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Community Based Theatre In Sioux Falls, SD

Development Officer

Join The Premiere Playhouse Team!

The Premiere Playhouse (TPP), a professionally staffed, community-based, non-profit theatre and education organization in residence at the Orpheum Theater Center of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is hiring a Development Officer. TPP’s mission is to create exceptional theatre through education, empathy, accessibility, inclusivity, and collaboration to enrich our community. Our vision is to help our community thrive by nurturing the artist in anyone and inspiring the arts in everyone both on and off stage. Our values include Fiscal Responsibility, Accessibility and Inclusivity, Community, and Excellence.

Position Descriptions and Requirements:

Position: Development Officer

Status: Full-time Salaried

Position Overview: This position is responsible for coordinating special events, campaigns, fundraisers and for cultivating donors, sponsors and volunteers in accordance with TPP’s Mission and Values, utilizing person-centered and donor-centered practices. This position also administers the grant writing process.

Reports To: Managing Artistic Director

Direct Reports: Volunteer Base


  • Highly competent database, spreadsheet and word processing computer skills.
  • Tactful and diplomatic.
  • Organizational and time-management skills.
  • Project management and excellent collaborative skills.
  • Attention to detail; accuracy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Customer service skills.
  • Fundraising strategies and tactics.
  • Proven marketing and public/media relations abilities.
  • Proven leadership, management, and supervisory skills.
  • Proven knowledge of non-profit industry.

General Responsibilities:

Donor and Sponsor Cultivation

  • Serve as liaison between donors, donor groups, sponsors, and TPP’s Managing Artistic Director.
  • Develop community and corporate partnerships supporting the mission of TPP through in kind support, cash support and volunteers.
  • Capture and track relationships and communications via CRM platform.
  • Work with the Managing Artistic Director to develop and implement donor cultivation strategies and campaigns. Cultivate donors via personal contact, regional campaigns and other fundraising tactics.
  • Frequent attendance and leadership at performances and organizational events to meet and maintain direct contact with prospective and existing donors, subscribers and patrons.
  • Frequent attendance at business/community/non-profit industry related events and meetings.
  • Create, file and distribute reports for all donor and sponsorship activities.

Grant Writing

  • Coordinate grant writing research, writing, review and submissions process.
  • Research new grants, write grant applications, track grant progress and funding.
  • Create, file and distribute reports for all grant writing activities.

Event Coordination

  • Work with the Managing Artistic Director to revise, develop and/or implement seasonal event programming in alignment with TPP’s mission and goals.
  • Plan, coordinate and execute fundraising and outreach events to further TPP’s mission and goals.
  • Write, edit and coordinate special event correspondence.
  • Work closely with the marketing department in the creation and implementation of all event and campaign related and internal giving campaign related promotions.
  • In cooperation with the marketing department, develop eblast campaigns and create and post all social media content in relation to events and fundraising activities.
  • Create, file and distribute reports for all fundraising and event activities.

Volunteer Coordination

  • Serve as primary liaison between volunteers and staff members as it relates to preparation, execution and gratitude of volunteer driven activities or projects.
  • Maintain a volunteer database and consistent communication with volunteer support for an increase of recruitment and retention.
  • Increase retention of the volunteer base through organizing both social and work related volunteer events; create a sense of celebrated volunteerism among the organization.
  • Frequent attendance and leadership in volunteer areas such as merchandise table, performance greeting, auditions, and outreach events to maintain training and direct contact with volunteers.
  • Create, file and distribute reports for all volunteer activities.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Work within various environments of theatre productions with moderate exposure to dust, noise, etc. Work in an office setting and various offsite locations. Partial remote work available. Ability to pick up necessary office equipment when needed, some moderately heavy lifting occasionally required. Ability to physically assist individuals with mobility issues. Able to lift 40lb, climb ladders, and perform manual labor on an occasional, as-needed basis. Work with the community in varied environments. Occasional travel within S.E. South Dakota. Extended and unusual hours.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree is required. Three or more years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, and/or community engagement preferred. Candidates with any variation of experience described above will be considered.

Measures of Performance:

  • Monthly adherence of fundraising goals.
  • Implementation of a minimum of quarterly fundraising events.
  • Coordination Effectiveness.
  • Accuracy and Timeliness.
  • Project Outcomes.
  • Ability to act as a leader and team member.

To Apply:

Submit an online application; in addition to this please submit a resume and a cover letter that addresses your relevant experience and interest in this role, as well as your interest in working for TPP. On your online application, it is not necessary to answer the questions listed if a cover letter is provided. Questions regarding this position or the application process can be directed to Managing Artistic Director, Oliver Mayes at [email protected].