Development Officer

L.A. Dance Project

Los Angeles, CA

Position Summary

Under the leadership of and in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Development Officer will be the primary staff member responsible for implementing comprehensive fundraising plans with the goals of deepening relationships with and investment by existing donors, building a major gifts pipeline, cultivating institutional funders, and increasing contributed revenue.  The ideal candidate will have 3 - 5 years experience in fundraising with specific experience in individual giving.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement annual fundraising and stewardship plan
  • Develop and manage individual donor campaigns, including acquiring new donors, increasing donor renewal and upgrade rates, and building a pipeline for major gifts
  • Assist Executive Director with cultivation and solicitation of major gifts
  • Manage donor renewal and acknowledgement processes, data management, and benefit fulfillment
  • Develop and execute all fundraising and stewardship events, including the annual gala
  • Ensure that contributors receive proper acknowledgement and recognition, including  accurate representation in all printed materials
  • Assist Executive Director with identification and cultivation of potential individual, corporate, and foundation gift prospects
  • Assist and supervise Grant Writer in writing grant applications, tracking and reporting on awards
  • Track and reconcile contributed revenue, and prepare appropriate reports tracking progress against goal
  • Along with all L.A. Dance Project team members, share in staffing performances, rental events, and other public functions, serving as a representative of the organization
  • Other duties as requested



The ideal candidate will be a personable and dynamic self-starter with the following qualifications:

  • 3 - 5 years experience working in development, preferably with a non-profit cultural organization
  • Experience building relationships with a diverse group of participants and stakeholders, including Board members, patrons, donors, artists, and community members
  • Strong writing skills, and professional experience writing letters, proposals, and donor communications
  • An analytical and data-driven mind, and the ability to synthesize complex information and data into actionable plans
  • Proven experience increasing revenue
  • Fluency with computers and standard software programs
  • Experience working with database systems
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary, especially during performance seasons
  • Comfortable in a fast paced, open office environment
  • Meets challenges with mindfulness and a sense of humor
  • Experience planning and executing fundraising events
  • Preferred: Knowledge of the Los Angeles arts and culture community


Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance Project is a platform for the development, creation, support and presentation of world-class dance in Los Angeles. Comprised of an internationally acclaimed dance company, a performance space in LA’s Arts District and a program of media initiatives, LADP seeks to foster dance-centered artistic collaborations across all disciplines, cultures and communities in Los Angeles and around the globe.

Since its founding, the L.A. Dance Project company has toured and given master classes at  international venues and festivals including the Holland Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, La Maison de la Danse, the Saitama Arts Center, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Shanghai and Beijing Opera House and Theatre du Chatelet. In the US, the company  has performed at venues including Jacob’s Pillow, Brooklyn Academy of Music and New York City Center. In its home city of Los Angeles the company has performed at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, Union Station, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

L.A.  Dance Project  is an Equal Opportunity  Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants  are considered for employment without regard  to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.


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