Employment Opportunities

Development and Communications Manager (Full-Time)


The Performance Garage seeks an experienced development manager to organize all fundraising  and marketing initiatives, and oversee the Youth Outreach Program.

Position Overview:

Reporting directly to the Executive Director/Resident Artist, Jeanne Ruddy, this position will oversee the     part-time Marketing Associate, Free-Lance Graphic Designer, and contracted  Photographer / Videographer.  The Development Manager will have the opportunity to design and implement a Capital Campaign for Phase Two of the Capital Project and help expand programs.

Development Responsibilities:

  • Manage Annual Appeal and all other mailing/online fundraising campaigns

  • Track donations and send acknowledgment letters

  • Write all grant proposals and reports

  • Research additional grant opportunities & maintain grants calendar

  • Organize the annual Gala Celebration and any other fundraising events

  • Solicit Sponsors, Committee Members, and Food Donors for the Gala

  • Work with the Executive Director to build & engage the Board of Directors

Marketing Responsibilities:  

  • Oversee Marketing Associate (who will update website content and create social media posts)

  • Occasionally update the website & create posts for events/Capital Campaign

  • Work with the Graphic Designer to create invitations, programs, advertisements, and other marketing/development materials

  • Create and submit Press Releases for major events and organization news

  • Maintain communications with Staff, Board, political leaders, grants/foundations managers, and other       key community stakeholders

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • A Masters degree in related field

  • Minimum 2-3 years of full-time experience in non-profit development/fundraising an absolute MUST

  • Experience organizing and implementing special events

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to write clearly and persuasively

  • Strong understanding of social media concepts, strategies, and best practices 

  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize accordingly

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Mailchimp, and Adobe Creative Suite

  • Previous experience using the Wix platform is not required, but candidates familiar with website content management will be given priority

  • An enthusiasm for dance/performing arts strongly preferred



Salary Range: $45,000-$47,000 with partial health benefits & 401k plan

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and two writing samples to:


Jeanne Ruddy at:  jr@ruddydance.org  

(Email with questions, no phone calls please.)


Preferred Start Date: Beginning of June