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Director of Development & Finance (hybrid option, 50% on-site)

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
Berkeley, California / hybrid options, 50% of weekly hours on-site
$82,000-$90,000 DOE plus benefits
Closing date
Apr 12, 2024

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Focus Areas
Arts / Culture / Humanities
Job Function
Accounting / Finance, Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Director of Development & Finance (salaried, full-time, hybrid options, 50% of weekly hours on-site, Berkeley, CA)

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center’s mission as a nonprofit is to build and support a vital and inclusive community for movers of all ages and styles. Founded in 1958, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center provides dance education, institutional support for artists, a performance and rehearsal venue, and partnerships with other community-based organizations. Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (SADC) shares in the work of re-imagining and creating equitable and positive spaces for expression in the East Bay region of the SF Bay Area.

As a nonprofit based in Berkeley, CA, SADC was founded by Frank Shawl and Victor Anderson in 1958 and offers over 100 classes per week year-round for all ages, workshops, performances, studio and facility rentals, artist residencies and fiscal sponsorship.

The functions and goals of SADC are to educate and mentor, provide accessible and meaningful dance programming, and to serve as a community hub that promotes dynamic engagement with the larger community. SADC provides programming that acknowledges, supports, and embraces the many reasons that humans engage in dance.

Summary of Role

The Director of Development & Finance reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Artistic Director and the Director of Operations, a Development Associate, a CPA, an administrative and marketing team, and approximately 50 part-time dance faculty.

The Director of Development and Finance plays a pivotal role in overseeing the financial health and fundraising efforts of our non-profit dance organization with a $1.25 million annual operating budget. This individual will be responsible for spearheading and executing fundraising initiatives to support and grow programs, as well as developing and implementing strategies to ensure the organization's financial sustainability and growth.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Job Duties & Description


1. Financial Management:

  • Develop and manage annual budgets in collaboration with key leadership and the Board of Directors.
  • Monitor financial performance and prepare regular financial reports for the leadership team and board.
  • Oversee accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and other financial transactions in conjunction with a CPA each week through weekly meetings and communications.
  • Lead annual 990 tax return process with CPA and Board of Directors.
  • Ensure compliance with financial regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Manage assets with board/treasurer support according to the organization’s investment policies.
  • Support fiscally sponsored artists with accessing monthly financial reports and providing budgetary and other fiscal and organizational information when they are submitting grants.

2. Fundraising and Development:

  • Develop and execute comprehensive fundraising plans to secure funding from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.
  • Supervise Development Associate (part-time) to support all aspects of fundraising campaigns, tracking, and donor acknowledgement.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, sponsors, and funding partners.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to cultivate new donors and increase contributed revenue.
  • Plan and execute fundraising events and campaigns to engage current and prospective supporters.
  • Research and identify new funding opportunities and grant prospects.
  • Write grant proposals and reports, ensuring alignment with donor requirements and organizational priorities.
  • Explore potential for capital campaign by interviewing consultants and testing feasibility.
  • Oversee provision of donor database software campaigns and acknowledgement use by fiscally sponsored projects.

3. Development Lead:

  • Design annual development and fundraising plans
  • Work one-to-one with board members to cultivate new and major donor relationships.
  • Work closely with the Development Associate to ensure timely acknowledgement and recording of gifts and to implement donor stewardship strategies.
  • Develop and maintain donor communication materials, including newsletters, annual reports, and fundraising appeals.
  • Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to ensure consistent messaging and branding across all donor touchpoints.
  • Lead creation and content for an annual report each year.

4. Strategic Planning, Organizational Leadership, Equity & Inclusion:

  • Participate in strategic planning processes to align financial and development goals with organizational priorities.
  • Supervise the part-time Development Associate and work closely with the organization’s CPA on a weekly basis.
  • Provide leadership and guidance, fostering a culture of collaboration, accountability, and innovation.
  • Collaborate with directors and the board to identify opportunities for organizational growth and sustainability.
  • Support the continued success and development of SADC’s fiscal sponsorship program, which supports 12-15 artists and manages approximately $70,000 in funds for these groups per year.
  • Co-lead process of accessibility improvements to the main facility in conjunction with board and directors.
  • Participate in development and execution of inclusion and equity-based initiatives for staff, board, and community.
  • Support directors in handling high-level communications and personnel matters and/or troubleshooting timely issues.


  • Bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, nonprofit management, or related field (Master's degree preferred) or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, development, and financial management; experience in leadership roles preferred but not required.
  • Strong understanding of nonprofit accounting principles and financial best practices with ongoing ability to learn new skills and concepts.
  • Proven track record of successfully securing funding from diverse sources, including individuals, corporations, foundations, and government grants.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and engage stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and implement innovative fundraising strategies.
  • Experience in the arts in any capacity is desired, but not a requirement.

Essential Functions and Competencies

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Work skills:
  • Leadership capacity and strong decision-making skills are essential
  • Prior supervision or management experience is a must
  • Proficiency in fundraising software and financial management systems.
  • A commitment to equity and advancing equity at SADC and in the broader community
  • Strong administrative acumen
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible and able to multi-task in a fast-moving environment
  • Strong time management skills
  • Takes initiative and can work and follow-through independently
  • Comprehensive organizational skills
  • Complete work thoroughly and with attention to detail
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • A strong work ethic to engage in work in a sustainable way where care for self and others is prioritized
  • Ability to identify needs, ask for support and collaborate in the areas where responsibilities overlap

Computer/technology skills:

Skilled in iOS platforms of MS Office, Google Drive, and online website editors and mailing platforms; proficiency with development and financial software; ability to learn new software systems with agility and attention to detail.

Communication skills:

  • Engages empathy, sensitivity, honesty and awareness when working with colleagues, supervisors, youth, families and the general public.
  • Strongly committed to the SADC mission and vision.
  • Maintains a professional approach to communication even under challenging circumstances. This includes speaking up with ideas, sharing perspectives, discussing difficult scenarios as a team player, working with the organization’s systems and policies to share critical feedback and suggestions for change. Positive yet honest engagement is key to shared success.

Hours, Compensation & Benefits

  • Available immediately. Compensation ranges from $82,000-$90,000 annually depending on experience.
  • Paid vacation 3 weeks per year
  • Sick Leave Accrual: Employees accrue paid sick leave immediately according to the City of Berkeley Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked with a cap at 72 hours. SADC is highly flexible about use of sick time; anything that supports your well-being will be an approved use of leave as well as all of the reasons as stated in the CA state law. These are not paid out upon resignation/termination
  • Health benefits via SADC’s small group plan (Kaiser HMO)
  • Floating holiday hours (30 hours per year)
  • 403b: SADC offers a 403b retirement plan through Vanguard. There are no matching funds at this time, but employees may contribute to the plan pre-tax.
  • Annual cost of living increase as approved by the Board of Directors
  • There will be a 60-day introductory period upon hiring with a review at the end of 60 days
  • Free weekly classes in the adult program and reduced youth tuition, plus $12/hour rentals.


Exempt (salaried, not eligible for overtime)

Other Duties

Recognizing the dynamic nature of our work, this job description is not designed to be a completely comprehensive listing of all duties or responsibilities as they may change. Due to the nature of COVID-19 and the global pandemic, camps and intensives would need to be offered online if a new Shelter in Place mandate is created by the City of Berkeley, Alameda County or the State of California.

Background checks

All candidates are required to complete a livescan/background check before their start date. Employment is contingent upon an acceptable result from the livescan.

AAP/EEO Statement

SADC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, SADC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. SADC expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is committed to creating a community that fosters equity, experience and opportunity, ensuring that all faculty, staff, artists, contractors, vendors, board and community members feel safe, welcome and included. We are looking for employees who represent the full diversity of the communities we serve and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.


SADC is committed to a drug-free workplace.

SADC follows the U.S. law that requires us to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.

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