Job Description and Background
Summary of Position: Near West Theatre is excited to announce the search for candidates for the newly formed position of Advancement Associate. This position is a full-time, year-round, salaried staff position. This position is responsible for helping Near West Theatre achieve fundraising goals with a focus on data management, donor stewardship, grant preparation, and reporting. This is a critical position supporting the advancement of the NWT mission and the organization’s vital services as we continue to emphasize racial equity and safe spaces on our journey in becoming a multi-cultural antiracist organization.
Near West Theatre has a unique identity as an intergenerational community-based theatre where people work side-by-side, onstage and off, producing our annual production season and through participation in mission-centric programs and events. NWT provides high quality, innovative, socially relevant musicals that are inclusive and accessible with our community. NWT is a founding anchor institution of the Gordon Square Arts District serving the Detroit Shoreway, West Side and Northeast Ohio communities in our state-of-the-art 27,000 square foot, ADA accessible facility.
Completes daily data entry and reporting and liaises with NWT accounting contractor to ensure accurate and timely reporting for financial management
Produces weekly donor acknowledgments as part of ongoing donor stewardship strategies
Creates, plans, and executes quarterly donor stewardship opportunities in coordination with Advancement Director and program/production teams as needed
Assists in the preparation of grant proposals and reporting to government, foundation, and corporate supporters, including the preparation of documentation including budgets and expense reports, bios, season listings, program descriptions, and more.
Liaises with the program and production departments for the complete and accurate collection and reporting of participant demographics and information for grant proposals and reporting
Prepares and tracks event invitations
Liaises with data management consultant to ensure ongoing de-duplication and data integrity
Provides additional administrative support as needed
Manages logistics for board development committee including meeting invitations, attendance, and meeting minutes
Attends and participates in meetings and takes notes when necessary
Maintains good work habits, including promptness, responsiveness, and adherence to policies outlined in staff handbook
Assists with box office and reception duties as needed
Serves as member of the NWT Front of House Team
Serves as a member of the NWT special event team
Other duties as assigned
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
Excellent written communication and proofreading skills
Ability to gather, organize and synthesize data and information for the presentation to internal and external stakeholders
Consistent attention to detail and accuracy
Ability to stay organized and meet deadlines
Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple responsibilities / projects to fruition
Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Computer literacy, including Microsoft excel, word, and outlook
Database experience preferred
Interest in theatre arts and a commitment to Near West Theatre’s mission and values
A commitment to advancing NWT’s racial equity goals and commitments
QUALITIES & CHARACTERISTICS
Kind, empathetic, and collaborative in maintaining a safe and positive work environment
A proactive self-starter and creative problem-solver
Passion to serve others
An appreciation for social justice initiatives
A desire to make our community and region a better society
Passion for helping donors, patrons, participants, families, and volunteers
Sense of humor and adaptability to maintain a positive work culture
A willingness to support other staff and pitch in when someone needs help
Calmness under pressure
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The Advancement Associate reports to the Advancement Director and works closely with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and other office staff.
MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES: This position may be assigned as project manager or team leader for specific projects.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Associate or bachelor’s degree desired. 2-3 years experience in development, grant writing, fundraising, or similar positions highly desired.
JOB CLASSIFICATION: This is a Full-Time, 40-hour per week position with some evenings and weekends during performance runs or special events. Near West Theatre offers a starting salary of $37,000 annually in addition to medical and dental benefits. This position also receives 20-days paid-time-off, observance of national holidays and a 2-week institutional winter break.
PHYSICAL: Must be able to work in an open office environment. Requires the ability to sit and be stationary for prolonged periods of time, normal or corrected vision and manual dexterity sufficient to perform work on a personal computer and other office equipment such as a copy machine and computer printer. Candidates must follow our COVID-19 policies and procedures and complete a background check.
TO APPLY: Please apply with cover letter and resume online through our website form. If preferred, applicants may email application directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the job title listed in the subject line; or mail to: Near West Theatre, ATTN: Human Resources Department, 6702 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102.
The hiring committee will begin reviewing submissions January 11, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please. Near West Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.