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Development and Events Manager

Center for Puppetry Arts
Atlanta, Georgia
Closing date
Nov 7, 2021

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Organization Background

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry.  It is a uniquely creative cultural destination dedicated to celebrating the magic and wonder of puppetry by inspiring imaginations and entertaining the young at heart in all we do. The Center’s high-quality, accessible programming encompasses three areas: performance, museum and education.  For more information, go to

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development & Events Manager is responsible for managing the planning, organization, and execution of all donor events, annual fund, board solicitations, and other fundraising projects. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.


  • Leads up to three major fundraisers annually with board leadership and committees. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: developing timeline; soliciting corporate and patron sponsorships through face to face asks; soliciting and managing auction inventory; coordinating the production of print and electronic materials; organizing and taking minutes for committee meetings, and planning event logistics such as set-up, menu, table layout, run of show, and décor.
  • Assists with cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of board members and individual donors through email, mailed appeals, phone calls, in-person visits, and quarterly pledge reminders.  Tracks gifts and acknowledgements in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Organizes fundraising campaigns for major gifts and year-end giving (primarily includes solicitations by email and mail).  Manages all campaigns in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Coordinates logistics and takes minutes for meetings of the Development Committee, comprised of board members and key staff.
  • Leads the planning and execution of donor VIP events and parties, typically held about 3-5 times per year.
  • Updates and manages records for board members and individual donors in The Raiser’s Edge database as well as physical paper files.  Creates quarterly impact statements.
  • Enters and acknowledges gifts in a timely manner.
  • Regularly runs fundraising reports, mailing lists, and donor lists from The Raiser’s Edge.
  • Supports the Chief Development Officer as needed.
  • Assists with other Development-related projects as needed.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the duties of this position
  • Passion for fundraising, nonprofits, the arts, and the work of the Center
  • 2-3 years of experience working in a nonprofit fundraising setting or similar experience
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Extremely high level of organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to follow instructions, ask for clarification when needed, work in a fast-paced environment, and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability and confidence to make “the ask” from prospective donors
  • Professional demeanor, with the ability to respond to confidential matters with discretion
  • Positive, friendly, team-oriented attitude
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including mail merge
  • Experience with The Raiser’s Edge preferred, but will train
  • Availability to work occasional evening and weekend events as needed, with the option to rearrange schedule to mutual agreement

Instructions for application:

  • Please send your cover letter, resume, and desired salary range to  No phone calls, please.


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