Position Profile

Casa Mañana

Position Filled

Director of Development

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


The Organization

Casa Mañana strives to create, nurture, and advance live professional theatre unparalleled in artistic excellence for the enrichment and education of our diverse community and its future generations of artists and patrons.

In 1957, the city of Fort Worth created a non-profit corporation to build and operate a theatre complex, primarily focused on the production of Broadway musicals, and Casa Mañana was born. Over the years, programming has been expanded to include the Children's Playhouse and Casa Mañana's Theatre School. After more than 45 years in operation, Casa Mañana's Theatre School has become one of the largest children's acting schools in the nation.

With the opening of the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in 1998, Casa Mañana began presenting Broadway national tours year round at the new facility. New programs have been added, including The Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, honoring excellence in high school musical theatre, a summer theatre school program called Camp Casa, and an outreach performance troupe, The Casa Playaz to complement Casa Kids in bringing the magic of live theatre to the community. In 2003, Casa Mañana Theatre was renovated into a state-of-the-art performance venue providing space for the expansion of Casa's nationally-recognized educational programs and for the accommodation of a broad variety of community meetings, performances and other events.

Since its creation, Casa Mañana has grown into the largest performing arts organization in Tarrant County. As Casa heads into its next 50 years, the commitment has never been stronger to present the highest quality live theatre and live up to its namesake, "The House of Tomorrow."

The Area

Encompassing 32 counties, the Dallas/Fort Worth region offers everything from smaller communities full of charm and hidden treasures to metropolitan areas loaded with excitement and trendy destinations. Its cities and communities boast many world-class museums, renowned colleges and universities, shopping venues, sporting events, live entertainment, amusement parks and a rich and celebrated history.

The region, informally referred to as “DFW”, is home to more than 6 million residents and is one of the fastest growing locations in the United States. It is the economic and cultural hub of North Texas, with extensive and convenient access to regional, national and international locations.

For more information about the Dallas/Fort Worth area, visit dfwandbeyond.com.

The Candidate

The Director of Development, reporting directly to the Executive Director, is responsible for leading a multi-faceted revenue development program to advance the organization’s mission and to build the support base for new and expanding programs. The successful candidate will oversee all aspects of the annual campaigns, including creating and implementing strategies and initiatives for increasing funding through donor research, cultivation and solicitation, donor database management, grants and special events. Strengthening relationships with individual and institutional donors and evaluating outcomes are key components of the role.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who thrives in a hard-working environment and who enjoys leading a charge and achieving results. This person must present a professional image coupled with effective communication skills and understand the dynamics involved in successful fundraising. He or she will be articulate, sociable, smart and entrepreneurial, with a strong sense of integrity and the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships. The successful candidate must be approachable, personable and genuine. He or she must be energetic, with a creative, progressive orientation to infuse new ideas and new ways of accomplishing results.

The Position

This is a great opportunity for the next Director of Development to grow this position and organization and have a long-term impact on the organization. In this role, the Director of Development will be part of the team responsible for strengthening and enhancing the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. This position serves as a primary representative for the organization, requiring an individual who is able to communicate knowledge about relevant issues and a genuine passion for the mission.

The Director of Development will work to increase annual contributed revenue to the organization by conducting annual campaigns, grant writing and personal solicitation.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Annual Campaigns

  • Work with Executive Director and development team to establish clear, measurable goals to generate contributed revenue to the organization through a series of well coordinated annual campaigns
  • Work with Executive Director and development team to establish a calendar of annual fund-raising activities throughout the calendar year
  • Work with Executive Director and other pertinent staff to conceive of and implement innovative and effective annual campaigns
  • Create and maintain accurate donor records to measure annual campaign results
  • Implement and maintain cost-effective donor programs with benefits designed to encourage increased annual giving
  • Create and maintain annual campaign expense budget to assure a cost benefit for all projects
  • Create monthly activity report to review with Executive Director
  • Develop a working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, Excel, Microsoft Word & other software

Grant Writing

  • Work with Executive Director and development team to establish measurable goals for contributed revenue through grant writing to public, private & corporate trusts and foundations
  • Work with Executive Director and development team to establish a calendar of grant applications to meet published time lines for funding organizations
  • Work with Executive Director and other pertinent staff to determine projects or programs to be funded
  • Work with Executive Director and other staff to develop a case for support of projects and/or programs
  • Research and identify prospective funding sources in support of ongoing programs and to provide annual, unrestricted operating funds
  • Utilize all available sources to research and identify new funding sources
  • Oversee fulfillment of grants received

Other Responsibilities

  • Be an active, visible member of the development team
  • Develop, cultivate and maintain portfolio of donor prospects through personal solicitation
  • Attend Board of Director, performances and donor events as needed
  • Support the Vice Chair of Development and activities of the Development Committee
  • Contribute to weekly Executive Update
  • Support planning and execution of the annual fund-raising gala and other fund-raising events
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Proven track record of 5 or more years of fundraising success.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Extensive donor cultivation, annual campaign planning and implementation, prospect research techniques, grant writing and management, and donor tracking systems experience. Knowledge and expertise in principles of philanthropy and fundraising.
  • A professional image coupled with excellent verbal and presentation skills.
  • Work requires continual attention to detail. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
  • Must believe in working as a team and take a collaborative approach in engaging and working with staff, volunteers and Board to achieve desired results.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Power Point, as well as Raiser’s Edge.

To Apply

This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest.

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