Director of Development

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Non-profit, Development, Arts

Berkeley, California

Work Location: In-office


Website berkeleyrep Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Non-profit, Development, Arts

Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley Rep)
Berkeley, CA

Leadership Position: Director of Development

Berkeley Repertory Theatre believes in the transformational power of storytelling, having grown from a storefront stage in 1968 to a globally recognized theatre today. Over 5.5 million people have enjoyed productions at Berkeley Rep, a theatre whose work has won six Tony Awards, seven Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, one Grammy Award, one Pulitzer Prize, and many other honors, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1997. The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre engages and educates some 20,000 people annually, including through its nationally recognized teen programs. Berkeley Rep has bustling and robust facilities in Downtown Berkeley – including the 400-seat Peet’s Theatre, the 600-seat Roda Theatre, School of Theatre, and newly constructed Medak Center – and a West Berkeley production, rehearsal, and administrative campus.

Berkeley Rep is known for producing ambitious theatre projects, provoking civic engagement, and inspiring people to experience the world in new and surprising ways, all while developing new generations of artists, makers, and creators. It is within this context that Berkeley Rep invites nominations and applications for the role of Director of Development, a position that is instrumental to the ongoing growth and success of the organization.

Below is a snapshot of the responsibilities and key qualifications required of the incoming director who will report to the Managing Director while partnering with colleagues across departments to deliver upon their mandate:

Director of Development

The Director of Development will be responsible for the strategic creation and execution of a comprehensive annual and multi-year development plan, inclusive of major gifts, annual giving and membership, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, in-kind support, planned giving, events fundraising, as well as developing strategies in support of long-term donor relations management, cultivation, and stewardship. The successful candidate will manage a team of seven and will work closely with their team to reach ambitious annual fundraising targets.


Among the qualifications being sought in candidates, the incoming leader must understand and believe—intrinsically—in the importance of leading with curiosity and welcoming ideas that can later be synthesized and turned into possibility. While all interested individuals are encouraged to apply and, in so doing, share how they see themselves adding value to the Berkeley Rep environment, the following credentials and/or experiences are seen as possible markers of the candidates most likely to realize success: A) several years of experience in progressively senior roles related to performing arts or related sectors; B) team management experience and the ability to navigate complexity and provide compelling solutions to challenges that arise; C) a history of delivering excellent work in a range of environments and circumstances and a reputation for being recognized as a leader who adds tremendous value to both their teams, customers, and companies; D) possessing a deep and abiding commitment to advancing Berkeley Rep’s anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts; and E) deep technical abilities in fundraising.


Berkeley Rep provides a competitive compensation package (US $175,000-$190,000) and benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays; health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance, and a 403b retirement plan.

How to Apply

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure an applicant list that is as diverse and as intersectional as possible.

All interested applicants can send their resume to Helen Mekonen by e-mailing or through the BIPOC Executive Search mobile app.

We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is committed to the following values:

STORYTELLING—the transformative power of storytelling
RIGOR—the unyielding pursuit of the highest levels of achievement in all we do
INNOVATION—experimentation and curiosity in our work both on and off the stage
DISCOVERY—a culture of learning and teaching
EQUITY—being an anti-racist organization—a place of welcome for a diverse and inclusive community
SUSTAINABILITY—the long-term well-being of our theatre, our community, and our planet

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