Development Manager



Revels is seeking a creative and strategic Development Manager with experience in annual fund solicitation and stewardship. Reporting to the Director of External Relations (DER), and as part of a collaborative marketing and development team, the Development Manager will lead and manage the annual Revels Fund, cultivate prospects, and provide overall support to Revels’ 50th Anniversary Comprehensive Campaign and other organizational initiatives of Revels.

Specific duties include:

  • Manage the design and implementation of the Revels Fund including appeals, developing strategies for donor retention and acquisition, and stewardship;
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and leadership gift prospects;
  • Develop and maintain donor stewardship program, timely acknowledgments, personalized communications, and events;
  • Use internal and external data to follow donor giving trends to develop programs that meet financial goals and donor growth targets;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a Revels Alumni program;
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of numerous special events throughout the year;
  • Collaborate with Revels staff to maintain robust volunteer program;
  • Provide general support as necessary for the preparation of grant proposals and reports to funders.


  • Demonstrated success managing fundraising programs
  • Proven ability to establish positive relationships with donors
  • A sincere commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A genuine sense of cultural curiosity and a passion for the performing arts
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and discretion in handling confidential information
  • Ability to think critically and recommend ways to improve process, gain efficiencies, and better serve needs of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of projects
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and maintain a high level of poise and professionalism
  • A well-developed sense of humor

How To Apply:

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit whatever materials they think would best communicate why they are the right person for the job. Please put DEVELOPMENT MANAGER in the subject line. Send your materials to

Apply by:

September 25, 2021


$55,000 – $65,000

Diversity Statement

Diversity is a fundamental element in Revels’ musical and theatrical productions. Through music, dance, and storytelling, we celebrate the seasonal and cultural traditions of our world, honoring and upholding the differences that make individuals and cultures truly unique while reminding us of the shared humanity that connects us all. This principle guides our organizational approach with events, educational programs, performers, audience, volunteers, partners, and staff. We offer an open, creative space that welcomes every person to help shape and take part in our distinctive community experiences.

About Revels

Revels, based in Watertown, MA, engages audiences across nine U.S. cities in theatrical and musical experiences that bring the world’s cultural traditions and celebrations to life. Since its founding in 1971, nearly two million people nationwide have joined in the song and dance of Revels’ seasonal celebrations. In-person programs include the flagship production The Christmas Revels, Revels RiverSing, Spring Sing, salons, Harbor Cruises, and Pub Sings, as well as a collaborative program with the Perkins School for the Blind and innovative educational programs for children. Revels offers online programs as part of its #RevelsConnects series, including Musical Connections, produced with the Mass Cultural Council’s Folk Arts and Tradition Program. Revels’ cast and backstage crew include a mix of auditioned professional and non-professional singers, dancers, and storytellers ranging from young children to adults. Learn more about Revels at

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