Career Opportunities

We Are Hiring!

Positions Available:  Development Director, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager
Target Start Date:: 2022

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center seeks a personable, strategic, and detail-oriented Development Director to advance the organization in meeting and maximizing its contributed income goals.  The Development Director is pivotal in establishing and deepening relationships with institutional and individual donors, supporting the Board of Directors and key staff in cultivation and stewardship, and managing special events and grant proposals.  

Job Classification/Compensation:  Full-time $75,000 

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises:  Development Staff

Job Responsibilities Include:

  1. Take the lead in collaboration with key staff and the Board of Directors in setting and implementing annual and long-range development strategy and plans.
  1. Manage the implementation of department budget and development plans that articulate focused and diverse efforts to meet or exceed fundraising goals.  
  1. Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with donors (board, individuals, foundations, and corporate).
  1. Create and monitor annual deadline calendar for grant proposals, reports, and other strategic fundraising initiatives. Supervise the grant writer.
  1. Supervise the research and filing of grant proposals and reports to foundations, corporations, and government agencies. 
  1. Supervise grant writer research of donors, tracking communications/efforts, soliciting gifts/grants, and providing timely acknowledgement for gifts from board members, individual donors, corporations, and foundations.
  1. Plan and implement special events with support from staff, including Opening Nights and cultivation events (e.g., house parties, large-scale fundraising events), and liaise with Executive Director, Board committee, and volunteers in project planning and execution.
  1. Write and prepare annual individual solicitation mailing(s), opening night invitations, special fundraising campaigns, among other materials.
  1. With Marketing Director, create and manage sponsorship efforts to individuals and corporations.
  1. Represent Uptown at foundation and industry events relevant to the company’s fund development efforts.

Qualifications and Education

  1. The ideal candidate for the Development Director will have at least five years’ experience in fundraising, preferably for the performing arts or other cultural institutions, 
  2. Have outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and written/verbal communication skills. 
  3. He/she will have a proven ability to increase revenues through contributed income, with a measurable record of success in building and deepening donor relationships with individuals and institutional funders. 
  4. The Development Director will uphold a tone of collaboration, respect, and professionalism, both internally and externally, while maintaining composure in a fast-paced setting. 
  5. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Mac Operating Systems required; knowledge of Google programs and Tessitura CRM software preferred. 
  6. College degree required.
  7. Fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including booster. 

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, writing samples and three professional references to Admin@uptownwestchester.org. 

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls, please.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, located in historic downtown West
Chester, PA, seeks an experienced, creative, personable, and well-organized
Equity Stage Manager (“SM”) for the production of The Butterfingers Angel by
William Gibson, Directed by Domenick Scudera.

The SM will lead the production team through all aspects of production,
rehearsal, and performance.

The SM will manage all aspects of production in accordance with the Equity
contract.

Dates

October 25-December 23, 2022

Salary $745 a week

 To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, writing samples and three professional references to Admin@uptownwestchester.org. 

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls, please.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, located in historic downtown West
Chester, PA, seeks an experienced, creative, personable, and well-organized
Assistant Stage Manager. (“ASM”) for the production of The Butterfingers Angel
by William Gibson, Directed by Domenick Scudera.

The ASM will work closely with the Equity Stage Manager and the creative team
to assist in all aspects of production including keeping rehearsals organized and
fully equipped for the needs of the creative and technical teams.

Responsibilities include:

  • Generate paperwork, including: Blocking notation, production meeting notes,
    entrance/exit plots, breakdowns, props paperwork, running orders and run
    sheets.
  • Create and update various other show paperwork and schedules.
  • Collaborate with Props and Costumes departments, including but not limited to:

Assisting with scheduling and facilitation of costume fittings, rehearsal props load
in and props transfer.

  • Assist the AEA Stage Manager in supervising the set up and run of the show
    backstage.
  • Attend all Production Meetings.
  • Take part in the setup/teardown of rehearsal rooms and Stage Management
    office before and after each rehearsal day, including but not limited to: Setting up
    coffee and water and sweeping/mopping the rehearsal spaces.
  • Maintain regular, punctual attendance.
  • Have the ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Other duties may arise. These duties will fall within the scope of the job
    description.

Dates

October 25-December 23, 2022

Salary $500 a week

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, writing samples and three professional references to Admin@uptownwestchester.org. 

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls, please.

To Apply:
For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to: admin@uptownwestchester.org . Uptown! offers competitive pay rates, commensurate with experience.   Applications will be reviewed immediately, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. EOE. URL: UptownWestChester.org