Company Name
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Job Title
Vice President, Development

Vice President, Development

ABOUT BAM: For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, as well as literature, visual arts, education, community engagement and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters and draws visitors of 700,000 annually. As the oldest American performing arts center, BAM’s stages have hosted lauded artists and social luminaries including Frederick Douglass, Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, Philip Glass, Pina Bausch, Alvin Ailey, and many residencies with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

BAM presents leading national and global artists and companies and highlights groundbreaking, contemporary work in the performing arts with its Next Wave Festival each fall, a place for breakout performances and landmark productions. BAM Film operates 365 days a year and features new, independent film releases and a curated repertory film program. BAM Education & Community Engagement encourages students to express themselves through creative learning and fosters cultural engagement with its neighbors by providing free or subsidized access to children, families, and seniors.

FUNDING/DEVELOPMENT: BAM has a current annual operating budget of approximately $54MM, and an endowment with a current market value of $93MM.

THE OPPORTUNITY: The Vice President, Development is a key member of the BAM executive leadership team and serves as a strategic partner to the President on resource development. S/he/they will create and implement long- and short-term strategies to generate and maximize contributed income that supports the BAM mission and priorities, including capital, programmatic, and endowment campaigns. The VP will lead a team to tap into new sources of support beyond the organization’s current base of supporters to achieve ambitious results. S/he/they will serve as an ambassador for BAM in the Brooklyn community and beyond, and will join a passionate, engaged leadership team dedicated to excellence in a vibrant, innovative, and groundbreaking multi-dimensional cultural arts institution.

The VP reports to the President, Katy Clark, and works closely with the Artistic Director, David Binder, BAM Board of Trustees, and colleagues throughout the institution. The VP will lead a team of 33.


  • Understanding and appreciation for the performing arts and other cultural programs with a specific passion for the unconventional and innovative BAM culture and programming—a cultural omnivore.
  • Significant track record of success leading and growing the development program in a major cultural or other not-for-profit setting.
  • Success as a front-line cultivator and solicitor of transformational, major, principal, and planned gifts.
  • Capital campaign leadership experience.
  • Experience working as a strategic advancement advisor to a CEO.
  • Proven ability to foster, enhance, and expand relationships with existing donors and to influence and tap new, diverse supporters.
  • Polished written and verbal communication skills; able to serve as an effective and influential ambassador.
  • Experience building, supporting, and working effectively with a board.
  • Commitment to embracing current and emerging tactics in philanthropy, including but not limited to e-philanthropy, and digital/social media platforms.
  • A warm, engaging, charismatic presence.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to supporting and advancing a diverse team.
  • Ability and willingness to attend evening and weekend BAM events on a regular basis and to travel, as needed.