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Development Associate

The Opportunity

Metro Theater Company is seeking an early career development professional to serve as the company’s new development associate. The position is a great opportunity for a talented professional to help expand MTC’s community impact through thoughtful stewardship of donors, campaign and event management, and the oversight of development systems.

As St. Louis’s primary professional theater company devoted theater for youth and families, MTC programs on stage and in schools have an outsized impact on the future of children in our region – empowering them to reach their full potential, providing them with opportunities to build empathy, and inspiring them to discover their own unique voice. By building and enhancing MTC’s base of support, your work in this position makes those outcomes possible.

The Development Associate position will provide excellent learning opportunities to a motivated candidate, offering the chance not only to grow MTC’s existing programs but also to explore pathways to develop new programs in support of the company’s development work. MTC is committed to long-term pathways for professional growth for the entire MTC team.

Broad Function

Participate as a key member of the MTC team in support of the mission and strategic plans of Metro Theater Company. In partnership with the Managing Director, support and implement fundraising and stewardship strategies to maintain, deepen, and identify new sources of contributed income. Support development activities including major gifts, corporate engagement, annual fund appeals, grants and foundations, planned giving, special events, and all related donor cultivation and record-keeping. Support Development through managing and implementing systems and processes that influence the quality of services to donors.

Specific Duties

Development Strategy and Communications
  • In partnership with the Managing Director and Board Development Committee, develop strategy for existing donor retention and new donor acquisition, analyzing industry best practices and existing internal Metro Theater Company data.
  • Support and execute annual and multi-year fund-raising plans in support of Metro Theater Company’s mission and programs, in collaboration with the Managing Director, Development Committee and Board
  • Assist with identifying and securing new prospective donors – individuals, corporations, and foundations – through research, networking, and prospecting.
  • Oversee the creation of Metro Theater Company’s annual report, in partnership with contract graphic designer.
  • Serve as primary staff liaison to Board Development Committee.
Annual Fund and Related Individual Giving Campaigns
  • Manage direct mail and email appeals for individual giving, including drafting copy, managing mailing, and tracking campaign results.
  • Assist in providing creative direction to design and developing annual giving collateral.
  • Assist with campaign logistics for individual solicitations such as seasonal appeals, the Carol North and Nick Kryah major giving circle, young friends, GiveSTLDay, Giving Tuesday, etc.
  • Meet individual donors as needed as a representative of Metro Theater Company.
  • Schedule and facilitate logistics for small group donor lunches and other recognition or cultivation events.
  • Support on-site individual giving opportunities and main stage performances, as applicable.
Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations
  • Oversee calendar of grant deadlines; write and prepare proposals to public funding agencies, corporations and foundations; track status of pending proposals; prepare and submit required interim and/or final reports.
  • Manage contracted grant writers, development interns, volunteers, and other consultants as necessary.
  • Schedule and take meetings with foundation, corporate, and government funders to continue to build and deepen relationships with key institutional partners.
  • Participate in and support key local, regional, statewide, and national advocacy initiatives, including Advocacy Day in Jefferson City.
Special Events
  • Assist in planning and executing fundraising events including: auction/raffle procurement, recording and tracking event data and donor information, budget adherence, registration lists, and event analysis.
  • Support the needs of fundraising event co-chairs and committees, scheduling and running event committee meetings and providing timely updates and follow ups to the committees.
  • Secure and contract all necessary vendors for fundraising events.
  • Represent Metro Theater Company at funder-related gatherings, public events and other cultivation opportunities.
Development Systems
  • Support the creation and tracking of annual development activities calendar, providing timely reminders of upcoming deadlines across the organization.
  • Maintain, process, and implement timely and accurate systems for receiving, recording and acknowledging all contributions.
  • Update, manage, and maintain donor database, CRM system, gift reports, and (in conjunction with marketing staff) email distribution lists.
  • Ensure all donor lists are accurate and up to date for printing in production program books and annual reports.
  • Support all necessary donor research to provide background on current prospective foundation, corporate, or individual donors.
  • Complete matching gift forms and protocols.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Business or Arts Administration, Communications or a related field;
  • Understanding and enthusiasm for the work of Metro Theater Company, specifically, and for the value of the arts and arts in education and youth development generally;
  • Two or more years of fundraising experience and/or data management, arts/cultural background preferred;
  • Creative, energetic, detail oriented, organized and responsible;
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations; adjust multiple priorities; strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills;
  • Familiarity with or ability to learn Sales Force/Patron Manager, Metro Theater Company’s current web-based CRM system; working knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs;
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing professional development in opportunities;
  • Flexibility to attend evening and/or weekend meetings and events.
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently as well as part of a collaborative team

At Metro Theater, we are committed to providing an environment of both fun and mutual respect, in which equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical and mental disability, marital status, pregnancy, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. MTC believes that diversity and inclusion in our staff and on our stage is critical to our success in the workplace and across our community, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

To Apply

Applications for this position close Wednesday, August 21. Please submit a cover letter and resume to community at metroplays dot org with the subject “DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE” to apply. No phone calls, please.


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Metro Theater Company (MTC) is St. Louis’ premier professional theater for youth and families. Founded in 1973, MTC has received numerous local and national awards for theater and education and has served more than 2 million children and families. MTC tours serve youth locally, regionally and nationally, while mainstage productions engage thousands of St. Louis children and families annually. Education programs run year round, primarily using the arts to teach core curriculum (e.g., literacy and STEM), community building, diversity and inclusion, character education and life skills.

Mission Statement: Inspired by the intelligence and emotional wisdom of young people, we create professional theater, foster inclusive community, and nurture meaningful learning through the arts.