Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival (SOTS) has been producing the works of William Shakespeare in repertory on Treaty 6 territory on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River since 1985, attracting over 10,000 visitors provincially, nationally, and internationally annually to our summer festival. We strive to create a warm, relaxing, and inviting atmosphere for our patrons so they can truly enjoy their theatrical experience. We have a dedicated year-round administration team of 4: Artistic Director, General Manager, Director of Marketing and Development and a Festival & Admin Coordinator.
As the summer festival season approaches our staff can balloon to upwards of 50 people between the many artists, production, and front of house staff required to operate the festival.
As part of the senior leadership team, the Director of Marketing and Development plays a crucial role in promoting the festival to our audience as well as building meaningful and impactful relationships with our donors, sponsors, and key stakeholders.
Reporting to the General Manager, the DMD is responsible for the overall branding of the festival and for meeting annual sponsorship, development, and sales targets. We’re looking for an outgoing and fearless individual brimming with creativity and drive. The ideal candidate has superior oral and written communication skills, should love working and connecting with people, and will be adept at relationship building. The ability to say YES, AND while managing multiple high-level portfolios is key. As a small team, our staff wear many hats. The time requirements for the duties detailed below ebb and flow with the seasonality of our organization.
We would encourage applicants with aptitudes and past experiences in some, if not necessarily all, the areas detailed below to apply, as the opportunity exists for an extensive cross over period with the outgoing Director of Marketing and Development based on the needs of the successful applicant. Preference will be given to qualified applicants from marginalized communities in accordance with the Employment Equity Act and will be valued and strongly considered. Women, Indigenous persons, d/Deaf or disabled persons, and visible minorities are included in the act. These groups, and other marginalized groups not included in the act, are of significant interest to SOTS and our team.
Key duties and responsibilities
• Set the annual fundraising and messaging goals, targets, and strategies.
• Develop, cultivate, and improve donor relationships with the company.
• Develop and oversee various development programs including but not limited to; major gifts, planned giving, patron donor campaign, and the Artist Connect programs.
• Assist in operational and project grant applications as needed.
• Ensure all donor and funder recognition promises are fulfilled.
• Create and implement an annual plan to meet sponsorship goals.
• Write, arrange, and pitch all existing sponsorships.
• Develop, cultivate, and improve sponsor relationships with the company.
• Ensure all sponsor recognition promises are fulfilled.
Marketing & Sales:
• Create and implement a marketing plan to ensure sales targets are met.
• Create and manage the marketing department budgets.
• Create and implement strategies to attract, maintain, and engage audience members.
• Supervise and manage all seasonal Marketing & Development staff (currently one social media intern on staff seasonally January to August).
• Arrange, facilitate, or carry out all website maintenance and graphic design needs for the organization.
Publicity and Communications:
• Communicate with media, staff, and artists in a professional manner.
• Maintain a knowledge of the CTA rules and guidelines around publicity.
• Ensure the consistency, clarity, and accuracy of all communications, expand the company’s public profile, and generate interest in company projects. Other duties as required.
• Post-secondary training in a related field considered an asset.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the Theatre industry.
• Prior experience running multimedia marketing campaigns.
• Knowledge and previous experience working in the philanthropic sector.
• Previous experience working with donor management systems considered an asset.
• Prior experience in the creation and execution of fundraising campaigns is an asset.
• Prior experience in creating strong and creative sponsorship pitches an asset.
• AFP membership considered an asset.
• Display a progressive level of responsibility.
• Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
• Budgeting skills
• Grant writing skills
• Creative problem solving
• Ability to manage multiple deadlines
• Excellent communication skills
• Attention to detail
• A good understanding of website and social media platform management
• A knowledge of graphic design and software such as Canva and Photoshop an asset
• Great record keeping skills and good office software skills including Office 365
• Knowledge of the function of fundraising software is an asset
• Able to work some evenings/weekends as required by summer festival schedule
Timeline May 7, 2021 Posting Closes followed by interviews June 7, 2021 Earliest start date (flexible)
Salary Range $45,000 – $48,000 Permanent, full-time based on 40 hours per week, year-round.
• Chambers Group Insurance package including extended health, dental, and life insurance
• Flex time
• Ability to work partially from home
• 3 weeks’ vacation
• Paid professional development time
• Access to annual professional development funds for staff
Please submit a letter of interest along with current CV in PDF or DOCX format to Melanie Rogowski, General Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “DMD Application 2021” no later than 5pm on Friday, May 7th. For more information feel free to contact Melanie at 306-653-2300.