PLAYWRIGHTS' CENTER: Director of individual and major gifts

Reports to: Managing director


Position summary:

In a transformative moment for the Playwrights’ Center, the director of individual and major gifts will join with the executive leadership team and board to fulfill the growth potential of this dynamic 46-year-old organization. This role is responsible for all individual fundraising activities, including major gifts, annual campaign, and board giving, and plays a key role in special campaigns when they arise. The director will develop and execute strategies to deepen support from current donors, and cultivate new giving relationships for the organization. This position works in collaboration with the director of institutional giving to develop a strategy for fundraising events and ensure their success. This role works closely with the managing director and producing artistic director to engage the board of directors, both in their personal giving and in their roles as fundraisers and ambassadors for the organization.


Duties and responsibilities:


Individual giving:

  • Create strategy and oversee all individual giving activities including identification, research, cultivation, and solicitation.

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with key donors.

  • Cultivate and directly solicit major gifts, working with the managing director, producing artistic director, and board as appropriate.

  • Create and direct an aggressive fundraising strategy for the producing artistic director and managing director, providing them with the necessary information and tools to succeed in their own outreach.

  • Manage donor communications, including direct mail and electronic solicitations and updates.

  • Evaluate individual fundraising activities and implement ways to continually improve.

  • Create annual strategy around event activity including fundraisers, cultivation events, and donor fulfilment gatherings, with support in planning and execution from the director of institutional giving and board development committee.


Board relations:

  • Work with the development committee of the board of directors and the managing director to develop and execute the committee’s work plan, solicit and track board gifts, schedule meetings, create agendas, and develop reports and materials for meetings and follow-up activities.

  • Attend board of directors meetings and other board committee meetings as needed.

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with board members and other relevant constituency groups. Advise and motivate the board, in support of the Center’s fundraising priorities.

  • In partnership with the managing and producing artistic directors and board leadership, identify and recruit members for the board of directors.

  • Collaborate with the managing director and producing artistic director to develop and implement strategies that engage the board more deeply in the organization’s mission; support the board in developing friends, donors, and advocates for the organization.



  • Manage the organization’s donor database in collaboration with the director of institutional giving.

  • Record, track, and acknowledge donations with support from the office manager.




  • Five or more years of development experience with increasing responsibility

  • Proven track record of fundraising success, particularly in securing major gifts of $10,000+, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging and motivating supporters

  • Proficiency with databases for tracking and reporting 

  • Must enjoy working collaboratively.


The director of individual and major gifts is a full-time, 52-week position based in Minneapolis. Salary DOE. Benefits include health insurance; generous paid time off for holidays, vacations, and sick days; and an optional IRA plan.


The Playwrights’ Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive environment filled with mutual respect for all employees. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and two related writing samples to [email protected], and include “individual giving” in the subject line.


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Contact information

Playwrights' Center
Robert Chelimsky
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Posted May 3