The Associate Director of Development of Texas Performing Arts at UT Austin (TPA) forms and grows relationships with individuals and businesses who invest in TPA’s vision of creating, presenting, and connecting through performance. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Associate Director is a key member of a growing team and is responsible for the Texas Inner Circle membership program, TPA’s annual giving campaigns, individuals gifts under $100,000, and corporate partnerships. The Associate Director works across TPA departments and in collaboration with members of the broader UT Austin Development community to implement successful campaigns and events that achieve ambitious support goals.
Texas Performing Arts (TPA) is the professional arts presenting and producing program of The University of Texas at Austin. One of the largest and most active university-based performing arts centers in the U.S., TPA is an anchor institution in Austin’s arts, cultural, and entertainment scene. TPA operates venues on the UT campus including Austin’s largest theater, Bass Concert Hall. Its public programs include Broadway in Austin; a curated series of international dance, theater, and music; and presentations of national touring artists. TPA is an integral unit of UT’s College of Fine Arts and engages students across the university in creative experiences.
Texas Performing Arts welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. TPA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.
This position offers the opportunity to join a nimble and ambitious team that thrives on creativity, collaboration, and strategic thinking. This position is eligible for a Flexible Work Arrangement and receives UT Austin’s generous benefit package, including 100% employer-paid basic medical coverage, retirement contributions, paid vacation and sick time, and paid holidays.
– Reporting to and in partnership with the Director of Development, create and implement a development plan that resources TPA’s strategic objectives through creative, effective, and ambitious fundraising. Serve as an expert and leader for evidence-based, impactful fundraising strategies across membership, annual giving, individual gifts, and corporate sponsorships in a portfolio that generates at least $1.5M annually.
– Manage an active portfolio of approximately 50 prospective individual donors and corporate sponsors. Engage in qualification, strategy, and relationship building to close gifts at or under $100,000.
– Lead the implementation and growth of the Texas Inner Circle membership program through successful acquisition and renewal campaigns, efficient data management, and fulfillment of membership benefits throughout the year. Work collaboratively with other cross-departmental team members to provide exceptional service and experience to TPA’s growing membership community.
– Lead the implementation and growth of three annual giving campaigns per year, with demonstrated year-on-year growth and retention.
– Collaborate with team members on special events for members and other donors (2-3 per year).
– Maintain appropriate electronic documentation on a timely basis, including proposal tracking, contact reports, donor strategies, and forecasting in UT Austin’s donor database. Work collaboratively, proactively, and in a professional, service-oriented manner with development colleagues across the university.
– Contribute to the management of departmental policies and procedures, budgeting, and database management. Integrate with the marketing/communications, ticketing, guest experience, production, finance, and program teams to plan for and meet the operational needs of TPA’s development plan.
– Create and maintain processes for systematic donor engagement and communication. Maintain compliance with university development policies and procedures.
– Other related functions as assigned.
• At least five years of increasingly responsible fundraising experience in the arts, culture, education, or other not-for-profit sectors.
• Ambition to strategically grow a development operation.
• Experience in implementing or managing annual giving and/or membership campaigns, from concept through execution and stewardship.
• Track record of successful solicitation and stewardship of gifts of $10,000 and above; track record of successful solicitation and stewardship of increased gifts from individuals who participate in an organization’s programs or services (i.e. the “friends” donor segment).
• Proven ability to effectively maintain productive relationships and deliver valued services to multiple stakeholders with different requirements.
• Experience in developing and presenting gift proposals to prospective donors/funders.
• Experience securing and stewarding corporate support.
• Experience with prospect screening/research operations, donor segmentation, and insight-driven fundraising
• Ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure, and manage details of several concurrent projects. Proven project management skills.
• Demonstrated understanding of the necessity and value of accuracy and attention to detail.
• High level of customer service experience and knowledge.
$70,000 + Based on Qualifications
• This position is based in Austin, Texas. This position allows for a flexible work arrangement, with some remote work.
• Works independently and unsupervised on a regular basis.
• Work collaboratively as member of a team with people of varied backgrounds.
• Regular and punctual attendance at workplace with flexibility for early morning, evening, and weekend work related to performances and special events.
• Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
• Prolonged screen time
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• Cover letter detailing interest in and qualifications for this specific opportunity.
• 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate.
• Work samples may be requested if applicant advances to the interview stage.
Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.