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University of Utah Pioneer Theatre Company Development Director in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/11/2022

Requisition Number PRN31398B

Job Title Development Director

Working Title Pioneer Theatre Company Development Director

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8-5, occasional evenings and weekends

VP Area President

Department 00289 - Development

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $80,000-$95,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Pioneer Theatre Company ( PTC ) and University Advancement seek an experienced, enthusiastic, and energetic development professional to advance the theatre in reaching and maximizing its contributed revenue to support its artistic mission. The Director of Development is a key executive role reporting to the Managing Director and Chief Philanthropy Officer for Campus, working closely with the Artistic Director and the Board. The Director of Development is pivotal in establishing and deepening relationships with institutional and individual donors at all levels, engaging in cultivation and stewardship, and providing guidance and support to the development team for grants and sponsorships as well as special even


  • Work with the Managing Director to develop short- and long-term fundraising goals for the Theatre and to develop case- and project-statement that may be used in grant proposals and solicitations;

  • Create and implement a comprehensive plan to grow PTC’s donor base and increase philanthropic revenue and government grants over time to meet artistic and institutional goals;

  • Identify and strategize the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors, maintaining a portfolio of major gift prospects;

  • Strategically expand corporate partnerships/sponsorships, developing funding opportunities and building relationships with marketing and philanthropic divisions of companies and businesses;

  • Work with University Advancement to coordinate donor strategies and expand the donor pool with prospect research;

  • Supervise, mentor, and work in partnership with a development team of two, including establishing fundraising benchmarks and tracking progress;

  • Serves as primary liaison to the Board, the Development Chair, Managing Director, and the Artistic Director for all fundraising activities;

  • Work closely with all PTC departments, including Artistic, Production, Company Management, Marketing and Patron Services.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, Public Relations, English, or a related field, or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Five years experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, business, public relations, annual, corporate or foundation giving which includes two years of budgeting and supervisory experience. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience in grant or proposal writing, public speaking, a background working with print and/or electronic media, an understanding of university fundraising practices and personnel management is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Experience in the cultural community and a deep appreciation for the performing arts, especially theatre;

  • Fundraising experience with major gifts, events, corporate and foundation giving.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

PTC is Utah’s premier professional theatre company, operating under a LORT B agreement with the Actor’s Equity Association and contracting with other creative unions as well. In residence at The University of Utah since its origin in 1962, PTC produces a season of seven plays and musicals in the 932-seat Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre located on the University of Utah campus. In recent years PTC has added a concert musical and a new play development series to its regular September to May production calendar. The new 300-seat Meldrum Theatre is scheduled to open in Spring 2023.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and Interim Managing Director Diane L. Parisi, the theatre operates with a current annual budget of $5 million. The theatre maintains a full-time and seasonal full-time staff of 33 and employs between 130 and 150 theatre professionals, backstage crew, and front-of-house staff each season.

Pioneer Theatre Company and University Advancement are deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in Advancement. With an increasingly diverse population of donors, we recognize that nationally the most successful advancement programs employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.