The Lark is dedicated to creating a welcoming, rigorous environment for playwrights to create stories that inspire us to think differently about the world. To accomplish this work, we strive to curate a creative, dedicated, flexible, and diverse team that embraces our mission and values.
The Lark is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Equity, access, and inclusion are core values at The Lark and we are dedicated to increasing the diversity within our staff as it enriches our work and our organization. We encourage candidates who identity as people of color, Disabled, trans* or non-binary, and LGBTQ to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.
We strive to create a work space that allows staff members to not only accomplish their specific job responsibilities but also engage in “big think” conversations about The Lark’s strategic objectives, our role in the field, and our impact on society.
Director of Development
The Lark seeks a Director of Development to join its leadership team and drive its fundraising.
The Lark is an international theater laboratory based in New York City that is dedicated to supporting extraordinary playwrights and stories that reflect the vibrancy and complexity of our world. At The Lark, we believe that playwrights are society’s truth tellers, and that their work strengthens our collective capacity to understand our world and imagine our future. We operate with core values of equity, access, and inclusion by prioritizing voices that have been historically misrepresented or under-resourced, and supporting extraordinary writers throughout their careers.
For 25 years, The Lark has provided thousands of writers with the freedom, space, collaborators, money, audiences, and professional connections to bring their voices to the public. Each year we work with nearly a hundred playwrights and up to 500 artist collaborators through workshops, fellowships, retreats, partnerships, and international exchanges.
The Lark has helped writers bring plays to hundreds of professional and community theaters in nearly 50 countries, from grassroots venues, educational institutions, and local cultural centers to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the West End. We have worked with playwrights and plays that have won or been nominated for awards including the Pulitzer, Kilroys List, Tony, Obie, Horton Foote, Edgerton, Drama League, Audible New Play, Lucille Lortel, and the MacArthur Fellowship.
We plan to grow our budget – derived almost entirely from institutional grants and individual donations, not from tickets sales or royalties – from $2.1 million to $2.7 million within three years.
We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to increasing diversity in our staff as it enriches our work and community. We encourage candidates who identify as people of color, Disabled, trans* or gender non-binary, and LGBTQ+ to apply. All applications will be considered and all applications will be kept confidential.
This is a full-time position leading The Lark’s fundraising department. The Development Director will join The Lark’s five-person strategic leadership team collaborating on the vision and forward movement of the organization. Reporting to and working closely with the Artistic Director, and collaborating with Lark staff, the Director of Development will design and execute a comprehensive development strategy for The Lark as the organization continues to grow. The Director of Development will oversee both operating and capital development efforts to meet established goals and will build and strengthen a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. The Director of Development will lead a team that includes the Institutional Giving Manager and the Development Assistant.
- Build on our base of donors and funding sources to sustainably meet The Lark’s goals;
- Design and oversee The Lark’s development strategies for securing funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies;
- Support Trustees in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new prospects;
- Develop and maintain positive and productive, ongoing relationships with Board members, major donors, and funders;
- Manage donor stewardship;
- Act as liaison for trustee fundraising and board development by supporting the Board Development Committee and Committee on Trustees;
- Monitor, track, and analyze fundraising progress for all revenue sources;
- Oversee cultivation and fundraising events;
- Train and supervise fundraising staff including aiding their professional development, helping them set and stay accountable to clear goals and responsibilities, and giving and receiving regular feedback;
- Contribute to serving The Lark’s mission. The Lark’s purpose is to invest in playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community. We ask everyone on The Lark team to work toward this mission.
- Strong strategic and planning skills;
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills;
- Strong writing and editing skills;
- Experience in effectively preparing and presenting ideas and materials to external audiences;
- Capability to motivate staff, board members, and other volunteers;
- Ability to craft and, when appropriate, make “the ask”;
- Enthusiasm for building and sustaining external relationships and supporting others in doing so;
- Ability to work in fast-paced environment on multiple projects simultaneously;
- Self-confidence, situational awareness, and ability to listen;
- Five years minimum experience in professional fundraising;
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.
- Share the values of equity, access, and inclusion. The Lark asks all staff to engage in conversation and skills building in the areas of equity and inclusion, to treat everyone in The Lark community with consideration and respect, and to contribute to a healthy environment where all team members can feel welcome, heard, and whole.
- A passion for the arts, social justice, theater, and building community.
WAGES & BENEFITS:
Position is full-time. Salary is commensurate with experience, with an estimated range of $80,000-$100,000. Health and dental insurance. Generous holiday and vacation package.
HOW TO APPLY:
Deadline to apply is October 16, 2019. To apply, please send (in ONE PDF DOCUMENT) cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Director of Development” and your name in the subject line. For more information about The Lark, visit www.larktheatre.org.
Accessibility & Company Manager
The Lark, an international theater laboratory based in New York City that is dedicated to supporting playwrights and stories that reflect the vibrancy and complexity of our world, is hiring an Accessibility & Company Manager. This is a full-time 40 hours per week position that works as part of the Operations team to oversee the management of Lark’s facility at 311 West 43rd Street and to provide logistical support for artists.
The hours for this position are generally Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and include some evenings and weekends for public event support.
The Lark is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Equity, access, and inclusion are core values at The Lark, and we are dedicated to increasing the diversity within our staff as it enriches our work and our organization. We encourage candidates who identify as people of color, Disabled, trans* or non-binary, and LGBTQ to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.
Director of Operations
Theater Management Apprentice
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
- Provide company management for artistic programs (distribute payment, book travel, housing, and visa arrangements).
- Coordinate logistics for onsite and offsite rehearsals.
- Lead and manage The Lark’s accessibility policies, procedures, and practices to continually increase the accessibility of The Lark’s facilities, communications, and programming.
- Staff and supervise front of house managers for all public events.
- Hire and on-board stage managers for Lark programs.
- Prepare and process Actor’s Equity Association paperwork.
- Oversee the general cleaning and maintenance of The Lark’s studios and office space. This will entail moving chairs and audience risers and lifting up to 30 lbs.
- Maintain office equipment, including computers, copiers, printers, and phone system. Troubleshoot with support of IT consultant when computer issues arise.
- Order, maintain, and track The Lark’s inventory of office and studio supplies. This will entail carrying boxes and lifting items of up to 20 lbs.
- Cultivate and manage relationships with vendors and building management.
- Lead the planning and implementation of The Lark’s community celebrations, and coordinate catering for staff retreats.
- Work with the Theater Management apprentice to manage the core of Lark volunteers.
- Assist with other program and operations support tasks as requested.
- Be a part of the Lark team by participating in staff meetings, staff retreats, and celebrations, and serving the mission and values of The Lark through these responsibilities.
WHAT YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW:
- How to make artists and community feel welcome. As the Company Manager, this position will be interfacing with artists, staff, vendors, and other community members. This person should cultivate an atmosphere of warmth and respect, have strong interpersonal skills, and enjoy communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds.
- How to maintain a welcoming and well-functioning space. This position will entail making sure The Lark’s studio, public, and office spaces are clean, well-stocked, and functioning. It will require anticipating the needs of artists and staff, and proactively working to meet these needs as well as problem solving in the moment.
- How to manage administrative tasks. This job will entail working in Microsoft Word, Excel, Gmail, and Google Calendars on a regular basis.
- That you share the values of equity, access and inclusion. The Lark asks staff to engage in conversation and skills building in the areas of equity and inclusion, to treat everyone in The Lark community with consideration and respect, and to contribute to a healthy environment where all team members can feel welcome, heard, and whole.
- That you will aid us in serving The Lark’s mission. The Lark’s purpose is to invest in playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community. We ask everyone on The Lark team to contribute to this mission. It’s a bonus if you have an interest in playwrights, new plays, equity in the arts, and/or social justice!
WAGES & BENEFITS:
$40,000 – $45,000 annual salary commensurate with experience. Full-time employees are eligible for health and dental insurance. The Lark also offers paid time off for holidays, and full-time employees accrue up to an additional 18 days of paid time off per season on a pro-rated basis during their first and second season of employment.
HOW TO APPLY:
Deadline to apply is November 20, 2019. Please send cover letter, resume, and two references in one pdf to email@example.com.