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Skylight Music Theatre Seeks Director of Development

Skylight Music Theatre Seeks Director of Development

Skylight Music Theatre prides itself in producing the full spectrum of music theatre – from opera to Broadway musicals and everything in between. Skylight’s strength lies in the magical combination of music and song to tell a story in a way that words or music alone can’t reach. Whether in a beautiful operatic aria, a thrilling song and dance number from a Broadway musical, a Gilbert & Sullivan patter song or the work of contemporary composers who are blurring the lines between musical theatre and opera, Skylight Music Theatre continues to create productions that have a moving story to tell and compelling music through which to tell it. 


The Director of Development will take a creative and collaborative approach to cultivating and obtaining the contributed financial resources necessary to support the mission of Skylight Music Theatre. He/She is responsible for building a sustainable donor and prospect pipeline to promote increased donor engagement with Skylight’s mission. Working closely with the other members of the senior leadership team, the Director of Development also fills a key strategic role within the organization by helping to define and articulate the strategic priorities of the organization. A commitment to the highest levels of professionalism in the field of development is required. Adherence to the fundraising code of ethics and donor bill of rights along with thorough understanding of fundraising principles are mandatory. 


The Development Director will successfully: 

1. Plan, manage and implement the various fundraising programs of Skylight Music Theatre, including annual campaigns, special events, planned giving programs, participation in UPAF campaigns, as well as special funds, endowment and capital fund raising activities. 

2. Develop and execute a departmental operational plan and budget while supporting Skylight’s overall Strategic Plan. 

3. Develop and nurture relationships with donors, volunteers, and prospects; create and plan a multi-faceted stewardship program. 

4. Cultivate and guide volunteer leadership; attend and support the activities of the Board of Directors and Board of Advocates. 

5. Participate in strategic planning and daily strategic decisions of the senior leadership team; 

6. Build and maintain relationships with others in the field to augment awareness of philanthropic issues and trends; 

7. Work closely with the marketing department to ensure consistency of collateral, promotion of events, and meeting of deadlines. Assist with other projects as assigned by the Executive Director. 


The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with other members of the senior leadership team, Board of Directors and Board of Advocates. Supervise the staff of three including the Development Associate, Donor Relations and Special Events Manager and the contracted Grant Writer. 


Candidates should have excellent people skills, a sense of humor, energy and drive. 

  •  A Bachelor’s degree is required. 
  •  Six or more years of development experience is preferred. 
  •  Major gifts, endowment and/or capital campaign experience is preferred. 
  •  Superior strategic thinking and planning skills are required. 
  •  Staff, board, donor and volunteer cultivation and management are required. 
  •  Strong written communication skills and clear, concise writing style 
  •  Adherence to the fundraising code of ethics and donor bill of rights along with thorough understanding of fundraising principles are mandatory. 
  •  High computer literacy is required, and Raiser’s Edge experience is appreciated. 
  •  Ability to prioritize and excel at many different tasks in a fast-paced environment is necessary. 
  •  Ability to collaborate effectively and respect the ideas of others is essential. 
  •  Familiarity with the performing arts and performing arts management a plus 

Salary: Competitive, commensurate with experience 

Starting date: As soon as possible 

Interested individuals should send, via email, a cover letter with resume to: 

Jack R. Lemmon 
Executive Director 
Skylight Music Theatre 
158 North Broadway 
Milwaukee, WI 53202 

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