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Development Associate

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About the Position


The Academy is seeking a part-time Development Associate who would report to the Board of Directors. The Development Associate is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the organization’s fundraising. This position works in close collaboration with the Board, Lead Teacher, and Volunteers. Duties include general clerical, database management, light accounting procedures, grant writing, donor cultivation, event coordination, and project-based work.

Working Conditions

The position is hybrid. Much of the work can be done at home, while some work will require presence at the Academy. Hours are flexible. Most weeks will require 18 hours, but other weeks may have more or less hours based on events. The salary is $25,000.00. The hourly rate ranges from $25-$27 an hour depending on the number of hours the Associate works each week. The Associate would have their own desk and a computer provided for them at Michigan Ballet Academy when the work requires a physical presence at the Academy. The computer provided can be used remotely as well. The Academy is located at 1595 Galbraith Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. The Academy is handicapped accessible, has a lunch room with a refrigerator, microwave, and vending machines, nice bathrooms, and a drinking fountain. The other employees are professional and pleasant, and collaborate frequently.

Job Duties

The essential functions of the Development Associate include, but are not limited to:
1) creating a donor cultivation system, and maintaining organizational data with attention to detail including data entry, gift recording and acknowledgments, and regular data hygiene; 2) helping to coordinate fundraising events including logistics, committee management, creation of materials, and helping to solicit sponsors/donors for the event; 3) researching potential sources of grants, establishing grant requirements and time frames, and writing grants; 4) preparing and executing mailings (hard copy and e-blasts), following a comprehensive donor communication calendar; 5) coordinating and assisting in the development of communication pieces, including appeal letters, thank you letters, newsletters, and digital communication items — assisting with web content management for fundraising and managing online giving forms/subscriptions; 6) developing reports for the Board.


Experience in fund development required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, email, internet, database management, and grant writing required. Professional presentation, with excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, and an energetic and engaging personality required. Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail required. Ability to work collaboratively with a strong customer-service orientation required. Ability to set and meet realistic goals, establish work priorities, organize people and materials to reach goals, handle pressure well, and evaluate/report results required. Ability to multi-task while handling work expectations required.
Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management preferred. Knowledge of social media, a donor software program, and knowledge of ballet preferred.

How to Apply

Please send a headshot and vita to: Marcia McEvoy, Ph.D., Vice-President of Advancement, Michigan Ballet Academy Board of Directors. Dr. McEvoy can be reached via e-mail: mmcevoy@michiganballet.org. Her cell phone number is: 616-304-2348 if there are questions about the position. Email is best, but candidates could also leave a voicemail with questions.

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About the Organization

Michigan Ballet Academy is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to provide world class ballet training using a codified curriculum taught by professionally trained faculty. Our vision is to enrich the lives of children and adults through the beauty and discipline of classical ballet training and accessible community performances. There are two divisions: 1) a recreational division which includes Toddler and Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Elementary Jazz, Elementary Ballet, Adult Ballet, Pilates, Adaptive Movement for those with disabilities, and a free Boys’ Class; 2) a pre-professional division with an expanded training curriculum and additional performing opportunities. The Academy offers two mainstage productions a year: a full-length annual Nutcracker, and a full-length spring ballet. Casting is open to any dancer in Michigan via an audition process. Academy students also participate in a variety of complimentary outreach performances to underserved schools, senior living facilities, libraries, and community events. Academy faculty teach at both the Academy and in the community, offering complimentary adaptive dance classes to children and adults with physical and cognitive impairments, and serious health issues.