The full-time Prospect Development Analyst is responsible for prospect research for individual donors and institutional funders as well as overseeing the department’s moves management system.  This represents a key new position at Steppenwolf as we increase our fundraising efforts leading up to our new Arts & Education Center opening in 2021. This person will also provide institutional funder reports for grants and tracking of play development efforts and educational metrics that will be shared with individuals. As the bulk of the reporting needs fall under corporate/foundation, the Prospect Development Analyst reports to the Institutional Giving Manager and receives monthly prospect research assignments from the development senior leadership team.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Streamline our prospect pipeline across the department from annual fund gifts – Directors Circle – individual major gifts – corporate/foundation prospects – campaign donors
  • Provide detailed prospect research for individuals and institutions in our efforts to grow our corporate, foundation, major gift, and campaign donor portfolios
  • Create proposal reports for the department that outline operating and programmatic success to be submitted for institutional grant reports as well as updates for our individual donors
  • Lead research efforts on high profile guests at key fundraising events including gala, VIP opening night receptions, prospect cocktail nights, and Women in the Arts
  • Evaluate new trends in industry growth and change, identify opportunities, and conduct comparative research of other cultural institutions in order to maintain a strong giving prospect pipeline
  • Complete corporate visibility reports
  • Generate institutional gift acknowledgements


  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail as it relates to research and documentation
  • Strong IT/ database skills (Tessitura or other fundraising database experience a plus)
  • A high degree of initiative, confidence and energy to achieve and exceed goals, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects

About Steppenwolf

For over 40 years, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been a cultural leader in Chicago and model for theatre companies in the United States and around the world. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble has grown to 53 members who represent a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County—and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards— have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multigenre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Steppenwolf is led by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz.


Salary: $35,000.  Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Excellent benefit package offered, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, personal days, and 401(k) retirement program with company match.

Instructions to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume & three references by following this link by May 11, 2019.


Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.

For additional information about Steppenwolf, please visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre, twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr and instagram.com/steppenwolfthtr

Pay Range: $35,000