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Positions Available at Milwaukee Ballet

Positions Available at Milwaukee Ballet

Position Summary

Milwaukee Ballet’s Development team is responsible for raising approximately $3M annually through individual giving, grant and foundation support, and community partnerships. The Manager of Donor Relations reports to the Director of Marketing & Development. This position is the primary lead on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors and prospects, and will partner closely with the Director, Artistic Director, and senior leadership team to build authentic relationships with our donors and patrons. The successful candidate will be a passionate advocate for the arts, confident, personable, highly organized, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment. This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits.


• Lead donor research to identify prospects for new or increased support
• Actively stay current with local publications and news outlets to identify prospective donors, partners, and sponsorship opportunities
• Network and build connections within the community as a representative of Milwaukee Ballet
• Develop and maintain donor/prospect profiles for use in cultivation efforts by leadership team and Board of Directors
• Collaborate with senior leadership on major gift opportunities
• Assist with management and execution of Annual Fund campaign

Donor Portfolio
• Directly manage portfolio of prospects, entry-level and mid-level individual donors
• Work with leadership to effectively grow and develop planned giving contributors
• Manage dancer sponsorships including renewals, solicitations, and fulfillment
• Manage gifting and relationships with other patron groups as assigned.
• Work with Director on corporate partnership opportunities and event sponsorships

• Lead donor stewardship efforts including communication, touchpoints, rehearsal viewings, performance receptions and other special offers or opportunities
• Work collaboratively with Leadership team to increase opportunities for stewardship of major donors
• Diligently track donor engagement and proactively share insights and opportunities with colleagues, Leadership and Board
• Assist with execution of special events and other fundraising opportunities
• Be a visible and confident advocate for Milwaukee Ballet in the community

Administrative support
• Provide support to Director on special projects and initiatives
• Assist with financial projections and reporting
• Serve as department representative and assist during performances, events, outreach programs
• Support Capital Campaign efforts and strategies
• Other duties as assigned

Background & Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree and/or 5-years direct experience in fundraising, development, or other combination of relevant experience.
• Ability to maintain standard work hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00) with flexibility to work some evenings or weekends, especially during performances.
• Reliable, self-sufficient transportation to off-site performances, meetings, and events
• Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
• Previous experience utilzing CRM systems

Required Values & Qualities
• Organized: Able to multi-task and project manage efficiently
• Excellent Communication: Can articulate Milwaukee Ballet’s mission with confidence and passion
• Confidence: Ability to communicate effectively and confidently with donors, leadership, Board of Directors and other constituents
• Personable: Able to build positive relationships and rapport
• Reliable and Positive: Is a team player and responds with positivity to support colleagues

How to Apply
• Send a cover letter, resume, three references (including two professionals who will not be contacted without approval of the candidate) to
• For best consideration, apply by April 23, 2021.
• Successful applicants will be subject to a background check.

The OPERATIONS ASSISTANT reports directly to the Operations Manager. They support the successful operations of Milwaukee Ballet Company and its Milwaukee Ballet II program, the School & Academy, Community Engagement, and Development departments. This is a full-time, exempt position with health benefits.

Job requirements:
• Provide primary technical support for MBII, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and Community Engagement programs as directed at both onsite and offsite locations
• Facilitate the setup / run / and clean up for Events / Performances in the Baumgartner Center for Dance. This includes the focus and running of lighting system; setup and running of sound equipment; setting up and assisting with AV needs; assisting with setup and removal of stage and risers; and setting and removing chairs. Assist with supervision of volunteers for events.
• Assist with Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra rehearsals, set-up and take-down
• Responsible for Center’s sound and lighting, portable seating and music stand inventory (and maintenance log?)
• Oversee general maintenance in the building, including but not limited to: replacing light bulbs; maintaining music stands, chairs, risers, staging, and tables; door closures.
• Oversee all Milwaukee Ballet rental spaces including Studio’s, Board Room and Studio Theater
• Assist with deliveries and pickups as needed, including driving up to 26-foot straight truck.
• Serve as backup to Operations Manager, including supervision of service contracts.
• Meet and work with contractors as needed to supervise fulfillment of contracts and agreements.

Required background and technical skills:
• Working knowledge of theatrical lighting and sound equipment.
• Ability to keep a friendly and professional attitude at all times.
• Understanding of basic building maintenance.
• Able to problem solve and react quickly to changing situations.
• Experience in running events a bonus.
• General handy-person.
• Able to lift heavy items.
• Must hold a valid WI Drivers license and be able to drive a 26-foot straight truck.
• Ability to work with people of any age group.
• Ability to work flexible hours and weekends. 

Our ideal candidate will be:
• A creative individual who can work as part of a dynamic team in a deadline-driven environment.
• A curious person with an interest and passion for the arts.
• Adept at reprioritizing work when needed.
• A confident and enthusiastic ambassador for Milwaukee Ballet with patrons, donors and partners.

Required values, skills and behaviors:
• An innovative outlook: Looks at challenges in new ways and generate creative solutions.
• Clear communicator: Composes complete and concise messages with clear expectations.
• Initiative: Looks for ways to support and workarounds to enhance outcomes.
• Attention to detail: Executes tasks with care.
• A great sense of humor: Appreciates the unique qualities of a not-for-profit ballet company; is open to new experiences.
• Flexibility: Regular business hours are 8:30am to 5pm. However, the Operations Assistant must be comfortable with working some nights and weekends, especially during performance engagements and events.
• Flexibility with an understanding: that job requirements may change at any time to fit the project’s or needs of the Ballet

How to apply: Send a cover letter; resume; three references (including two professionals, who will not be contacted without the approval of the candidate) to Materials should be emailed by 4/24/21. Milwaukee Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Any and all successful applicants will be subject to a background check 

About Milwaukee Ballet Company: Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet is a leader in Wisconsin’s arts and culture scene. Under the stewardship of Artistic Director Michael Pink, Milwaukee Ballet has become world-renowned for presenting bold new interpretations of story ballets, and cutting-edge contemporary works. Milwaukee Ballet is home to an international company of dancers and is one of a few companies in the nation with its own orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Milwaukee Ballet’s award-winning Community Engagement department serves more than 38,000 people in Southeastern Wisconsin through original, interactive programs. More at 

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