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Syracuse University Director of Development Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, New York

Overview/Context: Syracuse Stage is the nonprofit, professional theatre company in residence at Syracuse University. The Director of Development is sited directly at Syracuse Stage, and interacts primarily with Stage staff and trustees, collaborating regularly with and reporting to the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Assistant Dean for Advancement.

Stage is nationally recognized for creating stimulating theatrical work that engages Central New York, and for its significant contribution to the artistic life of Syracuse University, where it is a vital partner in achieving the educational mission of the University’s Department of Drama.

Founded in 1974, Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre and has produced more than 300 plays in 44 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season more than 65,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays and bold interpretations of classics and musicals featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital community engagement and education programs, annually reaching over 30,000 people from 24 counties.

Syracuse Stage is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the largest professional theatre trade groups in the country. America’s leading actors, directors and designers work and/or have worked at Stage including Tony Award-winners and Emmy recipients. These visiting artists are supported by a staff of artisans, technicians, educators and administrators who are responsible for all facets of the theatre from building sets, props and costumes to marketing, development and box office.

Subscribers and supporters keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Partnership with Syracuse University, as well as support from government, foundations, corporations, and ensures the continued role of Syracuse Stage as a valued cultural resource for the University and the community.

Stage’s Mission: Syracuse Stage tells stories that engage, entertain, and inspire us to see life beyond our own experience.

Stage’s Vision: Re-imagining what’s possible for regional theater–through active inclusion, innovative outreach, and bold productions – Syracuse Stage shapes the cultural and social vitality of Central New York, enriches the Syracuse University student experience, and fosters change in ourselves, our communities, and our world.

Stage’s Core Values: People - Actively including diverse individuals, communities, ideas and perspectives. Passion - Commitment to integrity, excellence and enthusiasm in our work. Curiosity - Fostering an innovative and adaptive environment that elicits wonder.


Position Description: Coordinate and oversee fundraising activities to generate contributed income for Syracuse Stage from all sources, including individuals, corporations and foundations, government and in-kind donations. Will serve as a key member of the campaign team tasked with raising funds for the renovation of the Syracuse Stage complex. Develop strong working relationships with Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees, funders, community members, and staff to achieve budgeted financial goals. Implement and oversee logistics for the annual Syracuse Stage gala, opening night dinners and other projects as assigned. Recruit, retain and supervise development department staff of three.

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