Development Manager

Position: Development Manager 

Reports to: Executive Director, Managing Director

Job type: Part-time, around 20 hours a week   

Salary: $18-$20 per hour, based on experience

Deadline: Priority consideration given to applications submitted by October 20; open until filled 

Position Description

The Development Manager manages the day-to-day operations of Lakeshore Players Theatre’s development initiatives and oversees execution of strategic plans set forth by board, Executive Director and Managing Director in the areas of resource development.

Primary Duties - Development

  1.  Prospect Research and Cultivation
  • Develop new relationships & maintain/cultivate relationships with individuals, institutions and foundations
  • Work with the board, Executive Director, & Managing Director to develop specific, measurable plans of action for current and potential donors
  • Coordinate with the Marketing team and Resource Development Committee to develop programming sponsorships 
  • Database updating: thank you letters, giving histories, correspondence
  • Liaise and share findings with staff, Resource Development Committee and Board of Directors
  1.  Development Events
  • In coordination with the Resource Development Committee and senior staff, oversee & coordinate the annual gala
  • Coordinate event planning for other fundraising, donor cultivation and opening night events
  • List preparation, invitations, follow-up calls, vendor liaising, implementation and reporting for all fundraising events
  1.  Stewardship & Gift Reporting 
  • Process and acknowledge all gifts, send thank you letters, make thank you calls, update pledge schedules
  • Utilize PatronManager (our patron & ticketing CRM), to generate reports for annual mailing campaigns and other donor recognition lists
  • Maintain communication with prospects & donors to ensure positive relationships
  • Update donor page in show programs and ensure continued acknowledgement where donors are acknowledged
  1.  Communications
  • Work with Marketing Associate/external designers to develop printed and digital campaign & fundraising collateral (email, letters, postcards, ads, social media, website, etc.) 
  • List preparation for annual fund campaigns, mailings, and donor-only events only 
  • Give tours to prospective donors & performers
  1.  Grant Research and Writing
  • Research and write general operating & special projects grants
  • Maintain grant paper/digital files and database correspondence
  • Maintain grant calendar and ensure submittals of grants and reports by deadlines
  • Maintain relationships with foundations and program managers


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred, or equivalent work experience
  • Detail-oriented, organized, high achiever with excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Visible leadership skills and desire to advance the organization. 
  • Knowledge of industry best practices
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and data entry.
  • A self-starter with the ability  to work autonomously & as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of customer relationship management software
  • Specific knowledge of Salesforce PatronManager is preferred  

How to Apply 

Please email your resume, cover letter, and references to Please include the subject line “Development Manager.” No phone calls please. 

Lakeshore Players Theatre does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its employment programs.


Contact information

Lakeshore Players Theatre
Megan Pence
Web site

Respond by
Wednesday, October 20
Posted October 5