Philanthropy Manager Job Opportunity

Date: Feb 2019

Philanthropy Manager Job Description

The Philanthropy Manager is a key partner in the development and implementation of WAM Theatre’s strategic plan. A member of the four person leadership team, the Philanthropy Manager reports to the Artistic Director and does as much hands on, detailed day-to-day work as big picture thinking around WAM’s Culture of Philanthropy. The Philanthropy Manager oversees WAM’s division of philanthropy, overseeing matters relating to development and special events as pertaining to WAM’s unique mission.

Part-Time, Year Round, Not Benefits Eligible.

Minimum 4 days a week  in the office in Lenox, MA (Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm), evenings and

weekends around events and productions, ability to do some work remotely. Approximately 130 hours/month.

Annual Salary: $18,000 – $21,000

No benefits or insurance

All regular withholdings apply


Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary of being a place Where Arts and Activism Meet. The company was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven. WAM’s vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy.

Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls.

Since 2010, WAM Theatre has provided paid work to more than 200 theatre artists and donated more than $56,500 to fifteen local and global organizations taking action for women and girls in areas such as girls education, teen pregnancy prevention, sexual trafficking awareness, midwife training and more. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visit

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants need not have experience in all areas or all competencies to apply. If WAM’s mission inspires and this position interests you and fits with your career goals and aspirations, please apply.




  • Engage, steward and cultivate Individual Donor, Corporate Sponsor, Foundation and Grant relationships.
  • Develop organized systems for WAM’s Development outreach and ensure all systems/data are up to date.
  • Complete foundation and grant applications and reports.
  • Oversee the creation of a yearly annual report, bi-yearly direct mail appeals and an online Giving Tuesday campaign.
  • Stewarding the WAM team, volunteers and Board around fundraising strategies and programs.
  • Research, identify and secure new funding opportunities.
  • Active member of the Strategic Planning and Development Committee.
  • Actively engage Board members in implementation of fundraising efforts.


  • Oversee special events planning with the WAM team and volunteer committees, including an annual gala (organized in partnership with an external Events Planner) and other fundraising, development and outreach efforts; which include a yearly donor and volunteer acknowledgement event.
  • Engage and oversee volunteers for special events planning.



  • Work directly with the Artistic Director to build WAM’s Culture of Philanthropy, which includes the creation of a yearly fundraising plan and quarterly donor email updates that ensures everyone in the WAMily feels seen, heard and valued.
  • Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for WAM Theatre and it’s unique mission of philanthropy through theatre on email, social media and e-blasts and in person at events, conferences, meetings, etc, in the Berkshire and beyond.
  • Be present at performances to engage with the WAMily


  • Partner with Marketing & PR Associate on WAM’s social media presence
  • Serves as on-site back-up to the Artistic Director
  • Interfacing with box office staff to organize complimentary tickets
  • Communicate with production beneficiaries
  • Oversee creation of playbills
  • Adhere to the WAM Theatre mission and values
  • Abide by agreed upon WAM policies and procedures
  • Meet all deadlines as assigned
  • Be available for meetings (board, team and check ins) and events as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned


In addition to the responsibilities above, the Philanthropy Manager will be expected to communicate with the Artistic Director regularly and frequently, on email and in person, attend Board meetings and volunteer committee meetings as applicable, update the Board monthly, and help supervise Interns and Volunteers.


  • Passionate about women’s issues, social justice and arts as activism
  • Incredibly detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work autonomously.
  • Ability to stay calm and organized while coordinating a wide variety of activities and people
  • Possesses excellent time management and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Proactively ensures that all information remains organized, up to date and all deadlines are met.
  • Familiarity and experience with the Berkshires and surrounding theatre community and/or not-for-profit arts community;
  • A leader who can represent WAM at events, comfortable with public speaking and networking.
  • Socially and emotionally intelligent.
  • Fundraising Experience; including knowledge of granting bodies, foundations and corporate and individual donor fundraising.
  • Demonstrated event management, and supervisory skills.
  • Experience using Donor Software systems and a quick learner on new systems. WAM currently uses Bloomerang.
  • Experience preparing budgets and writing grants.
  • Some understanding of the operation of a non profit organization; including experience with boards and volunteers.
  • Comfort with Technology. Ease with computers and internet. Works easily with email. WAM currently uses Google Drive.
  • Instinctive ability to track deadlines and disparate details.



  • Bachelor of Arts or Masters in Arts Administration or equivalent.
  • Experience in the professional performing arts; preferably development and communications.


How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Dori Parkman, General Manager, at with Philanthropy Manager in the subject line.

Interviews will begin the week of March 1. Applications are rolling. Position begins as soon as a candidate who fits WAM’s needs and aligns with the WAM team is identified.

WAM Theatre is committed to creating, maintaining and learning about a diverse and inclusive working space and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin including ancestry, ethnicity, sex including pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender status, gender, disability, alienage or citizenship status, military status, including past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, actual or perceived sexual orientation.