Assistant Director of Development Job Description

Department: Development

Reports To: Director of Development


Position Purpose:

Northern Stage seeks a development professional to join the company’s Development team as Assistant Director of Development. This position manages the successful operation of a robust Director’s Circle and Producer’s Club membership and Annual Giving program (both unrestricted and restricted) including the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors of up to the $10,000 level, while also providing support to the Director of Development. 


Required Qualifications: 

  • At least three years of development experience, with a proven track record in managing a membership program and annual giving
  • Experience managing projects from inception to successful and timely completion
  • Knowledge of CRM database systems in a performing arts non-profit and proficiency in Google Workspace (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues, Board and Committee members, and volunteers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills combined with individual initiative
  • Strong analytical and planning skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with appropriate discretion


Key Accountabilities:

  • Manage and oversee the daily operations of the Director’s Circle and Producer’s Club Programs, including written and telephone correspondence and benefit fulfillment
  • Oversee the strategy, materials, and implementation for (bi-annual) annual appeal and donor memberships/renewals, including the management of the annual membership renewal process 
  • Administer all Director’s Circle member benefits, including organizing and managing member receptions and rehearsals in collaboration with the Development and Campaign Manager, Director of Production, and Artistic team
  • Build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects through outreach, attending events, benefit fulfillment, and ensuring an excellent donor experience
  • Increase awareness of the Director’s Circle and Producer’s Club membership Programs through coordinated marketing efforts
  • Serve as primary liaison between Development and Marketing for web content, including maintaining donor benefit listings, ensuring proper donor recognition, and verifying ticket purchase paths
  • Be proactive in suggesting ways to grow and improve the membership programs at Northern Stage
  • Support a higher-level strategy for creating a robust donor pipeline that supports future fundraising goals. Identify prospects who are ready to move to the next level of giving
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Compensation is $58,000-$72,000 annually, based on experience. This is a full-time, salaried position beginning ASAP. Some evening and weekend work is required. Benefits include PTO, Dental, Vision, Accident, and Life Insurance. Housing is available for lease through Northern Stage.


HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and 2 writing samples in PDF format to Robin Caissie, Director of Development, via Submittable.

We believe the most important and impactful art is made when we consider and commit to inclusion, diversity, equity and access both on and off of our stage. We highly encourage folks who are Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, Queer or Trans, Poor or Working Class, Disabled, Young, Elderly, and/or who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about Northern Stage, please visit our website: www.northernstage.org. No phone calls please.


Northern Stage, a LORT D 240 seat regional theater in White River Junction, VT, seeks an experienced Technical Director/Associate Production Manager to join the full time staff. Northern Stage produces a mainstage season, an education season, a New Works festival, and 4-6 other events year-round. This position reports directly to the Production Manager, and will work closely with Production Department Heads to help coordinate all production activity necessary to execute programming.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the daily operations of the Scene, Paint, & Props Shops, including oversight of staff scheduling. Work with the Production Manager to anticipate and approve any necessary overtime from all hourly production staff. Approve all weekly timesheets from hourly production staff.
  • Work with the Production Manager to create seasonal and individual show production budgets and design milestones. Assist the Production Manager with the oversight and enforcement of design milestones for all departments and budgetary tracking, invoicing, and reconciliation.
  • Create and maintain accurate build, load-in, tech, and strike schedules for all departments. Track departmental progress during each phase and keep designers, production staff, and administration aware of any deviations/revisions that impact schedule or scope.
  • Along with the Assistant Technical Director, create construction drawings and draftings for all scenic elements. Assist with the physical creation of show elements, overseeing the engineering, construction, installation, and strike of all scenic elements. Coordinate the bidding and execution of any offsite builds and/or rentals.
  • Work with the Scenic Charge and Props Manager to maintain a through-line for all elements of the scenic design. Coordinate interdepartmental projects with other Department Heads including the Master Electrician, Sound Engineer, and Costume Shop Manager.
  • Act as the liaison with special effects contractors and work with the Fire Marshal to ensure compliance with established fire codes in all areas.
  • Work with the Production Manager to hire all Scenic, Paints, and Props team members. Help coordinate the hiring and training of any show-specific run crew and/or production shop overhire for all departments as needed throughout the season.
  • Schedule and attend all production meetings, Department Heads meetings, tech notes sessions, designer runs, technical and dress rehearsals, and preview performances in conjunction with the Production Manager and Assistant Technical Director.
  • Assist the Production Manager with scheduling, budgeting, and staffing external theater rentals and special events.
  • With consultation from Department Heads, oversee the maintenance and inventory of equipment in all production shops and rehearsal/performance spaces, as well as the maintenance and safe use of all spaces. Coordinate purchasing of equipment, tools, materials, and supplies. Maintain and share space draftings and inventory lists with designers and creatives on each project. Work with General Management to schedule any building repairs or maintenance needed.
  • Serve as the dedicated Production Safety Officer, making the safety of all production staff, creative team members, performers, work environments, procedures, and materials the utmost priority by ensuring compliance with all applicable safety standards and laws.

Qualifications:

  • Three or more years professional advanced theatrical carpentry work, including experience as a Technical Director. A combination of educational and professional experience will be considered.
  • Proven ability to evaluate, budget, engineer, and execute complex scenery.
  • Proficiency in CAD, Vectorworks, Microsoft Office, & Google Suite.
  • Experience reading ground plans, light plots, and other theatrical specifications.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, organization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and maintain a positive attitude in stressful environments.
  • Excellent numerical skills and attention to detail. Experience managing and adhering to budgets.
  • Thorough knowledge of theatrical safety conventions, OSHA regulations, rigging, and fire codes.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a box truck.
  • Comfortable working at heights in excess of 20 feet in a lift and on a tension mesh grid.
  • Ability to safely lift 75 lbs.
  • BA or BFA in technical theater a plus.

Job Type Full time, with some nights and weekends required

Contract Dates: 1/16/23 - 5/28/23 with possibility for renewal

Compensation: $44,500 annual salary (overtime exempt)

Benefits: Dental, Vision, Life insurance, and PTO (amount negotiable based on start date). Subsidized housing available for rent through Northern Stage.

How to apply: Submit the following materials via Submittable:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Portfolio or samples of previous work

We believe the most important and impactful art is made when we consider and commit to inclusion, diversity, equity and access both on and off of our stage. We highly encourage folks who are Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, Queer or Trans, Poor or Working Class, Disabled, Young, Elderly, and/or who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about Northern Stage, please visit our website: www.northernstage.or

Northern Stage, a LORT D 240 seat regional theater in White River Junction, VT, seeks an experienced Props Manager to join the full-time staff. Northern Stage produces a mainstage season, an education season, a New Works festival, and 4-6 other events year-round. This position reports directly to the Production Manager and works closely with scenic designers, directors, and other production department heads in the acquisition and construction of all hand props, furniture, and set dressing.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage daily operations within the Prop Shop, leading the build, load in, and strike of all props for each production and ensuring a healthy work/learning environment for staff and apprentices.
  • Generate properties lists, create prototypes, sketches, samples, drafting, and associated documents.
  • Work with the Scenic Designer, Director, and Technical Director to keep builds on budget and schedule.
  • Maintain properties stock and oversee rentals and loans to outside entities.
  • Maintain the cleanliness, organization, and safety of the Prop Shop and storage spaces.
  • Work with the Director of Production to hire all Props Department staff.
  • Provide onsite Props Department support for staff and creatives during tech/previews.
  • Provide and maintain rehearsal props for the duration of each rehearsal process.
  • Provide support for events outside the mainstage and education seasons.
  • Support other production departments as needed.


Qualifications:

  • Recommended 2 years of experience in props management, including budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Ability to interpret designer and construction drawings, sketches, and paint elevations.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to approach challenges collaboratively.
  • Skill in various technical and artistic disciplines, with strong knowledge of history as it pertains to props.
  • Ability to lead a team with varying technical skill levels and knowledge.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work quickly and accurately with attention to detail. Maintain a positive attitude in stressful environments.
  • Eye for safety as it relates to onstage action.
  • Proficiency with hand and power tools.
  • Basic knowledge of theatrical firearms and weapons safety standards.
  • Proficiency in CAD and/or Vectorworks a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a box truck.
  • Comfortable working at heights in excess of 20 feet in a lift and on a tension mesh grid.
  • Ability to safely lift 75 lbs.
  • BA or BFA in tech theater properties.


Job Type: Full time, with some nights and weekends required

Contract Dates: 11/28/22 - 5/28/23 with possibility for renewal (start date flexible)

Compensation: $18/h + overtime paid at time and a half

Benefits: Dental, Vision, Life insurance, and PTO. Subsidized housing available for rent through Northern Stage.


How to apply: Submit the following materials via Submittable:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Portfolio or samples of previous work


We believe the most important and impactful art is made when we consider and commit to inclusion, diversity, equity and access both on and off of our stage. We highly encourage folks who are Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, Queer or Trans, Poor or Working Class, Disabled, Young, Elderly, and/or who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about Northern Stage, please visit our website: www.northernstage.org.

Northern Stage, a LORT D 240 seat regional theater in White River Junction, VT, seeks an experienced First Hand for its 2022-2023 season. Northern Stage produces a mainstage season, an education season, a New Works festival, and 4-6 other events year-round. The First Hand will work closely with the Costume Shop Supervisor and other members of the production staff to execute all necessary costume-related activity.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Costume Shop Supervisor in executing all costume designs.
  • Execute builds based off of designer renderings and patterns under the direction of the Costume Shop Supervisor.
  • Help to supervise work of apprentices, and volunteers, promoting a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Assist in fittings, and execute alterations on costumes as needed.
  • Assist with pulling and restocking, and with the purchase and maintenance of costume shop materials, supplies, and equipment.
  • Act as a member of a wardrobe crew as required.
  • Provide support for events outside the mainstage and education seasons.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 2 years professional experience in theatrical costume construction.
  • Competent working knowledge of garment construction, alteration, and repair, fitting costumes, and finishing work.
  • Strong stitching and construction skills.
  • Experience with dyeing and distressing preferred but not required.
  • Experience in wig maintenance preferred but not required.
  • High degree of interpersonal and communication skills.


Job Type Full time, with some nights and weekends required

Contract Dates: ASAP - 5/28/23 with possibility for renewal

Compensation: $17/h + overtime paid at time and a half

Benefits: Dental, Vision, Life insurance, and PTO. Subsidized housing available for rent through Northern Stage. Travel assistance available.


How to apply: Submit the following materials via Submittable:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Portfolio or samples of previous work


We believe the most important and impactful art is made when we consider and commit to inclusion, diversity, equity and access both on and off of our stage. We highly encourage folks who are Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, Queer or Trans, Poor or Working Class, Disabled, Young, Elderly, and/or who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about Northern Stage, please visit our website: www.northernstage.org.

Northern Stage, a LORT D 240 seat regional theater in White River Junction, VT, seeks an experienced Cutter/Draper for its 2022-2023 season. Northern Stage produces a mainstage season, an education season, a New Works festival, and 4-6 other events year-round. The Cutter/Draper will work closely with the Costume Shop Supervisor and other members of the production staff to execute all necessary costume-related activity.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Costume Shop Supervisor in executing all costume designs.
  • Interpret costume renderings, determine necessary yardage of fabric and trims, fabricate patterns, and cut fabric based on patterns.
  • Help to supervise work of staff, apprentices, and volunteers, promoting a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Assist in fittings, and execute alterations on costumes as needed.
  • Assist with pulling and restocking, and with the purchase and maintenance of costume shop materials, supplies, and equipment.
  • Act as a member of a wardrobe crew as required.
  • Provide support for events outside the mainstage and education seasons.
  • Support other production departments as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 3 years professional experience in theatrical costume construction.
  • Competent working knowledge of garment construction, alteration, and repair, fitting costumes, and finish work.
  • Strong stitching and construction skills.
  • Experience with patterning and draping, as well as dyeing and distressing.
  • Experience in wig maintenance.
  • High degree of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Valid driver's license.


Job Type Full time, with some nights and weekends required

Contract Dates: 10/28/22 - 5/28/23 with possibility for renewal

Compensation: $17/h + overtime paid at time and a half

Benefits: Dental, Vision, Life insurance, and PTO. Subsidized housing available for rent through Northern Stage.


How to apply: Submit the following materials via Submittable: 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Portfolio or samples of previous work

We believe the most important and impactful art is made when we consider and commit to inclusion, diversity, equity and access both on and off of our stage. We highly encourage folks who are Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, Queer or Trans, Poor or Working Class, Disabled, Young, Elderly, and/or who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about Northern Stage, please visit our website: www.northernstage.org.

DEPARTMENT: Education

Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT seeks knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and playful individuals to serve as Teaching Artists in our BridgeUP: Theater in the Schools Program for Spring 2023. This Program serves 4th-6th grade students in New Hampshire and Vermont public schools, and consists of an 8 week in-person residency where teaching artists introduce, cast, and rehearse a 30 minute cut of a Shakespeare play with the students. This culminates in a performance at both the schools and at Northern Stage. All curriculum is provided for you.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Attend all Teaching Artist trainings - these are held weekly on Fridays from 3:30-5:30
  • Teach in 2 schools for approximately 4 - 5 hours a week each
  • Collaborate and organize casting, logistics, and preparations with your teaching partner outside of teaching hours

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College degree or at least 2 years experience in theater performance/production or arts education
  • Enthusiasm for working with children
  • Ability to work as part of a teaching team of two
  • Ability to maintain grace under pressure and to keep up a positive attitude
  • Valid driver’s license preferred

Contract Dates: 03/17/23 - 05/14/23

Compensation: $500/week. Housing and transportation also included

Job Type: Part Time for 8 weeks

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a headshot, and an acting and/or teaching resume, to Kate Kenney, Director of BridgeUP, via Submittable:

We believe the most important and impactful art is made when we consider and commit to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access both on and off of our stage. We highly encourage folks who are Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, Queer or Trans, Poor or Working Class, Disabled, Young, Elderly, and/or who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about Northern Stage, please visit our website: www.northernstage.org/educati

DEPARTMENT: Education

Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT seeks knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and playful individuals to serve as Stage Managers in our BridgeUP: Theater in the Schools Program for Spring 2023. This Program serves 4th-6th grade students in New Hampshire and Vermont public schools, and consists of an 8 week in-person residency where teaching artists introduce, cast, and rehearse a 30 minute cut of a Shakespeare play with the students. This culminates in a performance at both the schools and at Northern Stage. All curriculum is provided for teaching artists.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Work in a team of two stage managers to assist the Director of BridgeUP in all administrative tasks and the running of the program
  • Organize existing show kits including costumes, props, sound, and acting blocks to go out with teaching artists
  • Visit schools throughout the program and support teaching artist teams
  • Serve as a Teaching Artist substitutes in the classroom as needed
  • Organize logistics for in school and on site performances for all 11 schools and 6 teaching teams
  • Conduct simple repairs to Show Kits (props/costumes) and coordinate with production for any major repairs
  • Set up sound equipment and run sound cues for in-school and Northern Stage performances
  • Assist in repacking and re-stocking Show Kits at the end of the Program

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College degree or at least 2 years experience in theater performance/production, stage management, or arts education
  • Enthusiasm for working with children
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain grace under pressure and to keep up a positive attitude
  • Ability to work as the part of a fast moving team
  • Valid driver’s license

Contract Dates: 03/12/23 - 05/16/23

Compensation: $750/week. Housing and transportation also included

Job Type: Part Time for 9 weeks

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a stage management and/or teaching resume, to Kate Kenney, Director of BridgeUP, via Submittable:
We believe the most important and impactful art is made when we consider and commit to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access both on and off of our stage. We highly encourage folks who are Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, Queer or Trans, Poor or Working Class, Disabled, Young, Elderly, and/or who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about Northern Stage, please visit our website: www.northernstage.org/education.

BOLD Ventures is a program funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Pussycat Foundation to offer grants to artists to develop new and innovative work for the American theater. Proposals for grants will be accepted beginning May 20, 2022.

Thank you for considering registering for Education Programs at Northern Stage.

- If you qualify for our Sliding Scale, please fill out the form below to take advantage of our tuition support. 

- You will be required to submit EITHER Pay Stubs for the last 90 days OR the first two pages of the parents'/guardians' most recent federal income tax return. Without these documents we will not be able to process your submission.

- If you believe you qualify for further financial aide, you may provide information about additional circumstances we should consider in our optional statement of need.

- Northern Stage uses the Vermont Department for Children and Families Child Care Financial Assistance Sliding Fee Scales as a guideline.

- Once submitted, your responses are valid through June 1, 2024 and will apply to all programs you participate in.

Applications may be submitted through this Submittable form, postal mail, or email:

Mail:
Northern Stage
Attn: Jaclyn Pageau
76 Gates Street
White River Junction, VT 05001

Email:
jpageau@northernstage.org

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Associate Director of Education, Jackie Pageau, at jpageau@northernstage.org.

Hello adVenturers! Please help us to evaluate the effectiveness of the BOLD Ventures grant at your theater by submitting this form within 60 days of your project's public showing.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at cdunne@northernstage.org

Hello adVenturers! Please help us to evaluate the effectiveness of the BOLD Ventures grant at your theater by submitting this form within 60 days of your project's public showing.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at cdunne@northernstage.org

About BOLD Ventures

An offering of the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, BOLD Ventures is a new program funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation that offers micro-grants to artists and small organizations to develop new and innovative work for the American theater. Applications are by invitation only; however, we do accept unsolicited Letters of Intent from artists who wish to receive an application.

2021 Grant Overview

BOLD Ventures grants are in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 per project. Grants above $10,000 will only be awarded in extraordinary circumstances. The grant may cover no more than one half of project expenses.

Applications for the 2021 BOLD Ventures grant cycle will open April 1 and close May 21; grant award recipients will be notified by mid-June, with funds disbursed by early July. Grant activities must be completed within one year of the disbursement of funds (July 2022).

Projects must be theater pieces, programs or initiatives, and should fulfill one of the following artistic goals: take risks in form or content; shine new light on our socio-political climate; or prioritize access for a wide audience.  Projects must have a public showing within one year of grant approval.  The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation is most interested in supporting projects and artists for whom these grant funds will be pivotal and not just supplementary.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible BOLD Ventures applicants include:

  • Independent artists, but please note: grant funds can only be disbursed to independent artists through a non-profit organization or a fiscal sponsor.
  • Organizations with an annual operating budget of $1M or less.

Questions?  Email Emma Orme at bold@northernstage.org.

Thank you for submitting your play to Northern Stage.  We are a small theater without a literary department, so we are not able to read all submissions.  You will be contacted if we need further information but unfortunately cannot respond in depth about all of the work we receive.  


Thank you again for reaching out.

2022-23 Boot Camp Scholarship Application
Scholarship dollars are available for Boot Camp students currently enrolled in college or recently graduated high school seniors planning to attend college for the 2022 fall semester. These funds are made possible through the generous support of the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. Scholarship dollars are meant to assist Boot Camp students in progressing through the collegiate experience, minimizing student debt, and supporting the goal of graduating in four years. Scholarships come from a renewable grant and will be awarded on a year-by-year basis, distributed according to financial need.

Application & Support Materials
To apply for Boot Camp scholarship funding, please submit the following materials to Jaclyn Pageau, Education Manager, through Submittable (all applicants):
● Scholarship Application
● Statement of Need
● Parents’/Guardians’ 2021 joint federal income tax return 1040 or 1040EZ
● Copy of Parents’/Guardians’ most recent pay stub
ONLY Current College Students with at least 1 school year left in the Fall of 2022:
● Proof of enrollment statement or certificate from your Registrar’s office
● Financial Aid Award Letter from the Institution in which you are enrolled
ONLY Current High School Seniors attending college in the Fall of 2022:
● Admit Letter from Institution  you will be attending
● Most Recent Financial Aid Award Letter from Institution you will be attending
*Dissemination of awards to current high school seniors will be withheld until final proof of enrollment/registration at your chosen school are provided to Northern Stage.

Please Note: Requests for aid without the requested documentation will not be considered. A completed application does not guarantee granting of assistance. Applications will be kept confidential and will be reviewed by a panel of staff and community members.
Application materials MUST be received by Sunday, May 15, 2022 in order to be eligible. You will be notified by Monday, June 6,  2022 on the status of your application, including any funding awarded to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Education Manager, Jaclyn Pageau at jpageau@northernstage.org.

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