Development Associate

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Development Associate


The Shotgun Players


Development Associate
STATUS: 15 hours/week, non-exempt employee
PAY RATE: $19/hour
REPORTS TO: Director of Development
START DATE: 8/9/21

Who We Are

Shotgun Players is a company of artists determined to create bold, relevant, affordable theatre that inspires and challenges audiences and artists alike to re-examine our lives, our community, and the ever-changing world around us. We are committed to a welcoming and inclusive work culture and audience experience where everyone who walks through our doors feels a deep sense of belonging. We center our values in all that we do and hold ourselves accountable with rigorous, comprehensive, and regular reviews of policies, procedures, and staff. Getting it “right” is not a box we can check. It’s a daily practice and we are all here for that journey!

Overview of Development Associate Position

The Development Associate will collaborate with the Director of Development to design and implement fresh, sustainable fundraising strategies and programs that will complement and support the artistic work of our company. The key to our nearly three decades of artistic and fundraising success is our ability to nurture long-term relationships even as we strive to be more inclusive and welcoming to new connections. We view development as an exciting opportunity to create partnerships with people who are as passionate about our purpose and work as we are. The Development Associate is currently part-time, but our intention is to grow the position in the years to come.


Individual Giving Campaigns

Collaborate with staff on messaging and implementation of annual giving campaigns that inspire patrons to support our purpose and work.

Annual Artist Campaign

The Artist Campaign is our fall/winter, end-of-year, individual giving effort to secure funds for over 100 local artists each season.

Make a Difference Campaign

Our spring/summer campaign aligns with SASSAFRAS, our annual gala. Our Make a Difference Program supports the next generation of audiences and artists by providing discounted tickets for anyone 25 and under, along with paid artistic fellowships for emerging artists.

Specific responsibilities for these campaigns include:

Partner with the Director of Development to create and refine strategies for each donor campaign. Each campaign includes a wide range of outreach methods including email, social media, and print materials.
Process donations and thank-you letters. Each donation is an opportunity to learn more about our supporters.
Craft Individual Donor Benefits.
Manage database for current and potential donors.
Create Business Intelligence Reports for donor campaigns.
Prepare targeted lists for each donor campaign.
Maintain Donor Lists for website, programs, and lobby.Special Events
The Development Associate works with the Director of Development to design and implement 15-20 cultivation and community engagement events throughout the year. We pride ourselves on crafting these events into experiences that are as creative, inclusive, and inspiring as our plays. We put a high premium on the personal touch. The Development Associate will assist in planning these events and engaging audience members at each gathering.

SASSAFRAS – our annual Spring/Summer gala: 150-200 participants
Holiday Party – early December, free perk for donors/subscribers: 150-200 participants
Season Announcement –  early fall brunch/cocktail party for mid-large donors to entice production sponsors (50-60 attendees)
First Taste (5-6) – first reading of each show with hors d’oeuvres and wine for premium subscribers: 40-100 attendees
Cocktail Parties (4-5) – typically hosted by board members with discussions focused on individual shows: 8-20 audience members and artists attend
Assorted private readings and other events (4-5)
Collaborate with the Director of Development on plans for Sassafras, the Season Announcement Party, and the Holiday Party.
Coordinate invitations for smaller events including the First Taste, and Donor/Audience small gatherings for each production hosted by board members.

Experience and Skills Required

Excellent organizational, project management, and communication skills. This position is all about building relationships with audience members/donors.
Computer skills (proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive is necessary, experience with CRM software preferred. Shotgun Players currently uses Audience View).
Superior attention to detail.
Strong familiarity of Shotgun Players work/programming.
Desire and ability to work collaboratively with staff, board, and artists.
Knowledge/experience with event planning preferred.
Have a valid driver’s license and ability to load items such as cases of wine (30-40lbs), hors d’oeuvres, glasses etc. for on- and offsite cocktail parties.
Please complete this form, including uploading a cover letter and your resume, and submitting references with contact info. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joanie McBrien via:, with “Development Associate” in the subject line.

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Shotgun Players is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated. We honor our inclusive community of artists, audience, staff, board, and company members and celebrate our many differences as we unite in our shared love for theatre. Shotgun Players does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, ability status, age, or veteran status. Applicants from underrepresented identities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Expires: 2021-06-21