Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Pilobolus seeks a warm and curious individual for the position of Development Associate starting immediately. Pilobolus is an internationally acclaimed dance collective, renowned for its unique, diverse collaborations that ignore preconceived barriers between creative disciplines. The company is committed to constantly creating, always collaboratively, and exploring ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. The company puts its creative energy into action in the communities where it performs, teaching groups of people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities new ways of thinking independently, forming genuine human connection, working collaboratively, and finding beauty in unexpected places.

Position Summary:

To support and execute activities involved in Pilobolus’s donor relationship management—from our broadest audience base to our innermost core of supporters and board members. Duties including, but not limited to: coordinating fundraising activities, including individual giving, institutional giving, and special events; coordinating development opportunities with marketing and communications, artistic and educational programming; coordinating donor prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; all in support of Pilobolus’s mission to produce uniquely inventive artistic and educational programs.

Supervised by and works closely with Director of New Programming; interacts daily with staff members in artistic, production, and financial management, as well as all others on the staff of 15, as well as multiple casts of performers and technicians.

Specific responsibilities include:

-Donation processing

-Database management

-Donor membership program management

-Prospect and donor relationship management

-Board support: distinct hospitality for board members; board meeting & committee meeting coordinating, including scheduling, correspondence, preparing materials and presentations, and coordinating recording of minutes

-Institutional Giving: Coordinating grant calendar, advancing paperwork, and submitting applications

-Events: Producing small cultivation events and supporting large fundraising events

-Research: Researching foundations, peer organizations, and other programs in the field; researching individual donor prospects

-Financial: Entering income and expenses into budget trackers; reconciling expense reports

-Archival: Maintaining and updating Pilobolus’s development documents, files, and archives

-Programmatic: Attending various company programs, such as performances, special events, and educational programs, at times during evenings and on weekends

-Liaising with freelancers related to the above activities, such as event managers, grant writers, and consultants.

-Other responsibilities as assigned

Desired skills and characteristics:

-Warm, collaborative, curious, gracious, and assertive

-Assessing / managing multiple competing priorities; working well under pressure; managing one’s own time well; managing others’ time well; proactively solving problems and thinking analytically; completing multiple projects successfully

-Writing clearly and effectively; proofreading well

-Fastidiously attending to detail

-Being an organized thinker, writer, and arranger of material things

-Handling sensitive / confidential issues with discretion

-Having a sense of taste and style


-Minimum 4 years professional experience in development

-Current driver’s license and confident driving ability


This position comes with a generous benefits package including an individual health plan (including dental) with options for spousal, family and/or domestic partner coverage, basic life and long term disability insurance, paid time off and an optional 403(b) plan.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to with “Development Associate” in the subject line. PLEASE NO CALLS.

Pilobolus is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications begins immediately. We are looking to have someone selected and ready to start as soon as possible.