Development Associate

Development Associate

Reporting Relationship:  The Development Associate reports directly to the Executive Director. This position also works closely with the Special Projects Administrator.

Job Type: Full Time; Exempt

Organization Background: The mission of American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry, and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences through public performances and to dance students through artistic and educational programs.

This mission is fulfilled through: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company in NJ; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, programs designed to expose students and the local community to the art form of dance, as active participants and informed observers, and to develop life-long dance enthusiasts. It is through these three branches that the organization’s vision is pursued: to entertain, educate, enlighten, and inspire with the beauty and passion of dance.

Designated a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for two decades, and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts “American Masterpieces” program, ARB contributes vitally to the quality of life in NJ and plays a leadership role in the dance community. ARB’s annual production of Nutcracker, first produced in 1963, is the longest-running production in the state and one of the longest-running in the country. ARB’s DANCE POWER program, now in its 33rd year, is an in-school dance residency that provides dance education to students in the New Brunswick and Piscataway public school systems (approximately 1,500 students). It is the longest- running arts/community partnership in NJ.

Founded in 1954 by Audrée Estey, the mission of Princeton Ballet School is to create and train professional dancers and to provide age and developmentally appropriate dance classes to the   general public for students ranging from recreational beginners to professional artists.

The school has a highly qualified faculty dedicated to providing training for all dancers wishing to appreciate ballet as an art form, a life-long form of exercise and a means in which to find self- confidence and poise. For the gifted student wishing to make dance a professional career, the curriculum and artistic acumen of the faculty have produced dancers who have graduated to the professional level in ballet, modern dance, Broadway and T.V and Film. For the student looking for a bridge from their high school training into their professional careers, ARB offers the Trainee Program which is managed by Princeton Ballet School.

 

Organizational Role: The Development Associate provides fundraising, event planning, and administrative support to the Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School, assisting with special events and other development activities. You provide critical administrative support for the fundraising efforts of the organization including the annual appeal, grant writing, corporate giving, and endowment giving. You will coordinate and communicate with the Special Projects and School administrator to facilitate and coordinate events.

  • Support the annual appeal by maintaining donor records, produce donor acknowledgements, and coordinate volunteers to personalize solicitation letters.
  • Provide event planning support for a variety of functions, including donor recognition and cultivation events. Assist with the production and distribution of invitations, coordination of event logistics, secure licenses and permits as needed, and respond to participant concerns and special needs.
  • Assist with pledge tracking, donor stewardship, management and oversight of annual appeal, and gift acknowledgements.
  • Provide support with social media communications.
  • Maintain the integrity of all information in the Raiser’s Edge database and conduct general database cleanup to ensure consistency of entries.
  • Conduct prospect research for foundations, corporations, and individual giving.
  • Research and write to support grant proposals and reporting activities, as needed.
  • Generate mailing and emailing lists as required for internal and external communications.
  • Manage the Nutcracker boutique by ordering merchandise, tracking sales, coordinating volunteers and on-site participation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated experience with office administration, fundraising and development activities for a nonprofit organization
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite skills
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge and database entry preferred
  • Project a positive, service-oriented, “can-do” attitude

This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), as well as under any and all applicable state (New Jersey) and local laws, rules and regulations.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to hr@arballet.org.