Playwrights Foundation Communications & Development Manager San Francisco, CA · Remote · Part time

Playwrights Foundation, a center for new play development that supports, empowers, and centers playwrights, is looking for a part time Communications & Development Manager to work closely with the Executive Artistic Director (EAD) to manage our fundraising and communications activities. Playwrights Foundation is located in San Francisco, on the traditional lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone people. The ideal candidate would be a highly organized, self motivated individual with 2+ years experience in a communications and/or fundraising role within a nonprofit.


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Communications (50%)

  • Partner with EAD and other staff on strategy and implementation of regular communication to various stakeholders: new play supporters, playwright alumni, press relations, theatre professionals, and community partners.
  • Oversee and implement public communication methods and producing/gathering content for the following: public emails, program brochures, flyers, videos, social network profiles, press releases etc.
  • Update and maintain Playwrights Foundation’s website 
  • Implement online fundraising strategies, campaigns and calls to action for online mobilization, outreach and small-donor fundraising
  • Create and maintain communications calendar
  • Identify and develop mutually beneficial community partnerships that support the artistic work
  • Track and report on engagement of all outreach sources, playwright alumni awards/activities, and engagement events
  • Oversee House Management tasks for public readings and support Box Office needs
  • Oversee seasonal volunteers, as needed

Development (40%)

  • Oversee and partner with EAD on fundraising strategies and campaigns to engage, cultivate, and steward existing, new, and prospective donors 
  • Develop and execute consistent communication to cultivate and grow donor base
  • Manage donor administration activities including development calendar, drafting donor reports, donor database entry, updates, invitations, thank you letters, and other materials
  • Partner with EAD on grant proposals: assist in managing the proposal development process, strategy on approach, tracking opportunities, managing timelines and providing follow-up
  • Conduct prospect and foundation research
  • Implement and monitor metrics for goals and analysis of fundraising and constituent mobilization campaigns
  • Support Board fundraising efforts, development, and communication as needed
  • Oversee volunteers interested in Development, if necessary

Events (10%)

  • Develop engagement strategies to support programming and implement in person and online activities for various stakeholders such as panels or other gatherings for audience, playwright alumni, and theatre professionals at large. 
  • Support 2-3 fundraising events per year


  • Dedication to diversity, inclusion, equity, access and anti-racism
  • Eagerness to learn and contribute to a small team
  • Values focused
  • Relationship Centered
  • Collaborative
  • Resourceful
  • Observant and intuitive
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Self-starter, dynamic and able to thrive in a small but active environment
  • Ability to work independently and remotely with a diverse team


  • Strong storytelling and writing skills; ability to develop and organize narratives for varying audiences
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to help drive time-sensitive projects to completion and manage competing priorities
  • Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to use good judgment, take initiative and make recommendations in resolving problems and provide guidance to staff
  • Good technical skills, experience with Google Suite and proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Experience in development and fundraising for a nonprofit organization is desired
  • Basic image/video editing skills, familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, or similar tools is a plus
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, marketing, online fundraising, nonprofit advocacy, and membership cultivation is a plus 
  • Familiarity with CRM databases, especially Salesforce or PatronManager, is a plus
  • Proficiency in EMMA or similar e-marketing platforms is a plus
  • Familiarity in Wordpress or similar website management software is a plus
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, public relations is a plus



  • For immediate hire by March 2023
  • Year round, part time employee with an avg of 30 hours per week for roughly 1,560 hours per year
  • Hours fluctuate according to projects and deadlines with up to 40 hours and  at times 20 hours per week during slower periods 
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required to support events 

Work will primarily be remote. In person duties required for local Bay Area applicants. We will consider fully remote applicants and tailor duties accordingly, if hired. This position does not require a candidate to move to the Bay Area. 


  • $22/hour 
  • Half time holidays for a total of 5.5 days of paid holidays per year 
  • Sick Benefits 
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Flexible schedule