Director of Development

TADA! Youth Theater

About the organization

TADA! is a unique Drama Desk award-winning nonprofit youth theater that produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. TADA! offers a free, year-round, pre-professional training and positive youth development program for the Resident Youth Ensemble (ages 8-18); musical theater classes/camps for the public; as well as musical theater residencies in NYC schools and community centers. Through TADA!’s high-quality work, young people’s self-confidence and creativity are enhanced, which develops advanced skills in leadership, communication, responsibility, collaboration, and problem-solving – skills that help with growing up and are essential to their success both in school and in life.


○ Increase engagement and giving of current donors
○ Identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage new donors (individual and institutional)
○ Create and implement a strong strategic plan that involves and leverages the resources and talents of all board
members, staff, alumni, current parents of students and RYET members, audiences and other key volunteers and
committee members
○ Support, communicate, and further the mission of TADA!
● Create, execute, and maintain an annual plan and budget for the Development Department which includes individual
fundraising and cultivation, institutional fundraising, government support, and special events. This involves some
reimagining, rethinking and driving of TADA!’s contributed revenue streams as well as getting support for new and
specific programs and initiatives.
● Serve as an ambassador, working to build and maintain strong relationships with key funders, community leaders,
education and ensemble families, alumni and their parents, board members, and other relationships critical to the
fundraising efforts and growth of the TADA! community
● With the Marketing Department, increase awareness and visibility of TADA!’s mission and impact as well as it’s unique
programs (e.g., arts education programs, Resident Youth Ensemble of TADA! (RYET), Arts for All, AMP, etc.)
● Design, manage, and constantly enhance TADA!’s process for


Passion for, commitment to, and is fully aligned with TADA!’s mission and vision, and knowledge of needs in communities
served by TADA!
● Strong strategic vision and agility, skilled at planning and problem solving, and a record of success managing people as
well as success at working independently
● A successful track record in fundraising - increasing earned income from individuals, institutions and government
● Be diplomatic, and able to negotiate and navigate change graciously, while remaining clear, decisive, proactive and fair
● Be a self-starter, able to thrive in a fast-paced institutional environment
● Outstanding written and oral communication skills with diverse audiences, internally and externally
● Ability to manage and prioritize among multiple simultaneous projects
● Positive attitude and the ability to build rapport with diverse colleagues & external stakeholders
● Prior use of Salesforce a plus and working knowledge of data analysis
● Solid experience with budget development and oversight
● High energy and be a “doer” with a willingness to develop and execute a variety of activities ranging from the day-to-day
to the broadly strategic. Able to be hands-on doing work as well as a leader guiding others
● A commitment and deep interest in diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of TADA!’s programming and initiatives



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