Development Officer

Position Summary

Under the leadership of and in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Development Officer will be the primary staff member responsible for implementing comprehensive fundraising plans with the goals of deepening relationships with and investment by existing donors, building a major gifts pipeline, cultivating institutional funders, and increasing contributed revenue.  The ideal candidate will have 3 - 5 years experience in fundraising with specific experience in individual giving.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement annual fundraising and stewardship plan

  • Develop and manage individual donor campaigns, including acquiring new donors, increasing donor renewal and upgrade rates, and building a pipeline for major gifts

  • Assist Executive Director with cultivation and solicitation of major gifts

  • Manage donor renewal and acknowledgement processes, data management, and benefit fulfillment

  • Develop and execute all fundraising and stewardship events, including the annual gala

  • Ensure that contributors receive proper acknowledgement and recognition, including  accurate representation in all printed materials

  • Assist Executive Director with identification and cultivation of potential individual, corporate, and foundation gift prospects

  • Assist and supervise Grant Writer in writing grant applications, tracking and reporting on awards

  • Track and reconcile contributed revenue, and prepare appropriate reports tracking progress against goal

  • Along with all L.A. Dance Project team members, share in staffing performances, rental events, and other public functions, serving as a representative of the organization

  • Other duties as requested


The ideal candidate will be a personable and dynamic self-starter with the following qualifications:

  • 3 - 5 years experience working in development, preferably with a non-profit cultural organization

  • Experience building relationships with a diverse group of participants and stakeholders, including Board members, patrons, donors, artists, and community members

  • Strong writing skills, and professional experience writing letters, proposals, and donor communications

  • An analytical and data-driven mind, and the ability to synthesize complex information and data into actionable plans

  • Proven experience increasing revenue

  • Fluency with computers and standard software programs

  • Experience working with database systems

  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary, especially during performance seasons

  • Comfortable in a fast paced, open office environment

  • Meets challenges with mindfulness and a sense of humor

  • Experience planning and executing fundraising events

  • Preferred: Knowledge of the Los Angeles arts and culture community


Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

To Apply:

A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Email materials to jobs@ladanceproject.org