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Institutional Development Manager

Playwrights' Center


Organization Summary:



The Playwrights’ Center champions playwrights and new plays to build upon a living theater that demands new and innovative works.

Founded in 1971 by five writers seeking artistic and professional support, the Playwrights' Center today serves more playwrights in more ways than any other organization in the country.
One of the nation's most generous and well-respected theater organizations, the Playwrights' Center focuses on both supporting playwrights and promoting new plays to production at theaters across the country. The Center has helped launch the careers of numerous nationally recognized artists, notably August Wilson, Lee Blessing, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jordan Harrison, Carlyle Brown, Craig Lucas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, and Kira Obolensky. Work developed through Center programs has been seen nationwide on such stages as the Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Guthrie, Goodman, and many others.

Job location: Twin Cities Metro
Activity Area: Arts, Culture and Humanities
Job Category: Fundraising and Fund Development
Closing Date: open until filled
Employment Type: Full Time
income: Mid 50s

Primary tasks:

Reports to: Managing Director
Position summary:
In a transformative moment for the Playwrights’ Center, the Institutional Development Manager  will work with the executive leadership abilities team, board and Director of Individual and Major Gifts to fulfill the growth potential of this dynamic 46-year-old institution. This critical function manages and works to diversify and aggressively expand an institutional portfolio currently producing $1MM annually. The Manager is responsible for the creation, planning, and execution of fundraising from foundation, corporate, and government sources for operating and program support. This position works with the Director of Individual and Major Gifts to execute a strategy for fundraising events and ensure their success.
tasks and Job responsibilities:
Lead the preparation of all PWC grant proposals
Manage grant calendar, interim reports, final reports, and other necessary requirements to government, corporate, and foundation funding sources
Conduct research, collect data, and develop background information for proposals
With the support and guidance of the executive leadership abilities team and Director of Individual and Major Gifts, identify new funding prospects that align with the organization’s strategic goals of supporting the Center’s general operations, programming, and long-term investment in infrastructure
Work with the executive and artistic programs teams to cultivate and manage key relationships with funders
Work closely with program staff to become thoroughly familiar with the Center’s programs and communicate them in a compelling manner to funders—both verbally and in writing
Support the preparation for, and where appropriate, participate in donor meetings
Ensure proper stewardship and acknowledgment of funders.
In tandem with the Director of Individual and Major Gifts, project manage fundraising events and special projects
Play a participatory function in the arts and cultural community


Bachelor’s degree in writing, journalism, arts, or comparable practice
Minimum of three years of grant writing practice in foundation, corporate, and government fundraising, and/or related areas
Proven track record in cultivation and securing support from institutional sources
expertise of foundation, corporate foundation/philanthropy, and government funding communities
Impeccable writing, interpersonal, and organizational expertise
capability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet grant and reporting deadlines
Proficient with databases for tracking and reporting
Must enjoy working collaboratively.
capability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, capability, age, class and immigrant status.

Additional Info:

The Manager of Institutional Development is a full-time, 52-week position located in Minneapolis. income to mid 50’s, DOE. Benefits include health insurance; 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.
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Application Process:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and two writing samples (including at least one grant) to E-Mail:, and include “Institutional Development” in the subject line.



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Post Date: 10/20/2018 / Viewed 60 times
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