Reporting to the Associate Dean for Development and working closely with the Director of Marketing and Outreach in support of the vision of the Executive Director, the incumbent assists in stewardship activities, data management, donor research and communication, and related reporting to support fundraising and marketing activities at Miller Theatre, a professional performing arts presenter based at Columbia University School of the Arts. Oversees the annual fund solicitations, develops written materials, conducts audience and donor research, and assists with special events. The incumbent will work to ensure that fundraising goals and objectives established for Miller Theatre are met, as a member of the School of the Arts and Miller Theatre development and marketing team. Attends Miller Theatre performances and events as assigned, including occasional evening and weekend hours. Other related duties as assigned.
In alignment with executive leadership, works to ensure that Miller Theatre's fundraising goals and objectives are met and solicits annual fund gifts
Oversees Miller Theatre's annual fall fundraising campaign, including research, analysis, and development of mailing lists; drafting written communications; production and mailing of print pieces; managing acknowledgments; and analysis and reporting of results
Supports the coordination of the annual spring benefit party and other cultivation events, including development of mailing lists, production and mailing of invitations, managing RSVPs and acknowledgments, and oversight of day-of-event logistics
Supports planning and implementation of Miller's Board of Advisors meetings and special events
Develops written materials, research, strategy, and solicitation documents for use in board meetings, major gift solicitations, proposals, and reports
Calls, emails, and writes to donors, as assigned, to maintain a relationship and share information
Works to expand Miller Theatre's donor base, with a particular focus on research and analysis of active ticket buyers and subscribers
Supports the strategic coordination of donor and marketing communications, including email and direct mail campaigns
Conducts research to identify new prospects, qualify giving potential, and recommend a course of action
Attends meetings, performances, and events with executive leadership, donors, and prospects to enhance relationships and to facilitate continued and increased support for Miller Theatre
Maintains current and prospective donor profiles, tracking cultivation and stewardship initiatives
Oversees gift processing, acknowledgments, tracking, and related reporting
Supports the management of budgets, including preparation of detailed reporting
Creates and manages the master calendar of Miller fundraising activity, including events, individual giving, foundation, government, and corporate grants
Ensures maintenance of all records in Advance database in a timely fashion
Prepares detailed reporting to aid in the evaluation of events and programs
Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience required. Three to five years' related experience is required, as is demonstrated experience in patron facing and donor relationship roles. A commitment to fundraising for the arts, an interest in Miller Theatre's programming, and the ability to articulate a compelling case for support is extremely important. A high level of energy, initiative, and creativity is essential, as is the ability to handle multiple projects independently in a fast-paced environment with strong attention to detail. Excellent writing and communication skills, tact, sensitivity, and judgment are required. Donor management database and Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel) experience is required.
**Resume and cover letter required with application submission.**
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