Associate Director of Development
Soho Rep. seeks a full-time fundraising professional to work closely with the Executive Director and Artistic Director to meet and grow contributed income goals now totaling $1.6M annually.
Soho Rep. is an award-winning off-Broadway theater that is known for producing and developing ambitious, socially relevant, cutting-edge new work by writers like César Alvarez and The Lisps, Alice Birch, Jackie Sibblies Drury, debbie tucker green, Aleshea Harris, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacobs Jenkins, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Young Jean Lee. We strive to make our administrative office reflect the values of our onstage work and share a commitment to high standards, innovation, and collaboration. For more information about Soho Rep. please visit sohorep.org.
Over the past five years, Soho Rep.’s annual operating budget has nearly doubled and the majority of our artistic and infrastructural growth has been supported by significant gains in contributed income. As Soho Rep. enters into a three to five year strategic planning process, we are seeking a self-directed fundraising professional with a strong passion for boundary-pushing, contemporary performing art to make a meaningful difference at the organization during the next phase of the company’s evolution.
We are interested in meeting with experienced professionals who can thrive in a small office as a strategic thinker and partner to the Executive Director as well as newer fundraisers who are self-starters with the drive necessary to grow into a leadership position at the theater with appropriate mentorship and professional development opportunities. Overall, we are seeking to structure the open position including exact title, responsibilities, management opportunities, and long-term benefits and expectations in collaboration with the right candidate, and as such the exact title of the position may vary.
He/ she/ they will report directly to the Executive Director and will also work closely with the Artistic Director, Marketing Manager and a terrific Board. Exact title for this position will be finalized based upon confirmed title and responsibilities. After a period of successful employment, Soho Rep. will also authorize the right candidate to hire and supervise a support staffer.
A successful candidate will assume a mix of responsibilities related to institutional giving, strategic planning, growing major gifts and building the Board in keeping with their interest and experience level, and major responsibilities are likely to include:
- Growing Inner Circle membership program (gifts of $2,000+ annually) with an emphasis on increasing revenue and renewal rates through year-round cultivation
- Working with event producer to plan and execute annual Gala with a focus on increasing ticket, table and live auction revenue now grossing ~$315K annually.
- Planning multiple cultivation events as well as Opening Night parties each season
- Planning and executing two direct mail pieces annually as well as ongoing direct mail renewals
- Non-profit individual giving fundraising experience with increasing levels of responsibility
- Strong writer and communicator who is able to work effectively across differences
- Passion for supporting boundary-pushing, socially engaged, contemporary new plays and performance
- Ability to plan and execute complicated projects with competing deadlines from beginning to end
- Experience with fundraising and ticketing databases preferred
- Must be able to work nights and occasional weekends
Soho Rep. makes theater that strives to create radical empathy between people. We strongly believe that radical and empathetic work can only be made in an equitable and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. We strongly encourage candidates of color to apply.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and expected salary range to email@example.com. Indicate “Development” in the subject line of your email. In your cover letter, please describe your interest and experience in fundraising and specific reasons for wanting to work at Soho Rep.
Intern at Soho Rep
Soho Rep. offers Artistic, Literary, Management, and Tech internships in three cycles: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (May-August). As Soho Rep. is a small company, interns work closely with staff and experience the day-to-day operations of a thriving downtown theatre company from the inside.
In addition to the events and tasks outlined below, interns are welcome to attend opening and closing night performances and parties and all artistic events including readings and development workshops. Interns are unpaid, but receive a transportation stipend and college credit. The minimum time commitment varies based on the internship focus.
Please indicate which internship you are applying for in the subject line of your email and include how many hours per week you are available to work in your cover letter.
Fall – submit by July 16
Spring– submit by January 5
Summer – submit by April 29
The Artistic Intern will work closely with the Artistic Director, assisting her with scheduling, correspondence, and research. He/she will attend all production meetings and have a vital role in production and artistic planning, rehearsals, and performances. He/she will also have a role in producing the Writer/Director Lab and some Studio projects.
Literary and Humanities Intern
The Literary and Humanities Intern will assist the Producer 2-4 days per week. Key responsibilities include managing the Soho Rep Bookshop, reading play submissions and script coverage, and assisting with coordinating the Writer/Director Lab and its activities. They will also assist in the planning of FEED events, and other ancillary activities in support of Soho Rep.’s artistic programming.
The Management Internship is geared towards an arts administrator with a keen interest in both fundraising and event planning. Working closely with the Executive Director and the Development Manager s/he will be responsible for a variety of tasks including helping to plan and execute intimate donor events and large scale events like our annual Gala, as well as managing our fundraising database, managing direct mail campaigns and generating acknowledgement letters. The right candidate for this position has excellent organizational and analytic skills, is fluent in Microsoft Word (including mail merge), Excel, and mac. S/he also has excellent communication skills and an ability to clearly connect with the mission of Soho Rep both in formal written material and across social media platforms including facebook, twitter and email blasts. Soho Rep is at an exciting time of growth within the organization and the Intern will be part of establishing new systems and creating a roadmap for future activities.
Working closely with the Production and Facilities Manager and the Producer, this intern will be an integral part of the Soho Rep. team, learning about the inner workings of a non-profit theater mounting an off-Broadway production. Primary responsibilities include assisting with rehearsal and theater load-in and strike, assisting the Production and Facilities Manager on all facilities matters including building upgrades and maintenance, managing the ordering of supplies, and reporting to all production departments during tech rehearsals to see that their needs are met. Internship may be tailored to candidate’s skill set and interests. This intern will be encouraged to observe rehearsals and sit in on production meetings throughout the course of the Mainstage productions. The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of theatrical equipment and practices, and will have an interest in a career as a Production Manager, Stage Manager, or Technical Director. This is a part-time position, with flexible hours. Must be available some nights and weekends.
To apply for an internship, please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.