ABOUT ARS NOVA: Ars Nova exists to discover, develop and launch singular theater, music and comedy artists who are in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.
Ars Nova presents over 100 unique live events each year, supporting over 500 emerging theater, comedy, and music artists. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. As NYC’s premiere development hub, we create an environment where the weird kids thrive and where no idea is too crazy to be possible. These collaborations result in pirate-puppet-rock-odysseys, electro-pop-operas, farces-in-burlesque, nights of mind-bending magic, plays performed mostly in silence, immersive Korean-pop music factory experiences, and everything and anything in between.
Ars Nova has been honored with an OBIE Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include the “Outstanding Musical” Lortel Award winner KPOP by Woodshed Collective, Jason Kim, Helen Park, and Max Vernon; “Best New American Theatre Work” Obie Award-winner & one of the New York Times’ “25 Best American Plays of the Last 25 Years” UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard, directed by Taibi Magar (now on international tour); “Outstanding Musical” Lortel and Off Broadway Alliance Award-winner FUTURITY, by Ce?sar Alvarez with The Lisps; the New York Times’ and New York Post’s “Best of 2015,” SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Bess Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin); Time Out New York’s “Best of 2014,” JACUZZI by The Debate Society, directed by Oliver Butler; and the Tony Award-winning smash-hit NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin.
ABOUT ARS NOVA’S DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE: The Development Associate is a core member of our fundraising team, aggressively pursuing Ars Nova’s goals for contributed income through individual giving, special events, foundation and government grants, and corporate sponsorship. Reporting directly to the Development Director, the position has specific responsibilities that include:
? Manage the grants calendar for foundation and government funding, including writing first drafts of grants and driving staff forward on all deadlines while coordinating executive and artist input and review. ? Coordinate all gift entry and acknowledgement, ensuring that every donor, from $1 to $100,000, is receiving swift and meaningful recognition for their contribution. ? Oversee Ars Nova’s donor database and recordkeeping. ? Plan and execute individual giving strategy for gifts under $500, including working alongside our Marketing Team to draft e-blasts and coordinate social media messaging. ? Provide logistical support for two major fundraising events each year, which may include RSVP tracking, updating seating charts, coordinating décor and visual marketing, compiling silent and live auction items, and being a liaison with vendors, designers, and artists. ? Assist with post-show events for current and prospective donors. ? Research and brainstorm for new fundraising prospects. ? Work with the Development Intern as a mentor and provide hands-on learning opportunities ? Be a key part of the Ars Nova Development Team in raising a whole lot of money to keep great things happening at Ars Nova, which will include many other ‘duties as assigned.’
ABOUT YOUR PREPARATION, SKILLS AND APPROACH: The ideal candidate has 1-3 years of professional experience. Prior experience in fundraising is a big plus; as is experience with writing/editing copy. However, we also encourage applications from candidates with unique professional backgrounds and non-traditional career paths.
Specific skills for this job can be taught, and ultimately we are looking for someone who is extremely detail-oriented, and will be an administrative all-star: a person who will excel at keeping our team on deadline, while also making sure we have triple-checked for any typos or formatting errors. Our ideal Development Associate is a go-getter, who can drive projects forward and wants to learn and grow into the job. They will also have a passion for making innovative theater with early career artists, and will be an enthusiastic advocate for Ars Nova’s work: both to our donors and to the community at-large.
THE DEETS: • Ars Nova values equity and inclusion, and prioritizes representation and diversity. Applications from persons of color are strongly encouraged. Ars Nova is an Equal Opportunity Employer. • Our Development Associate will join our team September 17, 2018. • Please submit your application by July 15. We anticipate reaching out to all candidates being brought in for first round interviews by August 10. • This is a Full-Time non-exempt position with an annual salary of $47,000, eligible for overtime after 50hrs/wk, unlimited vacation policy and optional benefits, including 403B, FSA, and TransitCheck. • Please email the following materials to Mac Ingram, Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Please submit a resume, three references, and an original cover letter describing why you want to raise money for Ars Nova. We want you to ditch the form letter and speak from the heart: what excites you about this job. Don’t worry about selling us on your skills: the resume will tell us what you can do, let your cover letter tell us who you are.