Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000

Job Summary:

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is seeking an organized and outgoing Development Associate. The Development Associate will contribute to department-wide donor relations and stewardship efforts, including written and verbal communication with supporters, and provide additional administrative support. The Development Associate will support donor cultivation and stewardship events, including our annual gala, the Curtain Call Ball, and uphold the mission and core values of the theater with a raised consciousness towards ED&I efforts.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage logistics and execution of some donor benefits, including VIP parking
  • Oversee prospect research for individual and institutional donor prospects
  • Assist in event logistics, including drafting copy for invitations, creating invite lists, tracking RSVPs and communicating with constituents, coordinating needs with outside vendors
  • Support the Associate Director of Development, Events & Stewardship with the annual gala, including assistance with managing auction/raffle items, communicating with volunteers, proofing design materials, updating mobile bidding software, and preparing print materials
  • Attend and lead events as needed, including our annual gala
  • Contribute to stewardship efforts with year-round “check-in” communications; both written and verbal, primarily by phone
  • Provide administrative assistance as needed

Requirements of the Position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in Arts Management, Communications, or related field and one year of experience in event planning, donor relations, or communications; OR any equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principles
  • Superior organization skills and attention to detail are essential. This role must be prepared to navigate multiple timelines simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal communication to respond effectively and diplomatically with a diverse audience of donors, volunteers, and various leaders
  • Experience in Tessitura or similar customer relationship management (CRM) database preferred
  • Experience in iWave or similar wealth screening software preferred
  • Capacity to work evenings and weekends as needed

How to Apply:

Required Materials: Online Application, Resume, Cover Letter detailing why you are the best candidate for the position.

Deadline: April 5, 2024. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter until the position is filled.

All applications must be submitted through the online portal. Any candidate who requires accommodations to submit an online application should contact Human Resources Manager, Liz Merwin at

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is committed to creating a culturally diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status

Additionally, any physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.