Employment Opportunities

Washington Performing Arts employment decisions are made based on the business needs of the organization and qualification of the applicants and employees. It is the policy of Washington Performing Arts to comply with all laws regarding equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access or employment. In addition, the District of Columbia adds protection for marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, or political affiliation.

• Assistant Director of Corporate Giving and Government Relations

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Department: Development

Title of Immediate Supervisor: Chief Philanthropy Officer

Summary of position:

The Assistant Director of Corporate Giving and Government Relations carries primary responsibility for managing Washington Performing Arts’ corporate giving portfolio and cultivating government relationships, while supporting department-wide efforts to continue growing individual support of the Annual Fund/Membership pipeline.

This individual works closely with the Chief Philanthropy Officer and WPA President & CEO, as well as the Board of Directors, President Emeritus, other senior staff, and development colleagues to identify and cultivate prospective corporate donors and to develop strategies to encourage current corporate donors to increase their level of giving and engage more fully with the institution. Entry points to leverage include:

  • performance sponsorships for more than 50 mainstage performances of music and dance each season, covering a broad spectrum of genres including classical, jazz, chamber, and contemporary;
  • education and community engagement programs that support the organization’s robust Gospel programming and training, community-based cultural programming, global arts, and instrumental and vocal programs in public schools;
  • WPA’s new World in our City initiative, which weaves together programs with global focus including world music and dance on the mainstage, the Embassy Adoption Program (led in partnership with DC Public Schools), and the Mars Urban Arts Initiative;
  • and special event sponsorship opportunities including a large-scale annual Gala, the quadrennial Inauguration Weekend Brunch, and periodic mainstage special events (ie, Of Thee We Sing, the Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration)

The Assistant Director of Corporate Giving and Government Relations also develops and advances strategies and relationships to engage the diplomatic community, congressional community, and other elected and appointed officials in Washington to the advantage of Washington Performing Arts and its programs, with a focus on institutional visibility and well-aligned partnerships.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Manages the strategic cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and growth of corporate donors and prospects for annual and multi-year gifts beginning at $5,000 and extending to five and six figures to support an annual portfolio goal of more than $250,000, in partnership with Chief Philanthropy Officer, President and CEO, Board members, development committee members, President Emeritus, and development staff
  • Cultivates and stewards corporate donors that hold Board seats on the Washington Performing Arts Board of Directors as primary relationship manager, in close collaboration with the Chief Philanthropy Officer and President & CEO
  • Partners collaboratively and consistently, as appropriate, with the Assistant Director of Institutional Giving when qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship opportunities arise for corporate donors and prospects that have existing corporate foundations, and also to develop engagement and relationship-building strategies for legislators and representatives at the local, state, and federal level, to support direct fundraising initiatives advanced by the Assistant Director of Institutional Giving
  • Develops and implements strategies for connecting the diplomatic community with Washington Performing Arts’ mainstage events, education and community engagement programs, and special events; partners closely with the Director of Individual Giving and Manager of Education Programs responsible for the Embassy Adoption Program to coordinate diplomatic outreach in connection with related stewardship and cultivation opportunities
  • Partners with development and external relations staff to leverage Junior Board relationships within the corporate, diplomatic, and government communities
  • Assists department-wide effort to grow mid-level support for the Friends program, focusing on gifts of $1,000 to $2,500 from individual constituents, ideally influencers in the Corporate community

Essential Capabilities:

  • Creative and strategic thinking skills, ability to proactively design initiatives and proposals to engage donors and prospects
  • Genuine interest in a wide range of people and a diverse array of programmatic content, preferably in the arts world
  • Collaborative team player with high degree of personal initiative and accountability
  • Superlative written and verbal communication skills
  • Good judgment, tact, patience, and sense of humor
  • Affinity for the performing arts a must
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising
  • Proven track record of success in cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts of $5,000 to $50,000, and ideally six figures as well, from corporations and individuals
  • Experience managing and partnering with high-level volunteers and executive staff
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines independently

About Washington Performing Arts

One of the most established and honored performing arts institutions in America, Washington Performing Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, building upon a distinguished history of serving artists, audiences, students, and civic life. The city is truly our stage: in venues ranging from concert halls and clubs to public parks, we present a tremendous range of artists and art forms, from the most distinguished symphony orchestras to both renowned and emerging artists in classical music, jazz, international genres, and dance.

Washington Performing Arts nourishes communities throughout the region by partnering with local organizations and other arts institutions, staging concerts and arts activities in the neighborhoods, involving internationally known main stage performers in community programs, and presenting locally based artists to a wider audience. We place a premium on establishing artists as a continuing presence in the lives of both young people and adults through sustained residencies and educational programs. Our achievements have been recognized with a National Medal of Arts and with two Mayor’s Arts Awards from the DC Government. We embark upon our next half-century with the goals of expanding our commitment to excellence and rededicating ourselves to the motto of our founder, Patrick Hayes: “Everybody in, nobody out.”

Washington Performing Arts prizes the diversity of the organization, at every level—from programmatic content to composition of its board and staff. Washington Performing Arts employment decisions are made based on the business needs of the organization and qualification of the applicants and employees. It is the policy of Washington Performing Arts to comply with all laws regarding equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access or employment. In addition, the District of Columbia adds protection for marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, or political affiliation.

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Talisman No phone calls, please.

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• Assistant Director of Institutional Giving

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Department: Development

Title of Immediate Supervisor: Chief Philanthropy Officer

Position Summary

The Assistant Director of Institutional Giving is primarily responsible for growing Washington Performing Arts’ mature portfolio of foundation supporters and for maintaining relationships with and funding from current foundation supporters and government agencies. In addition, the Assistant Director will partner with the Assistant Director of Corporate Giving and Government Relations with efforts related to corporate giving. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, researching foundation and corporate prospects; building and stewarding relationships with foundation and government agency representatives; composing and following up on letters of inquiry; writing proposals to corporations, foundations, and government agencies, and ensuring that reporting, recognition, and other funder requirements are met in a timely fashion.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Meet or exceed annual fundraising goals for Washington Performing Arts’ institutional portfolio ($800K+, annually)
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive schedule of grant inquiries, proposals, solicitations, and reports, and track related activity in Tessitura, Washington Performing Arts’ constituent database.
  • Research and identify prospective foundation, government agency, and corporate foundation funders in the region and at the national level.
  • Proactively lead grant planning sessions with senior staff, including the President & CEO, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Director of Programming, and Director of Education, to align upcoming projects in programming and education with potential funders
  • Prepare all inquiries and grant proposals to foundation, corporate and government agencies for general operating and project support.
  • Build strong relationships with current funders and cultivate relationships with prospects that lead to invitations to apply for funding.
  • Schedule meetings with foundation and government agency executives/officers for Washington Performing Arts staff and board leadership. Prepare staff and board for these meetings and participate in them, as appropriate.
  • Meet all reporting and other grant requirements of institutional funders through strong collaboration with organizational colleagues in Finance, Education, and Programming departments. Share assessment/reporting expectations with program managers at Washington Performing Arts to ensure that necessary information is captured and reported to funders.
  • Partner collaboratively and consistently, as appropriate, with the Assistant Director of Corporate Giving and Government Relations when qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship opportunities arise for corporate donors and prospects that have existing corporate foundations, and also to develop engagement and relationship-building strategies for legislators and representatives at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Develop and share casemaking boilerplate for Washington Performing Arts’ performances and programs that can be shared and modified for other purposes across the institution.
  • Complete institutional award applications (eg: Mayor’s Award, etc) and compose acknowledgement letters for institutional grants and ensure delivery of donor benefits as required.
  • Maintain awareness of funding trends, assessment tools, industry changes; share regularly with staff at Washington Performing Arts.

Essential Capabilities:

  • Superlative writing and presentation skills.
  • Creative thinker who identifies connections between prospective funders and programs.
  • Curiosity and willingness to proactively research and explore funding opportunities.
  • Collaborative personality that can thrive in Washington Performing Arts' nimble, flexible organizational culture.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and prioritization skills with strong personal initiative and follow through.
  • Team player with availability and willingness to work evenings and weekends at Washington Performing Arts performances and events.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in grant writing, preferably with an arts organization.
  • Experience interfacing with foundation and government agency staff strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
  • Experience tracking grant activity within a donor database is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the performing arts is a must.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Rebecca Talisman at rtalisman@washingtonperformingarts.org. No phone calls, please.

You may download a copy of this job description - click here

About Washington Performing Arts

One of the most established and honored performing arts institutions in America, Washington Performing Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, building upon a distinguished history of serving artists, audiences, students, and civic life. The city is truly our stage: in venues ranging from concert halls and clubs to public parks, we present a tremendous range of artists and art forms, from the most distinguished symphony orchestras to both renowned and emerging artists in classical music, jazz, international genres, and dance.

Washington Performing Arts nourishes communities throughout the region by partnering with local organizations and other arts institutions, staging concerts and arts activities in the neighborhoods, involving internationally known main stage performers in community programs, and presenting locally based artists to a wider audience. We place a premium on establishing artists as a continuing presence in the lives of both young people and adults through sustained residencies

and educational programs. Our achievements have been recognized with a National Medal of Arts and with two Mayor’s Arts Awards from the D.C. Government. We embark upon our next half-century with the goals of expanding our commitment to excellence and rededicating ourselves to the motto of our founder, Patrick Hayes: “Everybody in, nobody out.”

Washington Performing Arts prizes the diversity of the organization, at every level—from programmatic content to composition of its board and staff. Washington Performing Arts employment decisions are made based on the business needs of the organization and qualification of the applicants and employees. It is the policy of Washington Performing Arts to comply with all laws regarding equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access or employment. In addition, the District of Columbia adds protection for marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, or political affiliation.

• Ticket Services Associate

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Department: Ticket Services

Immediate Supervisor: Ticket Services Manager

Summary of Position:

The Ticket Services Associate is the front line contact to our members and patrons through the Ticket Services Office, with current business hours of Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 5:00 pm. S/he also provides support to other internal departments as assigned. While WPA strives to maintain regular work schedules, some variance may occur. Most ticketing associates work 20-30 hours per week.

Daily Office Responsibilities:

  • Respond to general patron inquiries via phone, email and in person.
  • Process ticket sales orders using the Tessitura database management system.
  • Greet and assist front office patrons
  • Participate as a member of the Marketing Team by researching grassroots contacts to increase event sales and awareness.
  • Participate in outbound calling campaigns for both subscription and single ticket initiatives
  • Assist the Ticket Services Manager in closing performances, preparing will call, performance seating books, etc.

Daily Processing/Data Entry Responsibilities

  • Process and mail new and renewing subscriptions and single-ticket orders received by phone, fax, email or in person.
  • Process and mail scheduled renewal notices, acknowledgement letters, special mailings to members, and internal ticket requests.

Other Duties:

  • Represent the Ticket Services Office at performances and functions, including evening and/or weekend events.
  • Data entry, filing and other office-related tasks.
  • Other projects as assigned.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts in the office may also be required during peak sales times and as performances dictate.

Candidate must have a positive attitude, excellent customer services skills, communication skills and professional telephone manner. S/he should be detail-oriented and have the ability to multi-task. Computer and data entry skills should include a working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Ticket experience is preferred. Knowledge of the performing arts and Tessitura is helpful.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Rachel Loose, Ticket Services Manager, at
rloose@washingtonperformingarts.org. No phone calls, please.

Washington Performing Arts prizes the diversity of the organization, at every level—from programmatic content to composition of its board and staff. Washington Performing Arts employment decisions are made based on the business needs of the organization and qualification of the applicants and employees. It is the policy of Washington Performing Arts to comply with all laws regarding equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access or employment. In addition, the District of Columbia adds protection for marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, or political affiliation.

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