Development Director

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA 01230




Development Director


The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center seeks a Development Director and has developed a revised job profile to reflect the growth and maturation of the organization. The Development Director will head up a growing department that supports the full range of development activities for this premier Berkshire organization with a $2 million annual operating budget. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the leading year-round presenter of performing arts, film, and educational programs for The Berkshires and neighboring communities. Through programs of the highest quality in dance, music, theatre and opera, we ensure a diversity of talent on the stage of our restored historic theater, at ticket prices affordable to our community that appeal to all ages and interests.   This is a very exciting time for the Mahaiwe. It is a beloved and well respected organization with diverse programming that holds a unique position in the region. It is debt free, on solid financial ground having raised significant dollars for capital renovation and has achieved balanced operating budgets annually for several years. The theater is booked 140 nights a year. Its board of directors is active, passionate about the organization and ready to partner with the new Development Director on enhancing revenues. In addition, it has an enthusiastic donor base that supports its programs.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to lead an eager and prepared team to build on the success of the Mahaiwe and take it forward.   The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and collaborates closely with the Chair of the Board and staffs the Development Committee. S/he will supervise a part time Development Coordinator and a full time Development Assistant. The new Development Director will join a strong, experienced team partnering with the Marketing Manager, General Manager, Production & Facilities Manager and Theater Operations Manager who work together to plan and execute the Mahaiwe’s operations and programs. The culture is informal and supportive.  The Development Director will oversee the planning and operations of the Development Department.  The department is responsible for raising funds each year through a variety of strategies: major gifts, annual membership, corporate partnerships, public and foundation grants, a major gala and special development initiatives.  The Development Director will be specifically responsible for cultivating relationships with major donors as well as partnering with board members to expand the Mahaiwe’s supporters.  S/he will ensure that effective systems are in place to provide appropriate recognition and reporting of gifts and to manage effective and timely communication with donors and prospects at all levels of giving. Close cooperation will be maintained with the Marketing Manager to align messaging and strategies in print and electronic media. As part of the senior management team, the Development Director will be an active ambassador for the Mahaiwe in its surrounding communities.   The ideal candidate will have 5 years of successful fundraising experience preferably with individual giving as an emphasis.  S/he will have a background in or a strong commitment to the performing arts. S/he will be a bright, lively self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills who is comfortable working in teams. The successful candidate will be a good manager who knows how to foster team spirit and inspire committees and staff to collaborate to produce effective results.   B.A. is required; additional professional training is expected.
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook; PatronManager experience is a plus. Complete job profile is available at  


May 1, 2017 –


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