Forklift Danceworks is seeking a Development Manager to support our core artistic programs and initiatives. A key position, the Development Manager will work directly with the Artistic Director and Board of Directors as a critical member of our leadership team. We are looking for a fundraising professional who is excited about expanding the current development program while utilizing best practices and local knowledge to build on our current donor base of loyal fans.
ABOUT FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS
Founded in 2001, Forklift is one of Austin’s most celebrated arts organizations, marrying the creative process with civic engagement, presenting innovative performance projects with diverse communities. Through our performances, we seek to create opportunities for more informed civic dialogue, deeper understanding of the jobs essential to urban life, and greater connection between citizens and across communities.
You’re a great fit for this position if you are:
A Relationship builder: You enjoy fostering relationships and are completely comfortable soliciting contributions.
Innovative, creative and strategic thinker: You have the ability to analyze, plan and execute strategies about fundraising and donor stewardship.
Highly productive with ability to multi-task and self-manage: You are adept at knowing how to prioritize tasks and your time most effectively to achieve goals.
Excellent ‘customer’ service skills: Interacting with volunteers, donors, and the public, you have strong listening skills, are patient, well-spoken and empathetic. You like interacting with the public.
Flexible, fluid and comfortable with a certain amount of ambiguity: You are able and willing to shift focus to address emerging needs while not losing track of long-term goals and assignments.
Your ongoing responsibilities will include:
Designing a sustainable development program, focused on growing revenue, with an annual strategic development plan and supporting back office operations
Ensuring all levels of donors are appropriately cultivated, solicited and stewarded in a donor-centered manner
Partnering with staff and board members to identify, cultivate and solicit potential donors
Developing strategies to acquire, upgrade and renew donors annually; implement a moves management plan for annual and major gift prospects
Leading foundation research, grant writing activities and reporting
Managing all development documentation including gift receipts, thank you letters, reports to the Board of Directors, and other fundraising correspondence
Leading the planning and execution of fundraising and awareness-building events, including budgets, volunteer management, strategy and follow-up
Supervising and coordinating data-capture and hard files; maintaining security and quality controls; generating queries, reports, exports and any other collection data as needed; managing any related vendors
Serving as the primary staff liaison and as a resource to the Board of Directors on all matters related to fundraising; providing ongoing support and training to Board members and key volunteers
Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience in fundraising in Austin with a proven record of success
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, project management and communication skills
Familiarity with the Greater Austin philanthropic and business community; relationships with Austin donors and community stakeholders
Ability to work both autonomously and in collaboration
Proficiency with technology and its increasing role in development communication, including use of social media, email marketing, and development software for donor tracking
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Bachelor’s degree required
Access to reliable transportation, proof of insurance, and a valid driver’s license required
Forklift Danceworks – 2023 East Cesar Chavez Austin, Texas 78702
Full-time with schedule flexibility to work remotely
Cell Phone Stipend & Employee Parking Provided
Generous PTO policy that begins accruing immediately (above federal/state holidays)
Ready to Apply?
Please submit the following materials using the form to the right:
A short cover letter that describes why you want to work with Forklift as Development Manager
Three professional references
Forklift Danceworks is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all persons, especially those who bring the benefits of diversity to the organization. People of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is Forklift Danceworks’ policy to operate and conduct business without discrimination or segregation because of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability, except where there is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job tasks to be performed. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply for available positions at Forklift Danceworks. Forklift Danceworks does not cover relocation expenses.
About Forklift Danceworks
Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, award-winning Austin-based Forklift Danceworks presents innovative performance projects with diverse communities. Developed through collaborations with over 20 different communities so far—including sanitation workers, warehouse employees, and retired Negro League Baseball players—our dances show the skilled movement and tell the often unheard stories of the people whose work sustains our daily lives. Each performance is created through long-term artistic and ethnographic research within a community, enabling us as artists to understand the collaborating community’s history, challenges, and assets while building trusting relationships and observing movement material. We then create choreography with the participating community members, transforming the ordinary, mundane, and skillful movements of work and everyday life into a performance accompanied by live, original music and stories told in the workers’ or neighbors’ voices. Ultimately through our performances we seek to create opportunities for more informed civic dialogue, deeper understanding of the jobs essential to urban life, and greater connection between citizens and acros...s communities.
Often presented in large-scale, site-specific settings, our free performances consistently play to capacity, with audiences of 500-6,000 people. Partners have included Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District, Austin’s Aquatics, Fire, Sanitation, Power, and Parks & Recreation Departments, and Goodwill of Central Texas. Forklift has been commissioned by the National Performance Network, the Fusebox Festival, Wesleyan University, the Kyoto Arts Center, and others. National funders include NEA’s Art Works and Our Town programs, NEFA, Dance/USA: Engaging Dance Audiences, and the MAP Fund. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dance Magazine, BBC Radio, PBS, and NPR. Artistic Director Allison Orr has three times been named Austin’s most outstanding choreographer, Forklift artists have collectively earned 40+ nominations and awards for their work together, and the company is the subject of the award-winning, feature-length documentary Trash Dance.