When Houstonia Magazine decried “Not Your Grandma’s Theatre Space: The Rec Room Brings Emerging Arts, Collaborative Energy to Downtown Houston,” they perfectly described the mission of Rec Room Arts. We are a professional non-profit organization dedicated to developing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines in order to energize a new generation of audiences for the arts. The quality of the work and the size of our space is the sort of storefront theatre you’d find in Brooklyn or Chicago, unheard of here in Houston. While other small theater companies do innovative work, Rec Room Arts is the only company doing such work in a dedicated venue. In the heart of Downtown Houston, 100 Jackson Street is where much of the Houston arts community calls home. People near and far come to us for epic stories in our small space, stories told through theatre, music, dance, opera, comedy, and performance art. Rather than having to go to the Alley, Catastrophic Theatre, Houston Ballet, and HGO, audience members can visit Rec Room and experience high-caliber, multidisciplinary live performance under one roof that is happening nowhere else in Houston.
Fundamentally, we want theatre to be a true communal artform, not just in theory, but in practice. We recognize we are creating art in a culture of convenience, and theatre is often inconvenient. Our response is to recreate the theatre-going ritual, to play our part in inspiring a deeply creative Houston for residents, artists, visitors and all audiences.
JOB DESCRIPTION: DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (PART TIME)
The Development Manager of Rec Room Arts will work alongside the Artistic Director and Board of Directors to lead staff, artists, and volunteers in making meaningful connections with contributors and other external partners.
Rec Room Arts seeks an individual with demonstrated skills in communication and connecting with varied stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a passion for innovation in the field of performing arts. Working closely with the Artistic Director and Board of Directors, the Development Manager will specifically help guide the organization’s engagement with prospective and current donors, with an eye on developing future growth. The Development Manager will participate in connecting Rec Room Arts’ strategic plan with stakeholder interests, and assisting in realizing the plan’s goals through practical initiatives and outreach.
Oversee, implement, and ensure sustainability of the organization’s fundraising and engagement, including but not limited to:
Manage daily email and phone correspondence
Support the brand and overall “voice” of organization
Act as a liaison between the organization and the community.
Spearhead fundraising and development efforts on behalf of the organization
Oversee giving campaigns and send acknowledgement of all campaign gifts given
Manage donor relations including cultivating relationships with prospective donors, tracking donations, communicating with donors across platforms, and mailing annual giving solicitation letters to donors.
With Artistic Director and Board of Directors, seek grant opportunities; contribute to grant proposals; compile and submit final grant reporting; attend all grant-related meetings
Plan and oversee special events, including but not limited to the Beer & Ice Cream Social; VIP opening night parties; bi-annual Behind the Scenes events; and post-production talk-backs
Regularly communicate with season subscribers; remind them to reserve tickets for upcoming shows; and send thank you emails to patrons after each show
Cultivate and coordinate outside events and partnerships
A strong combination of education, passion, and experience, reflected in the following expectations:
Minimum of Bachelor of Arts or Science.
3+ years in nonprofit management, fundraising, or related experience
High level of administration, financial, and communication skills
Exceptional writing skills
SCHEDULE: Part-time, flexible hours. Approximately 10 hrs/wk. Some nights and weekends required.
STARTING DATE: ASAP
COMPENSATION: $600/month or $15/hr
HOW TO APPLY: Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references with permission to contact via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rec Room Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity.