Studio Tenn Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer.

Director of Development


Reports to: Managing Director and Artistic Director


The Development Director is a key member of Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s administration team, who is responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of all aspects of fundraising to advance the mission of the organization. The Director of Development reports to the Managing Director. 

Fundraising activities include: 

  • Annual Campaign - individual, corporate and foundation giving including major gifts 
  • Sponsorship - title and presenting sponsors for all productions in the season 
  • Special Events – underwriting for annual gala One Night Only and creation and implementation of additional events 
  • Government Grants – maintaining grant deadlines, writing applications and researching new grant/fundraising opportunities 


  • Create, plan and implement new and creative strategies to strengthen the annual campaign
  • Research, network and develop proposals for sponsorships
  • Develop a comprehensive online giving program
  • Work with the board of directors and advisory board, development committee and other volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts
  • Prepare borad members for cultivations and solicitation activities and partner with them on implementation
  • Build strong relationships with foundations and corporate funders
  • Plan an oversee the annual gala and other special events
  • Meet all reporting deadlines and donor updates
  • Oversee the collection of data on contributors and the database
  • Work with marketing and communication team to unify branding and messaging
  • Oversee the production of all development documents and materials
  • Create, establish and update key contributor documents, i.e. gift acceptance and planned giving policies
  • Maintain and implement effective development systems and policies

*Plus any other duties deemed necessary by management.

Work Requirements and Qualifications


Well-qualified candidates should possess a bachelor's degree in business, marketing or nonprofit leadership with a minimum of 2 years of fundraising experience. Other experience includes, but is not limited to, public relations, prospecting and business development. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Candidate must have:

  • Persuasive writing, strong verbal communication and the ability to interact at an executive level
  • Ability to work in Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Effective project management skills, including setting and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to make decisions and creatively problem solve
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Attention to detail

If interested:

- Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to 
- Deadline: March 10, 2017
- No phone calls, please
- If selected as a candidate, you will be notified to take part in the interview process
- If you do not receive a request to interview, you were not selected as a first-round candidate

Studio Tenn is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE