Development, Uptown! Entertainment Alliance

Posted by on August 19, 2013

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance

Company Overview

The Uptown! Entertainment Alliance, a nonprofit corporation, needs to develop staff to move past the early stages of organization.

The mission of the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance (the “Corporation”) is to enhance the collective well-being of the greater West Chester area by opening a theater in the heart of West Chester’s historic business district, and promoting cultural, economic and civic life. To this end, the Corporation will present film, live theater, music, dance and other community events in a welcoming environment. The Corporation will partner with local organizations to promote and encourage cultural celebration and integration. The Corporation will work to build a permanent presence that employs local residents and provides a venue to promote neighboring businesses and organizations, thereby strengthening the area’s economic vitality.

Core Functions

The core function of this position is to establish a comprehensive fundraising program to purchase and renovate what is currently “The Armory” (in the historic Borough of West Chester, PA) into the new Theater for the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance. Once that program is approved and established, the Development position is responsible for developing new contribution income sources and retain and energize existing support sources for sustaining the Theater and its operations, in accordance with the UEA mission statement.


During the transition period, reports to a UEA Board member (to be determined by the UEA Board of Directors)
Liaison role between Board members and donors, sponsors and community
Interfaces with the Board and relevant Board Committees, and ultimately the operations management, once established.

Development Activities

Complete and execute the existing plan for a major Capital campaign (generally a 3-year term)
Coordinate with Board members the identification, solicitation and stewardship of Major Gifts from donors, corporations and foundations
Develop and launch a strong Individual Giving program
Build and maintain an extensive donor database
Assist Board with Special Event fundraisers
Coordinate annual giving events and other special fundraising events with the Company’s performance and operating calendars
Prepare and submit a Grant database and funding requests throughout the year with Board oversight
Report regularly on development activities and results (to Board and President)
Stay current with Uptown! Entertainment Alliance website updates via internal interfaces
Participate in both long and short-range Strategic planning sessions

Salary Information

Hourly based at $20-$30/hour; commensurate with experience
20-30 hours/week
Six-month probationary period at start consisting of monthly reviews; followed by two quarterly reviews; and bi-annual reviews thereafter

Required Skill and Experience Qualifications

Both Apple and PC capable
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, & PowerPoint
Internet, e-mail, and social media
Excellent oral and written communication skills; especially with the Board
Conduct in-person solicitations and work effectively with principal donors
Successfully prioritize and organize multiple activities, meet targets/milestones, and provide status updates
A minimum of three years fundraising experience in a nonprofit cultural or educational organization is required
Knowledge of film and performing arts desired


College degree (Marketing, Finance or Business Management)

Personal Attributes

Small-team contributor, with ownership
Timely response; results oriented
Takes initiative in the field

To apply, email your resumé to

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