Development and Grants Manager

  • Contract / Stipend
  • Chicago

Website RedtwistTheatre Redtwist Theatre

Storefront Theatre in Edgewater’s Bryn Mawr Historic District

Development and Grants Manager

The Development and Grants Manager is an integral team member that develops and executes a financial plan that ensures Redtwist Theatre continues to meet its core mission and evolving artistic goals. Reporting directly to the Artistic Director and Board Chair, the Development and Grants Manager is responsible for planning, developing, organizing, and executing Redtwist’s fundraising.  This responsibility includes grant support, individual gifts programs, an annual fund, and special events.

Duties and responsibilities: 

Oversee the implementation of an aspirational, achievable annual development plan. Strengthen and diversify the fundraising program by expanding Redtwist donor base (corporate, individual, foundation, government).

Prepare and monitor the annual development budget.

Collaborate with the Artistic Department to engage and include company members and guest artists on a consistent basis in the cultivation of donors and all fundraising opportunities.

Monthly admin meeting to report on all areas of oversight.

Grants Management

  • Manage public and private grant seeking from foundations, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.  Coordinate with the Artistic and the Grant Committee to develop grant narratives, obtain other information necessary to complete grant applications.
  • Use innovative strategies and creative ideas to identify and cultivate new prospects.
  • Steward relationships with grant funders by setting up periodic site visits, inviting contacts to the theater, and ensuring thank you notes are sent in a timely manner.
  • Tracking grant process and outcomes via Google Drive.
  • Maintaining our current grants are a high priority, and likely to account for around 40% of this position.

Individual Giving

  • Provide personalized stewardship, cultivation and solicitation to donors and prospective donors.  Develop key stakeholder relationships to build greater understanding of wants and needs. Maintain, with utmost discretion, confidential information on donor profiles.
  • Manage and grow a portfolio of donors annually, and help develop tiered levels for these donors. Determine and fulfill donor and sponsor benefits throughout the season. Oversee quarterly Company Member/Donor Partner program.
  • Build a planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
  • Provide prompt receipt of donation and response to emails or phone call inquiries.  Develop content for bi-annual Patron Newsletter via Constant Contact. Contribute to organizational marketing materials that tell Redtwist’s story online, in newsletters, and “take-away” materials. – Why get involved with Redtwist Theatre?
  • Create and analyze quarterly and annual reports to proactively develop and implement strategies for new and renewed support. Maintain effective development systems and record-keeping procedures to track current and prospective donors (to ensure institutional memory of donor relationships) and accurately report all fundraising income.

Annual Events

  • Direct and execute the annual end-of-year fundraising drive, including digital and snail mailings.
  • Plan and execute one major fundraising event annually, in consultation with the Board and Event Co-Chairs, including sponsorship and auction item solicitation, vendor communications, in-house entertainment coordination, program writing, volunteer coordination, print and press material creation, and guest tracking and communication.
  • Support and develop the planning of pre- and post-show fundraising.
  • Craft strategies to leverage Redtwist Theatre’s current programs, activities and events to promote greater donor/sponsor and volunteer participation.


  • Support and partner with Board and staff leadership to develop implement an effective corporate development strategy.
  • Identify and solicit playbill advertisers.
  • Identify, solicit, and manage relationships that build greater community visibility and involvement.


  • Must embrace the mission of telling edgy stories intended to close the gap between actor and audience in an intimate black-box theatre in the Edgewater neighborhood.
  • Have knowledge and some experience in grant writing.
  • Have knowledge and some experience in fund raising techniques, particularly individual gift fundraising.
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Be a self-starter and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
  • Be organized and exhibit follow through on tasks and goals.
  • Able to navigate through diverse and sometimes competing priorities.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate common sense and good listening ability.
  • A bachelor’s degree.
Instructions to Apply:

Send a resume and letter of interest highlighting any relevant experience, as well as a writing sample. (No fiction or poetry for the sample, please. Institutional writing, a school paper, an article or similar.

To apply for this job email your details to

Pay Rate/Range*: $350/month
Organization Contact Name: Brian Parry