Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
June 28, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Events Manager


Position Concept

The Development Events Manager is primarily responsible for planning, organizing and successfully executing a series of special events that support the work of Boston Center for the Arts to reach its strategic individual and corporate fundraising goals. The Manager is responsible for a small portfolio of prospects and current donors, and some operational duties related to gift processing. Some weekend and evening work is required. Skills required include: experience planning special events; strong communication and project management skills; exceptional writing skills; experience managing volunteers; knowledge of nonprofit fundraising; and effective interpersonal communication skills. This individual must show exceptional maturity and leadership and an ability to effectively communicate and follow the mission of BCA and the policies of the President and Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Serving as lead project manager for BCA’s annual signature fundraising event, the BCA Ball. The Development Events Manager will:
    • work with the Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Individual Giving to determine the strategic direction of the Ball and identify and solicit Co-Chairs and members of the Host Committees.
    • lead the BCA’s internal working group, and serve as the point person for staff-driven sub-committees and event production.
    • manage the activities of the Ball Co-Chairs and work with the Advancement staff to leverage the networks of the Host Committees to reach Individual and Corporate Sponsorship goals.
    • develop and maintain relationships with key in-kind supporters to ensure continued cost containment.
    • conduct final post-mortem assessments and reports that will inform donor follow-up plans.
  • Working with the Advancement team to plan and execute a series of cultivation and stewardship events, engaging demographically disparate audiences with BCA programs and artists.
  • Developing plans and budgets for assigned events, and ensuring that events adhere to projected budget.
  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes of special events. Utilize database tools to collect, enter and accurately update event, volunteer and donor information.
  • Processing gifts and acknowledgements and updating the Patron Manager database.
  • Maintaining regular and courteous contact with a small portfolio of individuals, corporate and in-kind donors, including letters, emails, phone calls and personal visits.
  • Working with Advancement staff to maintain the client relationship management software, Patron Manager.
  • Attending required staff and departmental meetings, working collaboratively with BCA staff.
  • Supporting all BCA programs and special events as requested.
  • Attendance at evening and weekend performances and events will be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree or higher; master’s degree in arts administration or related field and ability to converse in English and at least one other language preferred.

Related Experience
The successful candidate will have: an outgoing and friendly demeanor; strong oral and written communication skills; experience with creating and managing fundraising events; a record of successful fundraising in a non-profit setting; experience developing and managing large budgets; experience working in cooperation with artistic personalities; knowledge of the visual and performing arts; ability to multi-task successfully; experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite and CRM databases; excellent organizational skills; an ability to maintain the highest professional ethics at all times.

How To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume/CV and the names of three (3) relevant references, electronic submissions preferred, to:

Gregory Ruffer, President & CEO
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant.


Boston Center for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The BCA prohibits discrimination based upon an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Apply by:
July 17, 2019
Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package is available to all full-time employees.
About this Organization:
Boston Center for the Arts is an historic nonprofit performing and visual arts complex that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new work; builds new audiences and connects art to community.

BCA is located in Boston's South End, the largest landmark district in the United States. BCA is a four acre complex that includes: The Cyclorama, built in 1884 to display a panorama painting, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 23,000 square foot Cyclorama rotunda is now the site of exhibitions, performances and community events and houses the Community Music Center of Boston, the Art Connection, the Boston Ballet Costume Shop, three small theaters and a rehearsal studio. The Tremont Estates Building, originally an organ factory built in 1850, now houses over 50 artist studios, the Mills Gallery, two rehearsal spaces and Banyan Bar + Refuge. Boston Ballet's headquarters, a 1991 building designed by noted architect Graham Gund, houses rehearsal and administrative spaces, and a ballet school. For more information, please visit


Black Lives Matter. It is incumbent upon us to act accordingly, and to identify those ways that we, as leaders of cultural organizations, can stop perpetuating pervasive and systemic white supremacist practices and lead through our actions.

Boston Center for the Arts is committed to doing the hard work of dismantling even the most subtle forms of white supremacy in our organization, in our practices, and in the work we do to help make Boston a place where Black artists can live and thrive.

BCA employees, interns, and artistic residents agree to working with Boston Center for the Arts to dismantle white supremacy. To that end, interns will be expected to adhere to BCA’s anti-racism and sexual harassment policies as detailed in the employee handbook. Interns agree to participate in ongoing anti-racist work which may include workshops, readings, and other activities. BCA has a zero-tolerance policy for racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, transphobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and ableists actions and behavior. BCA will immediately revoke all rights and privileges of its interns should an intern act or behave in the aforementioned manner.