Director of Development

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, a contemporary dance company established in 1964, seeks a dynamic, personable candidate with experience in fundraising, donor stewardship, and grant writing (including research, writing, tracking, and reporting) that will elevate the Company’s current financial stability.

Job Description: The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director, is responsible for overseeing and implementing grants, individual gifts, donor stewardship, and fundraising campaigns. Candidate will work closely with Executive, Artistic and Education Directors, and Board of Trustees to seek and secure future funding sources, as well as working with the Board of Trustees.  The Director of Development will write and manage all aspects of the grant process with foundation, corporate, and government funding sources. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the overall fundraising goals and strategies to ensure the ongoing financial stability of the Company
  • Manage and write all grant applications and ensuring that all deadlines and reporting requirements are met
  • Oversee, plan, secure, and steward individual gifts, including donation receipts 
  • Oversee donor recognition on marketing materials and other print collateral
  • Develop and implement biannual appeals
  • Develop and work with the Ambassadorial Committee on the Company’s annual benefit party and other public fundraising and audience development events
  • Maintain and track donations through GiftWorks database
  • Coordinate with Marketing Director on possible corporate events during performances
  • Attend meetings, events, and donor-related opportunities 
  • Keep up to date on fundraising trends and strategies
  • Proofread Company marketing materials and print collateral as needed
  • Regular and reliable job attendance

Experience: At least three years of direct experience in nonprofit development, including knowledge of grants management, major gift solicitation, foundation/corporate solicitations, planned giving, fundraising events, and donor relations.  Strong technical computer skills: Proficient in the use of computer technology and software including Microsoft Office, GiftWorks (or other relational database), website management, social media, and other tools relevant to the position. A proven successful track record in grant writing and donor stewardship is required. 


  • Excellent writing/editing skills and verbal communication is a must
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Outgoing personal demeanor and an eagerness to meet with donors
  • Knowledge of government funding agencies
  • High comfort level with a creative, flexible, and collaborative work approach and the ability to work well with others
  • Maintain Company’s memberships as they relate to grants and other development needs
  • The ability to work independently to research and find additional sources of revenue and grant opportunities that support the programs of the Company
  • Design skills beneficial, but not required

Must have legal status to work in the U.S.

As a Ririe-Woodbury Employee, the Director of Development is expected to adhere to the terms of all of the Company’s Policies and Procedures, and Fiscal Policies. 

Hours and Compensation:  This is a full-time, exempt position that includes paid holidays, paid time off and health insurance.  Some evenings and weekends are required.  In-office and remote schedule negotiable based on Company needs and productivity. 

Salary: $45,000 to $48,000 DOE.

Closing date: June 24, 2022

Start Date: When filled.

How to apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Subject:  Director of Development

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Ririe-Woodbury is committed to a policy of providing employment opportunities to all qualified people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical abilities. 

Job descriptions assist Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in ensuring that qualified employees are selected.  They are also helpful to an effective appraisal system and related promotion, transfer, layoff, and termination decisions. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions.  In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive.  Additional functions and requirements may be assigned as deemed appropriate.

Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts or any other contractual relationship with any prospective or current employee.  Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company maintains its status as an at-will employer.  Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.