Senior Development Coordinator and Operations Manager

Los Angeles Ballet

Los Angeles, CA

Senior Development Coordinator and Operations Manager

Reporting directly to the Director of Development (DOD), the Senior Development Coordinator and Operations Manager (SDC) is responsible for coordinating all functions of Los Angeles Ballet’s Development department, including database management, donor and list-serve communications and event coordination. The SDC is responsible for Data-base management (Donor Perfect), Gift processing, reporting, providing lists and handling monthly stewardship of all donors and LAB Members. The SDC assists the DOD in supporting LAB’s Board of Directors. The SDC shares oversight of development materials and website fundraising content, and assists as necessary with other fundraising activities including Annual Fund, telefund, and other broad range communications such as event invitations including direct mail and email.


The Ideal Candidate: Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) seeks an individual with a sophisticated knowledge of Donor Perfect or other fundraising database(s), the ability to manage day-to-day development operations, and coordination of high-end event planning. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for the arts and the communities that LAB serves. This position is a good fit for an enthusiastic individual with mid-level experience who is willing to wear many hats in a dynamic and fast growing non-profit. Flexibility and initiative are key attributes.


About Los Angeles Ballet:

Los Angeles Ballet is LA’s own and only professional classical ballet company.  In 2019/2020, Los Angeles Ballet proudly celebrates 14 years of world-class dance.


Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, gorgeous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. An internationally recognized company, LAB ‘tours’ throughout LA County, regularly appearing at 4 or 5 venues.


Outreach: Since its inception in 2006, LAB’s Power of Performance (POP!) program has provided 50,000 free tickets to underserved or disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families. LAB's A Chance to Dance (ACTD) outreach program was launched in October 2012 to provide free dance instruction one day a month during our performance season.


How to Apply:

Please email resume to Rachel Malkenhorst ([email protected]), cover letter, and writing sample.

ANNUAL SALARY: $41,600.00

No phone calls, please


Responsibilities and Duties

Primary Responsibilities (60%):

  • Organize and Support LAB’s Development Office, focusing on database management, gift processing, lists, donor stewardship and communications
  • Support the DOD in all stages of fundraising efforts including individual relationship management and events
  • Oversee LAB’s general donor stewardship program and ensure appropriate acknowledgment, recognition, education/information and opportunities for involvement as part of the cultivation and advancement of every LAB donor
  • In partnership with the DOD, manage fundraising budgets and organize for Board presentation
  • Assist the DOD in the coordination of all Development activities, including budgets, organization, Board presentations, calendaring, follow-up, and managing event vendors
  • Research and identify successful event opportunities


Development Administration (30%):

  • Manage and maintain donor database (DonorPerfect) and produce donor reports, enter and analyze data, and draft prompt acknowledgements for donors
  • Coordinate the drafting of all Development communications materials, including emailed solicitations, direct mailings, online giving pages, and other fundraising materials, drafting as necessary
  • Manage guest lists for all fundraising related events, including the Patrons of the Guild Annual Event, Nutcracker Tea, and the annual Gala
  • Manage Patrons of the Guild, including membership renewal, benefit fulfillment, and support annual event
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with grant and sponsorship agreements, including reporting, invoicing, acknowledgement and benefit fulfilment
  • In coordination with the Box Office Manager, create and provide all Performance Patron lists for ED and DOD


Qualifications and Skills

Key Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to LAB’s mission, constituency and community
  • 2-5 years professional experience in nonprofit organizations, including demonstrated success in operations management
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Flexible and adaptable style; an individual who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising efforts required of the Development office
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage others within and outside LAB
  • Willingness to go above-and-beyond to accomplish organizational goals
  • Working Knowledge of Donor Database, required - DonorPerfect strongly preferred
  • Strong research and analytical ability, including building reports using Excel or Google Sheets
  • Availability to support performance or fundraising events as needed on weekends and/or evenings during Season
  • Vehicle ownership preferred


The ideal candidate would have:

  • 2-5 years previous experience with high-end event coordination
  • Ability to assist in the design and implementation of annual and multi-year strategic development plans
  • Strong familiarity with best practices in moving donors up the ladder of giving, and ability to implement and manage a multi-level donor engagement and stewardship experience
  • Knowledge of CRMs preferred
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks Desktop a plus



Medical Insurance is available.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000.00 to $41,600.00

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