Arts/Culture/Humanities, Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Development - General
4 Year Degree
Founded in 1965, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) exists to present vibrant and diverse artistic performances that engage and enrich the community. As the cultural center of upstate New York, SPAC fulfills this mission by presenting world-class chamber music, jazz, rock and pop concerts, and opera experiences by new and emerging artists, in addition to the work of its renowned residency companies.
Located in the historic resort town of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, SPAC is one of America’s most prestigious summer festivals. Its tranquil setting in a 2,400-acre park preserve surrounded by hiking trails, geysers, and natural mineral springs draws vacation crowds and arts connoisseurs each year for immersive experiences of performances by resident companies New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, Opera Saratoga, and concerts by Live Nation. SPAC also hosts the annual Saratoga Wine and Food Festival in addition to imaginative programming such as the popular “SPAC on Stage” series and Caffè Lena @ SPAC.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s mission is to cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor and develop among its members and the community at large, appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing arts. SPAC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Building upon a half century legacy, SPAC is entering a new era of expanded cultural programming and audience growth under the leadership of President & CEO Elizabeth Sobol. SPAC is focusing on three pillars of interconnected programming:
Flagship Residencies with New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, to honor the traditions of its founding;
Partnerships and New Works, to leverage the regional, national, and international profile of SPAC and introduce new artists to the region; and
Engagement and Education, to promote access and participation with world-class art to develop life-long art appreciators across socio-economic, education, and regional boundaries.
The next chapter of SPAC’s evolution includes a renewed partnership between New York State Parks and SPAC to revitalize historic buildings and create a year-round welcoming campus that thrives on the interconnectedness between art, science and nature, called Park for the Arts.
The new VP of Development will play a leading role in the evolving Park for the Arts philanthropic strategies, conversations and implementation and will be responsible for engaging funders and donors in a re-energized philanthropic conversation, prioritizing SPAC as a year-round cultural destination.
A key factor in the next chapter of SPAC’s evolution is the newly created Vice President of Development role, reporting to and serving as deputy to the President / CEO. The Vice President’s main responsibilities are to direct SPAC’s development efforts with members, individuals, foundations and government agencies, and to be the primary Development liaison to the Board of Directors. The Vice President partners with the President on overarching organizational strategy and works collaboratively with the other senior leadership on matters of finance, marketing, external communications, and audience experience.
The Vice President partners with the President and the CFO on the creation and management of SPAC’s annual budget and other finance matters. The Vice President directly oversees a staff of five and will assume responsibility for developing, leading and mentoring the team to evolve the Development function to best serve the needs and goals of the SPAC organization in addition to The Park for the Arts vision.
The Vice President is expected to communicate directly with SPAC’s Board of Directors and other volunteer leadership to advance SPAC’s organizational philanthropic objectives. The Vice President also interacts directly with donors, prospective donors, partners, foundation and government program officers, and artists, among other institutional stakeholders.
The Vice President is responsible for:
Developing annual strategies to meet organizational objectives
Delivering reporting and data to provide meaningful analysis and evaluation
Managing relationships with prospective and current funders.
The successful candidate will be a strategic fundraiser with 7-10 years of prior arts administration or development experience, including at least 4 years as a front-line fundraiser with Major Gift experience. Ideal candidates will have a deep knowledge and interest in arts institutions and cultural philanthropy, as well as deep knowledge of the philanthropy landscape of the Capital Region. They will understand and have instituted best practices in development while maintaining a nimble and entrepreneurial spirit.
Professional experience includes
A measurable record of accomplishment in development at a social or cultural institution. Experience in both individual and institutional giving is desired.
Experience and demonstrated results with major capital / sustainability campaigns is strongly preferred, including but not limited to campaigns in the $50 - $100 million range.
Proven analytical and strategic ability to create plans and objectives consistent with institutional priorities.
Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
A sophisticated understanding of budgeting, financial statements, and financial modeling.
Fluency in key software platforms (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, TheaterManager or other CRM/donor database software).
Donor event planning experience a plus.
Prior management experience is required.
Personal attributes include
Able to work productively both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
Sophisticated understanding of interpersonal relationships and ability to exercise keen judgment, maturity and discretion.
A high level of attention to all manner of details.
Self-motivated and focused. Excellent organizational, time-management and follow-up skills. Must be able to prioritize workload, handle multiple tasks under pressure, and complete projects on time.
A strong work ethic, and willingness and ability to work evening and weekend events as seasonally appropriate.
Ability to engage and motivate others.
How to Apply: If this opportunity sounds right for you, please provide your resume′, your salary requirements and a cover letter describing you and your relevant experience. This is a direct-hire opportunity.
EOE No Phone Calls or Third-Party Recruiters, Please.
Disclaimer: SPAC does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms / employment agencies / third-party recruiters for any of its employment opportunities. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee or volunteer of SPAC about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms / employment agencies / third-party recruiters to any employee or volunteer at SPAC via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of SPAC; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by SPAC as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.
About Saratoga Performing Arts Center
For over 50 years, SPAC has been a cultural destination in the Capital Region, playing host to world class artists from Balanchine to YoYo Ma to the Black Violins. Each year over 500,000 audience members are drawn to the unique combination of natural beauty and extraordinary artistry housed in Spa State Park.
Ticket sales account for only 40% of SPAC’s operating budget – as a 501c3 non-profit, we are generously supported by our community, ensuring that SPAC continues to be an arts leader – fostering creativity, strengthening our community, and contributing to the vitality of the Capital Region.