Development Fellowship

Development Fellowship 

Central Square Theater seeks an emerging arts and culture professional who is seeking to expand their knowledge and experience in development and patron cultivation. The Development Fellow will be supervised by the Director of Development and work as part of the CST Patron Loyalty team alongside the Director of Marketing, Connectivity Coordinator, and Patron Services Manager.   

Central Square Theater is committed to diversity at all levels:  on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership. CST is the oldest female-led professional theater company in New England. We strongly encourage people of color and LGBTQA+ candidates to apply. 

Responsibilities and Opportunities include: 

  • Supporting grant proposal submission, including but not limited to proposal research, partners coordination, proposal copy development/editing, and general proposal administration 
  • Supporting donor/patron acknowledgements by drafting and facilitating contribution acknowledgements and general correspondence
  • Supporting Special Event coordination and planning.  Special events range from small patron/donor events, to press opening celebrations, to large-scale Gala
  • Supporting Live/Online Auction activities including but not limited to:  solicitation of items; curation of auction packages; creation/maintenance of online auction platform; and auction close out administration 
  • Attendance at weekly Patron Loyalty meetings, working alongside Patron Loyalty team to identify opportunities to authentically and deeply engage with and manage patron and community partner relationships 
  • Supporting day to day development administration including: maintenance of CRM (AudienceView); digital and hard record maintenance; and ongoing campaign support 
  • Attending and actively participating in organization wide initiatives including Season planning and anti-racism training/learning

A Fellowship candidate should bring an enthusiasm to learn and explore our unique non-profit performing arts model, fundraising, and professional theater.  Strong written and verbal communication skills are an asset to this role. Knowledge of the Google suite and Microsoft Office preferred. Training in CRM and other platforms will be provided. Individuals who enjoy a balance of working both independently and collaboratively will enjoy this fellowship. Humor, flexibility, and accountability are attributes we value and cultivate.  

Fellowship Stipend:  $5000 will be paid to the Fellow above and beyond their educational benefits of this position.

Position begins:  October 2021

Hours per week:  15-20 hours per week with a customized flexible schedule. 

Please send cover letter and resume to Maggie Moore Abdow, 

About Central Square Theater 

Central Square Theater (CST), is dedicated to the exploration of social justice, science and sexual politics through theater; catalyzing the dynamic synergies sparked by the collaboration between The Nora and Underground Railway. Through award-winning productions, the Catalyst Collaborative@ MIT Science Theater Initiative, and youth development programming – CST creates theater where points of view are heard, perspective shifts, and change can happen.

Created collaboratively 15 years ago by Underground Railway and The Nora Theaters, Central Square Theater is the oldest female led theater organization in the Greater Boston area under the leadership of Executive Director Catherine Carr Kelly, Artistic Director Debra Wise, and Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner.  With a combined history of 50 years of work, CST engages over 35,000 people annually through live performance, rigorous youth education, and community programs. CST works closely with MIT on Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, one of the only nationwide partnerships between a world class research institute and a theater.