Director of Development & Community Engagement

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Director of Development & Community Engagement




The Director of Development & Community Engagement will join The Musical Theater Project’s senior leadership team to expand fundraising and community engagement capacity in support of our diverse arts education programs. The new position will establish strategic direction and play a critical role in campaign design, prospect cultivation/solicitation and internal donor management systems. The Director will work closely with our Board of Trustees and supervise staff members and consultants to implement relationship-based fundraising, community engagement and marketing efforts.

The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraising professional (preferably in arts, education or cultural nonprofits) with demonstrated success in annual and major giving programs. In addition, the Director will:

  • Possess proven ability to lead, inspire and supervise staff and trustees in a multi-year effort to raise $600,000 in annual philanthropic revenue
  • Work collaboratively with the Founding Director and Co-Director to determine short and long‐term goals in tandem with institutional goals and benchmarks
  • Possess superior verbal, written, interpersonal and listening skills
  • Direct and manage staff members in individual and institutional (corporate, foundation and government) fundraising efforts, including solicitation, acknowledgment and reporting
  • Supervise staff members and project-based consultants in community engagement and marketing efforts for the organization, as managed and implemented by the Associate Director of Community Engagement
  • Be an effective representative of the organization, the art form and the performing arts

The successful candidate should have at least five years experience in progressively responsible fundraising positions and should look forward to a major role in conveying The Musical Theater Project’s mission within local and national constituencies. The position will forge effective partnerships with professional and volunteer leadership teams as well as representatives from diverse networks throughout the greater Cleveland community.

The salary range for the position is $50,000-$55,000 annually. Benefits include flexible hours, group health insurance, paid time off and holidays, and reimbursement for mobile phone contract/usage for business.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé in PDF to Co-Director Heather Meeker at No phone calls, please.



Founded in 2000 by nationally recognized musical theater authority Bill Rudman, The Musical Theater Project (TMTP) has become a vibrant arts and cultural resource, in greater Cleveland and nationwide, by empowering personal connections with the American musical. To explore the importance of this art form, The Musical Theater Project: 1) PRODUCES original programs surveying 100 years of stage and screen musicals; 2) PRESERVES the significant contributions of musical theater artists; and 3) INSPIRES audiences across generations to rediscover this uniquely American art form. Whether on stage, in schools, on the radio or through a recording, TMTP’s programs open hearts and minds to the many ways musicals enrich our lives and communities. Through our work, people of all ages not only learn about the art form’s rich history; they also make their own personal connections with powerful words, music and ideas. We are proud to be a steward of this great art form.