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31 Oct 2023


Development Director

Annapolis Opera Company

 Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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Job Description

The Annapolis Opera Company is seeking a Development Director to lead the organization’s fundraising activities.



Through 51 years of artistic excellence, the Annapolis Opera continues to bring outstanding, innovative programming to the greater Washington Baltimore Annapolis region.  A valued cultural community asset, and a growing force in a vibrant arts-centric area, the company is poised for even greater success in the years to come.

Annapolis Opera has also been an exemplar of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by actively amplifying diverse voices, on and off the stage, and has set an exceptional standard for fostering a rich and inclusive artistic environment throughout its history.

The past five years have marked a period of remarkable growth and expansion for the company. This is an exciting opportunity to forge even stronger connections within our community, broaden our educational reach, and champion even more innovative and relevant productions.



This position is a distinctive opportunity for a fundraising professional to become part of our vibrant organization and add to its energized and expanded artistic initiatives.  These initiatives are strategically designed to not only foster new connections but also enhance and strengthen relationships with existing donors.

The Development Director reports to the General Director and works closely with the Board of Trustees, and the Artistic and Music Director, focusing efforts related to fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship.

The Development Director must be well organized, self-directed, detail-oriented, and have excellent writing and people skills.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create and implement coherent development and stewardship strategies including annual fundraising and ensure key goals are met. Emphasis on developing relationships with current and lapsed donors, prospects, subscribers, foundations, and corporations
  • Manage direct mail appeals seeking individual contributions and matching corporate gifts.
  • Conduct prospect research, maintain donor files, and ensure proper administration of donor benefits through effective database management.
  • Design and manage fundraising events that enhance the visibility of the organization in the community.
  • Provide effective reporting on development goals and results for the General Director, the board and the development committee including projections, potential action planning, evaluation, and analysis.


Requirements & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of direct fundraising experience and proven success in building fundraising strategies.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and at ease speaking convincingly to donors.
  • Strong problem-solving, research, and analytical skills.
  • Comfortable using office technologies and CRM systems.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Experience in the performing arts field is a plus.

This position is full-time.

Salary based on experience: $60,000-$80,000



To apply, please email a cover letter, resume to Kathy Swekel at


Full-Time Job in Other:
Development Director
Annapolis Opera Company
 Annapolis, Maryland, United States

Job Categories: Other. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: development, director, fund-raising, opera, and performing arts. States: Maryland.