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Chief Development Officer


When Barbara Weisberger founded Pennsylvania Ballet in 1963, it was her dream, fostered and encouraged by the great George Balanchine, to not only bring the best in dance to Pennsylvania but to find local talent and develop those artists into world-class performers.

Today, Pennsylvania Ballet is poised to become one of the world’s preeminent ballet companies. Under visionary Artistic Director Angel Corella, Pennsylvania Ballet has catapulted to international prominence, energizing audiences, driving increased ticket sales, drawing out-of-market patrons from New York City and elsewhere, and eliciting invitations for the Company to tour abroad. Mr. Corella’s experience and accomplishments, both as a dancer and director of his own company in Spain, have helped Pennsylvania Ballet embody the increasingly diverse and broadening landscape of dance. This evolution is best reflected in the extraordinary breadth of works being performed by the Company as well as the increased interest from dancers around the world seeking to join Pennsylvania Ballet’s ranks. Pennsylvania Ballet is renowned for its athleticism and grace, for innovative programming, for a School that nurtures and inspires hundreds of students each year, and for community engagement programs that reach thousands of Greater Philadelphians.

Executive Director Shelly Power’s arrival in 2018 marked a new era for prudent and responsible Company management, with a bold determination to achieve unprecedented growth throughout the organization, and a strong set of values and strategic priorities that will secure a more sustainable future. To ensure that generations of Philadelphians and audiences from around the world continue to be inspired by the Company’s extraordinary artistry, Pennsylvania Ballet has choreographed a strategy that features the following: building new state-of-the-art facilities for the Company’s world-class dancers, talented students, dedicated artistic and administrative staff, and the Greater Philadelphia community; investing in the artists and repertoire to build the Company’s international reputation; expanding School offerings to train and empower the next generation of dancers; engaging more people of all backgrounds through enhanced education and community engagement programs, dedicated community spaces, and a renewed commitment to diversity; serving as a catalyst and cornerstone of the economic and cultural revitalization of Philadelphia’s North Broad arts corridor; and establishing long-term financial wellness. These plans are being advanced through a major fundraising campaign. Pennsylvania Ballet aims to define the landscape and what it means to be a world-class ballet company.

Pennsylvania Ballet is making significant investments in its development program to help ensure the organization’s finances are commensurate to its artistry and to engage the philanthropic support necessary to realize its vision for the future. Notably, the position of Chief Development Officer has been newly created, consistent with the critical strategic importance of philanthropy to the organization.

Pennsylvania Ballet seeks candidates for Chief Development Officer (CDO). The positioning of this new role and its responsibilities are elevating the prominence of development functions within the organization. The CDO is the lead executive responsible for maintaining and growing the Pennsylvania Ballet’s base of individual and institutional support, while building an organization-wide, major-gifts-focused fundraising culture. The CDO provides fully integrated leadership and direction to a development department that is evolving to match the rise of Pennsylvania Ballet, growth of its brand, and increased philanthropic needs. The CDO will work closely with the Executive Director to create development plans reflecting the larger strategic goals of Pennsylvania Ballet, expanding reach into major donor communities and driving continuous growth and improvement. The CDO serves as the Pennsylvania Ballet’s chief campaign officer. The CDO will oversee a team of approximately 10 individuals across the areas of individual giving, major and planned gifts, campaign, foundation and government relations, and corporate events. The CDO must champion strategic, data-informed decision-making, industry best practices, and an ethos of continuous improvement.

Required qualifications and experience:

– Dedication to the mission and goals of Pennsylvania Ballet. Enthusiasm for and knowledge of dance and/or other performing arts preferred.
– Bachelor’s degree required.
– Minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, including knowledge of all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations, operations), preferably within a major cultural institution or other environment of similar complexity. Strong candidates will have played a senior-level role in a high-impact fundraising campaign, from planning to implementation to management and successful conclusion.
– Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget.
– Steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate related external relations functions.
– Strength in developing the case for support and strategic fundraising plans, and in executing those plans to achieve goals and objectives. Experience working directly with the most senior levels of an organization and the ability to effectively engage various groups and constituents.
– Hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts and greater, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors. Success in securing gifts from both defined and undefined constituencies.
– Demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications across various mediums and channels to complement philanthropic initiatives.
– Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members, and an appreciation for their role in building an effective fundraising network.
– Skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary.
– The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. A working knowledge of modern data management practices, including data modeling, analysis, information systems, and other tools that can streamline the development process. Familiarity with Tessitura arts enterprise software and how to optimize its application in fundraising, with a preference for a strong technology orientation and the ability to quickly acclimate to new technological tools.
– Experience in high-level, Philadelphia-area philanthropy is preferred, including knowledge of region’s philanthropic players, strategies, and trends.

To Apply:

Pennsylvania Ballet has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Managing Director
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
Diversified Search
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174 | 212.542.2587

Manager, Foundation & Government Relations

DEPARTMENT: Development
POSITION: Manager, Foundation & Government Relations
POSITION TYPE: Regular Full-Time
REPORTS TO: Director of Development

The Manager, Foundation and Government Relations will be responsible for researching, gathering data, writing and submitting all proposals and reports to institutional funders as well as managing relationships with foundation and government representatives. This job is also responsible for government capital funding streams such as RACP and New Markets Tax Credits. The Manager will be an integral part of the development efforts of Pennsylvania Ballet.

• Prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to corporate foundations, foundations and government sources.
• Perform prospect research on corporate foundations, foundations, and government funding streams to evaluate prospects for funding.
• Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to institutional funders on current grant programs.
• Comply with all grant reporting as required by institutional funders – including RACP.
• Provide stewardship to current institutional donors including regular written updates and invitations to programs.
• Maintain knowledge of both institutional history and current programs.
• Serve as primary writer/reviewer for the department, working closely with artistic staff, marketing, community engagement and the School to provide consistency in messaging.
• Provide staff support at Ballet fundraising events and during performance runs, as needed (evening and weekend hours) and other duties as assigned.

• Minimum of two to four years fundraising experience, primarily in grant writing.
• Experience with relationship management and growing foundation and government grant programs strongly preferred
• Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize their workload.
• Investigate, analyze, and synthesize large quantities of data into a user-friendly and concise format.
• Work in a deadline driven environment with attention to detail.
• Proficiently work with Microsoft office and databases.
• Maintain discretion with institutional information which is often confidential.
• Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
•Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
• Able to monitor and meet income goals.
• A heartfelt appreciation for the arts.

• Bachelor’s degree or higher.

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and a sample grant proposal to

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Pennsylvania Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in joining Pennsylvania Ballet. We are no longer accepting auditions for our 2019/2020 season.

Pennsylvania Ballet Company Auditions:
If you would like to audition for the 2020/2021 Season, please send audition materials (resume, headshot, up to three dance photographs, and a link to video footage) to Due to high volume, we are unable to reply to all inquiries.

Pennsylvania Ballet II Auditions:
February 2, 2020
Registration: 1:30-2:30pm
Auditions: 2:30-4:30pm

Please bring your resume, headshot, and up to three dance photographs. In addition, please print and complete this form.

The Louise Reed Center for Dance
323 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

If you are interested in auditioning for the School more information can be found here. 

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