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Development Department
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Development Manager


SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Development Director, the Development Manager is responsible for the planning, organization, and implementation of fundraising, donor cultivation, and stewardship events including the annual fundraising gala (String Fling), and management of the major gifts/annual campaign.

DUTIES:
Special Events

• Plans, organizes, and manages all event logistics for annual String Fling Gala, Patron Parties (held four times per year), and other parties and receptions as assigned.
• Manages fundraising campaigns for String Fling Corporate, Patron, and Auction donations.
• Manages sponsorship recognition programs for String Fling sponsors and distributes benefits to each corporate sponsor or individual donor.
• Supervises a team of special event volunteers and staff and works closely with event committees.

Major Gifts/Annual Campaign
• Manages fundraising campaigns for Major Gifts and Year-End giving, focusing on cultivating new prospects and identifying new gifts to meet or exceed budgetary goals.
• Conducts board stewardship, tracks board pledges and payments, prepares and mails quarterly pledge and annual gift statements, and acknowledges contributions.
• Works with individual board members to create cultivation lists to identify new development prospects for the Major Gifts campaign.
• Coordinates weekly thank-you calls from board members to select donors.

Administrative
• Projects income and expenses for Special Event, Board, and Major Gifts budget line items as well as tracks and reports actual income and expenses.
• Maintains related files.
• Processes and acknowledges gifts from individual donors, board members, String Fling donors; may include other gifts as assigned.
• Maintains Elected Official and Consulate Records in Raiser’s Edge.
• Runs mailing lists for marketing materials/event announcements.
• Prepares mailings of Puppetry International magazine (twice per year) and other donor mailings as assigned.
• Organizes and takes notes for Development Committee Meetings and String Fling Committee Meetings.
• Assists with hiring, training, and managing Development Interns.
• Runs donor lists for show programs, annual reports, and lobby plaques.
• Assists with organizing and taking notes for Raiser’s Edge and Development Department Meetings.
• Prepares board packets for annual board briefings.

Preparation and Knowledge:
• Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience.
• Three to five years of event management and fundraising experience preferred.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising management software a plus.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational, planning, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
• Great attention to detail and the ability to organize and prioritize work.
• Ability to work independently and take initiative.
• Professional demeanor; able to interact with board members and high-level donors in a courteous and professional manner.

Instructions for application: Please include a cover letter with your resume; only resumes including salary history and salary requirement will be considered. Send to: hr@puppet.org or Center for Puppetry Arts, Attn: Lisa Rhodes, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309. No phone calls, please.



Ticket Sales Assistant - Part-time, including weekends


SUMMARY:
The Ticket Sales Assistant’s overall responsibility is to provide courteous and effective customer service when selling memberships, performances, workshops and museum activities at the Center for Puppetry Arts. This position covers weekends, as well as some weekdays.


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Sell tickets to all events at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
  • Process group sales orders and follow through with all procedures including confirmation of orders and finalizing payment of orders with group leaders.
  • Sell memberships to all customers.
  • Support the Ticket Sales Director and Ticket Sales Supervisor as needed.
  • Work extended and/or irregular hours including nights, weekends and around holidays, as needed.
  • Sales Calls when needed to groups to encourage early booking.
  • Flexible with work schedule. Primary work is on weekends and Mondays.
SKILLS REQUIRED:
Position requires ability to:
  • Demonstrate exceptional skills in customer relations, communications and problem solving.
  • Operate windows-based computerized ticketing system, preferably Tessitura ticketing system.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Follow oral and written instructions and communicate effectively with others in both oral and written form.
  • Organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines. 
  • Work effectively under pressure and/or stringent schedule and produce accurate results.
  • Work independently, exercising judgment and initiative.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with clients, employees, patrons and others encountered in the course of employment.
  • Remain flexible and adjust to situations as they occur.


EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
High school diploma or G.E.D. and one (1) year ticket related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience preferable with the Tessitura ticketing system.

Send Resume and Salary history to carolvanleer@puppet.org or mail to Ticket Sales Director, Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.  No phone calls, please.



Guest Services Seating Coordinator - Part-time

SUMMARY:
The Guest Services staff are responsible for seating the Center’s patrons in a friendly manner in the theater by providing courteous and effective customer service at the Center for Puppetry Arts performances and museum. The Guest Services staff assist the ticket sales department in solving any customer service issues so that patrons will want to return. This position reports to the Ticket Sales Director.


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the seating of patrons for events at the Center for Puppetry Arts in a positive and friendly manner so that customers will want to return.
  • Analyze ticket sales reports to insure proper seating for General Admission events and Reserved seating events.
  • Print, fold and distribute programs and insure that every adult patron receives a program.
  • Work as a team with ticket sales staff and museum staff in managing lines of people entering the theater.
SKILLS REQUIRED:
Position requires ability to:
  • Demonstrate exceptional and positive skills by verbally welcoming guests to the Center for Puppetry arts as well as thanking guests for attending after the performance ends.
  • Outstanding customer relations, communications and problem solving in a fast paced environment seating school groups, families and Individual patrons.
  • Coordinate with the Ticket Sales office to analyze daily school group and patron activity for seating each performance.
  • Coordinate with Production on specific requirements for each performance. i.e. late seating, seating restrictions, etc.
  • Deal effectively with special seating requirements.
  • Follow oral and written instructions and communicate effectively with other the Ticket Sales personnel and other House Management.
  • Work effectively under pressure to insure all patrons are seated in a courteous and friendly manner before show time.
  • Manage the Theatre during show time with courteous attention to patrons moving about the theater.
  • Work independently, exercising judgment and initiative.
  • Remain flexible and adjust to situations as they occur.


EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
High school diploma required. Guest Service experience in Theater preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Send resume and salary history to carolvanleer@puppet.org or mail to Ticket Sales Director, Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.  No phone calls, please.



MUSEUM DEPARTMENT

Collections Manager

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center’s mission is to touch lives through the art of puppetry. Founded in 1978, the Center’s high quality, accessible programming encompasses three areas: performance, exhibits, and education.

The Center is undergoing an expansion and renovation project, which will expand the Museum to a total of approximately 8,700 square feet. The expanded Museum is scheduled to open in 2015.

Overview:
The Center for Puppetry Arts Museum seeks a Collections Manager to assist in all areas of collections management and exhibition registration. Reporting to the Exhibitions Director, the incumbent will manage and maintain the museum’s object, archival, and library collections. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, cataloging and condition reporting incoming donations, managing the collections management database system (PastPerfect) and assisting with exhibitions, including the installation and de-installation of special and permanent exhibitions.

The Center currently holds over 3,000 items in its collection, including a recent donation of over 400 items from Henson Family Properties LLC. Over the next year, in preparation for the Museum expansion, the Collections Manager will assist the Exhibitions Director in overseeing contractors to conserve and prepare over 150 objects. This work will continue after the expansion is over, in order to conserve and appropriately care for this donation and future gifts to the collection.


Essential Duties:
• Manage and maintain object, archival, and library collections.
• Catalog and condition report all incoming donations.
• Process paperwork for accessions, incoming loans, and outgoing loans.
• Manage the museum’s Past Perfect database.
• Assist the Exhibitions Director in overseeing contractors to conserve and prepare over 150 objects for the expanded museum.
• Assist Exhibitions Director in installing and de-installing exhibitions.
• Assist Exhibitions Director in research and development for new exhibitions.
• Supervise library patrons and handle research requests.
• Other duties as requested by Exhibitions Director.

Qualification Requirements:
• Possess a B.A. in History, Public History, Museum Studies or related field (M.A. preferred).
• Have a minimum of 2 years museum experience in registration and/or collections management with demonstrated proficiency in database management (PastPerfect experience is a plus).
• Successful candidates must be extremely detail oriented and self-motivated.
• Candidates must have knowledge of standard museum policies and procedures according to AAM standards and knowledge of standard museum cataloguing systems.
• The ideal candidate will possess patience, persistence, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.

Instructions for application:
Please mail your resume, along with a letter of interest, including salary history and requirements to: Kelsey Fritz, Exhibitions Director, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 or email to kelseyfritz@puppet.org. No phone calls, please.



PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT

CALL FOR TOURING ARTIST PRODUCTIONS
Family Series & New Directions Series for Adults and Teens


The Center for Puppetry Arts strives to present the best in puppetry and therefore is always seeking engaging puppet productions from both the United States and abroad.

Companies selected to perform in our Family Series generally perform 13 shows per week (Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:30am, Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Sun: 1pm & 3pm) for 1-3 weeks. Performances last 45-50 minutes, and include a brief puppet demonstration following the show. Target audience age range is 4-10 years. 

Companies selected to perform in our New Directions Series for Adults and Teens generally perform 4-8 shows per week (schedule varies) for 1-2 weeks. Performances last 1-2 hours, and may include audience discussions following the show. Target audience age ranges are either 12+ (for teens and adults) or 18+ (adults only).

BOOKING CYCLE:
The Center’s season runs July 1-June 30.  Booking generally takes place 10-12 months before the beginning of each season.

SUBMISSIONS:

To submit your production for consideration, please send a cover letter, tech rider (including required stage dimensions, sound/light/projection needs, number of people traveling with the show & any other essential elements the Center would need to provide to present your show) and video of the complete show to be considered. We do not select shows based on excerpts or highlight reels. If you wish multiple shows to be considered, please submit a complete package for each.
 
Center for Puppetry Arts
c/o Production Department
1404 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 USA


With your permission, we would like to add your video to our library collection after our review process has concluded. DVDs in the library are available for scholars and puppeteers to view by appointment on the premises and do not leave the library. Please specify your preference in your cover letter. If you would prefer that we return your DVD to you, please include a self-addressed mailer, and we will return it as soon after viewing as possible.


Please visit www.puppet.org for more information about the Center for Puppetry Arts.
If you have any questions regarding submissions, please email kristinhaverty@puppet.org




INTERNSHIPS



Are you looking for invaluable nonprofit work experience, professional connections in the arts community, and to be a part of one of the most dynamic places in Atlanta?   Interns at the Center for Puppetry Arts are an integral part of our organization and our goal is to inspire interest in the arts through an in-depth view of our administrative and artistic processes.

Available Internships
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Production:  Scene Shop
  • Production:  Puppet Building
  • Production:  Electrics
  • Production: Performance
  • Production: Directing
  • Film Series
  • Archives/Library
For Frequently Asked Questions about the Internship Program, click here.

To apply, click here for application instructions.


Fall Session: September- December (12-15 weeks)                           
Application Deadline:  July 15th

Spring/Winter Session: February- May (12-15 weeks)          
Application Deadline: November 15th
 
Summer Session: June- August/September (12-15 weeks)
Application Deadline:  March 1st



Internship Descriptions

Development/Fundraising:

Development interns assist with the writing and production of fundraising appeals, researching potential contributors and fundraising ideas, and assisting with the planning, organization and logistics of cultivation parties and other special events.
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Marketing:
Marketing interns assist the Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, and/or Community Coordinator with the day-to-day activities of the Marketing department. Duties include assisting with cross promotions, writing promotional copy and press releases, distributing Center materials managing a physical and digital press archive, and researching potential audiences/marketing tactics.
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Graphic Design:
Graphic Design interns’ duties include assisting with the creation of various materials such as print and online ads; flyers, invitations, and other printed items; photo illustrations and emails; as well as possible video projects.
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Production:
Production interns assist in various aspects of the day-to-day activities of the Production department, such as scenic carpentry, scenic painting, puppet building, costume building, lighting installation, etc.
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Performance:
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Performance Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater. Through hands-on activities, the program seeks to instill a fundamental understanding of the workings of a professional puppetry company.
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Directing:
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Directing Internship program provides practical learning experience to the individual interested in pursuing a career in professional theater. Through hands-on activities, the program seeks to instill a fundamental understanding of the workings of a professional puppetry company. During the rehearsal period, the Intern will observe and participate in the development of the production as script, design, movement and character are adjusted to meet the specific demands of the puppet theater and the Director’s vision.
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Film Series:
The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Museum department with the execution of the 2013-2014 Film Series and the planning of the 2014-2015 Film Series. 
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Archives/Library:
The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks an intern to assist the Museum department with processing the Nancy Staub Puppetry Research Library’s archival collection. This would include assisting the Collections Manager in all aspects of archival processing including:  organization, preservation, data entry, creating finding aids for archives collection and digitizing the CPA photography collection.
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Lisa Rhodes
Administrative Director
human.resources@puppet.org
Fax: 404.881.5111