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Director of Development



In 1915, the Paramount Theatre opened its doors on Congress Avenue. Today, the Austin Theatre Alliance includes the Paramount and State Theatres and hosts more than 250 performances with more than 200,000 audience members annually. In addition to our marquis shows, each year we provide access to the performing arts to more than 20,000 underserved youth, and we have launched Moontower Comedy Festival, which has become one of the largest comedy festivals in the country.

We are now looking for our next Director of Development to champion the theatres’ annual fundraising efforts. Through ongoing relationship cultivation and stewardship, exciting events, and our annual campaigns, the Director of Development is responsible for a budget of almost $4 million and managing a team of 8 professionals. Working in partnership with our Chief Development Officer, senior staff, and key volunteer leaders, the Director of Development provides primary leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all annual fundraising efforts to increase the organization’s support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources.

With more than a century of entertainment and excitement to build on, the Paramount and State Theatres are committed and poised to continue leading Austin’s artistic community as a place for the entire community to connect with the arts.


As the leader, manager, and coordinator of our annual fundraising efforts, the Director of Development’s responsibilities include:

Donor stewardship

  • Create, maintain and foster relationships with donors within the community
  • Coordinate donor patron receptions, events, and galas in collaboration with development staff and volunteers
  • Ensure all donors are properly thanked, recognized, and connected through regular
  • communication and other strategies for making donor relationships a priority

Event success

  • Plan, administer, and implement all fundraising activities and events
  • Analyze events’ potential and success to maintain a successful mix of fundraising activities

Team leadership

  • Lead and direct the work of development staff/contractors and activities in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing, and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
  • Work in collaboration with the CDO and other senior staff on all aspects of a pending, multi-million-dollar capital/restoration campaign planning and execution

Operational excellence

  • Work with CDO to create and manage annual development budget and development plan
  • Work with members of the Board of Directors and facilitate Development Committee meetings to keep board members engaged with fundraising activities and initiatives
  • Oversee all direct mail letters, grants, brochures, and sponsorship proposals required to support fundraising activities
  • Provide reports about fundraising progress to the CDO, senior staff, and board of directors utilizing data analysis provided by the theatre’s Data Analytics team members


Candidates for the Director of Development will demonstrate the following…

  • Enthusiastic commitment to the mission and programs of the Austin Theatre Alliance
  • Able to independently lead projects from beginning to end in a hands-on environment
  • Straightforward, self-motivated, and diplomatic leader who is able to share and receive information respectfully, openly, and with kindness
  • Able to adjust to a demanding and changing environment, wearing different hats and with a sense of humor
  • Responsive and flexible, including timely responses and availability on nights and weekends
  • Effective, engaging communication style

In addition, successful candidates must meet these skills and criteria…

  • At least 5 years’ experience in nonprofit development within an organization of comparable size and budget
  • Experience managing a team of people
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of CRM administration (We use Tessitura.)
  • A Bachelor’s degree

These physical requirements are required…

  • Able to climb stairs safely
  • Able to sit at a desk, computer, etc for much of the day
  • Able to lift 10 pounds comfortably


To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter demonstrating your fit for this role to No phone calls, please.

Call for Teaching Artists!

The Paramount Academy for the Arts is hiring engaging teaching artists for the upcoming school year!

We will have two rounds of auditions – August 15th from 1-3 or 6-8 at the State Theatre (719 Congress, Austin, TX 78701). Teaching opportunities generally occur between 8 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday and include the following programs:

Pre-show Workshops
One teaching artist visits a classroom for a 45- minute lesson that prepares students for the show they will soon see at the Paramount Theatre. These workshops are fast-paced, active and change in content, age of students and schools at which we teach from show to show.

Literacy to Life
A team of 3 teaching artists facilitate a 7-week residency in 2-3 third grade classrooms on a particular campus. This residency teaches the fundamentals of writing as well as
creativity in an active, imaginative and exciting 90-minute workshop. The residency culminates in a live performance of the students’ writing by the Paramount Story Wranglers.

STEM Through the Arts
A team of 2 teaching artists facilitate an 8-visit residency in elementary classrooms on a particular campus. This residency uses drama, film, music, and dance to teach math and science content. The residency culminates in a digital story created by the students.

For the audition, please prepare a five minute lesson or activity to share with the group that relates to one of the programs above. When preparing a lesson, please structure it to be interactive (you will be teaching other auditioners in the room) and aim it at a specific age group and/or subject area, i.e. “this activity could be used to teach 4th grade social studies.”

Even if you are not sure of your availability in the upcoming semester, you are encouraged to audition. Teaching placements are tailored to your schedule. Auditions are to join our roster of professional teaching artists, not for one specific slot or placement. However, preferences, previous experience and specific interests are taken into account. Once on the roster, you are eligible for further teaching opportunities like summer camps. All positions are paid. Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

To secure an audition slot, please email Mitch Harris at with your resume and which audition slot you would prefer (1-3 or 6-8). Teaching artists with diverse backgrounds and bilingual language skills are encouraged to apply!

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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