing an individual giving program; identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts; participating in Board development; coordinating and overseeing grant applications; and planning and executing special events. Activities will include prospect research; creating proposals and reports to foundations, corporations, and government entities; and maintaining donor tracking systems.

REQUIREMENTS: Three to five years of fundraising experience, a proven track-record of soliciting and securing donations for an arts organization in New York City, and knowledge of the theatre and performing arts community in New York. The ideal candidate will also need to have strong management and prioritization skills, be comfortable representing the organization at all levels, and possess a keen eye for detail.

PAY: This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Hours vary and the position will require some evening work. Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, and a development writing sample (solicitation letter, proposal, etc.) of no more than five pages to:

Ars Nova
511 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019


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