5 Sep 2023


Development Associate

New Dramatists

 New York, New York, United States

Job Description

New Dramatists seeks a full-time Development Associate, who will serve as a frontline fundraiser for New Dramatists’ individual giving campaigns. Reporting to the Development Director, the Development Associate will manage individual giving projects, special events, and support day-to-day development administration. If you are aligned with New Dramatists mission and ethos, including a commitment to artist development, valuing community support, and upholding fundraising ethical guidelines and best practices, we invite you to put yourself forward as a potential team member. You’ll join a dynamic, talented, and committed staff, who cooperatively manage New Dramatists’ programming, writer community, its physical site, and general operations.

The successful candidate will be an excellent writer who is skilled in relaying information persuasively and accurately, and who will be comfortable navigating social media and e-marketing platforms. You’ll possess keen interpersonal skills and the ability to thoughtfully represent New Dramatists to prospects, donors, and key external stakeholders. The Development Associate will join New Dramatists’ fundraising team at an auspicious moment, as the Company embarks on the next step of its real estate strategy to seek out a new artistic home.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Supporting individual giving campaigns and cultivating individual donors;
  • Managing special event fundraising and logistics;
  • Daily liaison for board members and other key ND donors and stakeholders;
  • Training up in development management tied to institutional fundraising;
  • Other development and general administration, including staffing board committees, managing our fundraising calendar, overseeing daily development administration; supporting programming and operations, and other administrative tasks.

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications

  • One to three years of work experience is required, with a strong preference for experience in a nonprofit environment (ideally in the performing arts).
  • Prior experience in fundraising, special events, and/or nonprofit arts management is highly preferred; related experience in producing, sales, marketing, or community relations is a plus.
  • Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills are essential, as is the ability to drive work projects independently, and to take direction/ask for assistance when necessary.
  • Experience with e-correspondence, e-marketing, and social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook) is highly preferred.
  • Experience with PatronManager (via Salesforce) and MSOffice is preferred. Knowledge of or direct experience with Adobe apps and QuickBooks (online) is a plus.
  • Experience with artist development and new work development carries particular weight.
  • New Dramatists employees are required to be up to date on COVID vaccinations, in order to report to work in-person.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. If this role and New Dramatists piques your interest, we encourage you to introduce yourself to us.


Please email a PDF of a cover letter and resume to Sofie Wasserman-Smith, Development Director, at SofieWasserman-Smith@newdramatists.org.
Applications received by 6:00PM ET on September 18, 2023, will receive preferred consideration.


Compensation and Benefits

Annual salary of $46,000 – $48,000, commensurate with experience, for this full-time, salaried, non-exempt position (according to the Fair Labor Standards Act).

New Dramatists offers a competitive suite of generous benefits for full time employees, including:

  • Employer-paid individual health insurance;
  • 20 paid accrued vacation days, 12 paid holidays/personal days, additional paid banks of accrued sick leave, COVID leave, and other paid days off;
  • 8 weeks of paid infant care leave for qualifying employees;
  • Employer contributions to an FSA medical spending account;
  • Participation in TransitChek parking and transit programs;
  • Participation in a 403b retirement plan;
  • Employer-paid standard short-term disability/family leave insurance;
  • Employer-paid supplemental short-term and long-term disability, life, and vision insurance.

New Dramatists employees presently work a hybrid schedule, with the expectation of in-person work at least 3 days per week. Full-time employees are also required to staff various in-person programming and fundraising events throughout the year. Employees are expected to provide their own computer and internet access for weekly remote work.

Workplace Environment

All ND staff assist with programming activity and help steward our century-old building. This includes in-person program coverage and light general maintenance. Physical activities include climbing stairs; general filing work; transporting file boxes, chairs, and tables; setup/breakdown of meeting spaces, etc.

About New Dramatists

New Dramatists is a nationally recognized playwright center and new play laboratory. Our mission is to provide playwrights with time, space, and resources in the company of gifted peers to create work, realize their artistic potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre. In the 74 years since our founding, over 700 new dramatists have passed through our doors, and their works are part of the foundation of contemporary American dramatic literature (for information on our resident writer and alumni companies, visit newdramatists.org). New Dramatists itself received a Ross Wetzsteon Award for excellence at the 2005 Obies, and a 2001 Tony® Honor for “blessing the future of the American Theatre.”



New Dramatists deeply values inclusion in the workplace and is committed to diversity across our organization. Our ability to embrace and celebrate each person’s unique contributions to New Dramatists makes us a stronger, more progressive institution and community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

New Dramatists is committed to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in hiring or other aspects of employment based on gender, race, age, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected category as established by applicable law, including the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”).

In addition, New Dramatists will consider requests for reasonable accommodation related to the application process and the performance of job duties in accordance with applicable law.


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Development Associate
New Dramatists
 New York, New York, United States

Job Categories: Theatre. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, development, fund-raising, and performing arts. States: New York.
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