The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s mission is to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth
through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Our vision is a world where all youth are given the
opportunities and support they need to succeed.
The Development Director provides fundraising leadership and communications strategy to The Unusual
Suspects. This position must be independent, focused, and self-directed, while also very detailed orientated.
The Development Director is a leadership position and must provide inspiration, ideation and a strong work
ethic to lead a small team of development experts. The position is responsible for annually increasing the
fundraising of the organization through foundation and government funding as well as individual and
corporate giving. The organizations current fundraising goal is $1 million for 2018. The ideal candidate is a
strategic thinker with a deep philanthropic portfolio that can develop new ideas for funding and seek
sustainable partnerships. Position reports to the Executive Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Creates overall development strategies, working closely with Executive Director, Board of Directors,
and US staff to increase support for The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company
Develops and implements an annual Development Plan and produces revenue progress reports
Serves as the organization’s ambassador, nurturing funder relationships and identifying individuals for
board candidacy and prospects as potential donors
Helps identify, cultivate, recruit, develop, and evaluate fundraising volunteers and contractors
Strategically leverages the time and connections of the Executive Director and other senior leaders
to support aggressive fundraising targets, including developing the capacity of the Board to execute
against development goals
Effectively manages a department that includes a Grant Manager, a Part-Time Grant Writer, a Part-
Time Communications Associate, and 2-4 consultants creating a culture of accountability while
evaluating performance goals regularly
Assures development and writing of foundation and corporate proposals and solicitation materials.
Assures timely, accurate design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management
systems, and informational reports. Assures appropriate and ongoing prospect research
Leads strategic, coordinated efforts with US staff, volunteers, board and committees to execute a
successful annual Gala that meets or exceeds its fundraising goal with sponsorships, table and ticket
sales and live auction revenue, along with 1-2 smaller cultivation events throughout the year
Designs annual Communications Plan and oversees relevant website content, daily social media
messaging, and monthly electronic communications that reflect the US brand
Oversees internal and external communications functions, including branding implementation and
production of all fundraising materials
Oversees the development budget items, staff, goals and consultants to assure accurate reporting,
budgeting and fundraising goals and expenses.
Takes on a staff leadership role in communicating and working with one of the Board committees
Other duties as assigned
Desirable Skills & Qualifications
Must have a Bachelor degree (BA, BS, etc.) in related field
At least 5 years of working experience in a similar role
Work well with people in various communities, institutional and governmental organizations
Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Working proficiently in relevant office/finance software and ability to analyze financial statements
Developed relationships with outside vendors, contractors and operational resources
Work in a team environment with minimal supervision
Experience in meeting facilitation, and/or community relations
Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
Work well in a team-oriented environment and maintain harmonious relationships
Some knowledge of the Los Angeles City/County/State political and policy process
Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, and donor databases
Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
Experience with public speaking and presentations
Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance
coverage, and a valid California Driver’s license
English/Spanish bilingual is a plus
The candidate has a commitment to developing leaders and coalition building. Strong commitment to social
change through community empowerment and the arts. Personal values align with the vision and values of
The Unusual Suspects organization.
Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Must have a valid Driver’s license, reliable transportation and appropriate auto insurance coverage. Must be
able to lift 30 pounds. Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or
interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus. This position works primarily in the US administrative
office but must be willing to use personal equipment such as cell phone and laptop/tablet if working
Salary & Schedule
$60,000 - $65,000 annually. Commensurate with experience. Exempt position. Health benefits.
Position is expected to work at least 40 hours weekly. Candidate must be open to work a flexible
schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] Include in the subject line of your email
the title of the position in which you are applying. No calls please.