Development Manager

Clubbed Thumb

Clubbed Thumb, a 27 year-old Tony-nominated and Obie-award winning downtown theater company committed to producing and developing funny, strange, and provocative new plays by living American writers, seeks a Development Manager to assist in all aspects of fundraising. Clubbed Thumb has two current full-time staff members and a part-time financial services consultant, augmented by part-time Producing Fellows and creative teams when we are in production. This position will join our small, efficient, and highly collaborative administrative core.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary: $55,000. This is a permanent, full-time (10:00 am - 6:00 pm), non-exempt position with potential for future growth. This is an in-person position at our office at 440 Lafayette Street in the East Village; some schedule flexibility to support remote work is possible. Candidates should also be present for regular artistic programming throughout the year (including a few nights and/or weekend engagements, not to exceed 40 hours).

Clubbed Thumb has a robust benefits package including:

  1. Health insurance fully paid by Clubbed Thumb with $0 employee contribution.

  2. 10 paid federal holidays or associated comp days

  3. 10 paid sick days

  4. Two weeks vacation plus a generally flexible schedule in the mid-July to Labor Day window, and one additional week vacation at another point in the year, scheduled around programming needs


Institutional Giving:

  1. Responsible for writing and submitting approximately 35 corporate, foundation and government grant proposals, renewals and reports each year, including gathering supplemental materials and attachments from appropriate staff members.

  2. Maintain grants calendar

  3. Research potential grant opportunities with goal of adding 1-2 new funders annually

Individual Giving:

  1. Maintain donor database in Kindful, including tracking gifts and generating acknowledgement letters

  2. With Artistic and Associate Artistic Directors develop strategy and execution of individual giving campaigns

  3. Research and identify prospects for new or increased gifts

Board Relations:

  1. Schedule quarterly board meetings

  2. Attend all meetings and take meeting minutes

Special Events:

  1. With Artistic and Associate Artistic Directors plan and execute annual gala along with other small-scale events.


  1. Update social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and website as needed.
  1. The successful candidate will possess excellent social, written and organizational skills, a rigorous work ethic, flexibility and responsiveness, imagination, attention to detail, an entrepreneurial spirit and sense of humor. Ability to work independently and be proactive regarding upcoming opportunities are critical.

  2. Knowledge of Kindful database, Audience View, Mail Chimp and Word Press and familiarity with and passion for Clubbed Thumb’s mission and work are helpful, but not required.

  3. Full COVID vaccination status.

How to Apply

To apply, send a resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to with Development Manager in the subject line.

Initial interviews will take place by phone; finalists will be asked to submit two writing samples and come for an interview in-person at the Clubbed Thumb office at 440 Lafayette Street.

Clubbed Thumb recognizes that people may acquire the necessary skills and experience for this position in a variety of ways and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds. BIPOC candidates and those who have not historically been represented in the theater community are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Posted on September 21