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Associate Director of Education Giving

STATUS: Full-time
DEPARTMENT: Development
SUPERVISOR: Director of Development (DoD)

The Associate Director of Education Giving is responsible for launching strategic, innovative fundraising initiatives for the Paramount & Stateside Theatres’ Education and Outreach programs. The ADEG provides support to the individual giving team, Grants Manager and Corporate Partnerships Manager, and builds sustainable fundraising opportunities amongst donors for expanded outreach programming.


  • Create strategic fundraising plan for the long-term sustainability of Education & Outreach programs
  • Create and execute research processes for identification and cultivation of potential donors to education programs
  • Work with Marketing Department and DoD on an annual mail, email, social media campaign in support of education fundraising campaigns
  • Manage relationships with prospective major donors through the pipeline: identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward in collaboration with development and education staff
  • Create and implement ongoing communications with education donors, including newsletters and program updates in collaboration with individual giving and education teams
  • Collaborate with Grants Manager and Corporate Partnerships Manager to identify, cultivate and steward institutional partners for Education and Outreach programs
  • Work collaboratively with Education and Outreach program staff to integrate development strategy into day-to-day program activities and innovate on new fundraising opportunities
  • Serve on Education and Outreach sub-committee of the Board of Directors in support of development goals


  • Work with Development team to develop monthly, annual, and long-term fundraising goals and plans for the organization.
  • Represent the theatres at events as needed, including but not limited to the annual gala, advisory council party, Houdini Lounge, Moontower Comedy Festival, and others.
  • Record information about donors in the database
  • Procure specialized benefits for education fundraising campaigns
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Must be able to climb stairs safely, sit at a desk/computer/etc for much of the day, and able to lift 10 pounds or more.


Minimum of five (5) years of experience working in a successful development department. This position requires someone who is comfortable interacting with a wide variety of people, poised and comfortable in social situations interacting with patrons, able to work independently, detail-oriented, able to plan/execute events, familiar with computers (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel), exceptional written and interpersonal skills, proven ability to prioritize and deliver within a multi-faceted organization, and a demonstrated team player. Experience with Tessitura database preferred. Occasional evening and weekend work required. Willing to adjust to a demanding and changing environment where different hats are worn each day and committed to and be enthusiastic about ATA’s mission and programs.

Please send cover letter and resume to Paige Deegan at No calls please.

Organizational Background

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has served Austin for more than a century now. It stands next door to the State Theatre, constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events, film screenings, and our education and outreach programs. Artists like Harry Houdini, Katherine Hepburn, and Helen Hays graced the Paramount stage in its early days. The venues continue to remain relevant to the community with a contemporary line-up of stars such as Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Each year, more than 200,000 people pass through our doors to take in first-rate performing arts events and films.

Our Mission: Inspired by the power of the arts to change lives, the Austin Theatre Alliance strives to engage all Central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, to ignite the intellect and imagination of our youths, and to ensure the preservation of the historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres; the crown jewels of downtown Austin.

To this end, the Austin Theatre Alliance has maintained its longstanding commitment to provide access to the arts for all Central Texans. Through our Education & Outreach programming, formally organized in 2008, we impact more than 18,000 children annually, seventy-five percent of the students are from the low-income, Title I schools most in need of our support. Our programs give students the thrill of attending a live performance at our historic venues, engage them in their classrooms, and provide an important resource for teachers wishing to incorporate creative learning techniques into their pedagogy. In a time of steep budget cuts, there is no more cost-effective way for students to reap the benefits of a comprehensive, integrated arts education than through the collaboration between schools and our education and outreach programs.

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