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Community Director

  • 11 Jan 2024
  • 12 Mar 2024
  • Princeton Garden Theater in Princeton, NJ

Community Director

The Garden Theatre is Princeton’s original cinema, built in 1920. The Garden was reborn as a nonprofit, member-supported organization in 2014. Over 10 years of operation, the community-based Garden has increased the theater’s prominence within Princeton, presenting curated programs including award-winning contemporary features, independent gems, repertory classics, cult favorites, works of local filmmakers, community partnerships, and educational events and discussions. The Garden’s programs have expanded the cultural offerings within Princeton and work to cement cinema as the defining art form of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Role Description

The Community Director will work in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Director to increase the prominence of the Garden Theatre within the greater Princeton community. Specifically, they will assist in forging stronger local ties with donors, members, and corporate partners and enhance the fundraising capabilities of the Garden.

The Community Director will work in coordination with the Garden Theatre staff and Renew Theaters management team to manage community and University relationships. The ideal candidate is organized, attentive to detail, has experience with nonprofit operations, fundraising, event planning, and has a strong understanding of the Princeton community, with regard to the goals of the position. Should have exemplary communication skills and an outgoing, enthusiastic demeanor.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary point of contact for major donor outreach and stewardship;
  • Undertake donor and board member cultivation;
  • Assist with maintenance of contacts and active database of members, donors, prospects, sponsors, and important constituents of the Princeton Garden Theatre through DonorPerfect;
  • Periodically report updates of activities and plans for the future;
  • Undertake grant identification and grant writing;
  • Undertake development and implementation of Garden Theatre Corporate Giving program;
  • Attend local nonprofit and community events as representative of the Garden;
  • Help organize, plan, and execute an annual Garden Theatre Award Ceremony and Presentation;
  • Help organize, plan, and execute annual Hollywood Awards Celebration;
  • Help organize, plan, and execute various donor receptions and events;
  • Attend board meetings;
  • Introduce public events, as needed;
  • Maintain self and undertaking of position in full compliance with the Employee Manual as constituted at initial employment and as may be amended or replaced during term of employment;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

The Successful Candidates should:

  • Be an engaging, effective, innovative, dynamic team member who is strategic and fosters collaboration.
  • This individual will need to be able to demonstrate the use of best practice strategies associated with all aspects of fundraising and development;
  • Demonstrate solid judgment, exercising a high-level of confidentiality, integrity, discretion, and professionalism when dealing with sensitive fundraising and donor information;
  • Have strong working knowledge of the Princeton area and constituencies;
  • Demonstrate experience of meaningful length in development or fundraising and a successful track record of donor cultivation and philanthropic growth;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the mission, values, goals, and programs of the Princeton Garden Theatre and Renew Theaters;
  • Demonstrate ability to organize or support in-person events;
  • Demonstrate clear communication and organizational skills, both with regard to donor outreach, management, record keeping, implementation, and patron outreach;
  • Demonstrate a proven ability to work independently and proactively address issues;
  • Familiarity with DonorPerfect, a plus;
  • Interest in film and the arts, a plus.


• Salary-$65,000- $90,000 commensurate with experience

  • Paid holidays, parental leave, and vacation on a graduated scale based on years of service;
  • Health plan, which includes vision and dental. Family health plan also available for an additional cost;
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 3% employer contribution.


This is an in-person position in Princeton, NJ, with occasional opportunity for remote work. Regular office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm, with regular evening and weekend commitments for fundraising events, special screenings, and cultivation and stewardship of supporters.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Chris Collier, Executive Director via email to ccollier@renewtheaters.org with your name and “Community Director” in the subject line. Please also mention where you heard about the position.

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