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Pilobolus Development Manager

Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed dance collective, renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that ignore preconceived barriers between creative disciplines.  The company is committed to constantly creating, always collaboratively, and exploring ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. The company puts its creative energy into action in the communities where it performs, teaching groups of people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities new ways of thinking independently, forming genuine human connection, working collaboratively, and finding beauty in unexpected places.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Development Chair of the Board, the Development Manager is a new position responsible for integrating many important aspects of development operations, strategic planning, internal and external relations, and for supporting Board development and special projects concerned with fundraising.  This individual is responsible for securing support for Pilobolus’s general operations including on-going projects such as as well as the Annual Five Senses Festival, Annual Gala, Pilobolus Workshops, 50th Anniversary celebration, and touring.  

Position Accountabilities

Board Development

  • Support Board Development annual goal with Development Committee;

  • Maintain research for Board prospects and review these prospects on a regular basis with Development and Nominating Committees;

  • Create, update, and regularly modify Board orientation materials;

  • Work with General Manager and Co-Artistic Directors to create and implement meaningful Board education activities for quarterly Board meetings; 

  • Facilitate communications with Board members as appropriate, including quarterly Development Goal reports, special invitations to events, institutional and individual prospect summaries, donor meeting materials.

Individual and Institutional Giving and Operations

  • Manage and oversee gift tracking and fundraising performance goals/benchmarks;

  • Manage prospect list, donor pipeline, and electronic and hard copy mailing lists for individual donors sourced from existing lists and from mining new data as available;

  • Create and oversee quarterly solicitation and acknowledgement documents for individual donors;

  • Devise and update meaningful donor benefits and staff donor recognition and education events designed to enhance the donors’ understanding and appreciation of Pilobolus;

  • Supervise and manage Institutional Giving Administrator;

  • Create and maintain departmental budget;

  • Facilitate communications with artistic staff for future projects.

Special Projects

  • Work with staff including Festival Producer, Education & Community Engagement Manager, Co-Artistic Directors, and Company Manager to create meaningful stewardship events for donors who have restricted their support to one of Pilobolus’s special activities such as Five Senses Festival, 50th Anniversary, Workshops, or relating to international and domestic touring;

  • Seek, source, and cultivate prospects for special projects;

  • Work with Five Senses Festival Producer and Connecticut-based community to secure locally-based, new and on-going sources of funding for the month-long summer festival;

  • Oversee all fundraising associated with Annual Gala and coordinate with gala consultant to ensure seamless event;

  • Schedule meetings and events in advance of Five Senses Festival to create New York City-based audience and funding interest;

  • Assist with planning and oversee fundraising for all activities associated with 50th Anniversary.

Development Communications

  • Manage output of social media content on a weekly basis;

  • Create language for social media content reinforcing mission, identity, and public   engagement;

  • Assign content responsibility for social media posts in a fair and strategic manner.

Position Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational skills and an eye for detail are essential

  • Ability to work independently and manage projects simultaneously

  • Ability to set deadlines and manage competing timetables

  • Outstanding telephone and interpersonal skills required to deal with the public, including major and high-profile donors, and with internal colleagues

  • Diplomacy, poise, and good social skills are critical

  • Ten years experience in fundraising, preferably in the arts

Skills and/or Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required

  • Ability to travel between Manhattan, NY and Washington, CT

  • Excellent computer skills including, G-Suite, Network For Good desired

Pilobolus is an equal opportunity employer. 

To apply, please send resume with cover letter, salary requirements, and three references to with the job title and your name in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.

Five Senses Festival Intern

Position Summary: The Five Senses Festival Internship is a unique and selective professional development opportunity for dance-theater administrators, producers, and technicians at the beginning of their careers. The Five Senses Festival internship position is dedicated to helping mount our second annual Five Senses Festival – a 3-week multi-arts and ideas festival that brings together performing arts, visual arts, science, and literature for a series of outdoor interactive events in the company’s home town of Washington Depot, CT. From June through August, Festival Interns will experience full immersion in the creative, production, company management, and development work of Pilobolus.

Company Management Intern

Reports to Kirsten Leon, Senior Company Manager

Assist Company Manager in Festival administrative duties including:

  • Prepare and disseminate artist packets to all guest artists

  • Artists production scheduling

  • Schedule of other events during Artists’ time in Washington

  • Maps of the area with food and services recommendations

  • Staff contact documents

  • Assist in production and distribution of daily production schedule

Assist Company Manager with artist hospitality duties including:

  • Preparing Local housing by verifying readiness for check-in, welcome packet and meeting artists upon arrival to show them around.  Guests housed in private homes may involve fruit/snack baskets, some light shopping to prepare the home.

  • Assembling guest artist welcome gifts and materials for dressing rooms per artist riders

  • Liaise with Company Manager and Line Producer to stay apprised of shifting schedules around the Festival in order to ensure Artists are informed of any changes.

  • Liaise with Food and Beverage staff to orchestrate timely delivery of artist meals

  • Orchestrate artist transportation to and from train stations and airports, and locally around Five Senses Festival

  • Onsite activities may include assisting with other departments during high traffic times such as directing guests, responding to weather changes, and generally being prepared to lend a hand alongside other Festival Staff and Interns

  • Attend to any needs of local housing facilities as may be required.  Verify payment of incidentals by Artist if in a hotel, light housekeeping and laundry in private homes, informing Company Manager of any concerns/damage, housekeeper needs, etc.

Ideal for someone with an interest in arts administration who is personable, friendly, organized, and has attention to detail. Past experience in production, management, and/or hospitality a plus.

Development Intern

Reports to Hannah Firestone, Development and Programming Manager

Assist Development Department in Festival planning and administrative duties including

  • Assist festival guests and patrons with ticket reservations and purchasing online, via email, and in person.

  • Regularly check Five Senses Festival email account and liaise with Development Manager to reply to all inquiries.

  • Monitor ticket sales and liaise with Festival Producer on preparing seating for appropriate house sizes.

  • Liaise with Marketing Manager to update Festival website and ticketing platform with any changes to event times, locations, and ticket availability.

  • Prepare VIP guest lists ahead of each festival event and disseminate to box office and Development team.

  • Monitor, organize, and disseminate invitations and RSVP lists for special events including pre-festival dinners, private performances, and Festival Opening Night, using Paperless Post and similar platforms.

  • Track and record names of new contacts to add to Pilobolus’s database.

  • Assist Development Manager on preparing grant applications and final reports.

Assist Development Department in Festival Hospitality duties including:

  • Interface with guests and VIPs in a warm, friendly, and helpful manner

  • Oversee VIP seating reservations and direct VIPs to their reserved seats

  • Liaise with food and beverage staff to track VIP donor benefits and monitor guest hospitality

  • Liaise with Marketing Department to assist with social media and gather images for post-festival communications and grant applications

  • Other responsibilities as needed. Onsite activities may include assisting with other departments during high traffic times such as directing guests, responding to weather changes, and generally being prepared to lend a hand alongside other Festival Staff and Interns

Ideal for someone with an interest in arts administration or development who is personable, friendly, organized, and has attention to detail. Past experience in development, event planning, grant writing, box office or house management, and/or hospitality a plus.

Five Senses Festival Internship benefits include:

  • Free attendance and participation at Festival performances, workshops and activities.

  • A complimentary (and delicious) meal on each Festival day, from the Five Senses Festival kitchen.

  • The opportunity to meet and interact with world-class talents in music, dance, writing, science, fine art, and more!

  • A friendly, fast-paced, and fun working environment.

  • Festival days spent outdoors in a beautiful rural area.

  • Opportunities to gain valuable experience and skills from a world-renowned dance company.


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General Inquiries

We share all open job postings on our website and appropriate industry job boards.

You may always reach out with a general inquiry, in case there’s a position on the horizon that we’re not ready to list. If you’re a fit for an upcoming role with Pilobolus or the Five Senses Festival, we’ll be sure to connect!

Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we may not be able to respond to all messages.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to with your department or field, and your name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.