Development Director

Development Director

CATEGORY: Administrative

The Wilma Theater
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Job Details


The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia seeks a knowledgeable, passionate fundraiser to serve as Development Director.

The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art. We engage artists and audiences in imaginative reflection on the complexities of contemporary life. We present bold, original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.  The Wilma is currently in the second year of its “Next Chapter” initiative, led by a four-member Cohort of Co-Artistic Directors alongside the Managing Director. The organization has a $3.2M operating budget for FY21 – 60% of which is contributed revenue – and seeks to grow income substantially over the next three years through new and increased sources to support our artistic vision and ambition. This Development Director will set our course for growth and steer our leadership, staff, board, and artists in this shared effort.

The Development Director leads strategy for all fundraising efforts including individual and major gifts; institutional support from foundations, corporations, and government; as well as special events, including our Annual Gala. This Director reports to the Managing Director, and works closely with the Artistic Director Cohort and Board of Directors, as a key member of the organization’s senior staff to serve the mission of the theater. The Development Director manages a team of 2 full-time and 1 part-time staff: the Institutional Giving Manager, Individual Giving Manager, and Project Coordinator.

The Development Director will contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture of the Wilma, and will advocate internally and externally to advance our values on an organizational, local, and national scale. This person will take part in at least one cross-departmental working group, and will participate in company-wide EDI work and anti-bias training as we further or commitment to being an inclusive and anti-racist organization. 

The ideal candidate has a passion for theater, a deep knowledge of the fundraising landscape for arts non-profits (specifically Philadelphia and theater a plus!), and an aptitude for staff management and collaboration. We seek someone who is equally comfortable with budget analysis and persuasive writing, event logistics and board presentations and communications. The Development Director should efficiently manage current processes, while imagining and implementing new ways of approaching our work.

Due to Covid-19, The Wilma operates primarily in a remote environment and as such we are open to all candidates able to work EST hours. Once returning to in-person operations and production, the Director should be able to travel to Philadelphia for meetings and productions, but would not need to be 100% on-site for our work week. We expect a candidate to be adept in remote-work softwares and systems, including Tessitura, Microsoft Office suite, project management and video conference tools.

This is a full-time, exempt role with compensation in the mid-$60,000s. Our benefits include 85% payment of healthcare, generous paid time off, tax-free employee contributions to a retirement plan, and other fringe benefits. Applications will be open until filled, with the desired start time before the end of calendar year 2020.

The Wilma Theater is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or public assistance status in the recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, layoff, recall and termination of employees. The Wilma is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment. Those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Please send a resume and letter of interest as a single PDF attachment with your name and “Development Director candidate” in the subject line to





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