Studio Tenn Theatre Company

Development Director

Studio Tenn Theatre Company


Job Summary

The Development Director is responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of  all aspects of fundraising to advance the mission of the organization. This includes: planning, executing and implementing annual fund drives and one premiere fundraising event. The primary duties of this position are to build funding relationships, develop new sources of revenue and maintain current revenue. This includes sponsorships, writing and managing grants and developing a comprehensive giving program. Working with the staff and board to represent Studio Tenn in the community is essential.

Job Responsibilities

Create, plan and implement new and creative strategies to strengthen the annual  campaign 

Research, network and develop proposals for sponsorships 

Develop a comprehensive online giving program 

Work with the board of directors and advisory board, development committee and  other volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts  Prepare board members for cultivation and solicitation activities and partner with  them in the implementation 

Build strong relationships with foundation and corporate funders 

Plan and oversee the annual gala and other special events 

Meet all reporting deadlines and donor updates 

Oversee the collection of data on contributors and the database 

Work with marketing and communication team to unify branding and messaging Oversee the production of all development documents and materials Create, establish and update key contributor documents, i.e. gift acceptance and  planned giving policies 

Maintain and implement effective development systems and policies Other Administrative duties as needed


1. A bachelor’s degree in development, communications, business, arts administration or a related field; extensive fundraising and development experience. 

2. A strong track record of securing major gifts 

3. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Persuasive writing, strong verbal communication and the ability to interact with people of all walks of life.

Proficiency with personal computers and fundraising/marketing software 

Attention to detail and time management skills.

Event coordination skills and experience

Additional Information


Commiserate with full time employement to include health, dental and paid time off.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to by Nov. 12, 2021. No phone calls please. If you don’t receive a request to interview, you  were not selected as a first-round candidate.


  • Date Posted: October 13, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 12/01/2021