Development Director

  • Full Time
  • Nelsonville
  • Salary Range: Starting at $60,000

Website stuartsoh Stuart's Opera House

Stuart’s Opera House is seeking a passionate and experienced fundraiser to join the staff
of the premier arts organization in Southeast Ohio! The Development Director position is
fundamental to the success and growth of Stuart’s Opera House and the Nelsonville
Music Festival and our role in leading the creative economy in our region. This position
will prioritize securing and growing major gifts for one of the most successful nonprofit
organizations in the state.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director, works closely with the Artistic
Director, and supervises the Development Associate. This position is based at Stuart’s
Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio with flexible scheduling/remote work/work from home
as agreed upon.

The Development Director is responsible for overseeing and managing all development and fundraising at Stuart’s Opera House. This position is charged with prioritizing and securing new and significant annual gifts to grow and sustain a dynamic and successful nonprofit arts organization in Southeast Ohio. Additionally, this position will develop and implement a fundraising plan, grow membership and donors, oversee successful NMF sponsorship program, and supervise the Development Associate. The Development Director is responsible for ensuring that the mission is fully funded through major gifts, grants, membership/donations, and corporate sponsorship. This position also manages the growth of our planned giving program and our endowment.

Desired qualifications:
● Interest in being part of a regionally-impactful, community-focused, successful
revenue-generating nonprofit and social enterprise.
● Passion for and understanding of Stuart’s Opera House’s mission and ability to
communicate it to others.
● Prior management of, or marked success in, fundraising for a non-profit.
● Outgoing personality unafraid to make the big ask.
● Background in grant management, including grant-writing, reporting, and stakeholder
● Overall donor/stakeholder management and engagement on all fronts.
● Demonstrated ability to think strategically and see the “big picture”.
● Excellent communication skills, in person and both written and verbal.
● At least five years of proven experience raising funds from large and small donors.
● Strong desire to get out of the office, build external relationships, initiate donor visits and
fundraising calls
● Ability to use a database system to analyze information, develop prospects, and run
reports (Stuart’s Opera House currently uses GiftWorks).
● Ability to take the initiative and lead and also work collaboratively and supportively in a
team, as needed.
● Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed

Benefits: Paid Time Off; Health, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance; Retirement match;
Flexible and hybrid work-schedule.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume and three professional references to
[email protected]

Stuart’s Opera House is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and is
committed to making employment decisions based on merit. We are committed to complying with any and all pertinent Federal, State and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, as well as all laws related to terms and conditions of employment.



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