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Development & Grantwriting Assistant
The Development and Grantwriting Assistant will be responsible for researching and writing grants and other material to support all aspects of the theatre’s mission, including mainstage productions, new play development, education, and audience development. The Assistant reports directly to Executive Artistic Director Tom Prewitt and is expected to work collaboratively with a small team that includes the Associate Producer and the Marketing and Communications Assistant.
The Assistant is primarily responsible for researching, writing, and managing foundation and corporate grants, database management, writing and sending thank you letters, and supporting special event coordination.
- Use online and library resources to identify new funding sources
- Maintain database of corporate and foundation funding opportunities
- Maintain a calendar of due dates for proposals and final reports
- Write, edit and send solicitation letters and emails to new and existing sources of funding
- Draft proposals for corporate and foundation support, and work with the Executive Artistic Director to edit, finalize and distribute these proposals
- Maintain a database of responses to all proposals, including reasons for funding or rejection, if available
- Send thank you letters to all funders; maintain contact and cultivate relationships with funders throughout the year
Individual Donor Cultivation/Special Event Planning and Coordination (25%)
- Work with Executive Artistic Director and Associate Producer to cultivate individual donors, thank and acknowledge them appropriately, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with them throughout the year
- Support planning and successful coordination of special events, such as the Pearl (30th) Anniversary Benefit Reading and Celebration during the 2019-20 season.
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree preferred. Prior development experience is not required; however, the ideal candidate will have a strong desire to learn and grow in this field. Additionally, an ideal candidate will strive for excellence and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment within an organization that is experiencing rapid change and growth, and will demonstrate:
- An eagerness to learn
- Strong research and writing skills
- Commitment to collaboration
- Ability to think critically and strategically, and to communicate the plans and achievements of Avant Bard effectively, both in writing and in person
- Experience in performing arts industry a plus.
$15,000 Annually, Negotiable
This position offers a flexible schedule both week-to-week and annually, with options to work from home. Avant Bard experiences regular downtime during our summer off-season with some downtime between productions. Some evening and weekend work required.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Development and Grantwriting Assistant” to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt, writing samples may be requested.
Please note that Avant Bard will also accept applications from individuals for a full-time, salaried hybrid of both the marketing and development positions at $30K annually. To apply for both, send a single resume and cover letter highlighting your suitability for both positions and up to three graphic portfolio samples with the subject line “Marketing and Development” to email@example.com.
For our mainstage productions, Avant Bard hires a part-time House Management team to cover the run of the show.
House Manager duties include setup and maintenance of the house and front of house areas, managing ticket sales and will call, managing volunteer ushers, and providing excellent customer service for all Avant Bard patrons. Pay is $12/hour.
To apply, send a résumé to Quill Nebeker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “HOUSE MANAGEMENT.” In the body of the email, include a couple of sentences about why you are interested in the position and your availability within the next performance run.
Avant Bard does not have any audition opportunities at this time. To be included in our casting files, email a headshot and résumé to email@example.com.
New Play Submissions
Avant Bard considers script submissions on an annual basis. To submit a script for consideration, email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year, a reading committee convenes in preparation for the Scripts in Play Festival of staged readings. Scripts submitted to Avant Bard will be considered at this time. Though we can guarantee that every script will be considered, because of the variable production timeline of the Festival we cannot guarantee that every submission will receive a timely response.
Volunteer With Us
Avant Bard is a registered 501(c)(3) and can provide volunteer opportunities for students and anyone else looking to provide community service. We have a volunteer usher program on an as-needed basis for our mainstage productions and often have other needs as well. To find out more about how you can volunteer with Avant Bard, email Quill Nebeker (email@example.com) with the subject line “VOLUNTEERING,” and share a little about yourself and what you’re hoping to do.
Interested in forming a community partnership with Avant Bard? For more about customized tie-in options such as production partnerships, round-table discussions, evening buyout fundraisers, in-school partnerships, and professional training programs, email Quill Nebeker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that celebrates individual differences and diversity–on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership–and treats everyone with fairness and respect. Avant Bard does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local regulations. We strongly encourage candidates of color to apply.