Director of Development

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

To apply for this position: Email resume and cover letter to: with the subject line “Director of” – [LAST NAME] by December 13, 2019. Finalist candidates will be contacted for an interview. No calls, please.

Job Description:

Primary Responsibilities

Leadership and Planning (15%)

  • Strategy: Participate in the implementation and monitoring of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s strategic plan.
  • Leadership: Work in tandem with the Artistic Director, Fund Development Committee and individual Board Members to develop new opportunities and donor engagement to support programmatic growth.
  • Annual Planning: Develop annual fundraising plans and goals, drawing from a 3-year strategic plan; communicate plans and build engagement across audiences.
  • Special Opportunities: Serve on the leadership team assessing expansion opportunities, donor and partner-initiated campaigns, and external marketing partnerships.
  • Relationship Management: Develop and maintain relationships with major donors.

Individual Giving (30%)

  • Lead efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and acknowledge current and prospective individual donors.
  • Enhance and launch a major giving program.
  • Plan and oversee the execution of an integrated annual appeal campaign.
  • Facilitate board engagement in fund development.

Institutional Giving (30%)

  • Manage strategic relationships for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s existing and potential institutional funders.
  • Lead research, writing, and submission of foundation, corporate, and government proposals and reports, as well as, oversee grant-writing contractor.
  • Oversee the maintenance of and disseminate a calendar for proposal submissions and reports.
  • Coordinate funder site visits, engagement and cultivation opportunities.
  • Design and launch an enhanced corporate giving strategy and support Board Members and stakeholder’s engagement with the strategy.

Communication (15%)

  • Oversee the development and implementation of brand-conscious campaigns to increase awareness about the mission of Mosaic and to support project-based programming and fundraising events.
  • Serve as a credible and compelling spokesperson on behalf of the organization.
  • Manage relationships with partners to foster joint communication efforts.
  • Oversee contracted graphic design resources in the development of related collateral.
  • Assess, manage/oversee fund development media relations projects.

Managerial and General Responsibilities (10%)

  • Serve as the staff contact person for the contracted grant writer.
  • Provide regular progress reports covering all aspects of organizational fundraising.
  • Collect, maintain, and analyze data from the programs team and the field of arts education & creative youth development to assist with solicitation.
  • Act as a staff liaison to the Board of Director’s Development Committee and support event committees and the Patrons Council.
  • Support office administrative activities as necessary.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • AFP membership
  • Valid Driver’s License and access to insured vehicle
Preferred Skills:

What we’re looking for in a candidate:


  • Ability and desire to manage tasks, from administrative to strategic.
  • Create annual fund development plans, drawing from organizational strategic plan, to raise $1 million + annually
  • Experience in fostering a culture of collaboration, cooperation, and accountability
  • Inquiry-based orientation to problem solving and gathering information
  • Ability to plan, facilitate, and approach meetings and projects with clearly articulated goals
  • Active listener with the ability to synthesize information and translate into strategy or action plans
  • Superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work closely with people from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and solve problems
  • Proven track record of grant awards and fundraising success
  • Self-motivation, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines
  • Exceptional computer skills; familiar with and able to adapt to new software systems
  • Three (3) years progressive experience in a diverse fund development environment
  • Experience creating and implementing or overseeing integrated communications plans.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort with a range of stakeholders including high-level donors and patrons
  • Ability to handle a multitude of details simultaneously in a timely and professional manner
  • Passion for arts or arts education and youth development.
  • A professional, polished appearance and comportment Additional Attributes The successful candidate will embrace the essential components of a strong team: open communication, trust, respect, loyalty, and shared vision.


Compensation: $53,000-60,000 commensurate with experience.

Benefits include generous paid time off and health insurance.