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Employment Opportunities

Manager of Membership

Department: Development

Reports to: Senior Director, Strategy and Development

Status: Exempt

Supervises: Development Coordinator


The Manager of Membership is responsible for developing and maintaining the Kimmel Center’s Individual Membership Program from $.01-$2,500 and oversight of all Membership Services. S/he will create strategy and execute fundraising plans for sustaining and growing the number of members and annual donors as well as increasing the size of individual donations.  The Manager of Membership will oversee all aspects of the donor database as it relates to Annual Individual Membership.

Essential Functions

Membership Program Administration

  • Oversees and manages all aspects of the Annual Individual Membership campaign as it relates to the $1-$2,500 giving levels and provides membership services and support for all levels of giving, including the Founders Circle ($2,500+)
  • Plans and implements Membership renewal, direct mail and telefundraising campaigns, with the goal of expanding the current base of support and increasing the size of donations
  • Maintains prospect and donor database as it relates to the Annual Individual Membership campaign
  • Provides high level of service and engagement with donors and members as needed
  • Prepares written materials including solicitation and stewardship materials 
  • Serves as Kimmel Center representative at Membership functions and other events
  • Serves as Kimmel Center representative at Regional Membership Roundtable

Membership Services

  • Develops a thorough understanding of protocols and procedures for system data entry.  Understands IRS and FASB rules governing donations and applies that understanding to supervise gift processing and acknowledgement of all standardized philanthropic contributions
  • Trains Development staff on protocols and procedures, providing routine instruction to others who need to enter, retrieve or complete simple database tasks
  • Works with Senior Director of Strategy and Development to identify and analyze database segments
  • Submits requests for information retrievals to the IT Department including monthly renewals and lapsed donor lists
  • Oversees the production of all mailing lists from Tessitura for membership and special event needs
  • Prepares pledge reminders for all giving campaigns on a monthly and quarterly basis
  • Works with Finance Department to reconcile transactions on an ad-hoc basis
  • Coordinates donor communications relating to contributions, outstanding issues, donor requests and/or complaints
  • Manages the production process of all print and electronic Membership and Founders Circle materials, including information for the Kimmel Center’s website and online purchase path
  • Serves as the gift processing/acknowledgement backup for the Development Coordinator
  • Manages and maintains all permanent recognition programs and Showcase listings
  • Designated Department Representative on various Kimmel Center committees to provide information and ensure that the Department’s position on issues is conveyed as required
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BS/BA degree required
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in fundraising, development services or donor relations required 
  • Professional experience with relational databases and constituent data management required
  • Understanding of protocol and familiarity with performing arts organizations preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines while maintaining accuracy and integrity a must
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Flexibility and patience a must, reflecting a customer-service orientation
  • Outstanding planning skills, including ability to anticipate problems and plan effectively to prevent them
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues in Development and other departments including Marketing, Programming and IT, among others
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Fundraising database required; Tessitura experience a plus

Environment, Physical Demands and other conditions:

  • Office Environment
  • Must be available to work some nights/weekends for performances and events

To apply for this position, send your cover letter and resume to Kimmel Center Human Resources:

Kimmel Center, Inc.
Human Resources
1500 Walnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
fax: 215-790-5801
email: [email protected]