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Director of Development

Position Summary

The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres and a nationally recognized performing arts company is seeking a Director of Development. Responsible for articulating, planning and overseeing the implementation of a strategic direction for the department, the Director of Development plays a critical role in developing prospect cultivation and solicitation strategies. The Director of Development is expected to cultivate and solicit major gifts from key prospects, and serves as a key liaison to the Board of Directors and its Committees in their related efforts.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, direction and management to the development department of the organization.
  • Lead and motivate the Board of Directors, inspiring them to serve in a strategic capacity as the organization’s most powerful fundraisers. The Director of Development will be expected to work closely with the fundraising committees of the Board and provide training, support and orientation to fundraising techniques as needed.
  • Determine departmental long-range goals addressing dollars to be raised annually, benchmarks for growth in dollars raised and relationships, targets for each area of giving and other development issues.
  • Enrich effective working relationships with the Board of Directors and its committees, staff colleagues, and volunteers to build a strong network of committed and continuous support.
  • Serve as a major gift fundraiser by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, participating in strategy development and stewarding selected major gift prospects from all constituencies, corporate, foundations and individuals. Work with key trustees to manage their portfolio of high-end prospects.
  • Work closely with the Managing Director and Board leadership to identify trustee candidates capable of getting or giving major gifts.
  • Oversee development staff in the implementation and management of development programs for individual annual fund giving, and corporate, foundation and government giving, as well as a program of comprehensive stewardship and development fundraising and cultivation events, meeting the goals of the department.
  • Oversee the management of the department’s budget and the annual evaluation of the development department’s programs including cost analysis.
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the organization.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Alley Theatre expects the following of each employee:  adheres to theatre’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner;  performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets department productivity standards; participates in Alley Theatre events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Candidates for the Director of Development will demonstrate the following…

  • Enthusiastic commitment and the ability to lead, inspire and mentor a staff of 13 development professionals in all fundraising activities, as well as the capacity to motivate and collaborate successfully with a dedicated Board of influential civic and corporate leaders.
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts for an integrated campaign encompassing annual operations, capital improvements, and endowment expansion, and work collaboratively with the Managing Director in this effort.
  • Work in constructive partnership with other members of the Alley’s senior management team, demonstrating an understanding of the skill and maturity needed to collaborate with peers, manager and volunteers.
  • Exhibit energy, dedication, and creativity, and demonstrate an ability to consistently provide strong support for the artists, staff and civic leaders who create an environment conducive to the creation of excellent work both onstage and behind the scenes at the Alley.
  • Be an effective representative of and spokesperson for the organization and the art of theatre, and an excellent communicator with strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.

Reports To: Managing Director

Status: Salary-Exempt

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits Offered: Alley Theatre offers a complete health benefits package, paid vacation and sick, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement  and references via email to HRdept@alleytheatre.org.

No phone calls.  EOE.

About Alley Theatre
The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company led by Interim Artistic Director James Black and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. Home to a Resident Company of actors, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres. Alley All New, the initiative to commission and develop new work year round, features the Alley All New Festival each season presenting workshops and readings of new plays and musicals in process. A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has brought productions to Broadway, 40 American cities including New York’s Lincoln Center and internationally to Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg throughout its 70 year history. The Alley Theatre underwent a $46.5 million building renovation in 2014-2015 season, the first major improvements since the building opened in 1968. With more than 450 performances in 2017-2018, the Alley will produce more performances than all other performing arts organizations in the Houston Theater District combined.

Human Resources Generalist  

We have an exciting opportunity for a human resources generalist.  This position carries out responsibilities in the following HR areas: benefits administration, employee relations, training, onboarding, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, affirmative action and employment law compliance.

About Alley Theatre
The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company led by Interim Artistic Director James Black and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. Home to a Resident Company of actors, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres. Alley All New, the initiative to commission and develop new work year round, features the Alley All New Festival each season presenting workshops and readings of new plays and musicals in process. A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has brought productions to Broadway, 40 American cities including New York’s Lincoln Center and internationally to Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg throughout its 70 year history. The Alley Theatre underwent a $46.5 million building renovation in 2014-2015 season, the first major improvements since the building opened in 1968. With more than 450 performances in 2017-2018, the Alley will produce more performances than all other performing arts organizations in the Houston Theater District combined.

Job Duties:

  • Administers human resource procedures, assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Conducts, coordinates, and/or assists with the new hire orientation
  • Performs benefits administration including claims resolution.
  • Process new hires, terminations and employee status changes.
  • Conducts recruitment effort for all exempt and nonexempt personnel.
  • Maintains compliance with federal, state and local employment and benefits laws and regulations.
  • Reports, maintains and monitors all workers' compensation case files; follows-up on open cases.
  • Maintains and distributes employee information, policy manuals, and other communications
  • Yearly assessment of benefits with HR Director
  • Processing claims for HRA, Workers Comp & Unemployment
  • Addresses routine employee questions on benefits, compensation, and HR policy and procedures
  • Assist in maintaining current job postings, application review and interview scheduling.
  • FMLA & LOA administration
  • Provides a variety of administrative support services to the Human Resource Director
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience of federal and state employment laws and other government compliance regulations.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proven experience as an HR generalist for atleast 3 years
  • PHR or SHRM-CP preferred
  • Experience in data collection, entry and reporting with great attention to detail and confidentiality
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel
  • Experience with HRIS, payroll, and benefit admin platforms
  • Excellent communication and organization skills are required
  • Expertise in HR policies and procedures.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment with associates
  • Capable of effective planning and priority setting
  • Ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously while working under pressure to meet deadlines

Benefits & Perks

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick  time
  • 401(k) with matching
  • Free  and  discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
  • Working in the exciting performing arts scene in Houston

In addition to the duties listed above, the Alley Theatre expects the following of each employee:  adheres to theatre’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner;  performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets department productivity standards; participates in Alley Theatre events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

Reports To: Human Resources Director

Status: Full time, Salary Exempt

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits Offered: Alley Theatre offers a complete health benefits package, paid vacation and sick, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and references via email to HRdept@alleytheatre.org.

No phone calls.  EOE.

 

Payroll  Specialist

The Payroll Specialist  is responsible for processing payroll, reconciling all payroll related accounts to outside sources such as the IRS Form 941 and 401k retirement accounts for example.

Job Duties:

Payroll

  • Weekly processing of payroll for 100+ employees including Equity actors, and salaried, hourly and temporary employees
  • Administration of payroll related liabilities including retirement withholding and matching, employee/artist heath care, and artist dues and fees
  • Assisting management in payroll related matters
  • Providing payroll information as necessary including but not limited to quarterly and annual tax reporting, labor statistical reporting, budget comparisons
  • Posting payroll to the GL
  • Processing payroll related accounts payable
  • Performs other tasks as assigned

Financial Reporting

  • Assist with weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial reporting including but not limited to ticket sales, contributed revenue, expenses, and other financial statements

Annual Audit

  • Assisting as necessary with annual audit

Requirements

  • Two or more years’ experience with payroll administration preferred. Training is available for the right candidate
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Master’s in Not-for-Profit Management preferred
  • Broad knowledge of payroll laws required or candidate must pursue additional training from accredited payroll training organization
  • Certified Payroll Professional or other payroll certification preferred or candidate must pursue this certification
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Excel necessary
  • Working knowledge of Great Plains accounting software helpful
  • Basic understanding of accounting helpful

In addition to the duties listed above, the Alley Theatre expects the following of each employee:  adheres to theatre’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner;  performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets department productivity standards; participates in Alley Theatre events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

Reports To: Finance Director

Status: Salaried-Exempt

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and references via email to HRdept@alleytheatre.org.

No phone calls.  EOE.

About Alley Theatre
The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company led by Interim Artistic Director James Black and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. Home to a Resident Company of actors, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres. Alley All New, the initiative to commission and develop new work year round, features the Alley All New Festival each season presenting workshops and readings of new plays and musicals in process. A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has brought productions to Broadway, 40 American cities including New York’s Lincoln Center and internationally to Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg throughout its 70 year history. The Alley Theatre underwent a $46.5 million building renovation in 2014-2015 season, the first major improvements since the building opened in 1968. With more than 450 performances in 2017-2018, the Alley will produce more performances than all other performing arts organizations in the Houston Theater District combined.

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR 

The nationally recognized Alley Theatre (LORT B and C) in Houston, TX seeks an experienced, self-motivated and detail-oriented individual for Assistant Technical Director.The Alley Theatre produces 14 productions in two performance spaces each year with an annual production staff of 60, andrecently completed a $46M renovation of the theatre facility. The Alley is committed to equality and diversity in its workforce and encourages all interested parties to apply. The ATD will possess a solid background in engineering scenery construction projects in both wood and steel, as well as have a high level of proficiency with stage rigging and automation. Responsibilities include drafting in AutoCAD/Vectorworks, CNC programming, automation design, build scheduling and ordering materials and supplies. Three years of professional regional theatre experience preferred. This position is full-time salaried, with a benefits package including paid vacation, family health and dental, and a 401k retirement plan.  Please send cover letter, resume and references to Aaron Wilson, Technical Director, productiondept@alleytheatre.org with “Assistant Technical Director” in the subject line. No phone calls please. EOE  Please click here for full Job Description.

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER – MAJOR GIFTS

The development officer is responsible for the development of strategies for cultivating and securing gifts of $5,000 - $25,000 from a diverse group of individuals including current donors, subscriber, single ticket buyers and event participants.  This position will focus on recruiting donors for the newly created Artistic Director Circle donor affinity group.  The development officer is a member of the individual giving team and works closely with the director of individual giving, research analyst and donor relations manager.  In this role, the successful officer will spend more than half of their time out of the office meeting with donors and potential donors.   

Job Duties

  • Develop and execute cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plan for portfolio of donors and prospects
  • Attend work/donor functions to cultivate and steward donors and patrons.
  • Work some evenings of Hubbard Theatre productions runs to host Plank Family Greenroom.
  • Involved in planning and attending donor stewardship events.
  • Assist director of individual giving and research analyst to identify and move major gift prospects up the donor pipeline and into an appropriate portfolio.
  • Be an active participant in a team-based fundraising department.

Requirements

  • Minimum of three years of experience in fundraising/membership within the non-profit sector including solicitation experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Excellent communication skills with demonstrable ability to prepare and present both formal written and oral presentations.
  • Ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.
  • Requires strong collaboration skills in order to work effectively across the organization and function consistently as a highly valued and high performing team player within the Development department and the organization.
  • Requires exceptional project management skills and ability to multi-task within budgetary and resource constraints and timelines.
  • Must be able to think critically and strategically and anticipate potential project challenges.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task and meet deadlines on time and on budget.
  • Broad knowledge of individual giving fundraising principles (i.e. cultivation, solicitation and stewardship).
  • Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility to work patron and special events that occur on the evenings and weekends
  • Self-motivated & self-starting

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement  and references via email to HRdept@alleytheatre.org. No phone calls.  EOE.

FACILITIES ENGINEER

Essential Functions

  • Administers the preventative maintenance program as required, properly completing work orders on time.
  • Must be able to read and interpret blueprints
  • Ensures all fire and safety inspections are completed and any discrepancies are corrected. Must be familiar with Fire Alarm panel.
  • Must be familiar with Metasys and Convergentz systems.
  • Knowledge of Sprinkler Systems , Dry Pipe, Deluge System, House Tank and Fire Pump
  • Perform general repairs, including pressure washing and replacement of building components and additional responsibilities delegated by Chief Engineer
  • Learn and follow all emergency procedures

Knowledge and Skills

  • Technical, vocational or on-the-job training in electrical and HVAC or any similar combination of experience and education.
  • Knowledge of proper use of equipment, materials and supplies used in maintenance work.
  • Experience as a first grade stationary engineer.
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Must be willing to work nights and weekends.

Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • 5 years plus of experience in commercial facilities and building maintenance.
  • Background check will be required

Benefits & Perks

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick  time
  • 401(k) with matching
  • Free  and  discounted tickets to Alley Theatre performances
  • Working in the exciting performing arts scene in Houston

In addition to the duties listed above, the Alley Theatre expects the following of each employee: adheres to theatre’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner;performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets department productivity standards; participates in Alley Theatre events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

Reports To: Chief Engineer

Status: Hourly- Non-Exempt

Compensation: Depending on  experience

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement  and references via email to danieln@alleytheare.org.

No phone calls.  EOE.

Fundraising, Outbound Calls  - Part Time

Alley Theatre Outbound Calls (no cold calling) Fundraising
Holiday Hours, PT - Flexible Hours

Do you work full time or another part time job and need to supplement your income?  make a little extra cash over the holidays? This is a great job for the retired, students or those that need flex night hours. We are looking for talented phone agents with “heart” to start: Monday, November 5 at 5:00 PM.

Here’s what the job is:

  • Outstanding Customer Care
  • Learn Strategic Marketing Techniques Through Language
  • Fundraising positions available
  • Year Round 16 hours/4 Shifts required min to 24+ hours a week
  • Monday-Thursday 5pm-9pm & Friday-Saturday 9am-1pm.
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Average earnings base pay plus commission $11-$15 per hour
  • Cash bonuses for top earners (this depends on your ability to execute best  practices that will be provided in coaching)
  • Being able to take direction and follow direction is key and is required
  • Complimentary tickets to shows available as a thank you for your committed work
  • Parking Bonus Cash Money Provided for those who take direction well and who produce
  • Demonstrating knowledge of Alley Theatre, its season, and its education programs is a plus!
  • Equality and Diversity are welcome and ALWAYS makes the team stronger.
  • This is a serious job for serious, dedicated, reliable lovers of the arts.

We are a nice successful family that has developed over this whole past 2-years won’t you come join us in the fun! Please no phone calls prior to the interview.

Send your resume with references in pdf form to: lmumford@sdatel.com.

STAGE CREW AND WARDROBE CREW OVERHIRE

The nationally recognized Alley Theatre (LORT B and C) in Houston, TX seeks qualified local theatre technicians to fill overhire Stage Crew and Wardrobe Crew positions throughout the 2018-19 Season. The Alley produces 14 productions in two performance spaces each year and recently completed a $46M renovation of the theatre facility. The Alley is committed to equality and diversity in its workforce and encourages all interested parties to apply. Ideal candidates will be team players with professional experience in technical theatre, and local to the Houston area.  These positions are hourly, eligible for overtime, and hired on a per-show basis.  No travel or housing compensation is available for these positions. Email resume and references to productiondept@alleytheatre.org with “Stage Crew” or “Wardrobe Crew” in the subject line. No phone calls please.  EOE.  Click here for a full Stage Crew job description. Click here for a full Wardrobe Crew job description.

STITCHERS Overhire 

The nationally recognized Alley Theatre (LORT B and C) in Houston, TX seeks Overhire Stitchers. The Alley produces 14 productions in two performance spaces each year and recently completed a $46M renovation of the theatre facility. The Alley is committed to equality and diversity in its workforce and encourages all interested parties to apply. Ideal candidates will be team players with strong organizational, interpersonal, and time-management skills. REQUIREMENTS: experience with industrial and home sewing machines, hand sewing and finishing techniques, and basic knowledge of costume construction techniques. Ability to work with varied personalities and timetables a must. Position is hourly, DOE, and eligible for overtime. No travel or housing compensation is available for this position. Please email letter of interest, resume and references to productiondept@alleytheatre.org with “Stitcher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.  EOE.