Summary

This individual is responsible for raising money from private, corporate, and government foundations. This will be accomplished by developing a comprehensive strategy to engage, solicit, close, and steward funders. This individual will research, prepare, and submit grant applications for programmatic and operational funding and will seek support for capital and endowment fundraising efforts. This individual shares responsibility for goals and achievements outlined in the annual Development Plan.

Description

Company Overview

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is one of the largest non-profit theatre organizations in the nation, presenting Broadway tours and producing theatre, cabaret, musicals, and innovative, immersive experiences. Through these experiences and alongside our robust Education program, we engage hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

The DCPA’s workforce includes more than 300 employed team members in non-union and union positions (in partnership with seven unions). In addition, we employ hundreds of artists and contractors annually. We have a strong volunteer program which includes more than 300 volunteers. 

Our Mission:  “We engage and inspire through the transformative power of live theatre.”

 

Culture Statement 

For more than 40 years, creativity and community have been the foundation of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ success. As a leading cultural organization in the Rocky Mountain West, we are actively participating in a cultural evolution of belonging and anti-racism. Our commitment to reflect the diversity and priorities of our community — in our workplace, audience and programming — has never been more present. 

We believe that the theater can transform us — and be transformed by us. We invite you to be part of our Team. 

 

Job Purpose

This individual is responsible for raising money from private, corporate, and government foundations. This will be accomplished by developing a comprehensive strategy to engage, solicit, close, and steward funders. This individual will research, prepare, and submit grant applications for programmatic and operational funding and will seek support for capital and endowment fundraising efforts. This individual shares responsibility for goals and achievements outlined in the annual Development Plan.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the grant research, application, and submission process for approximately 50 private, corporate, and government grant proposals annually, including the tracking and completion of reports submitted to each donor organization to demonstrate fulfillment of the contract.
  • Write, edit, and submit grant proposals to secure funds for the DCPA’s general operating budget, capital projects, endowments, and special projects. 
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with potential funders to strengthen grant proposals.
  • Collaborate internally with stakeholders across the organization to collect qualitative and quantitative data that showcases the DCPA impact on our community.
  • Lead key programmatic partners and stakeholders through the grant application process, including soliciting input and feedback, collecting additional information and materials, and maintaining a timeline to ensure a timely submission.
  • Review grant submission guidelines and develop timelines to successfully complete and submit each grant.
  • Maintain a detailed, comprehensive tracking and reporting calendar for all grants submitted throughout the year.
  • Research and identify new grant opportunities annually by regularly monitoring foundation websites and philanthropic funding resources for relevant Requests for Proposals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of foundation proposal development and budgeting requirements.
  • Manage and maintain access to application portals and all grantee systems, including those for City, State and Federal grant making agencies.
  • Prepare grant fundraising updates for the Development Team, Executive Team, and Board of Trustees.
  • Support the Development Team in providing metrics and copy for donor communications and proposals.

 

Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years experience as a professional writer. 
  • Exceptional project management skills and the ability to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously.  
  • Excellent technical writing, communication and listening skills, as well as the ability to think outside of the box and be creative.
  • Detail oriented, organized, problem-solver who is able to remain calm during stressful situations and meet deadlines.
  • Able to understand the needs of both the DCPA and the potential funder to find alignment and ensure the proposal will advance the Denver Center’s mission and meet the funder’s priorities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software. 
  • Experience with using a data base tracking system and project management software is helpful.
  • Knowledge of proposal submission and fundraising process, and able to understand and execute complex instructions.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Ability to initiate projects and initiatives and seek out solutions.
  • Commitment to discretion and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.

 

Supervisor Responsibilities

None.

 

Working conditions

This position operates in a professional office environment.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

 

Physical requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.   The employee may frequently be required to move about their office and work area; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

 

Compensation

$58,000 – $63,000 annually

 

Benefits

Full time positions include the following benefits:

Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life Insurance and Pet Insurance

401k Plan with employer contributions

Time off benefits including personal days, sick days, vacation days and 10 paid holidays.

The DCPA is located in Denver, CO and all roles are based at our on-site location: 1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204. Some roles at the DCPA may be eligible for hybrid work options. More information is available through the interview process. 

 

In order to provide high quality, culturally competent care to our patrons, students, guests and team members, it is of highest importance that our hiring practices reflect our values by offering an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. All of our team members – regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics – should feel welcome and valued.

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