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Playwrights Realm
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 320
New York, NY 10018

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We're looking for a development manager!

The Playwrights Realm is an Off-Broadway theatre company founded in 2007. We are a cutting-edge accelerator of new writers that supports productions, develops work, and above all, builds playwrights’ lives. Recent examples of The Realm’s success include the world premieres of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Jonathan Payne’s The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d. We are seeking one person for the full-time position of Development Manager.

The Position: Of a total yearly budget of $1.3MM, based on a three-year average, 94% of The Realm’s income comes from contributed sources, like donations, grants, and special events. The Development Manager is responsible for tracking of fundraising goals and with Producing Director and consultants, leading the planning and implementing strategy for all areas of fundraising.

Support: This role will be supported by an experienced Project Director from Advance NYC, a leading fundraising consulting firm with experience working with dozens of New York's cultural institutions. In addition, the Development Manager will also have the support of a part-time Development Assistant (35 hours/wk average) and a freelance grant writer. The Development Manager reports directly to Producing Director Roberta Pereira and will work closely with every department as well as the Board of Directors.


Individual Giving & Board (35%)

  • Takes a leadership role in individual giving strategy and implementation (both renewals and acquisitions) in conjunction with Advance NYC and Producing Director

  • Acts as key liaison for the Board. Prepares and generates materials for Board meetings and other communications.

  • Maintains and executes Donor Communication Calendar

  • Executes renewal solicitations on a quarterly basis; executes acquisition campaigns as appropriate

  • Keeps donor files up to date and processes requests from high-level donors in a timely fashion (re: taxes, gifts, and moves management)

  • Facilitates Donor Giving Benefits, including planning events, arranging tickets, creating a newsletter, greeting at the theatre, etc.

  • With help of Development Assistant, maintains and manages Prospect and VIP Lists for communication, tracking, and stewardship

Special Events & Gala (25%)

  • Plans all major aspects of the annual gala (largest fundraising event of the year)

  • Hires and oversees gala staff (decorator, graphic designer, venue staff), as well as all Realm departments for their various responsibilities for the gala and the Board committee.

  • Coordinates and supports all donor events, including Opening Nights, VIP Nights, and Cultivation events.

  • Maintains RSVP lists and manage attendee correspondence

Grants & Foundation Giving (20%)

  • Manages Grants Calendar and oversees overall foundation grant process to ensure grants are submitted in a timely fashion.

  • Manages freelance grant writer and Development Assistant in the completion of proposals

  • Manages the institutional relationships (corporate, foundation, and government).

  • Maintains up to date profiles on all Government compliance/reporting portals

  • Communicates with funders to keep them up to date on company events.

Income Management & General Duties (20%)

  • Manages the Development Assistant, who is in charge of all income filing, acknowledgments, grant support as well as various other projects.

  • Reconciles development department expenses

  • Prepares and generates materials for organizational meetings as needed.

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of relevant experience, as well as…

  • Being a true “people person” and having a facility to connect with a variety of individuals

  • A love of organization and systems with strong attention to detail

  • The knack for working in an environment with competing priorities

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Experience with Excel, Microsoft Office, grant portals, OvantionTix and/or Blackbaud Fundraising Software (eTapestry) are a plus

….and a passion for theatre and new plays!

While many strong candidates may come from development/fundraising or office management background in any field, specific skills for this position can be taught and candidates with core competencies to fit this job who come from other areas will be given strong consideration as well.

Details: This is a full-time position, exempt from overtime. Generally, work will happen during regular office hours (Mon-Fri, 10AM-6PM) but occasional nights and weekends will be required. Salary Range is $55,000 - 58,000. Benefits include health insurance, paid family leave, office snacks (we’re serious about our snacks,) commuter benefits, professional training, and two weeks paid vacation, office closed between Christmas and New Years, plus 12 additional holiday office closures during the season.

Values: As a theater based in New York City, The Playwrights Realm is deeply committed to reflecting the full spectrum of humanity through the artists we support, the stories we tell, the staff and Board of the company, and the audiences we reach. As we advance our mission—to nurture the next generation of extraordinary early-career playwrights—we also lift up the voices and communities that have not been fairly represented in the past. Our open submission policies, hiring practices, ticket pricing, and inclusive programming all strive to make The Playwrights Realm a welcoming space for all because we believe that art is better when more people participate. We will openly and honestly engage with systemic issues as we work to dismantle the racist and oppressive structures that have created inequities—in other words, we seek to be an equitable, inclusive, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist organization. For more information on our values, please visit

Candidates from communities underrepresented in theater and/or fundraising are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to with subject line “Development Manager”. Professional recommendations and writing samples will be requested before final interviews.

Timeline: Applications will be accepted through Sunday, October 28th, and interviews will begin in early November. Potential paid training the weeks of December 10th and 17th, with a full-time start date the first week of January 2019.