Updated, Friday, April 29

Milwaukee Ballet

Milwaukee Ballet School

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Associate Development Director

Under the direction of the Development Director, the Associate Development support the organization by cultivating and maintaining corporate and foundation relations; overseeing local donor cultivation, solicitation process and relationship building on behalf of the organization. The Associate Development Director builds and maintains relationships with individual donors and program sponsors, as well as researches potential new individual donors and program/event sponsors. This position will collaborate on the coordination of events including annual gala and donor events. 

Annual Fund
  • Manage annual fund by working with Development Director to create and implement 3-4 mailings per year
  • Track Annual Fund progress
  • Serve as primary contact for the management of the development software program, ensuring that all donor and prospect files and database are maintained.
  • Chronicle all gift payments, track acquisition, gift-posting and acknowledgements.
  • Ensure that development records are reconciled with accounting records and provide fundraising reports as necessary.
  • Analyze and manage database reports and queries for prospect management, fundraising progress, gift solicitation and donor communications.
  • Work with the marketing department to manage the communications schedule as pertains to the Development Department.
Project Management
  • Serve as Project Manager for Annual Report by working with Development staff, Ballet staff, designer and printer
  • Execute donor relation gestures to promote Corporate Sponsors to the Ballet’s constituents and make their guests and individuals feel appreciated throughout the performance season (ex: seat notes, sponsor gifts, etc.)
  • Manage Annual UPAF Campaign
  • Donor Research
  • Append notes and call reports in the database
  • Actively seek out new prospects and donors
  • Identify potential new sponsors, both individual and corporate
  • Work with the marketing department to ensure that all donors are properly acknowledged in the performance program, on theatre signage, on the website, etc.
  • Work with the Development Team to develop departmental relationships with Board members, donors and prospects.
  • Volunteer Management- typically for Special Events Manager
  • Utilize volunteers as an on-ramp for donors, committee members and board members 
Other Responsibilities
  • Assist with the creation and execution of fundraising events
  • Act as the Development department’s first check and quality control for any communication coming from the company regarding development
  • Regularly attend ballet performances and special events and seek out opportunities to connect with board and donors
  • Other duties as assigned
In addition to at three years in a fund development role, a Bachelor's degree, and experience in proposal writing, our ideal candidate will possess the following skills and abilities:
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Creative approach to planning and problem solving including the ability to generate new ideas and approaches
  • Strong, confident communication skills and a personality
  • Knowledge of the community and passion for the art form
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  A comprehensive benefit package, including paid vacation, health and disability insurance, paid sick and personal days, and an employee-contributed 403b pension plan is provided.
How to apply:
Send cover letter and resume to:  akopp@milwaukeeballet.org.  No phone calls please.  EOE

Finance Director

Milwaukee Ballet creates a rich and diverse community through its inspiring dance performance, education and outreach. The company, founded 46 years ago, is comprised of Milwaukee Ballet, the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program, and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.
The Finance Director, a member of the Ballet’s senior management team, develops, implements and monitors business policies, procedures and programs related to the financial and administrative operations of the Ballet. This position reports to the Executive Director.
Key areas of responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Prepare annual operating budget, financial operating plans, and forecasts, with input from staff. Analyze results against approved operating plans.
  • Prepare budget documents for presentation to the Finance Committee and to the Board of Directors.
  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of all accounting and financial records reports and systems. Prepare and analyze all financial reporting.
  • Develop, implement and monitor all accounting policies and procedures to comply with generally accepted accounting principles and statutory requirements. Manage audits, prepare and oversee preparation of all accounting work papers for external auditors.
  • Provide all reporting schedule for 990 tax returns as well as ensure accuracy and timeliness of 990 filings.
  • Conduct financial forecasts to include revenue, expenditure and cash flow projections and report findings.
  • Lead preparation of required financial submissions to the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and work to ensure the organization meets the minimum financial eligibility requirements for (UPAF), as well as provide financial reporting for all grant proposals.
  • Develop, plan and direct activities which safeguard assets, maximize positive cash flow and minimize credit deficiencies while maintaining vendor  relationships.
  • Develop long-term financial plan; develop a multi-year capital improvement and maintenance plan.
  • Develop and implement a debt policy and debt management plan to limit use of line of credit.
  • Monitor and track lease agreements and any other long-term financial obligations.
  • Participate in labor contract negotiations and provide financial analysis of contract proposals and settlements.
  • Develop and direct the administration of all employee benefit plans, including health, dental, long-term disability, 403(b), workers compensation, unemployment.
  • Direct activities of accounting staff.
  • Participate in Board committees related to Finance, Buildings and Facilities, and participate in other committees as needed.
  • In conjunction with Executive Director, serve as Human Resource manager, maintaining the employee handbook, monitoring personnel policies and  procedures, and ensure legal compliance.
  • Manage general insurance policies for the organization.
  • Manage legal issues and contracts.
  • Manage office operations.
  • Conduct financial analyses and/or operational studies as directed by Executive Director and Board.
  • Assist Operations Director in analyzing and servicing IT needs.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned.
  • Education: minimum bachelor’s degree in business administration, financial management, or accounting. CPA preferred.
  • Experience: minimum ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, budget preparation and financial management.
  • Qualities: demonstrate excellent analytical skills and the ability to think critically and strategically; possess excellent written and verbal   communication skills; demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team; be innovative and creative in finding  solutions to complex problems; manage staff and projects to meet established timelines and goals; work cooperatively as part of a management team  to achieve organization’s goals.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefit package, including paid vacation, health and disability insurance, paid sick and personal days, and an employee-contributed 403b pension plan is provided.

Send cover letter and resume to: jobs@milwaukeeballet.org. No phone calls please. EOE



Are you an accomplished, inspiring pianist who enjoys working with children?
If so, contact Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.
Earn money for doing what you love!

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is seeking musicians with high intermediate/advanced level piano skills who are prompt, responsible, and interested in collaborating with teachers and students to accompany classical ballet classes. Training provided. Benefits include free tickets to Milwaukee Ballet Company performances.

Immediate openings in Milwaukee, Fox Point and Brookfield.

Contact Dan Boudewyns at dboudewyns@milwaukeeballet.org for more information or to arrange an audition/interview.

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Part-Time Teachers

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy seeks part-time instructors for a variety of levels.

Applicants must have prior teaching experience in at least one of the following areas:

• Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet for students ages 3-6 years

• Beginning classical ballet for students ages 7-10 years

• Intermediate classical ballet which includes experience teaching beginning pointe

• Pre-professional classical Ballet, Pointe, Variations and even Pas de Deux

Instructors must attend teacher training in Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy curriculum, participate in required staff meetings, attend Milwaukee Ballet performances (complementary ticket provided), instill proper classical ballet etiquette in the classroom, and teach to students at an age-appropriate level of fun and enjoyment.

Resume and references should be sent to Rolando Yanes, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Director, at ryanes@milwaukeeballet.org.

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