Director of Development, Valley Performing Arts Center

Northridge, CA
Valley Performing Arts Center

Director of Development

Valley Performing Arts Center

The Valley Performing Arts Center’s (VPAC) next Director of Development will join a performing arts organization that combines growing philanthropic support with a compelling mission, programs and exciting plans for the future. This is a fantastic opportunity for an engaging individual who is striving to be on the front-line of a growing and progressive institution.

The Valley Performing Arts Center’s 2015-16 Season signals a new era for the five-year old premiere event venue. Under the leadership of Executive Director Thor Steingraber, VPAC expanded its programming to include new and original work, and outstanding multi-disciplinary performances. Located on the campus of California State University Northridge, VPAC’s offers a vibrant and diverse performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family and international events that will serve to establish VPAC as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California. The award-winning 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the LA Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.”  

The Director will develop a comprehensive annual fundraising strategy and have a track record of competing successfully for philanthropic support in a crowded cultural marketplace. The candidate will have substantial major gifts, corporate sponsorship and special events experience, plus the ability to work closely with the Board and management to maximize fundraising results. The Director will successfully steward and strengthen a broad range of relationships with current patrons and donors, and be sophisticated about developing new supporters for the VPAC and its strategic vision.

It is anticipated that the Director will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in building meaningful relationships with constituents that have resulted in closing significant major gifts. The Director will be a genuine relationship builder, skilled in the process of identifying prospects and donors, while gracefully moving them along the continuum of engagement. The Director will care about creating a donor-centered environment, aligned with the direction of the Vice President for University Advancement and the Valley Performing Arts Center’s Executive Director and have a true passion for the performing arts.

How to Apply

Interested candidates will need to apply to Job ID 4490 and submit a cover letter, current resume including the names of three professional references, and salary history for the last five years. Please complete the CSUN on- line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process.

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California State University, Northridge is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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