In preparation for rapid growth, The Washington Ballet seeks a Major Gifts Officer who will assist the development department in meeting the organization's fundraising goals. The Major Gifts Officer is an integral part of ensuring that we fulfill our mission by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding support from individuals.
Must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building donor relationships and closing gifts in the five-figure range. Reports to the Director of Development and works collaboratively and strategically with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and other department leaders.
Bachelor’s Degree, Masters preferred
Minimum of five years of relevant experience
Deep belief in organizational mission
Exceptional communication skills
Highly focused and organized approach
Collaborative working style
A track record of setting and achieving stretch goals, and meeting ongoing performance metrics
About The Washington Ballet
Celebrating its 73nd year as an organization, The Washington Ballet grew out of the success of The Washington School of Ballet, founded and directed for years by legendary dance pioneer Mary Day. The School opened in 1944 and the Company was established in 1976 with Ms. Day’s singular vision clearly illuminated: to create a stellar institution of teaching, creating and enlightenment through dance.
Now under the artistic directorship of Julie Kent, her long term focus and vision for The Washington Ballet is to create a sustainable world-class ballet company for the nation's capital. She is dedicated to using TWB’s solid foundation to further develop and build the institution by concurrently expanding the size of the professional company while appropriately broadening its repertoire to include repertoire that was previously unrealized.
She also embraces work from emergent choreographers of the 21st century including Alexei Ratmansky, Clifton Brown, Gemma Bond, Justin Peck and Ethan Stiefel, among others.
Her commitment to the development of both the dancer and the art form will be fulfilled through presentation of established repertoire which serves as the foundation of al...l major ballet companies throughout the world while reaffirming the TWB tradition of annually commissioning new works that will contribute to the evolution of ballet while also presenting works that resonate with contemporary audiences.
Kent’s leadership supports TWB’s three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet, PTP programs, and Studio Company; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs. These efforts will continue to propel TWB to a more prominent place within the nation’s capital and beyond.