Fund Development Manager
Grindstone Theatre Society is a dynamic and innovative non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to promoting and fostering creativity in the arts. As a hub for emerging artists, we offer a range of unique programs, events, and performances that engage our community and support the growth of local talent. Our mission is to create accessible and inclusive opportunities for artists while enriching the cultural landscape of our region.
Grindstone Theatre Society is seeking a Fund Development Manager with a focus on Sponsorship to join our team. This critical role is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and securing sponsorships from corporate and individual partners who are passionate about supporting the arts and our mission. The Fund Development Manager will play a vital role in helping the organization meet its financial goals and continue its mission of enriching the community through the performing arts.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Sponsorship Strategy: Develop and implement a comprehensive sponsorship strategy to support Grindstone Theatre Society’s programs and events.
Prospect Identification: Identify potential corporate and individual sponsors that align with our organization’s values and objectives.
Cultivation and Relationship Management: Build and maintain strong relationships with sponsors, providing ongoing communication, recognition, and engagement opportunities.
- Proposal Development: Create compelling sponsorship proposals tailored to the unique needs and interests of potential sponsors.
Sponsorship Acquisition: Lead the solicitation and negotiation process to secure financial and in-kind sponsorship agreements.
Stewardship: Ensure sponsors receive the agreed-upon benefits, acknowledgment, and recognition, and provide regular updates on the impact of their support.
- Budget Management: Monitor and report on the sponsorship budget, ensuring alignment with the organization’s financial goals.
Collaboration: Work closely with the Marketing and Events teams to integrate sponsorship recognition into promotional materials, events, and performances.
Data Management: Maintain accurate records of sponsorship interactions, commitments, and fulfillment.
- Compliance and Reporting: Ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards for sponsorship agreements, and provide regular reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors on sponsorship activities and outcomes.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, or a related field (or equivalent experience).
- Proven experience in sponsorship development, preferably in the non-profit or arts sector.
- Strong understanding of corporate and individual giving trends and best practices.
- Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite / Google Docs
- Strong organizational and project management skills.
- A passion for the arts and a commitment to the mission of Grindstone Theatre Society.
- Must be available some nights & weekends for shows and special events.
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: $18.00-$20.00 per hour
Monday to Friday
Weekends as needed
- Dental care
- Extended health care
- Flexible schedule
- Paid time off
- Vision care
- Professional development opportunities
- A vibrant and collaborative working environment
- The opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the arts community
- Bonus pay
Ability to commute/relocate: Edmonton, AB T6E 1W7: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)
Education: Secondary School (preferred)
Language: English (required)
Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Fund Development Manager Application – [Your Name]” in the subject line.
Grindstone Theatre Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds to apply.