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By December 23, 2022No Comments

The Port Theatre Society
Development Officer – Permanent Full-Time

The Port Theatre Society in Nanaimo is seeking a Development Officer to grow its fundraising program. This new position is responsible for increasing revenue by identifying new donors and corporate partners, by building and maintaining positive, productive relationships with existing supporters. The Development Officer will develop, implement, and execute fundraising strategies by identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding our supporters.

The Development Officer will be expected to energize team members, persuade, and inspire prospects and persevere to ensure The Port Theatre and their supporters achieve their philanthropic and sponsorship goals.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Research, develop, and implement appeals, including Direct Mail campaigns, to maximize annual revenue, solicit renewals, and cultivate prospective donors on Vancouver Island; track, and analyze appeal results; create reports and implement improvements.
  • Create and manage relationships with donors to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward them.
  • Support the Executive Director and Board of Directors with their interactions with high-capacity donors, including the development and execution of giving strategies, and the creation and management of cultivation and stewardship plans.
  • Create and maintain fundraising materials, including proposals, fulfillment reports, annual appeal, and campaign collateral, display and communication materials.
  • Accurately track all interactions with individual giving contacts in the Theatre Manager database; create, review, and maintain cultivation plans.
  • Prepare Sponsorship proposals, applications, and submissions to current and prospective corporate sponsors; create and maintain recognition materials and ensure sponsors are accurately recognized.
  • Research current and prospective corporate philanthropic donors, corporate sponsors, and foundational donors.
  • Collaborating with colleagues at The Port Theatre, implement stewardship and fulfillment plans to strengthen long-term relationships with major donors, funders and sponsors, and ensure supporters have an exceptional experience.
  • Find new opportunities to steward, thank and recognize donors and sponsors.
  • Communicate with donors and sponsors about the impact of their gifts on The Port Theatre by preparing reports, letters and newsletters.
  • Ensure sponsor benefit requirements are fulfilled; ensure ads appear in The Port Theatre print material as required, notices are received for ticket discounts, invitations are sent for donor events, coordinate tickets, and fulfillment is achieved with reports sent to sponsors.
  • Maintain The Port Theatre gift acceptance policy; recommend plans and policies on naming recognition commitments of The Port Theatre.
  • Research, develop and initiate new opportunities to increase revenue at The Port Theatre, including events.
  • Identify fundraising and sponsorship trends and stay current on best fundraising practices.

This position is for you if you have:

  • An exceptional ability to build and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to clearly communicate The Port Theatre’s mission and vision to stakeholders.
  • An impeccable attention to detail.
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate the highest level of professional conduct and discretion.
  • Solid research, writing and editing skills as well as excellent analytical, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of established and ethical fundraising practices and processes; minimum 3 years’ experience working as a fundraiser.
  • A willingness to learn and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • A post-secondary degree or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
  • Experience and/or interest in the arts and cultural sector is an asset.
  • Experience using a donor database management system (ie. Raisers Edge, Theatre Manager, or Tessitura) preferred.

And, as importantly, you are a team player focused on advancing the mission, goals and values of The Port Theatre.

Additional Information
This position works in an office environment utilizing standard office equipment, and requires regular and ongoing face to face, phone, email, and written communication with internal and external stakeholders. Work outside of regular office hours (and travel outside of Nanaimo may be required).

View the full Job Description.

Up to $65,000 per annum, depending on experience and skills

Start date: As early as February 27, 2023, but no later than June 2, 2023.

Employment Type: Full-time 35 hours per week Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, some evenings/weekends required, with a benefits package after completion of 3 months probationary period.

About the Port Theatre

The Port Theatre is not-for-profit charity and leading community performing arts centre located on Vancouver Island. On Canada’s western edge, the 800-seat theatre is often a strategically important part of the touring circuit where many national tours either begin or end their journey across the country. The Port Theatre has earned a national reputation for its acclaimed Spotlight Series which presents national and international artists. Its Discovery Series seeks out talented and emerging regional artists to assist in building their platform and creating new works. The theatre is an important community gathering place and serves as a home for many professional organizations and community groups.

The Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We celebrate and support diversity for the health and benefit of our employees and our community.

If you are excited to join our team and support our mission and values, we invite you to apply for this position with The Port Theatre Society. We encourage collaboration and look forward to inspiring leadership in our staff.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and celebrate the Arts on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. hay ce:p q̓a.

Deadline for applications
January 30, 2023. Only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Please send cover letter and resume by email to:
Lisa Desprez, Administrative Assistant
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