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Director of Development

Ford's Theatre
Washington, DC

Since re-opening in 1968, Ford’s Theatre has explored and celebrated the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the American experience through theatre and education. Today, in a city full of cultural institutions, Ford’s Theatre stands alone as a producing theatre drawing upon local artists, a historic site that puts visitors in the very rooms where one of America’s great tragedies took place, and a museum that brings past and present together in discussing civil rights and other issues. Annually, the historic site has nearly half a million visitors, the theatre entertains more than 100,000 patrons, and nearly as many students visit via field trips.

While honoring the past, Ford’s Theatre continually looks to the future. Ford’s Legacy Commissions project named five inaugural playwrights in 2021 commissioned to create new work exploring issues of social justice and racial history and the varied experiences of underrepresented characters and lesser-known historical figures. They soon will restart a campaign to raise more than $50M to renovate an adjoining building, creating a new campus to develop new programming across its pillars of education, theatre, and history.

The Director of Development will play a leadership role in fulfilling the promise of Ford’s future. Responsible for raising approximately half of Ford’s Theatre’s $15M annual operating budget, the Director of Development oversees 7-10 staff in individual giving, membership, major gifts, corporate giving, special events, and grants. The Director of Development will also play a lead role in the second phase of the capital campaign, working closely with the Director and the Board of Trustees.

The ideal candidate for the Director of Development position will be a dynamic leader with at least 10 years of senior fundraising experience, including:

  • Securing individual and corporate major gifts
  • Increasing funding year-over-year through strategic and creative approaches
  • Possessing highly polished communication skills, with the ability to interact easily with HNW donors, corporate executives, and leading political figures
  • Experience within arts organizations is welcomed but not required. Campaign experience is preferred

DRiWaterstone Human Capital is leading this search for Ford’s Theatre. All of DRiWaterstone’s searches can be viewed at Applications can also be submitted via email to