Development Officer

Round House Theater

Montgomery County, MD

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office


Round House Theater

Round House is a theatre for everyone. We enrich our community through bold, outstanding
theatrical and educational experiences that inspire empathy and demand conversation. We
work toward equity, diversity, and inclusion across all aspects of our organization; we highlight
voices that have been historically misrepresented and under-resourced by the theatre field; and
we ensure that our work is accessible to patrons of all ages, cultural backgrounds, economic
groups, and physical ability. Our organizational values include a commitment to be an anti-
racist, anti-sexist organization. We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds
with different experiences, skills, and stories to join us and develop our working practice.
Round House Theatre is one of the “Big Six” professional theatres in the Washington, DC area,
with “a renovation matching [its] upgrade in recent years as a purveyor of dramatic art” (Peter
Marks, The Washington Post). A nonprofit professional LORT theatre with an annual budget of
more than $8 million located in suburban Washington, DC (Bethesda and Silver Spring, MD),
Round House produces a six-show season of new plays, modern classics, and musicals for more
than 50,000 patrons each year at its newly renovated 350-seat theatre in Bethesda in addition
to providing educational programs for more than 5,000 students of all ages at its six-classroom
Education Center in Silver Spring, in schools throughout Montgomery County, and at the
Bethesda theatre.

Round House Theatre seeks an experienced and dynamic front-line fundraiser as Development
Officer, Individual and Corporate Giving (Development Officer). The Development Officer will
create, develop, and execute both short-term and long-term strategic fundraising plans to meet
annual and special campaign fundraising goals. Reporting to the Director of Development, the

Development Officer serves as an essential member of the theatre’s five-person development
team. The Development Officer works closely with the Managing Director and Director of
Development to actively drive fundraising efforts from individual donors and corporations with
a focus on 4-, 5- and 6-figure gifts. This position will serve as the primary steward and solicitor
of a portfolio of approximately 100 major gift prospects and current donors; additionally, the
Development Officer will be responsible for the management and growth of corporate giving to
Round House. The Development Officer must be an experienced fundraiser and self-directed
team member who cultivates strong relationships with patrons and corporate sponsors to
deepen engagement and increase financial support. This is a hybrid position with in-office days
at the Round House Administrative Offices in Silver Spring along with significant time at the
Theatre in Bethesda. Position will include occasional weekend and evening hours.

• Work with Managing Director and Director of Development to develop and refine major
gift strategies to increase individual and corporate giving to Round House.
• Participate in and lead identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual and
corporate donors and prospects.
• Play a leadership role in the growth of Round House’s Business Council (BC); work with
Board of Trustees and BC co-chairs to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective BC
• Assist in the creation of annual fund communication strategies and materials, including
acquisition, renewal, and upgrade direct mail and email campaigns.
• Write briefings and proposals for prospect meetings; compile contact reports; and track
donor activity within the Tessitura database.
• Participate in Round House’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) efforts,
including serving on an EDIA subgroup and helping to fulfill and promote Round House’s
mission and values.
• Recognize and thank donors via phone and customized stewardship materials.
• Identify prospects and secure financial support for the annual Gala.
• Staff all development events, including Opening Nights, Inside Looks, and other donor
cultivation and stewardship events.
• Represent Round House Theatre in the community, through attendance at local and
regional cultural programs and participation in local business networking organizations.

Where the qualifications are described in terms of formal education or direct work
experience, Round House welcomes the substitution of relevant prior experience. 

 A minimum of three (3) years experience in development/fundraising
 Proven success in front-line fundraising
 Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
 Successful track record working with boards, donors, the public, and staff
 Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to achieve results in a fast-paced, team-
oriented environment
 Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
 Proficiency with donor databases (Tessitura preferred), Macs, and Microsoft Office Suite
including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
 Schedule flexibility and ability to work occasional nights and weekends
 Familiarity with, and interest in, theatre and/or arts and culture preferred

  Salary: $70,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience
  Health insurance – Choice of fully-funded HMO or optional PPO
  Dental, Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  Generous paid time off, including annual, personal, and sick leave
Voted a “Top Places to Work” by Bethesda Magazine in both 2021 and 2022, Round House is a
people first organization. We believe in treating everyone with respect and endeavor to create
a supportive culture that allows our teams to do their best work with an appropriate work/life
balance. Round House offers a hybrid work schedule and fosters a positive and inclusive
company culture.  
Round House is located in Montgomery County, Maryland, a diverse, welcoming community of
one million people. Just minutes from the nation’s capital, Montgomery County is known for
being a friendly, cosmopolitan place that offers a rich quality of life — from award-winning
restaurants and cultural gems to abundant parkland, excellent transportation, exceptional
walkable communities, and an outstanding school system.

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