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Grants and Communications Manager

Dad's Garage Theatre Company
Atlanta, Georgia
ranges from $40,000-$50,000 with a benefits package
Closing date
Jul 16, 2022

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Focus Areas
Arts / Culture / Humanities, Education
Job Function
Development / Fundraising, Marketing / Communications
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
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Job Details

Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

Position:     Grants and Communications Manager (Full-Time)
Location:     Atlanta, Georgia – Old Fourth Ward (Hybrid working options available)
Salary:         $40,000 - 50,000 depending on experience
Benefits:    Flexible working conditions, paid vacation, health, dental, vision, short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance

About Dad’s Garage 
Founded in 1995, Dad's Garage Theatre Company (Dad’s) is a mid‐size theater led by a professional artistic and administrative staff, with a professional artistic ensemble, and supported by over 300 volunteers. With a mission to transform people, communities, and perspectives through laughter, Dad’s entertains and educates more than 30,000 people each non-pandemic year. In addition to producing a season of original scripted works and 52 weeks of improv shows (5 nights a week, 8 shows average), the Dad’s team has also produced a young audiences series, participates in festivals and touring engagements, has an on-line channel, educates young improvisers in a year‐round High School Outreach Program, fundraising events, and conducts on-site classes and workshops for the general public. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Dad’s to close its doors for 16 months, but since reopening to the public in July 2021 we’ve seen steadily increasing audiences and renewed support for live theater across Atlanta. We are a small team of seriously funny people passionately committed to building on 27 years of success while also leveraging the lessons learned in COVID-19 to come back stronger with quality programming to appeal to a wider audience through a variety of mediums. 

Job Description
As the Grants and Communications Manager, you will have an incredible opportunity to reimagine the mission and the story of Dad’s Garage and how we create and care for our community. This role is ideal for someone who is excited to learn from seasoned professionals but also has new and innovative ideas to bring to the table. In partnership with the Managing Director and Artistic Director, you will establish and implement fundraising goals and strategies through donor relations, public relations, and communications. With support from the rest of the staff, your responsibilities will relate to completing grant applications, securing corporate sponsorships, coordinating special events, soliciting individual donations, contributing to press releases, tracking press coverage, and other duties as needed. From building relationships with donors to creating strategy for the overall fundraising efforts, you will be a key part of the team helping generate revenue for our mission. 

Why You’ll Love Working Here

  • This is a great opportunity with an incredible organization in a new phase of its life cycle; you’ll be part of a team working to create a path for Dad’s continued success in a post-COVID-19, anti-racist, gender progressive, culturally aware, anti-discrimination, inclusive environment. 
  • We have a strong, engaged Board of Directors, the staff is impressive, fun, and super-committed, and the artists are incredibly talented and dedicated.
  • We have a flexible work environment with hybrid office/work-from-home expectations, hours based on what works for you, the job, and the rest of the team, and we encourage time-off for personal life and self-care.
  • We are scrappy and do a lot with a little. But this allows us to be innovative, creative and responsive to community needs. We highly encourage artists and the artistic-at-heart to apply.
  • We are a company based in the art of improv – being fast on your feet is a requirement.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Creates and oversees grant calendar for foundation and government grants the organization should apply for. Ensures these deadlines (including all reports) are met. Works with the Marketing team on narratives and the Finance team on budgets. Facilitates site visits, as needed. 
  • Ensures compliance with all donor requirements, including recently secured emergency funding for pandemic relief. 
  • Stewards existing corporate partnerships to grow investment while seeking out sponsorships with new companies.
  • Stewards relationships with individual donors. This includes ensuring each donor receives applicable benefits, thank you note, tax letter or other incentives in a timely manner.
  • Plans and executes annual fund mailings at the end of the calendar year and fiscal year. 
  • Contributes to the planning of annual fundraising events.


  • Oversee general visibility of the company within the community – parades, neighborhood festivals, booths at festivals, etc.
  • Coordinate all media articles, interviews, and television spots with press and staff
  • Responsible for in-house communication in conjunction with Marketing Director and Artistic Director (verbal and video promotions)
  • Support Marketing Department to develop and implement PR strategy for Dad’s Garage including promotion for shows, special events, classes, corporate gigs, and DGTV
  • Maintain press list and contacts and write all press releases in collaboration with the Marketing Director
  • Coordinate and produce all press photos
  • Track and maintain files of all press received

Ideal Skills and Qualifications

  • Must have a background of working in diverse environments and be committed to equity.
  • Experience with raising funds from individual donors, foundations, and corporate donors.
  • Intrinsically motivated; able to organize and own funding projects, deadlines, and requirements.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working at a nonprofit arts organization preferred.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce and/or PatronManager helpful.
  • Self-starter who can both think big picture and pay attention to details. 
  • Can collaborate well with others in a group environment.
  • Is innovative, creative, and flexible.
  • Familiarity with improv and comedy is not necessary, but tolerance of comedians will be helpful.

Physical demands and work environment
The demands of the position change daily but often require sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Lifting and carrying materials (less than 50 pounds) is often required.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of all functions the Grants and Communications Manager may be required to perform. The Grants and Communications Manager may be required to perform additional functions. Dad’s reserves the right to revise this job description at any time. The Grants and Communications Manager must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an employee with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, absent undue hardship.

To Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Please address your cover letter to the Managing Director. Application deadline is Jul 16, 2022. 

Dad's Garage provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Our Mission: Dad’s Garage transforms people, communities, and perspectives through laughter.

Founded in 1995, Dad's Garage is an award-winning non-profit theatre company that brings in over 30,000 people a year at our new Ezzard Street home in Atlanta's historic Old Fourth Ward, public events across the continent, and festivals around the globe. Each season features original plays and world premieres created by our artistic family.

Dad's Garage serves a younger demographic not typically served by traditional arts organizations. We introduce them to other arts organizations like The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Opera, and Atlanta Ballet through strategic programming collaborations. We’ve established ourselves as a “Gateway Drug to the Arts,” and are dedicated to building a new generation of arts consumers.

Until 2013, we were long-term residents in a rented building in Inman Park, contributing to the energy of the community, but we lost our theatre to a mixed-use development. The following two years became the finest in our history: we overcame the challenges of rebuilding by leveraging relationships across the community and developing a plan of action. We partnered with another local theatre, 7 Stages, for temporary performance space. We ended up raising over a million dollars from a mix of private foundations, corporations, over 1,200+ donors in 28 states and 6 countries and procured a preferential bank loan (check out the list of Capital Campaign individual donors here). Then we secured our new “forever home,” a former church in the Old Fourth Ward. We worked with experts who donated their time and services to develop a renovation design. We completed the project on time and on budget, opening our doors in December 2015. Our new “Forever Home” will allow us stay in our neighborhood as we help bring new energy to the area.

Most of the shows we produce are created entirely in-house by our artistic ensemble, and the work incubated here goes on to other theatres. While just about everyone in the artistic group at Dad’s is an improv comic, the artists also write, direct, design, and perform in our scripted shows and write, perform, direct, and edit pieces for DGTV, our YouTube channel. We support the creation of new and experimental works that travel around the country and transform the careers of their creators. The individuals who make up our artistic rosters consistently work in film, television and theatre on the national level. You may have seen them in such critically acclaimed works as Archer, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Too Many Cooks, and Selma. Our team even travels the film festival circuit, and have won awards at some very fancy film festivals

Through our High School Outreach Program, we kick-start a love for theatre and improv at an early age. The program is provided free of charge to high schools in Metro Atlanta each year and culminates in a performance on our Main Stage. We build the skills of confidence, failure resiliency, and teamwork in a positive and uplifting environment. We’re happy to give class clowns throughout the metro area a renewed sense of purpose, and also thrilled to bring shy students out of their shells.

We perform 52 weeks a year and host special event performances throughout our calendar. When you add it all up, we produce over 400 shows a year. Our facility has a large mainstage with flexibility for an intimate 90 seat show or larger 210 seat performance. And we have our own bar and lobby for pre and post-parties as well as an intimate cabaret stage.

Through our dedication to nurturing artists in the beginnings of their careers, Dad's Garage has become a launch pad for creative success. Our performers, designers, and other creative professionals go on to become leaders in their fields, and work with other theaters across the world. By saying "Yes, and..." to emerging creative voices, we give them the support necessary to succeed in the arts.

Our Business Side

Dad’s Garage has a business side? Yeah, we have staff meetings and budgets, just like everyone else. We keep everything off stage on the up and up so we can do whatever we want on stage. Our annual operating budget is around $1.3 million, we have 9 full-time staff, and over the year we work with over seventy artists. Our new home was a $2.9 million project--we raised $1.25 million, which means we’ve got a mortgage to pay off. Being a nonprofit doesn’t mean you can’t have money, it just means it all goes back to the mission. We got bills to pay, just like everyone else!

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569 Ezzard St.
United States
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