Development Director

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Development Director





Job Description:
Title: Development Director: Major Gifts and Development
Location: Houston, TX
Reports to: Artistic Director and CEO
Position Type: Full-time
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Date Posted: October 19, 2017

Job Summary:
METdance is currently seeking a Development Director for Fundraising, Major Gifts, and Board Development. This person will be working to secure funds for the non-profit organization by communicating with our past, current, and prospective donors, building a stronger development team for our organization directly with the Board, and finding foundations and grants. The person in this position will take pride and satisfaction in helping donors and the Board of Directors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to METdance. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and oversee our annual fundraising program
  • Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships
  • Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors
  • Research donor relation programs at local, state and federal art institutions and foundations
  • Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders
  • Collaborate with staff on the management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions
  • Develop print marketing collateral related to fundraising in collaboration with our advertising department
  • Provide monthly reports that accurately reflect activity, research, performance, and results.


  • 4+ years of non-profit fundraising experience building relationships with donors and a proven track record of results.
  • Self-motivated and possess a positive and enthusiastic attitude, outstanding communication skills (oral and written), acute attention to detail, organized and the ability to work in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors and the Board.
  • Previous foundation relationships and strong grant writing experience.
  • Willingness to travel, work weekend and evening hours during performances and events.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Must be proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, and donor databases like Patron Manager.

About METdance:
Founded in 1995, METdance strives to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through formal instruction and performance. With professional and youth dance companies, as well as a strong community outreach program, METdance is a leader in the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community. The METdance company has traveled across the U.S. to perform works by influential and talented choreographers. Helmed by founder and Executive Director Michelle Smith and Artistic Director Marlana Doyle, the company is the sister organization to the METdance Center, which opened the doors to a newly renovated facility in May 2013 in Houston’s Midtown district. For more information, visit

Application process:
Interested candidates should submit a letter of application describing interest and qualifications, resume, salary history, and two references via e-mail to Marlana Doyle at: The position offers competitive compensation and health insurance. Position will begin on January 8th, 2018

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