Development Director

Job title: Development Director
Organization: StageOne Family Theatre
Location: Louisville, KY
Industry: theatre

Job Description


Description of Organization: : StageOne Family Theatre, celebrating 75 years of story and impact in the Kentuckiana area, is the region’s leading Theatre for Young Audiences. Presenting programs for over 70,000 kids 18 months through 18 years old every year, StageOne is committed to creating accessible arts experiences. Each year, StageOne creates 4 mainstage productions, 10+ Storytellers performances, In-School residences across 30 school districts and year-round public theatre instruction. For more information, please visit

Accountability: The Development Director is accountable to the Producing Artistic Director for setting and achieving contributed income goals in corporate, foundation, government and individual-giving based on organizational priorities as laid out by PAD and Board of Directors.

Role Within the Organization: The Development Director works with and stewards the resources of StageOne staff, artists, volunteers and community partners to nurture the Mission and Core Values of the Organization.

Responsibilities: The Development Director oversees the operations of the Development Department for StageOne Family Theatre’s season by planning, designing, implementing and reporting on fundraising and engagement strategies. They work closely with the board of directors to support the organization’s work in service of children and families each year by:

  • Developing and execute the annual development goal
  • Creating and implementing fundraising plans and strategies, including short and long-range goals
  • Creating, developing and overseeing implementation of fundraising special events
  • Cultivating and nurturing relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors and individual donors
  • Securing financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government entities
  • Identifying and, in coordination with the Producing Artistic Director, soliciting gifts and sponsorships from key donors
  • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundations, corporation and government fundraising, in coordination with external grant professional
  • Developing and managing the board of directors fundraising efforts
  • Maintaining an organized and accurate donor database and record management system that can generate board reports and fulfill information from requests for the Producing Artistic Director, StageOne currently utilizes the Tessitura system
  • Managing donor relations to ensure donor benefits are provided and radical hospitality is extended
  • Managing the accurate editing of legal language and logo placement for corporate sponsors on all marketing materials by written communication
  • Representing StageOne at community events and through participation in select organizations
  • Assisting in the recruitment of new board members and volunteers that provide expertise and time as well as passion for StageOne’s mission
  • Working closely with the Producing Artistic Director to produce appropriate written acknowledgement of gifts in marketing materials and curtain speeches
  • Collaborating on marketing materials and campaigns
  • Managing a Development team, including seasonal interns, a Board Development committee, contract grant writer, and a part-time Development Associate
  • Providing radical hospitality in community engagement at all times
  • Maintaining a welcoming, respectful and fun environment that fosters diversity at all times
  • May perform other roles within the organization as needed, with acknowledgement and prior planning surrounding the responsibilities listed above


  • Superb written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • 4-years+ of experience in successful direct-solicitation roles for a nonprofit organization
  • Experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Experience with complex donor/patron management software systems (e.g. Tessitura, Raiser’s Edge, or similar database software)
  • Strong independent work skills and organizational abilities
  • Ability to handle and prioritize numerous simultaneous priorities
  • Strong people skills, particularly an affinity for team-building and collaboration
  • Availability to attend events and work some evenings and weekends as required
  • Positive outlook and growth mindset
  • Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the organization through consistent and ongoing training, conversation and daily practice

StageOne Family Theatre is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining employees who reflect the cultural diversity of its community. The Theatre maintains that every employee has the right to work in a respectful environment that is free from discrimination, consistent with the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship.