Development and Events Manager

Organization Background

Position Summary

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

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


Please send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to: No phone calls.

If you have questions, please email