Development Associate

The award-winning Flea Theater seeks a highly motivated Development Associate to join our small staff as we move into a new performing arts center. If you possess problem-solving abilities and the kind of attitude necessary to enjoy work in a lively downtown atmosphere, read on.

The Development Associate is responsible for executing a strategic program, designed by the Producing Director and a longstanding outside Development Consultant, to identify, cultivate, and steward individual gifts as well as foundation, corporate and government grants for operations, special projects and the completion of a $22M capital campaign.

Responsibilities include:
• maintaining a development calendar for new and renewed funding sources;
• tracking and acknowledging all gifts;
• drafting and maintaining donor communications, including Letters of Introduction;
• writing and submitting government, foundation and corporate proposals and reports;
• creating ancillary proposal materials including financials and work samples; and
• providing support to the Producing Director and Development Consultant in all fundraising efforts.

While primarily focused on operating funds, this position is also vital to the successful completion of The Flea’s capital campaign. Specific responsibilities will include highly detailed donation tracking including the maintenance of board and government agency reports, and the facilitation of simultaneous individual donor campaigns.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of one year of related development experience and demonstrated success in soliciting donations from government, foundation and corporate sources. Strong writing skills are a must, as is attention to detail and the capacity to organize and prioritize information and communicate well with staff, board and funders. Must have superb word processing and database computer skills and the ability to create and understand operating, capital and program budgets. They must also be a dynamic self-starter and strategic thinker who possesses knowledge of and passion for the arts and belief in the mission of The Flea and Off-Off-Broadway.

The Flea is one of the industry’s leading off-off-Broadway theaters. Productions include ten World Premieres by A.R. Gurney as well as World Premiere productions by Elizabeth Swados, Adam Rapp, Will Eno, Itamar Moses, Thomas Bradshaw, Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Sean Graney and others.

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes health benefits, which are paid 100% by The Flea. The Flea is an equal opportunity employer.

Start Date: January 2017

Please email cover letter, resume and two references to:


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