Director of Development

Celebration Barn Theater seeks a dynamic fundraiser with a passion for the Barn’s mission to inspire creativity and community by harnessing the power of live performance.


Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director (EAD), the Director of Development will be an integral member of the Celebration Barn staff. The Director of Development has primary responsibility for growing the number of donors and total dollars pledged through annual giving, and creating systems to support an upcoming capital campaign. The Director of Development also oversees sponsorship, membership, and fundraising events.

This position begins at 10 hours/week in mid-May, 2017 and is anticipated to grow to 20 hours/week in 2018.

To apply for the position, a cover letter, resume, and two references should be submitted to: Closing date is May 1, 2017; position will remain open until filled. Early application encouraged, as review will begin immediately on a rolling basis.


• Work with the EAD and Fundraising Committee to create and execute an annual development plan with a focus on the following components: individual giving, sponsorships, memberships, an annual silent auction, and special events as necessary.

• Set mutually agreed upon annual goals and metrics for success for each of those areas.

• Collaborate with EAD and Managing Director to oversee all aspects of Celebration Barn’s annual giving efforts, including messaging, direct mail, online giving, and personal solicitations.

• Ensure that all fundraising materials work within the Barn’s brand and messaging platform.

• Manage the fundraising database, ensuring the timely distribution of tax receipts.

• Compile, maintain, and report on annual fund statistics, including per donor gift, churn, participation, etc.

• Analyze trends in the annual fund, identifying opportunities and challenges and developing strategies to ensure that goals are met.

• Support donor/member events as assigned.

• Oversee the annual silent auction including maintaining a database of inventory and the auction webpage, online promotion, thanking donors, supporting Board in soliciting items, and managing the silent auction live event.

• Work with the EAD to develop annual sponsorship levels, cultivate corporate sponsors, and ensure the proper forms of public recognition

• Work with the EAD and the Events & Membership Committee to develop annual membership levels, schedule and plan member events, oversee member events, and cultivate new members

• Prepare for a major giving/capital campaign by identifying and researching potential donors, developing the case for major giving, and cultivating strong personal relationships with current and prospective high-end donors.


• Minimum of three years of successful, relevant work experience required in fundraising, sales/marketing, or project management

• Non-profit experience

• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills

• Ability to develop and implement strategies that grow relationships that result in charitable gifts

• Strong organizational and time management skills

• Highly developed computer skills including Mac proficiency and experience with Pages/ Numbers, Microsoft Word/Excel, FileMaker, and fundraising software

• A sense of humor

• Social media marketing expertise (additional stipend is available to support this work)


• Required to work from their home office, using their personal phone to accomplish tasks, October-May.

• Celebration Barn will provide laptop and stipend for phone expenses, and reimburse the cost of supplies necessary for the job

• Preference for candidate who is able to work on-site June-September

• May be required to work evening and weekend hours during major campaigns and special events


Based on an hourly rate starting at $20-$24, depending on experience.

Celebration Barn is an equal opportunity employer and strives to cultivate and maintain a community that is free from all forms of discrimination. All decisions will be made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, military status, marital status, or genetic information.

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