The Springfield Ballet Company was formed in 1975 by the merger of two local dance companies – Copper Coin Ballet and Ballet Concert Group. Collaborations and professional partnerships have proven to be vital to the success of the SBC.

This 40+ yr. old organization is a group of people committed to community education and entertainment. As a company, we are always looking to reinvent ourselves, bring in new sources of funding and financial support, reach new audiences, and secure our future as a top tier arts organization in the Springfield community and beyond. Reporting to the Board of Directors, and in partnership with the Artistic Director & Ballet Mistress, the Development Director will spearhead fundraising efforts as The Springfield Ballet Company continues to grow.

A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build upon the function of this position.

The Director of Development is responsible for building and executing the development plan, and utilizing the information technology systems to support that function. She or he is also responsible for helping to organize special events, performances, and volunteer support. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing our non-profit’s fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and creating an annual budget. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply.

Above all else, the Development Director will make opportunities for, and decisions to support our mission: “The Springfield Ballet Company provides dance education and performances to enrich our community through the beauty, energy and diversity of dance.”

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Fundraising & Development

• Develop and execute a short and long-term fundraising plan. This includes but is not limited to: strategic initiatives for securing major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, endowment gifts, implementing an alumnus giving program, defining prospecting tactics for advancement, enhancing special fundraising/cultivation events, direct mail appeals, and developing new approaches to support traditional fundraising initiatives.

• Manages prospective donors with a special emphasis on pursuing strategies to secure or increase giving from donors. This includes providing a fundraising structure process and annual budget to the Board of Directors.

• Secures financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations while developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with current major donors.

• Attends and organizes SBC events and activities, and fosters significant pride and excitement for fundraising efforts.

Operations

• Attends all monthly board and committee meetings (Finance, Fundraising, and General Board of Directors).

• Oversees the management of gift processing and donor acknowledgment, the donor database, and financial reporting. Manages accompanying information systems.

• Day-to-day office operations management and performing other related duties as requested. Productions

• Assist Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress with community outreach, workshops, and corporate

packages for training programs.

• Coordinate with facilities, schools, etc for production needs.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

• Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, Business, Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, Public Administration, Public Relations or related field (adequate work experience will be considered)

• Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.

• Experience in donor cultivation, grant writing, contracts management and special events.

• Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships, engage in creative problem solving, and extend enlightened hospitality when working with others.

PREFERRED SKILLS

• Knowledge of Springfield community and arts programs.

• Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

• Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.

• Be goal-driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.

• Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.

Skills in financial tracking through QuickBooks or other budgeting software, upholding banking obligations, and preparing monthly financial statements for the Board of Directors Springfield Ballet Company

HOURS 

Variable day: Employee may work a consistent schedule of a different number of hours each day as long as they achieve the expected 20 hours within the week. These hours are not limited to weekdays, some weekend activity may be required.

The Development Director is responsible to the Board of Directors of the Springfield Ballet Company. The Development Director is directly accountable to the President of the Board who will work with the Board and Artistic Director to accomplish the effective operation of the Company.