Development Manager


Title: Development Manager
Classification: Full-Time, Exempt, Hybrid
Compensation: $70,000 DOE, plus employer-paid health and dental insurance, 401K, and generous PTO (paid time off)
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: N/A
Boston Court Pasadena (BCP) is a non-profit performing arts center located in Pasadena, CA primarily dedicated to developing and producing adventurous new work, significantly re-envisioned classics, and nurturing both emerging and established artists across all art forms. BCP strives to create art that thrills, engages, moves and sustains people in order to deepen empathy, community, and provoke change. BCP is committed to being an anti-racist organization and continuing its commitment to deepening its equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices across all aspects of the institution, public-facing and internally. More information can be found at www.bostoncourtpasadena.org.
Founded in 2003 by philanthropist Z. Clark Branson and producing director Eileen T’Kaye, BCP features an intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 70-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for BCP’s season of daring, adventurous theatre and its richly diverse music series. BCP is also the home of an annual New Play Reading Festival, an upcoming new composer initiative, multiple community events and partnerships, as well as rotating visual art exhibits. BCP theatre productions have been seen in New York City, Boston, Houston, and Malibu, and have won countless Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, American Theatre Wing Awards, and many others.
The Development Manager is a dynamic, creative, and organized fundraiser who is passionate about helping Boston Court Pasadena thrive and grow. This position will play a critical role in individual giving and managing day-to-day development operations. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will support the executive team and the Board of Directors in their solicitation of major gifts, grants, and corporate sponsorships. Responsibilities of this position include management and growth of the annual fund, membership (shared responsibility with marketing), events, and the donor database, identifying and researching major gift and grant opportunities, and proofreading grant materials. 

  • Implement annual fundraising and stewardship plans, in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Assist the Executive Director with the identification, and cultivation of potential individual, corporate, and foundation gift prospects
  • Create, develop and manage the annual fund campaign; implement, test, and evaluate new strategies to improve donor acquisition, retention, upgrades, and stewardship of individual donors
  • Create and manage all direct mail fundraising campaigns,  including messaging, copy, design, lists, and distribution
  • Maintain excellent donor relations and stewardship, with a high level of professionalism and customer service, through correspondence, calls, and gatherings 
  • Manage timely donor acknowledgment and recognition for individuals and institutions, including thank you letters, calls, and accurate representation in all printed and virtual materials
  • Identify and research major donor prospects and support the board and executive team in cultivation,  solicitation, and stewardship strategies
  • Develop and execute fundraising and stewardship events, including the annual gala and donor events, with support from the board and staff
  • Serve as staff liaison to the BCP Development Committee, coordinate meetings, and agendas, and help focus the committee on measurable and timely development goals
  • Identify and research new grant opportunities, and proofread grant proposals, LOIs, and report
  • Manage the CRM donor database by managing donor data entry, gift entry, and pledge tracking
  • Work with the Executive Director to track and reconcile contributed revenue, analyze campaign outcomes, and prepare tracking reports against goals as needed for the Board
  • Serve as a critical member of the Boston Court team by staffing performances and functions
  • Participate in the broader Pasadena, Los Angeles, and arts communities, serving as a representative of and advocate for the organization and developing relationships to benefit the organization

The ideal candidate will be a personable and dynamic self-starter with the following qualifications:

  • Meaningful experience working in development, preferably with a non-profit cultural and/or arts organization
  • Strong writing skills including professional experience writing letters, campaign copy, and donor communications
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully execute annual giving and membership campaigns
  • Passion for non-profit arts and cultural institutions
  • Fluency with computers and standard software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience working with database and CRM systems
  • Respect for the confidentiality of donor information and a strong sense of donor ethics
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary
  • Preferred: Knowledge of the Los Angeles arts and culture community

Send a cover letter and resume to work@bostoncourt.com with “Development Manager application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

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Expires: 2023-03-31


Boston Court Pasadena


Los Angeles


70 N Mentor Ave., Pasadena CA 91106





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