SYRACUSE STAGE, the professional LORT theatre in residence at Syracuse University, seeks candidates for the position of Director of Development. The Director of Development leads a three-person team in executing all fundraising campaigns for Syracuse Stage, including those for individual, corporate, foundation, government and in-kind gifts. Develops strong working relationships with Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees, funders, community members, and staff to achieve budgeted goals. Implements and oversees logistics for annual Syracuse Stage gala, opening night dinners and other projects as assigned.
The Syracuse Stage Development Office is located within the Syracuse Stage facility and the Director of Development interacts primarily with Stage staff and trustees, reporting to the Syracuse Stage Managing Director. There is regular collaboration with, and dual reporting to the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Assistant Dean for Advancement. This position is year round full-time exempt, paid through the University with full University benefits.
Syracuse Stage is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work, on and offstage. We are dedicated to hiring and developing diverse talent and believe deeply in equity, diversity of race/ethnicity, gender identity, abilities, veteran status, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. We are committed to reducing physical barriers in the workspace and ensuring that all applicants and employees receive reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of any given role. We strongly encourage applicants who share these values to apply.
• Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, preferably for an arts or educational institution.
• Demonstrated success in solicitation of gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
• Commitment to developing and leading fundraising staff.
• Understanding of Syracuse and its philanthropic community a plus.
• Impeccable attention to detail.
• Demonstrated success with personal, corporate and foundation solicitations.
• Strong writing, planning and organizational skills.
• Demonstrated organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to work with other development professionals.
• Ability to recruit, retain and lead a team of development professionals.
• Experience with constituent database/CRM systems, such as Blackbaud, Salesforce, etc.
• Familiarity with the performing arts and an understanding of Syracuse’s philanthropic community.
• Highly professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
• Capital campaign experience desirable.
Internal Number: 036144
About Syracuse Stage / Syracuse University
Who We Are
Syracuse Stage is the non profit, professional theatre company in residence at Syracuse University. We are nationally recognized for creating stimulating theatrical work that engages Central New York, and for our significant contribution to the artistic life of Syracuse University, where we are a vital partner in achieving the educational mission of the University’s Department of Drama.
Syracuse Stage tells stories that engage, entertain, and inspire us to see life beyond our own experience.
Reimagining what’s possible for regional theater–through active inclusion, innovative outreach, and bold productions–Syracuse Stage shapes the cultural and social vitality of Central New York, enriches the Syracuse University student experience, and fosters change in ourselves, our communities, and our world.
Our Core Values
Actively including diverse individuals, communities, ideas and perspectives.
Commitment to integrity, excellence and enthusiasm in our work.
Fostering an innovative and adaptive environment that elicits wonder.
Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s prem...ier professional theatre. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 300 plays in 44 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 65,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays and bold interpretations of classics and musicals featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves over 30,000 students from 24 counties.
Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country. America’s leading actors, directors and designers work and/or have worked at Stage including: Tony Award-winners Lillias White, Chuck Cooper and Elizabeth Franz, Emmy recipients Jean Stapleton, Sam Waterston, John Cullum, James Whitmore, and Ben Gazzara. These visiting artists are supported by a staff of artisans, technicians, educators and administrators who are responsible for all facets of the theatre from building sets, props and costumes to marketing, development and box office.
A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Year after year their support and patronage contribute to the success of the theatre. Additional support from government, foundations, corporations and SyracuseUniversity helps to ensure the continued role of Syracuse Stage as a valued cultural resource for the community.
Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association.