Current Job Opportunities

Madison Ballet Development Director

Madison Ballet seeks a full-time Development Director whose primary responsibility is securing sufficient funds to realize the goals and objectives—both capital and programmatic—identified by the board of directors. The success of Madison Ballet rests on the cultivation of donors, donor trust, branding, confidentiality, and effective communications.  This position requires a motivated leader with creativity and innovation and a close working relationship with the General Manager and Development Committee of the Board. 

Candidate will be extremely organized, competent with database applications, skilled in verbal and written communications, and knowledgeable in the arts. Ideal candidate will have experience generating charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

It is expected that Madison Ballet’s mission, core values and vision are exemplified by the individual filling this role. Position includes competitive pay, health insurance, and generous time off policy.

Position Title:  Development Director
Reports to:  General Manager

Management of all development functions, processes, and staff, including cultivation, solicitation, receipt, and acknowledgement of all gifts to Madison Ballet.

  • Prepare the annual and long-range development plans with the General Manager.  Plans will include goals, timetables, responsibilities and methods.
  • Provide timely progress reports to the General Manager and Board of Directors.
  • Supervise the special and major gifts program.
  • Design, write and supervise the regular letter flow of the annual fund.  This will include letters of solicitation and acknowledgement.
  • Prepare government and foundation grant proposals.  Meet agency requirements for documentation and reports.  
  • Supervise development record-keeping and database management. 
  • Provide development support to volunteers, parents, families and the Board of Directors.
  • With General Manager, help organize and implement a Development Committee comprised of Board members and other volunteers.  
  • Schedule, notice, attend and record minutes of monthly Development Committee meetings.
  • Manage all development hospitality events.
  • Plan and implement a deferred giving program
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the General Manager.

Required Skills

  • Outstanding communications skills, oral and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; energy for establishing new relationships and comfort level with meeting/calling new people.
  • Ability to plan and manage time independently.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of fund raising, including major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, and grant writing.
  • Proficient database management, word processing, spreadsheet and basic computer skills.

Desired Skills

  •  At least three years experience in fund raising and development, preferably in a senior position.  Senior level experience in sales or a sales related profession will be considered in lieu of non-profit fund raising experience.
  • Demonstrated success in proposal and grant writing and individual and corporate solicitation.
  • Knowledge of the arts.

Minimum of Bachelors Degree (Masters preferred). Comparable experience will be considered in lieu of formal educational degree.

$38,000-40,000, plus single coverage health insurance with flex plan. Paid vacation, PTO, and sick days.

Start Date
On or before 6/15/16.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Please send electronic cover letter and resume to:
Gretchen Bourg, General Manager