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Director of Development

Company: Main Street Theater

Location: Houston, TX

Posted: March 13, 2017

About Main Street Theater
Main Street Theater provides theater experiences for all ages. Founded in 1975, our MainStage produces professional, intimate, literary plays for adults; our Theater for Youth produces professional, engaging productions based on children’s literature for families and school groups, both in-house and on tour around Texas; and we offer Education and Outreach programs on-site and at satellite locations around the Greater Houston area for youth aged 4 – high school. We work out of 2 new facilities: our Rice Village home on Times. Blvd. and as part of the MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston) on Main Street. MST reaches over 150,000 patrons yearly, the majority of whom are children. MST’s MainStage work is known nationally. Its Arts Education & Integration Program is now one of the mostly highly sought after programs in the city.

MST has a tightly knit staff of 16, many of whom have worked for MST for over 10 years and many of whom have multiple roles in the organization. For the past six years, one person has held the position of Director of Marketing and Development. As our organization and three programs have grown significantly, MST is now splitting this role into two positions so that both directors can focus solely on their departments. Specifically, MST is creating a dedicated Director of Development position to grow contributed income for the organization. All three programs are at capacity regarding earned income, and MST must increase its contributed income.

MST currently has a part-time Development Associate/Special Events Coordinator who assists the Development Director as needed; processes donations and gift letters; and spearheads the logistics of special events.

Position Summary
The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all of Main Street Theater’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, special events and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with The Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

Job Responsibilities

      • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors, both current giving and giving at end of life through wills, life insurance, IRAs and other deferred giving.
      • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them.
      • Prepare and submit grant proposals.
      • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
      • Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
      • Coordinate fundraising special events.
      • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems. (MST uses Total Info; proficiency not required to apply)
      • Supervise and collaborate with other fundraising staff.
      • Work with Marketing Director for the creation of collateral to support fundraising activities/drives.
      • Maintain gift recognition programs.
      • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.


      • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
      • Must be a good writer, with a good command of the English language.
      • Must like theater and should have a familiarity with the Houston Theater community.
      • Must have experience with non-profits, either as an administrator or Board Member.
      • Must be able to work a flexible schedule.

Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

E-mail resume to Executive Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden,