Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, a 501(c)3 organization, is passionately dedicated to presenting the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the greater New Orleans area. By offering a full season of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals, and children’s productions, as well as master classes and special events, the theater embraces the work of the city’s professional artists both onstage and backstage, all the while nurturing and mentoring up-and- coming talent with its array of outreach programs.
New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, has played an important role in our nation’s theatrical history since 1916. Located just off Jackson Square, we have called our current stage at 616 St. Peter Street home since 1922.
Le Petit Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
Le Petit Theatre is searching for a Development Manager. A member of the fulltime team and reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager is responsible for the fundraising initiatives of a theatre that produces a five-show subscription season plus additional off-subscription and educational programming.
About the role:
The Development Manager shall work with the Executive Director to oversee the contributed income goals for the theatre through the annual fund, government and foundation support, corporate sponsorship, major gifts, and special events including an annual gala. They will be an articulate and enthusiastic spokesperson for the organization and will communicate the importance of its programs to a wide range of constituents. The Development Manager will work with executive leadership and the board to grow and deepen existing and new donor relationships locally and nationally.
Duties of the role include:
- Assist with all fundraising activities on behalf of the theatre, including board and individual giving, institutional support, and major gifts.
- Work with the board Development Committee and executive leadership on annual fundraising goals and execution of development plan.
- Build and grow relationships with board members, funders, government agencies, donors, and other stakeholders.
- Communicate regularly with board members, advisory board, and donors about the organization’s activities and programs.
- Cultivate, solicit, and steward major and multi-year gift prospects.
- Identify new sources of support for education and new works programming.
- Coordinate with outside grant writer and oversee grants calendar.
- Play a leadership role as appropriate at donor and patron events, opening nights, board meetings, and committee meetings.
- Assist with planning and execution of special events including the annual Curtain Call Ball gala and an annual fundraiser for education.
- Work with board committees to identify new board members, major donors, and sponsors.
- Maintain accurate and updated donor records and execute donor acknowledgments.
- Lead benefits fulfillment for board, donors, and sponsors.
- Track the department budget and maintain accurate income and expense records.
While this is intended to be an accurate description of the job, this is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the position, and may require that other or different tasks be performed as necessary and assigned.
- At least two years demonstrated success in development and fundraising.
- A proven track record in meeting fundraising goals.
- Ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors in ways that lead to deepened and authentic engagement.
- Experience building positive relationships with boards, donors and stakeholders and the ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission, vision, and goals to the community.
- Strong initiative, assertiveness, and creativity while effectively working as part of a small staff and volunteers.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with confidence and enthusiasm for the organization.
- Experience with CRM software is required.
This is a full-time position. Regular office hours are M-F 10am–6pm. Some evening and weekend work required. Competitive starting salary and benefits package.
Le Petit welcomes, values and celebrates diversity. Le Petit is an EEO Employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
Applicants should send a cover letter with minimum salary requirement, resume, and references to Jobs@LePetitTheatre.com
Le Petit relies on a core group of volunteers to assist during every production. Ushers play an essential role at Le Petit, and we look forward to welcoming new and returning volunteers during each show. Our volunteers receive complimentary tickets to our productions, and get a first look into upcoming events at the theatre. To join us, please submit the Volunteer Application Form and you will be contacted with details on how to sign up.