Development Associate

Website Oak Park Festival Theatre

OVERVIEW: Our growing organization is hiring a Development Associate who will work closely with the Leadership Team to ensure that the organization is effectively executing its annual fundraising plan and meeting annual fundraising goals.  This is a hybrid in-person/remote position.

JOB PURPOSE: To nurture and support the organization’s donor and funding base, building capacity for artistic and community accomplishments and overall fiscal health. To secure new funding by working closely with Leadership Team and Board Members to develop and implement effective fundraising strategies and build strong relationships with donors and funding institutions.


Donor Cultivation and Stewardship:

  • In collaboration with the Leadership Team, Identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with individual and institutional donors, including foundations, corporations, and government entities.
  • Develop personalized stewardship plans to engage and retain existing donors, ensuring ongoing support for the organization.
  • Collaborate with the Leadership Team and Board Members to strategize donor cultivation efforts and fundraising campaigns.
  • Plan and, when possible, execute donor recognition events, special campaigns, and other activities to foster donor engagement.

Grant Management and Proposal Writing:

  • Identify potential grant opportunities from foundations, government agencies, and other funding sources.
  • In collaboration with the Leadership Team, research, write, and submit compelling grant proposals, ensuring alignment with the organization’s goals and priorities.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive grants calendar, tracking deadlines, reporting requirements, and other important details.
  • Gather necessary information, data, and stories for grant applications and reports.
  • Ensure compliance with grant regulations and reporting guidelines.

Fundraising Strategy and Execution:

  • Work closely with the Leadership Team and Board Members to develop and implement an annual fundraising plan aligned with the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Identify new fundraising opportunities and innovative approaches to diversify the organization’s funding streams.
  • Develop and manage fundraising campaigns, including online giving, major gifts, sponsorships, and special events.
  • Monitor fundraising progress, track key performance indicators, and provide regular reports to the Leadership Team and Board.

Relationship Building and Collaboration:

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including foundation program officers, government officials, and community partners.
  • Collaborate with program staff to ensure clear communication and understanding of funding needs, program outcomes, and impact stories.
  • Represent the organization at external events and networking opportunities to promote its purpose and build strategic partnerships.

Manage donor relations and stewardship:

  • Oversee donor communications, acknowledgments, and recognition activities.
  • Create personalized cultivation plans for major donors and sponsors.
  • Engage with donors to provide updates and strengthen relationships.
  • Organize and coordinate donor events, including cultivation and fundraising events.


  • Experience with successful grant writing and securing funding from foundations, government agencies, and other sources.
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector, fundraising principles, and grant management changing practices.
  • Written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to articulate the organization’s purpose and impact to varying audiences.
  • History of building and maintaining relationships with donors, stakeholders, and community partners.
  • Detail-oriented with confident organizational and project management skills.
  • Proficiency in using fundraising software, donor databases, and other relevant tools.
    Ability to authentically communicate a passion for live theatre and the purpose of the organization.

WORKING CONDITIONS: This is a hybrid position requiring the candidate to be on-site for select tasks, meetings, and events.  Office space is common to all employees.  Though most activities can happen during normal business hours, some evening and weekend availability will be required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Our current office space is on the third floor of a walk-up building. Accommodations can be made for any candidate who is unable to climb stairs.

Instructions to Apply:

Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and two unique writing samples to

This position will remain open until filled.

To apply for this job please visit

Pay Rate/Range*: $35-$40/hour
Organization Address: P.O. Box 4114, Oak Park, IL, 60303
Organization Contact Name: Tom Arvetis, Managing Director
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