Director of Development - Oklahoma State University McKnight Center of Performing Arts

Oklahoma State University Foundation - Stillwater, OK4.8

Director of Development - McKnight Center of Performing Arts

OSU Foundation TRUE NORTH: We raise, invest and distribute philanthropic support for OSU.

OSU Foundation PRODUCT SCOPE: We provide private support to enhance the University's ability to fulfill its land-grant mission.

The McKnight Center inspires and transforms individuals' lives through artistic excellence, shared creative experiences, and impactful learning opportunities.

Oklahoma State University leads land grant universities in their contributions to art and culture in America, creating a dynamic, highly reputable institution where young artists desire to attend and learn, faculty are eager to contribute and the OSU family continue their loyal journey with a balance of exceptional academics, innovative research and an enriching art and culture environment.

The Development Department exists to effectively and efficiently develop meaningful and lasting relationships with the patrons we serve through high-quality customer-service, delivering products and experiences that connect, inspire and impassion patrons for the Arts.

The ector of Development provides the leadership, strategic ection, management and coordination for all McKnight Center fundraising efforts. The ector will create fundraising strategies that increase the Center's support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other sources. The ector plays a key role in entifying, cultivation and soliciting major donors for annual fund gifts up to $25,000.

Serve as Organizational and Department Leader

Contribute and lead as a member of the Senior Management Group (SMG);
Develop and achieve contributed revenue targets and department budgets in cooperation with Executive ector and ector of Finance;
Represent the organization to the communities we serve;
Attend, coordinate and contribute to Board Meetings and Committee Meetings as assigned;

Foster Effective laboration of Development and Marketing Efforts of McKnight Center

The ector of Development and ector of Marketing are partners in the integration of the traditional marketing and development functions into a total patron relationship system that enhances the bond between patron and institution to maximize participation and total revenue;
Coordinate and maximize all organizational communication efforts to achieve institutional objectives and impact by proactively aligning with the Marketing Department when appropriate;
Ensure wholistic approach to patron engagement in conjunction with the Marketing team;
Pursue shared goals and objectives with the Marketing team as assigned by the Executive ector or Board of Trustees;

Lead Development and Organizational Advancement Efforts

Supervise staff, set strategies and goals for all campaigns in coordination with appropriate and related staff. Campaigns to include but not limited to the annual operating, endowment, capital and planned giving.
Provide leadership and coordinate closely with OSU Foundation for back office services and other touchpoints in support of McKnight Center fundraising goals;
Oversee grant research and application processes to entify funding sources aligned with institutional purpose;
Ensure the development of corporate support and sponsorships;
Oversee planning, production and goal setting of all special event activities including major fundraising events;
Manage the activities of the volunteer association and Board of Trustees, in consultation with Executive ector, to support the institution's organizational and financial objectives;
Other duties as assigned.

Education & Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Music or Art, Communications or another related field required.
Preference may be given to candidates with advanced degrees.
Knowledge of classical music, performing and visual arts will be a contributing factor to success.

At least ten years as a senior ector in fund development, non-profit management, marketing and/or community relations. He/she will have served as a trusted advisor to both the Executive ector as well as the Board of Trustees of an organization.
Has crafted a strategic plan with a focus on high-end gifts and donors and worked laboratively to ulate a full-service, comprehensive strategy.
Expertise with fundraising and/or ticket software, such as Raiser's Edge, Archtics or Tessitura, required. Understanding of proper lection and hygiene of data required.
Proven track record for successful team building and development of effective institutional culture.
Proven sense of humor and ability to have fun.

Organizational Competencies:
Effective Communication: Able to present effectively to large groups of individuals; is clear, articulate and ect in sharing and providing feedback; develops communication plans to ensure effective transparency and involvement throughout the organization; able to present complex issues appropriately for a target audience; maintains communication with all staff and stakeholders
Execution & Initiative: Drives a high performance culture, having the ability to differentiate performance and demonstrate managerial courage; maintains focus on organizational priorities and sets challenging performance goals for units; invest personal energy and time in building buy-in among key influencers in advance of critical decisions; seeks to ensure that strategic initiatives are effectively executed and communicated to relevant audiences within the organization; encourages an environment in which results surpass activity and teamwork surpasses results; able to remain focused on only mission-related initiatives
Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills: Builds cohesive teams of people across organization based on strong personal trust and relationships; motivates the organization to increase employee engagement levels; constantly assesses and builds team morale; seeks out relationships with experts as a means of obtaining information about best practices and skills vital to departmental and organizational success; maximizes personal networks in different parts of the organization, campus & community partners, and effectively uses contacts to achieve organizational goals
Problem Solving/Judgment: Oversees the development of guidelines, principles and approaches; appropriately applies risk management practices, including the escalation of risk issues, and recognizes and undertakes opportunities for others to learn from inevitable mistakes, and incorporates experience in future decisions; able to anticipate problems/challenges and required strategy for a situation; makes connections among previously unrelated eas and looks beyond the first right answer
Adaptability/Flexibility: Plays an active role in implementing change; encourages others to challenge the status quo; able to quickly adapt and lead during changing circumstances; foresees potential breakdown in the establishment/development of change and proactively recommends modifications to maintain standards of deliverables; anticipates specific reasons underlying resistance to change and proactively implements approaches to address potential concerns; remains active, visible and engaged throughout all stages of change management
Courage & Conviction: Takes responsibility for departmental outcomes regardless of success and learns from all results; creates a departmental environment where failure is an opportunity for learning
Patron Centered: Uses patron and university feedback to improve service and feed into the business planning; builds performance based business relationships by entifying and meeting patron needs rather than simply relying on social or affiliated relationships

Must use a computer terminal and view a computer screen for extended periods of time. Must talk in person or by phone (frequently and sometimes for extended periods) to people on campus and across the country. Must constantly use visual acuity to check printed and designed materials of various types. Must be able to navigate within the McKnight Center. Typical office working conditions.

The McKnight Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, or, disability, gender, gender expression, gender entity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

MCKNIGHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (mcknightcenter.orgOpens a New Window.):

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, currently under construction on the campus of Oklahoma State University, is scheduled to open to the public in October 2019 with three separate performances of the New York Philharmonic. Under the baton of Music ector Jaap van Zweden, the New York Philharmonic's week-long performance and teaching residency sets the stage for The McKnight Center to attract world-class performances and be a catalyst for culture and growth for Oklahoma State University and the community of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Construction of the $70 million McKnight Center began in September of 2016. It will serve as a beacon of music and performing arts of the highest caliber reaching state, regional and national audiences with its innovative programming, festivals and artist residencies.

The 65,000-square foot McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will feature state-of-the-art technology. A concert theater with 1,143 seats and a 212-seat recital hall will serve as the primary performance spaces, both designed with optimum listening environments including variable acoustic systems and the latest in high-definition projection capabilities. A scenic outdoor plaza, designed to accommodate up to 1,000 people, will be equipped with an oversized LED wall to simulcast McKnight Center performances to the plaza as well as broadcast a wide variety of content from across the globe.

An ambitious fundraising campaign is underway to provide an endowment to generate annual programming funds. With the program endowment in place, the McKnight Center will present celebrated national and international productions and artists that will enhance the cultural experience on campus and across the region. A diverse programming mix of world-class performers will be curated and presented annually, including artists in classical, pop, jazz and world music. Touring productions of dance, theater and Broadway will be presented regularly.

The McKnight Center, incorporated as a stand-alone 501c3 organization, is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. The facility, owned by Oklahoma State University, will be operated separately by this independent non-profit corporation.

Mark A. Blakeman was named the Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive ector of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts in February of 2017. Following an extensive national search, Blakeman was ed to serve as the first Executive ector and to establish the non-profit organization that will oversee the operation of the $70 million performing arts center at Oklahoma State University.

From 2014 until the time of his departure, Blakeman served as President and CEO of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO). During his tenure, he expanded the TSO's community partnerships and broadened its appeal through the creation of a new Family Series. He established the first two endowed orchestra chairs in the TSO's 87-year history, led the search committee in the hiring of Jose Luis Gomez as new Music ector, launched the Partner with a Players program and led the organization through a galvanizing strategic planning process, resulting in an ambitious five-year strategic initiative.

Prior to Tucson, Blakeman spent more than fifteen years with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO). During his Nashville tenure, Blakeman served in many leadership roles most recently as Chief Operating Officer. He was intricately involved in the design, construction and running of the acclaimed Schermerhorn Symphony Center, owned and operated by the NSO. Blakeman's extensive experience in electronic media work includes overseeing more than 25 commercial recording projects, which garnered eight GRAMMY Awards®, and over ten national telecasts resulting in two regional Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award.

Blakeman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and a Master of Business Administration in Arts Administration from Oklahoma City University. In 2008, he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of MTSU's lege of Mass Communications.

One of the nation's top research universities, Oklahoma State University has an enrollment of approximately 36,000, 25,000 of whom attend the main Stillwater campus. OSU was founded in 1890 and is a comprehensive liberal arts and land-grant institution. It has programs in the arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, human sciences and agriculture, with several programs rated in the top ten in the United States. It grants associates, undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees. It has campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee, including the OSU Institute of Technology and OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Under the leadership of President Burns Hargis, OSU has experienced unprecedented growth and improvement over the last decade. Including the construction of the McKnight Center, OSU has embarked on more than $1B in capital projects under President Hargis' visionary stewardship.

Stillwater, Oklahoma is a micropolitan area of 77,000 people (45,688 city) located in north central Oklahoma, near the geographic center of the U.S. Often called Oklahoma's "premier education community," Stillwater is the home of some of the region's finest education and training institutions, including Oklahoma State University, Meridian Technology Center, Northern Oklahoma lege/OSU Gateway, and one of the nation's top rated public school systems.

We're proud of our reputation as a university city, but Stillwater is also home to a diverse mix of business and industry, from manufacturing to advanced technology. With its low crime rate and a cost of living below the national average, Stillwater is consistently ranked among the nation's top small cities for quality of life.

The Stillwater Medical Center is an award-winning hospital that provides ready access to high quality, full service healthcare. Stillwater is nearly equidistant from Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and has a regional airport with non-stop commercial flights to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Stillwater has been voted "Oklahoma's Friendliest Town" by readers of Oklahoma Living Magazine and named the #6 "Best Small City in America!" from Demographics Daily Online. The beautiful Georgian architecture of Oklahoma State University is surrounded by historic attractions, unique restaurants and an abundance of entertainment and activities.

The McKnight Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, or, disability, gender, gender expression, gender entity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts offers a competitive benefits and compensation package.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, resume and list three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been ed.