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Grand Opera House

Director of Development (DOD)

General J
ob Description
The Grand is seeking a dynamic, creative, and experienced development professional to lead the company’s fundraising efforts as Director of Development. Reporting directly to and working alongside the Executive Director, the ideal candidate will play an active and dynamic role in implementing the mission and vision for the company. The Director of Development is responsible for planning, developing, organizing, and directing all of the Grand Opera House’s fundraising. This responsibility includes major gifts programs, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns (depending on size and scope of said capital campaign). Above all, the Director of Development is charged with developing and executing a financial plan that ensures The Grand Opera House continues to meet its core mission and evolving artistic goals. The Director of Development is a leading role, working closely with the Board, Executive Director, and other staff to help develop and articulate the strategic direction of the Grand, and to implement the resulting strategies and initiatives.

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (or equivalent combination of experience/training which allows individual to perform key duties).
  • Deep appreciation for theatre is imperative, as is the ability to convey that appreciation in an engaging and conversational manner as it relates to the mission and programming of the Grand Opera House.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating, implementing, and evaluating successful fundraising campaigns for a nonprofit institution.
  • Success in securing major gifts, grants, and sponsorships, as well as achieving fundraising goals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in oral and written forms.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with all constituents.
  • Astute awareness in prioritizing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as anti-racism in their professional work and development practices
  • Willingness and ability to attend evening and weekend performances, as well as to attend meetings and events offsite and outside the regular workday.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office and Google applications

To apply, please upload a résumé and cover letter stating how your qualifications, experience, and goals are a match for this position, as well as contact information for three professional references to Access Dubuque or click here for a full job description and quick link to apply.

This position is open until filled with an immediate start date available.

No phone calls, drop-ins, or physical mailings please.