Chief Development Officer -Milwaukee Rep

US-WI-Milwaukee | US-WI-Milwaukee
1 month ago
Job ID
1421
# Positions
1

Overview


Now in its 63rd Season, Milwaukee Repertory Theater is dedicated to providing the highest level of professional theater to Milwaukee and Wisconsin in addition to offering a wide range of education and community programs. Founded in 1954, Milwaukee Repertory Theater is Wisconsin’s largest Professional Theater and a Leading Regional Theater Company. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater was awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star ranking and UPAF 2017’s Good Steward Award for managerial excellence.

Led by Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Rep produces an 11-play season that spans three performance venues, as well as A Christmas Carol, a beloved holiday tradition for over three decades, in the adjacent Pabst Theater. The Rep produces over 600 performances annually of new and contemporary work, classics, and musical theater pieces plus a short-play festival showcasing its emerging professional residents, which is one of the oldest and most respected Emerging Professional Residency programs in regional theater. Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.


History - In 1968, Milwaukee Rep moved into the 504-seat Todd Wehr Theater in the new downtown Performing Arts Center. The move spurred attendance and helped The Rep establish a firm operating base and a large pool of subscribers. In 1974, The Rep converted a small warehouse space into an additional 99-seat theater, the Court Street Theater, which focused on artistic exploration, the development of new work, and plays suited to an intimate setting.

The Rep moved to its current home across from Milwaukee’s City Hall in 1987. A cleverly converted power generation plant, the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex houses three theaters, the Quadracci Powerhouse (720 seats); the Stiemke Studio (205 seats); and the Stackner Cabaret (124 seats), which is also a full-service restaurant and bar. Together, these spaces offer a variety of staging options and host a wide range of theatrical fare. The complex also houses all of The Rep’s rehearsal facilities, production shops, and administrative offices.



MISSION and VALUES


Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.

QUALITY: We pride ourselves on the superior quality of our work—artistically and administratively—as well as excellent staff and patron services that enable this work to be produced and received in the most positive way.
INCLUSION: We explore and celebrate the broad diversity of our region and commit to nurturing an inclusive ethos that is welcoming and inspirational to all.
CITIZENSHIP: We demonstrate how a theater company inextricably committed to the betterment of its locality can wield a nationally resonant, influential voice in the advancement of the art form in an ever-changing world.
INNOVATION: We expand boundaries and explore the full scope of theatrical storytelling through narrative, across art forms, new technologies, and inventive messaging strategies.
SUSTAINABILITY: We pursue our mission in a responsible manner that equally respects artistic innovation and financial integrity

Responsibilities

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) leads the philanthropic efforts of The Milwaukee Rep. This position works in partnership with the Managing Director and Trustees to ensure financial resources necessary to support this important cultural asset in the community. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for development and implementation of all fundraising and stewardship activity including comprehensive annual giving program that would include cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all individual and institutional prospects and donors, as well as any capital or special purpose campaigns. The CDO reports directly to the Managing Director.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Develop, execute, & oversee implementation of Annual Departmental Plan that defines strategic priorities
• Design, execute, and oversee a strategic & comprehensive Annual Giving program that focuses on acquisition of new donors, retention of current donors, and increased giving by current donors as well as ongoing donor relations and specific moves management support. This program needs to include strategies for various constituencies (Individuals, Corporate and Foundation funders)
• Develop strategies, lead, manage, and provide active staff support for Capital Campaign and provide support to all volunteers and various campaign division committee members
• Solicit major gifts for both annual and capital campaigns and any other special projects as they arise
• Conduct active and consistent stewardship of all major donors included in CDO portfolio with regular, multi-faceted contact
• Work with the Director of Major and Planned Giving on all major and planned gift strategies, for both annual and capital campaigns
• Work with the Director of Annual Giving and the Associate Director of Annual Giving to develop and execute a comprehensive annual giving program that includes solicitation of major portfolio gifts with Trustees, institutional giving including government, corporations, and foundations, all direct mail, electronic, online, and Telefunding solicitations to maximize and increase giving at all levels each season
• Oversee all Donor Relations/Stewardship activities and Patron Benefits in conjunction with the entire Development Staff.
• Work with staff and Trustees to manage Major Donor Portfolio oversight that includes both assignments of prospects to staff or volunteer managers and regular monitoring of Moves Management.
• Work with Special Events Manager who oversees all events, including Donor Benefits activity, to better steward donors at every level
• Recruit and manage volunteers in support of annual giving campaign
• Work with the Database Manager to identify & research donor prospects
• Coordinate Trustee involvement in Rep and UPAF annual appeals.
• Manage and mentor the Development staff members
• Serve on Senior Staff and work with other Senior Staff members to provide support and collaboration where appropriate, required, and beneficial. Coordinate fundraising activities with various Department Heads where their involvement and participation provides artistic, production, and institutional interface with donors
• Staffs the Development Committee


JOB REQUIREMENTS (Qualifications, Skills and Physical Demands)

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
• Seven - ten years of progressively responsible experience leading a fundraising function
• Demonstrated success in cultivating major gifts and exposure to capital campaign


ACCOUNTABILITY


• Reports to the Managing Director and works closely with the trustees
• Supervises (5 Direct Reports)
• Philanthropic support of $4M annually and capital campaign leadership

Qualifications


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
• Seven - ten years of progressively responsible experience leading a fundraising function
• Demonstrated success in cultivating major gifts and exposure to capital campaign

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