Director of Advancement

Job title: Director of Advancement
Organization: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Industry: Performing Arts

Job Description

The Director of Advancement reports directly to the Producing Artistic Director and is a member of the senior staff team.

  • In concert with the Producing Artistic Director, and in alignment with Playhouse initiatives, create, develop, and implement a comprehensive annual institutional advancement plan that successfully achieves the organization’s contributed income goals.
  • Generate a multi-year strategic fundraising vision for the Playhouse, in collaboration with the Producing Artistic Director, and champion that vision with board, donors and stakeholders.
  • Effectively recruit and manage the development team with respect to their specific areas of focus, including the assignment and monitoring of fund development goals for each team member while facilitating the growth and personal development of the Team.
  • Build a collaborative and productive work environment.
  • Lead and serve as an ambassador for Playhouse fundraising events, ensuring they help develop, attract, and retain donors.
  • Provide appropriate support to the Playhouse Board, including overseeing Board development committees and strategically activating board members in fundraising activities.
  • Work collaboratively and transparently with all Playhouse departments and stakeholders on fundraising and other Playhouse activities.
  • In collaboration with the Managing Director, develop and monitor an annual contributed revenue and expense budget including general department operations and special events.
  • Represent the Playhouse as a public speaker and through direct solicitations.
  • Develop data-based strategies for patron development and ensure that the Playhouse has the structure and discipline to track and evaluate patron data.
  • Help lead and support the Playhouse’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access efforts within the Development department and in the organization as a whole.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess most of these skills and experiences:

  • A background in the cultivation and solicitation of all contributed revenue streams (individual, corporate, foundation, government, special events) with proven ability to develop, solicit, and steward major gifts.
  • A successful history managing teams, mentoring and inspiring staff in achieving collective goals, while maintaining a collaborative culture and appropriate work/life balance.
  • Very strong experience developing fundraising strategy/vision and championing that vision with funders, board members, staff, individual donors, and other stakeholders.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and transparently with many departments to support the Playhouse’s fundraising activities and programming more generally.
  • Understanding of data management and evaluation.
  • Unwavering commitment to the values of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access, evidenced in the candidate’s professional history.
  • Ideally, a background in the performing arts, although development professionals from other disciplines will be seriously considered, especially those from organizations of scale.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to be a strong and effective ambassador for the Playhouse.
  • Experience in Tessitura is a plus.
  • The ability to work some nights and weekends will be necessary.

The salary range for this position will begin at $150,000. Benefits will include the following:

  • Health, dental, life insurance (largely employer funded)
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • 401K

The hiring decision will be made by the Producing Artistic Director, with input from other key Playhouse staff and stakeholders. They hope to make a final decision by early Fall 2023 with the new Director of Advancement onsite as soon thereafter as possible.

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Cincinnati Playhouse has engaged Management Consultants for the Arts to facilitate this search; David Mallette, President, and Emily Knapp, Consultant, are leading the process. Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit in complete confidence a cover letter, resumé, and four professional references (name, work relationship, email, phone) to the consulting firm retained to conduct the search. The cover letter of no more than 1½ pages should address how the Playhouse’s Mission and Values, shared in this profile, intersect with the candidate’s professional background and what about this opportunity is of greatest interest to them personally. Application materials should have the applicant’s name included as part of each file name and must be submitted electronically using the online application system. Once all materials have been submitted online, the applicant will receive a confirmation of their submission via the email address provided in the application. For clarification on any of this information, please contact Christy Wall at