International Association of Blacks in Dance

Development Assistant, Special Events & Corporate Sponsorship

Spotlight Preferred
School of American Ballet
NEW YORK, New York, United States
21 days ago


Organization Overview

The School of American Ballet (SAB) at Lincoln Center, founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, is the preeminent ballet school in the country. Our mission is to train professional dancers for careers in classical ballet. We provide the resources for a diverse pool of students, ages 6-18, to train at the highest level – with 20-25 each year going on to dance for New York City Ballet and major ballet companies worldwide. SAB has a far-reaching impact on the art form and the School enriches the lives of the more than 1,000 students who train in our studios each year.

Position Description

SAB seeks a Development Assistant, Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship to support the operations of a dynamic department responsible for raising more than $2.4 million annually from four major fundraising events and an evolving corporate relations program. The Development Assistant, Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship will provide administrative support for the daily running of the department. This is a non-exempt position that will report to the Senior Director of Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship.


  • Efficiently and thoroughly manage the administrative needs of the Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship department:
    • Maintain donor information in database (Raiser’s Edge)
    • Respond to donor inquires in a timely and professional manner
    • Process and reconcile income and expenses
    • Acknowledge gifts bi-monthly
    • Manage mailing lists, mailings, and eblasts
    • Prepare meeting materials and coordinate meeting logistics
    • Update and distribute proposals, reports, and general correspondence
    • Perform prospect research
    • Direct volunteers and interns as necessary
  • Assist in the planning and production of SAB’s four fundraising events – Dancing on the Green, The Nutcracker Family Benefit, Winter Ball, and Workshop Performance Benefit:
    • Serve as the main point of contact and customer service representative for event donors, sponsors, and staff
    • Track RSVPs and guest information
    • Communicate directly with event leadership to personalize mailings, report on donations, and arrange event seating
    • Construct and distribute email communications with lists generated from database and event leadership’s personal contacts
    • Coordinate with vendors to produce event collateral including hard copy and electronic invitations, programs, posters, etc.
    • Oversee administration and distribution of all in-kind donations
    • Perform other duties as assigned


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced customer service skills plus strong administrative and organizational abilities, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and capacity to learn and utilize fundraising databases and communications software. Experience with MailChimp, Raiser’s Edge, and Zoom a plus.
  • Must be detail oriented, able to meet deadlines, and capable of prioritizing and managing multiple assignments in a busy environment.
  • Possess superior interpersonal skills and be able to work successfully with colleagues, donors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Ability to be hands on with all aspects of event preparations and logistics and able to lift 25lbs.
  • Competency for representing the institution well to the general public and funders.
  • An interest in the performing arts, dance, and/or education.
  • Some nights and weekends required.

Submission Instructions

Submit a cover letter and resume with the email subject, “Development Assistant, Special Events and Corporate Sponsorship.” Please mention how you learned of the posting. No phone calls or agencies, please.

The School of American Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The School of American Ballet is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

SAB offers a superior benefit package, including four weeks of vacation (plus two holiday weeks in December).

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59097814
  • Location:
    NEW YORK, New York, United States
  • Position Title: Development Assistant, Special Events & Corporate Sponsorship
  • Company Name: School of American Ballet
  • Job Category: Development and Fundraising Manager
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $40,000.00 - $43,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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