Director of Development
Miami City Ballet (MCB) was founded in 1985 by philanthropist, Toby Lerner Ansin, and Founding Artistic Director, Edward Villella. The Company’s repertory of 100 ballets, including 13 world premieres, was built upon George Balanchine’s neoclassical catalogue and gradually expanded to include seminal classical works and groundbreaking new choreography. MCB’s expansive selection of dance works contributes to the growth of the field highlighting South Florida as a global cultural hub, and provides residents and visitors alike with the opportunity to experience genre-defining artistry.
Each season, MCB presents mainstage performances in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, and Collier Counties, serving approximately 120,000 patrons through three diverse repertory programs; the treasured holiday fairytale, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®; and a burgeoning roster of touring engagements throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Concurrently with being at the forefront of artistic excellence, MCB embodies the belief that ballet is for everyone, and strives to be a national leader in diversity within classical ballet. MCB’s roster of 50 dancers represents some of the most stellar talent from around the world, with many having trained at world-famous programs including the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and Joffrey Ballet School; as well as the abundant talent pool from Miami City Ballet School. Among their many exceptional talents, their strength also lies in the fact that they look like our uniquely-diverse South Florida community—allowing audiences near and abroad to relate to the artistry that is presented onstage.
MCB is at a pivotal moment in its trajectory. As the Company anticipates the completion of its historic $55 million Transforming Lives Campaign in 2022, MCB is investing in the growth of its development team and planned giving program to prepare for an anticipated endowment campaign.
To further expand the Company’s mission, MCB seeks a seasoned, creative, and accomplished development professional to serve as Director of Development (DoD). The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts in the five- to six-figure range, ideally within a ballet company, performing arts, or cultural environment. S/he will build and expand the individual and annual gift programs and systemically identify and build relationships with existing and new donors and prospects, including individuals from the culturally diverse communities that MCB serves. The ideal DoD will have a track record of success working with prospects and donors to secure individual, planned, and blended gifts.
The DoD will manage and mentor a team of professional staff and utilize clearly defined goals, objectives, and transparent methods with which to measure success. S/he will instill the importance of stewarding all gifts in ways that strengthen donors’ interests in, and satisfaction with, MCB. The successful candidate will serve as an eloquent spokesperson and representative for MCB at the Company’s performances in South Florida and all special events.
The candidate will report to the Chief Development Officer and have four direct reports: the Senior Director, Major Gifts, Major Gift Officer, Associate Director of Membership, and Development Associate. To expand individual philanthropic support, the successful DoD will partner with the Chief Development Officer, the development team, and Miami City Ballet key stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees, Artistic Director, Executive Director, Chief Community Engagement Officer, School Artistic Director and School Managing Director.
Miami City Ballet has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at MCB-DoD@glfreeman.com.
Miami City Ballet seeks to develop and nurture its diversity. Miami City Ballet is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. Miami City Ballet is an EEO employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current employees, as well as all newly hired employees.
Miami City Ballet will consider reasonable accommodations for any employee who needs an exemption to this vaccination requirement based on disability, pregnancy, or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, in accordance with applicable law.