Arena Stage Fellowship
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • $600 per week
  • Other
  • Fellowship

Are you looking for a position to learn more about how philanthropy fuels and grows the arts? As the Development Fellow, you will have an opportunity to receive hands-on training with the four teams that make up the Development Department-including Membership Giving, Institutional (Foundation, Corporate, and Government) Relations, Major Gifts, and Operations and Events as well as other Arena Stage staff members. We are seeking an emerging arts leader who will benefit from fundraising experience and mentorship that will complement current skills and further long-term goals in arts leadership.

Arena Stage will provide the fellow with opportunities to develop skills in all areas of theater fundraising including:

  • Digital and print membership appeals
  • Major gift cultivation and research
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Foundation partnerships and grant writing
  • Event planning and execution
  • Supporting donor engagement at every level, including board members
  • General administrative support

An ideal candidate is hardworking, does not back away from challenges, and should have the desire to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve Development department goals. A growth mindset is essential to your success! Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are needed in this role, and we value skills like social tactfulness, discretion and the ability to maintain composure in high pressure situations. An understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite and Tessitura or a similar donor database is helpful, but not required.


Additional Expectations: Occasionally, some special events may take place outside of regular office hours.

You might be interested in this fellowship if you want to pursue a career in fund-raising, philanthropy, or arts administration and leadership.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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