Development Manager

The Public Theater’s mission is to produce live professional theater that inspires, educates, and connects communities. The organization’s objective is to produce high quality theatrical productions year-round in multiple venues contributing to its as well as the city’s annual financial and cultural growth. The goal is to maintain and improve upon its perception as San Antonio’s flagship theater while creating a stronger collaborative and supportive culture. “Theater for all” serves as the organization’s vision for its region.


The Public Theater seeks an experienced, passionate, non-profit professional for a full-time Development Manager position to join our growing development team. The ideal candidate will have experience developing and implementing various activities related to engaging traditional and non-traditional theater arts audiences to increase participation, patronage, and funding of the theater’s productions and ancillary programming. The qualified candidate will have experience with community building and outreach, community relations, program development, event planning, fund development, and donor stewardship. The Development Manager takes the lead in forming partnerships with cultural and social organizations, local businesses, and community leaders, and works to ensure that a wide cross section of the San Antonio community are aware of, feel a part of, and feel welcomed into The Public Theater and its and activities. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development Manager is a key representative for the organization into the greater San Antonio community and will partner with the Board, Executive Artistic Director, and senior staff to expand The Public’s community of patrons and partners. 

The principal purpose of this position is to lead the building and enhancing of The Public Theater’s relationships with organizations and individuals living and working in San Antonio and to further cement The Public Theater as a “People’s Theater.” This role provides a step-change in our ability to engage our local community with high quality performances and arts programming that truly connects with and represents the people of San Antonio.

Compensation and Benefits

The Public offers an annual salary of $45,000, and a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, employer contributions to medical insurance, and access to dental and vision insurance as well as a 403-B retirement plan.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to

Cultural Commitment

As a theater company and nonprofit organization, The Public Theater puts Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) at the forefront of its operations, decisions, and practices. We meet these goals by cultivating spaces and processes that respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions on stage and off. The Public Theater staff are expected to work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and must work to advance our diversity and inclusion efforts by consciously and deliberately addressing any hindrances to those goals. We are committed to providing the resources to our staff and creative teams as we continue our efforts in learning and growing in these efforts, and we hope to hire additional staff members who understand these values.

We are committed to a swift and sustained effort that invites people of color, and other members of historically excluded communities, to be an active part of our leadership, decision-making processes, and operations. All candidates interested in the position are encouraged to apply. We are a caregiver and parent friendly space. The Public is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is based in San Antonio and will require in-person attendance, but allows for some remote work.

The Public Theater promotes a fully vaccinated workforce. All artists, staff, and volunteers must provide proof of vaccination prior to start date and may be required per union guidelines to undergo COVID testing at the expense of the producer.

  • Full-time, Exempt
  • Benefits
  • Reports to Chief Development Officer
Duties and Responsibilities

The following are the areas in which the Development Manager will support:

  • Research, initiate, develop, and maintain relationships with schools, educators, community groups, businesses, funding entities, and organizations to publicize and promote the theater’s community engagement programs and productions with the goal of increasing participation and patronage.
  • Assist the leadership team in finding and nurturing partner organizations that add value to the company’s mission.
  • Develop specific strategies to effectively reach targeted populations.
  • Works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications develop appealing program collaterals and social media messaging.
  • Represent the organization at external public and private events.
  • Represent the company as required at internal performances, workshops, and other events.
  • Identify key stakeholders and decision-makers able to make commitments and/or secure the necessary resources required from community partner organizations.
  • Ensure positive partner and patron experiences to promote mutually-beneficial, non-transactional relationships.
  • Create engagement program goals, policies, and procedures facilitate increased program participation, patronage, and program evaluation.
  • Regularly-update program materials as necessary to ensure accurate information and efficient and effective service delivery and accomplishments.
  • Identify and secure internal and external resources necessary for program implementation.
  • Collaborate closely with the leadership team to identify new engagement strategies and programs in support of the theater’s mission and vision with the goal of increasing the diversity of participants, patrons, and funding sources.

Develop, implement, and manage multiple community engagement and special events including researching and securing appropriate locations, developing program budgets, procuring necessary supplies, ensuring timely communication among all program partners, and coordination of any additional required internal and external logistics and staffing resources.

  • Research and identify potential individual, foundation, corporate, and government funding resources to sustain, increase, and enhance engagement programming and productions.
  • Write, coordinate proposal content, compile necessary information, and prepare proposal materials to ensure timely, responsive, and competitive application submissions.
  • Complete related acknowledgement, reporting, and close-out activities per funding contracts and/or agreements.
  • Works closely with the CDO on timely donor cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, and donor recognition activities.
  • Ensures effective use of donor CRM and ticketing software to document donor profiles, donations/gifts, patron interactions, and fulfillment of donor benefits to maintain and enhance donor relationships and facilitate increased charitable contributions.
  • Fulfill position responsibilities utilizing the theater’s internal ticketing, donor and project management systems to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Initiate, compile, and create reporting tools and standard reports to demonstrate efforts, program outputs and outcomes, participant/patron satisfaction, and return on investment.
Requirement and Preferences

The qualified candidate must…

  • …have a combination of education and experience to successfully execute and meet the expectations and goals of the position, including at least three years’ relevant experience developing community partnerships and/or community outreach in the non-profit sector or professional sales and marketing arena.
  • …possess the ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively with diverse colleagues and constituencies.
  • …be a creative thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills who values non-transactional, organic relationship-building.
  • …have a polished, outgoing personality and be at ease networking, attending events, and being involved in a thriving cultural community.
  • …demonstrate effective problem solving skills as well as strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to multitask and set priorities and limits effectively in order to accomplish tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities in a flexible and fast-paced environment.
  • …be sensitive to the needs of various communities as an active listener, and embody a passion for the power of art to enrich our lived experience as well as a passion for enriching local culture and serving communities.
  • …possess and value knowledge of local community demographics, trends and patterns, programs and services to support underserved populations, and barriers that prevent accessibility and participation.
  • …hold a commitment to developing and implementing programs and maintaining relationships through a cultural lens to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • …have the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • …be available to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • …hold a valid driver’s license; access to a reliable vehicle preferred.
  • This position will be required to attend EDIA and other anti-bias training and workshops as scheduled by the theater.
  • The Public Theater promotes a fully vaccinated workplace. Candidates must be fully vaccinated prior to their start date.

The ideal candidate will also…

  • …have existing meaningful connections to people from various and historically excluded communities.
  • …possess a proven record of face-to-face engagement with hard to reach communities and individuals.
  • …show a proven experience of working in community engagement/outreach projects as well as project management.
  • …hold meaningful previous experience in the performing and/or theater arts.
  • …have the ability to interact with diverse demographics, including bilingual capabilities.

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