Vice President of Development

The Vice President of Development serves as the principal fundraising strategist and primary major gift officer of State Theatre New Jersey (“STNJ”) and an integral part of the leadership team. The VP is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program consistent with STNJ’s current needs and long-term goals for sustainability and growth. STNJ’s annual budget is $10-12 million, of which $2.5 million is contributed income including membership, as well as restricted and unrestricted annual gifts.

Reports to: President & CEO
Classification: Exempt, Full-Time
Salary: $100,000-$120,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including health and retirement

Roles and Responsibilities:

Fundraising Strategy and Oversight:

  • In coordination with Development staff, create, oversee, and implement annual fundraising and membership campaigns to attract philanthropic support for STNJ.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual major gift prospects ($10,000+) and donors with comprehensive giving capacity.
  • Oversee appropriate solicitation efforts to engage new and recurring individual and major gift donors.
  • Develop strategy for renewed and new corporate, small business, and private foundation support. Attend solicitations, when appropriate.
  • Lead event planning for annual fundraising events.
  • Collaborate with Vice President of Marketing and the Director of Communications and Community Engagement to ensure agreed upon donor and community centric messaging is in line with Development activities.

Board Liaison:

  • Work with President & CEO and Board of Trustees Development Committee Chairperson to create and implement a strong Board giving program and empower the Board members as ambassadors for STNJ.
  • Work with the Board of Trustees Development Committee Chairperson and committee members responsible for supporting all Development activities including annual giving, membership, business sponsorship, and events.

Management of Development Activities and Staff:

  • Supervise and mentor the Development staff, ensuring that they are accountable to their individual Development plans and goals.
  • Supervise the implementation of all levels of gift solicitation strategies.
  • Maintain adherence to the Development budget.
  • Provide strategic guidance for Development staff when challenges arise operationally or withdonors/members.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant professional experience.
  • 7+ years of non-profit fundraising experience with demonstrated success in development functions.
  • 3+ years of management experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and cultivation skills.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage a variety of assignments concurrently and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to work a varied schedule to include nights and weekends as dictated by the performance schedule.
  • Experience working with volunteer Boards of Trustees and Development Committees.
  • Experience in using data analysis to inform donor and prospect strategies.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products with emphasis on Excel and Word.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and appreciation of performing arts.
  • Experience with Tessitura software or other CRM transactional database.
  • Experience working with reporting software and utilities.

Please provide a cover letter and resume to


Reports to the Director of Event Services
Usher/Ticket Takers are responsible for providing excellent guest service at all State Theatre events. Management is looking for applicants with past experience in direct customer service as well as a wide array of hours of availability including days/nights/weekends/holidays.


  • Greet and welcome all guests
  • Scan/check tickets to ensure all guests have a proper ticket
  • Direct all guests to their proper seats
  • Correct seating mistakes as necessary
  • Provide prompt and professional responses to all audience inquiries
  • Display a calm and attentive demeanor when rectifying issues with guests
  • Display a positive attitude and excellent customer service skills when interacting with guests
  • Monitor and enforce State Theatre New Jersey policies regarding procedure and safety are followed
  • Perform all pre- and post-performance tasks as directed by management
  • Disperse any and all marketing materials as directed by management
  • Assist all Guests in the event of an emergency
  • Light maintenance and cleaning
  • Assist guests with ADA needs as necessary
  • Physical/Mental Requirements Necessary
    • Ability to carry up to 40 lbs. waist high, including up and down stairs is required
    • Ability to climb steps repeatedly is required
    • Ability to descend/ascend ramps and inclines/declines
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time is required
    • Work indoors/outdoors in a fast-paced, busy environment, with environmental conditions such as noise, dust, heights, dark/dim/absence of lighting, and smoke. Incumbents must have the ability to bend, stretch, reach, and kneel without restriction
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in English, in both written and oral forms
    • Must have interpersonal skills to deal effectively with all business contacts 
    • Maintain a professional, neat and well-groomed appearance, adhering to State Theatre New Jersey standards
    • Work varied shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays 
    • High School Diploma or equivalent is required 
    • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States is required 
    • Experience with Two Way Radios is preferred ​

​​​​​​​Email your resume to Jessica Trechak, Director of Events, at


The Bartender will provide exceptional customer service, and mix and serve drinks to patrons, quickly and without waste. Bartenders must ensure that customers receive prompt service. The general responsibilities of the position include those listed below, but management may identify other responsibilities of the position. 


  • Greets guests, mixes and serves alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Checks identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.
  • Bartenders should be friendly, tactful and attentive when dealing with customers.
  • Slices and pits fruit for garnishing drinks.
  • Arranges bar supplies to make attractive displays.
  • Maintains bar area in a neat and sanitary manner.
  • Cleans bar equipment; cleans bars, work areas and tables.
  • Records all sales, collects money, operates a cash/credit card/electronic payment register and follows all cash-handling procedures as required.
  • May prepare and/or sell food items.
  • May stock bar with beer, wine, liquor and related supplies such as ice, plasticware, napkins or straws.
  • Complies with all State Theatre policies and procedures.
  • Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
  • Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures.
  • Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments.
  • Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • High School diploma, GED, or equivalent experience. Rutgers students encouraged to apply.
  • 0 to 1 year related experience.
  • Presents self in a highly professional manner to others and understands that honesty and ethics are essential.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to communicate with co-workers and other departments with professionalism and respect.
  • Maintains a professional relationship with all coworkers, supervisors, managers, customers, and client representatives.
  • Ability to use a computer.
  • Listen carefully to their customers’ orders, explain drink and food items, and make menu recommendations.


  • Theatre or performing arts experience
  • Business acumen
  • Familiarity with contract language
  • Ability to organize multiple, detail-oriented tasks
  • Ability to work both individually and in a team environment


  • Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus, with or without corrective lenses.

  • Significant walking or other means of mobility.
  • Ability to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 5 hours).
  • Ability to reach, bend, stoop, push and/or pull, and frequently lift up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift/move 40 pounds.
  • Generally in an indoor setting; however, may supervise outside activities and events.
  • Varying schedule to include evenings, holidays, weekends and extended hours as business dictates

This is a part-time position ($15/hour + tips) and does not qualify for benefits. Interested candidates contact Jana Lyons at

Marketing/PR Internship

The Marketing/PR intern will work closely with staff to implement marketing, public relations, and audience development initiatives. The in-person internship requires a minimum of 15 hours each week between Mon-Fri (9:30am-5pm) per a mutually agreed upon schedule.


  • Assisting with marketing and PR campaigns for STNJ events and programs
  • Social Media content creation (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)
  • Writing, editing, and proofing website and marketing copy, press releases, etc.
  • Assisting with Community Engagement initiatives 
  • Assisting with various STNJ history projects including research and archives

Must have strong organizational skills, strong writing skills, and working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

This position is on a volunteer basis and is therefore unpaid. Students can arrange to receive college credit.

Email your resume and cover letter to Kelly Blithe, Director of Communications & Community Engagement, at

Development Internship

State Theatre New Jersey is seeking an energetic and self-motivated individual with strong organizational, written, and interpersonal skills to assist with fundraising efforts. The in-person internship requires a minimum of 15 hours each week between Mon-Fri (9am-6pm) per a mutually agreed upon schedule.


  • Prospecting using iWave
  • Researching individual prospects and donors
  • Researching companies and foundations for possible partnerships and grant opportunities
  • Writing letters of inquiry, solicitations, and gift acknowledgements
  • Special writing projects (newsletter articles, grant blurbs, social media, posts/blogs, etc.)
  • Data entry and updates using Tessitura
  • Creating and updating Development Department plans and calendars
  • Special event projects
  • Creating, maintaining, and updating lists
  • Filing and file upkeep
  • Mass mailing projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidates must possess strong writing skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.

This position is on a volunteer basis and is therefore unpaid. Students can arrange to receive college credit.

Email your resume and cover letter to Leah Anglum, Manager of Patron Relations & Development Operations, at

Graphic Design Internship

State Theatre New Jersey is seeking an innovative graphic design intern to design marketing materials for STNJ. The in-person internship requires a minimum of 15 hours a week to be worked Mon-Fri (9am-5pm)—per a mutually agreed upon schedule. 


  • Design web graphics for the State Theatre New Jersey website, social media platforms, and online advertising
  • Design promotional materials such as posters, flyers, and advertisements
  • Resize and touch up photos and artist images
  • Various administrative duties such as proofing copy, working in the State Theatre Digital Asset Management database, and assisting on Marketing Department projects
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator
  • Strong typographic skills, ability to accept criticism and multi-task, and good eye for proofing
  • Knowledge of Video Editing in Adobe Premiere and HTML a plus

This position is on a volunteer basis and is therefore unpaid. Students can arrange to receive college credit.

Email your resume, cover letter, and samples of your portfolio to Tracy Furr, Creative Director, at

About State Theatre New Jersey

State Theatre New Jersey is the centerpiece and premier venue for the New Brunswick arts community. State Theatre presents a diverse roster of entertainment, including international orchestras, Broadway, comedy, dance, contemporary concerts, family events, and more. The theater is the state’s second largest not-for-profit presenting hall, which contributes commensurately to New Jersey's $45 million performing-arts tourism industry, annually attracting more than 200,000 patrons. In addition, some 30,000 students and teachers annually attend its school performances and participate in its in-school robust education programs, including the Artist-in-Residence program, Family Day, Milk & Cookies Series, Autism-Friendly Relaxed Performances, and other outreach activities.

State Theatre New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, employment, training, promotion, demotion, leaves of absence, and termination. All applications will be considered only on the basis of the applicant's knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. It is our established policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.