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Development Associate

Overview

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston seeks a Development Associate. The Lyric Stage is one of Boston’s premiere cultural assets. We are seeking a candidate who understands how to attract, build, and retain communities that philanthropically support live theatre and theatre-based education.

About the position

The Development Associate will energetically and joyfully join the Lyric Stage’s eight-person full-time staff. They will collaborate with the Executive Director on strategies to build and sustain the Lyric Stage’s contributed revenue.

About the Lyric Stage Company of Boston

Founded in 1974, the non-profit Lyric Stage is Boston’s oldest resident theatre company. Its mission is to produce and present live theatre in Greater Boston with an intimate approach that promotes inclusivity and connection. The Lyric Stage leads an effort to integrate live theater and theater education into the lives of all residents of greater Boston.

Prior to the pandemic, over 100,000 people annually attended Lyric Stage shows or participated in its education programs at the Boston Childrens’ Museum and multiple Boston Public Schools. During its history, the Lyric Stage has won multiple awards, co-produced the first full production of the Front Porch Arts Collective, established Fresh Ink Theatre as its new play development partner, and won praise for its inclusive casting.

During the pandemic, the Lyric Stage has maintained its service to the City of Boston by commissioning work from seven playwrights, including six for the Walking Plays, a series of audio plays set in public outdoor spaces in Boston; launching Lyric First Page, a youth playwriting festival; and regular installments of Lyric To-Go, which connects audiences with artists.

The details

Hours: Full-time position; The standard schedule for the Lyric Stage is Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm, but each employee has discretion in setting their own schedule, recognizing that as a live theatre company, working nights and weekends is often required. Currently, the work of the Lyric Stage is predominantly done remotely, with an expectation of returning to an in-person office environment some time before the fall of 2021. Some flexibility of working occasionally from home will remain a part of the working culture.

Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Work study students from Emerson College.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Development Operations:

The Development Associate will take ownership of the development segment of the Lyric Stage’s patron database. They will train box office and hire and train work study students to enter gifts with attention to detail and to ensure data accuracy. They will ensure timely and accurate acknowledgement letters, suggesting specific personalization from the Artistic or Executive Director, as appropriate. They will maintain appropriate records for the company’s annual audit. They will ensure that program listings in program books or other publications are accurate and up to date.

The Development Associate will collaboratively and creatively strategize with the Board’s Development Committee to offer more sophisticated giving vehicles, including planned giving, and legacy or endowment gifts. The Development Associate will collaborate with the Digital Marketing Associate to create digital fundraising appeals and to utilize technology to create new opportunities to give.

The Development Associate will provide timely reports to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, and will collaborate with the Executive Director on setting reasonable fundraising goals for the annual budget.

Individual Giving

The Development Associate will serve as the primary liaison to the Board of Directors Development Committee and to the Advisory Council. The Development Associate will give occasional guidance to the Board’s Nominating Committee, as needed.

The Development Associate will coordinate a portfolio of major donors, assigning cultivation tasks to the Executive and Artistic Directors, and implementing show sponsorship opportunities and benefit fulfillment. They will initiate annual appeal letters, creating mailing lists and customizing suggested donation asks with subscription renewals, as well as other targeted appeals as is strategically useful. The Development Associate will have a goal that all donors are thanked above and beyond their expectations.

The Development Associate will collaborate with the Artistic and Executive Directors on identifying existing donors who should be cultivated as major donor prospects, and strategize on new ways to identify new donors to the Lyric Stage.

While there is no annual fundraising event, the Development Associate will likely organize and implement several cultivation events throughout the year. The Development Associate will work with the Board and the Advisory Council to begin planning a celebration for the Lyric Stage’s 50th anniversary in 2024.

Institutional Giving

The Development Associate will act as project manager for gifts from foundations and corporations, which is generally project-based, and often is the primary mode of support for existing educational and community programs including City Stage, KidStage, Community Membership Initiative, the Walking Plays, Lyric First Curtain, and Lyric First Page. The Development Associate will identify prospects, assign writing, and ensure timely submission of applications and reports to foundation and corporate donors.

The Development Associate will act as the primary point of contact for state and local arts funding, including submission of required reporting.

Additional duties, as required.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will:

  • Embrace the Lyric Stage’s Anti-Racism and Inclusion Plan, treating all individuals with care and respect, regardless of capacity to donate money.
  • Bring at least two years previous experience in arts-related development, and at least three years of increasing responsibility in an art-related non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrate experience in successful digital fundraising campaigns.
  • Must be able to develop relationships with multiple stakeholders, subscribers, board and advisory council members, foundation and corporate officers.
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills, a good visual eye, willingness to be a team player, strategic thinking, strong organizational skills, and the ability to take initiative.
  • Represent our values and code of conduct, and create positive respectful experiences for others.
Salary and benefits

In addition to a starting salary of $45,000, the Lyric Stage offers two weeks paid vacation, pays 60% of the employee’s individual health care plan, and participates in an employee retirement plan with up to 3% of contributions matched.

To apply

Email a cover letter and resume, or an alternative format that demonstrates your capability and aptitude for the position to Matt Chapuran, Executive Director, at matt_chapuran@lyricstage.com.

 

Box Office Manager

Overview

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston seeks a Box Office Manager. The Lyric Stage is one of Boston’s premiere cultural assets. We are seeking a candidate who understands how to support our guests to the theatre while also maintaining a collaborative environment for the box office and front-of-house staff.

About the position

The Box Office Manager will energetically and joyfully join the Lyric Stage’s eight-person full-time staff. They will take charge of day-to-day box office and front of house operations and to supervise the part-time Front of House staff. The position requires strong computer and operational skills, customer service, and attention to detail.

About the Lyric Stage Company of Boston

Founded in 1974, the non-profit Lyric Stage is Boston’s oldest resident theatre company. Its mission is to produce and present live theatre in Greater Boston with an intimate approach that promotes inclusivity and connection. The Lyric Stage leads an effort to integrate live theater and theater education into the lives of all residents of greater Boston.

Prior to the pandemic, over 100,000 people annually attended Lyric Stage shows or participated in its education programs at the Boston Childrens’ Museum and multiple Boston Public Schools. During its history, the Lyric Stage has won multiple awards, co-produced the first full production of the Front Porch Arts Collective, established Fresh Ink Theatre as its new play development partner, and won praise for its inclusive casting. 

During the pandemic, the Lyric Stage has maintained its service to the City of Boston by commissioning work from seven playwrights, including six for the Walking Plays, a series of audio plays set in public outdoor spaces in Boston; launching Lyric First Page, a youth playwriting festival; and regular installments of Lyric To-Go, which connects audiences with artists.

Details

Hours: The box office is open from Tuesday through Friday 12pm to 5pm with additional hours to accommodate between 180 – 240 annual performances. The Box Office Manager will work with the Executive Director to set a regular and flexible schedule, and is required to oversee weekday box office operations, with some evening and weekend hours. Prior to the pandemic, the Box Office Manager worked between 20 – 30 hours each week.

Currently, the work of the Lyric Stage is predominantly done remotely, with an expectation of returning to an in-person office environment some time before the fall of 2021. Some flexibility of working occasionally from home will remain a part of the working culture. Due to the in-person nature of Front of House, this position will be trained over the course of the summer to learn the many moving parts of our theater and will have the strong support of current staff as reopening begins in September.

Rate: $16.50/hour

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: Front of House Staff and Work Study students from Emerson College (between 15 – 20 individuals)

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Management of the box office, including processing and accounting daily ticket revenue via phone, walk-up, and website sales
  • Resolving guest requests and maintaining guest records
  • Managing inventory and payment for discount ticket vendors (Goldstar, ArtsBoston, etc.) and discounted groups
  • Overseeing annual subscription campaign (sales, seating, printing, mailing)
  • Hiring, training, and supervising box office and front of house employees
  • Participating in Opening Nights, special events, fundraisers, and relevant meetings
  • Maintaining concessions inventory
  • Ensuring strong communication between House Managers and Stage Managers prior to and during productions
  • Promoting excellence in guest service, and developing and maintaining a friendly and positive box office environment for patrons and employees
  • Working closely with staff in other departments to support overall operations of the theater
  • Ensuring cleanliness of the theatre space and its dressing rooms
Qualifications:
  • Embrace the Lyric Stage’s Anti-Racism and Inclusion Plan, treating coworkers and guests alike with care and respect.
  • Work confidently under pressure to find creative solutions to problems. 
  • Take initiative and pay great attention to detail, accuracy, and organization.  
  • Box office experience, particularly experience with Patron Manager and/or Salesforce software, is preferred.  
  • Have excellent communications, computer, and people management skills.  
  • Performing arts experience is an asset.
To apply:

Please send resume and cover letter, or an alternative format that demonstrates your capability and aptitude for the position, to katherine_shaver@lyricstage.com.