Director of Development: BalletX

Posted January 15th, 2015 at 10:32 am.

alletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, is seeking a proactive and energetic Director of Development to lead its fundraising efforts. The Company is known for not only its talented dancers but also for the range of choreography it has created and presented, in Philadelphia and on tour. Performances in Philadelphia regularly sell out, and the Company is in demand nationally and internationally to perform. Currently the Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater, BalletX is an integral part of Philadelphia’s vibrant arts and cultural corridor, the Avenue of the Arts.

The Director of Development implements and leads BalletX’s aggressive fundraising program including a robust and growing individual giving program including the annual fund and major gifts initiative, as well as a full complement of institutional support and events. The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director, as well as with the Board of Directors, to expand and diversify the organization’s channels of support leading into the 2015-2016 Tenth Anniversary Season. Identification and cultivation of new prospective donors in all areas is key to the success of this position. The Director of Development will ensure that the Executive Director is strategically engaged in the development process, with an emphasis on in-person visits. Additionally, the Director of Development will develop their own prospect pool.

The Director of Development is part of a five-person administrative staff that includes an Artistic & Executive Director, Associate Artistic Director, Marketing & Communications Manager, and Administrative & Development Coordinator, as well as an external accountant. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Qualifications or Requirements

  • Passion for dance and/or the performing arts
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Self-directed with outstanding organizational and planning skills with ability to multitask effectively.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with internal colleagues, external partners, donors, and the community.
  • 3-5 years experience in fundraising with demonstrated success in directing development strategies and securing support from major donors
  • Demonstrated ability to create multi-year development plans, set objectives, and achieve goals.
  • Strong financial management skills including budgeting and projecting contributed revenue
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel, Mail Merge, and Patron Manager or other CRM

Salary commensurate on experience.

BalletX is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials to

-Cover letter (with salary requirements)



-Two (2) writing samples demonstrating grant and/or appeal writing


Education Level: Bachelor’s degree in related field; 3-5 years experience in fund
Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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