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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. 

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Director of Development
Communications & People Coordinator


Director of Development

The Lark seeks a Director of Development to build and strengthen its fundraising. 

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW:

The Lark is an international theater lab dedicated to empowering playwrights. We’ve provided thousands of writers over 25 years 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 400 artist collaborators through workshops, fellowships, retreats, partnerships, and international exchanges.

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 gifted writers in early stages of their careers.

The Lark has helped writers bring dozens of plays to professional and community theaters in nearly 50 countries, including Broadway, Off-Broadway and the West End. The Lark has worked with playwrights and plays that have won or been nominated for awards including the Pulitzer, Kilroy’s 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 ticket sales or royalties - from $2.1M to a sustainable $2.7M within three years.

The Lark is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment, and is 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 identity as people of color, Disabled, trans* or gender non-binary, and LGBTQ+ to apply. All applications will be considered and kept confidential.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Director of Development will design and execute a comprehensive development strategy for The Lark as the organization continues to grow. The Director 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 will manage a small development team.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Build a base of donors and fund 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 mentor fundraising staff;
  • Ensure and support participation of leadership staff in fundraising activities.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Passion for theater, playwrights, amplifying diverse voices, building community;
  • 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.
WAGES & BENEFITS:

Position is full-time. Salary commensurate with experience. Health and dental insurance. Generous holiday and vacation package. EOE.  

START DATE:

Ideally, Fall 2019

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please send (in ONE PDF DOCUMENT) cover letter, resume, and salary requirements and preferences if willing to share, to jobs@larktheatre.org. Please include “Director of Development” and your name in the subject line.


Communications & People Coordinator

The Lark is hiring a part-time Communications & People Coordinator. This is an entry-level, 20-25 hours per week position that acts as part of The Lark’s Communications & People team, which focuses on artist and community-centered marketing, organizational culture, and public events. The Communications & People Coordinator will also act as The Lark’s Box Office Manager and press relations point person, and will help to create and maintain a healthy and creative culture for employees and community members.

The job schedule is flexible and will take place mostly during The Lark’s business hours of Monday through Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm, and will include some evenings and weekends for public event box office shifts. It will require a somewhat flexible remote working schedule to respond to reservation inquiries while event ticketing is open.

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 gender non-binary, and LGBTQ+ to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.

Team: Communications Apprentice, Communications Manager, and Director of Communications & People

Manager: Director of Communications & People

WHAT YOU'LL DO:
  • Act as The Lark’s Box Office Manager. This includes managing reservations, communicating ticket counts to the team, sending reservation reminders and thank you emails to attendees, printing programs, prepping front of house, running check-in at public events, and coordinating the box office schedule;
  • Create The Lark’s social media and newsletter content during summer months;
  • Coordinate set-up for Staff Retreats, including prepping the space, and curating a welcoming and comfortable environment;
  • Draft press releases and manage press relations strategies;
  • Support The Lark’s Apprentice Program by preparing materials and setting up for Orientation, Apprentice Welcome, and Apprentice Roundtables;
  • Copy edit support for marketing and communications materials;
  • Coordinate year end performance reviews;
  • Act as videographer for The Lark, recording and/or livestreaming special events;
  • Run a People Appreciation Initiative for staff, apprentices, fellows, key partners, and board that includes birthday acknowledgement and sending a gift for life events;
  • Attend communications meetings and take part in strategizing an annual communications plan; and
  • 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 community and artists feel welcome.  As the box office manager, the Communications & People Coordinator will be interfacing with artists, theater industry professionals, donors, and The Lark’s audiences to manage their reservations and welcome them to public events. As part of the People team, the person in this position will help to create and maintain a healthy and creative culture for employees and community members.
  • How to write and create engaging content.  This job will entail drafting press releases, writing or curating for the newsletter, creating videos, and being a part of The Lark’s communications team. Knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Suite could be helpful.
  • How to manage administration tasks.  This job will entail working in Gmail, Google Calendars, Microsoft Word, and Excel on a regular basis. It will also involve working in the database Patron Manager and e-marketing platform MailChimp, which we can provide training in.
  • 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:
  • $16-$18 per hour commensurate with experience
  • Part time employees are not eligible for medical, health, or dental benefits at The Lark. They accrue one hour paid time off for every 20 hours worked.
     
START DATE

September 2019

HOW TO APPLY

The application period for this position has closed. Thank you to all you applied, we will be in touch soon!

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