Job Opening: Development & Marketing Associate 

Job Description

The Yard, Inc. in Chilmark, MA on Martha’s Vineyard

  • Expected Start Date: May 15th, 2019 (negotiable)

  • Full Time, year round employee status with health benefits

  • Other benefits include: summer season housing stipend or onsite housing; professional development and travel opportunities; free performances and free, onsite yoga and dance classes; bikes, kayaks, and beach passes.

The Development and Marketing Associate will work primarily with the Director of Development and Director of Marketing to support The Yard's Development and Marketing departments. Primary responsibility will include assisting, developing, and managing sponsorship programs and donor databases; drafting press releases and other marketing materials; and writing and maintaining The Yard’s social media presence.

The Yard is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


  • Development: Support Yard Development Department, under the direction of the Director Of Development and leadership of the Executive Director and Artistic Director:

    • Assist with individual gift management through database entry and donor acknowledgment

    • Develop and manage corporate sponsorship program

    • Support design and execution of broad-based fundraising appeals, working with both digital and print materials

    • Research and develop online fundraising tools

    • Maintain possible crowdsourcing campaigns

    • Contribute to grant writing and reporting (minimal)

    • Edit publicity and program materials for development related content

  • Marketing: Support Yard Marketing Department, under the direction of the Director of Marketing and leadership of Artist Director and Executive Director:

    • Collaborate with the DM to promote The Yard’s online presence through scheduling and writing social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn); researching and following social media contacts

    • Write press releases and maintain the press release list

    • Create, schedule, and send Constant Contact publicity emails

    • Coordinate, create, and order printed programs for all Yard performances

    • Support the promotion of Yard programs through management and purchase of advertising space in newspapers and other print materials, on radio channels, websites, etc; listing The Yard co calendars

    • Assist DM in managing the marketing budget by tracking and filing expenses; pricing out advertisements, merchandise, etc; researching new avenues for marketing and related audience development, engagement, and fundraising

    • Manage and sell advertising space in Yard programs to support earned income

    • Support merchandise sales, including through maintaining inventory

    • Depending on experience, take marketing related “slice of life” photographs at The Yard to use for future publicity purposes

  • Box Office:

    • Administer Arts-People ticketing system and other online accounts that pertains to tickets, merchandise, etc

    • Assist with box office management

    • Prepare and distribute box office reports  

  • Administrative Shared Responsibilities:

    • Assist with office management

    • Participate in weekly staff meetings and contribute to taking minutes

    • Provide additional administrative support as needed

  • Programmatic Shared Responsibilities:

    • Participate in planning and execution of the YARD ARTS Summer Season, THE WINTER YARD, and MAKING IT Community & Education programs

    • Opportunities to participate in DanceTheYard creation periods, rehearsals, performances, and other projects, depending on schedule, interest, and technical ability  

Not required, but having interest or experience in the following areas is a plus:

  • Photography and photojournalism

  • Brand strategy


  • Bachelor's degree or at least four years of equivalent experience 

  • Interest and/or experience in dance, the performing arts and/or non-profit organizations; and the desire to support The Yard's mission 

  • Past experience in Development and/or Marketing 

  • Strong verbal and writing communication skills 

  • Media-focused experience with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and/or other social media platforms

  • Not required, but having interest or experience in the following areas is a plus: photography, photojournalism, brand strategy, graphic design, data analysis, database management (specifically Salesforce) 

  • Organized, detail-oriented, deadline-driven; able to multitask, prioritize, and learn quickly 

  • Collaborative and creative  

  • Comfortable working independently and taking initiative 

To Apply:

Send the following items to No phone calls please.

  • Letter of Interest

  • Resume

  • Email and phone contact information for three professional references

The Yard’s Mission: The Yard supports diverse, contemporary dance-makers and related artists in their creative processes through paid, creative residency, public performance, long term education, and artist driven civic engagement.  We serve all ages and cultural populations on Martha’s Vineyard, and work collaboratively with artists, producers, and other cultural organizers within regional, national, and international contexts.

About The Yard: founded in 1973 by the late choreographer/philanthropist Patricia N. Nanon, The Yard is singular in its legacy, mission, and island community commitment. Ms. Nanon’s vision of providing creative “new work” residencies and public performance opportunities for choreographers and dance companies - carried forward and amplified since 2011, under the leadership of David R. White, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller - has had a lasting impact on the national dance field. The institution achieves its mission through an integrated ensemble of extended national/international artist research residencies, public presentations, local education programs, and year-round community building activities. The Yard’s main YARD ARTS season runs late May through mid-September. The new WINTER YARD series now populates the period November to May.  And MAKING IT, our intergenerational applied movement and dance-making initiative, is now active year-round in virtually all Island schools, as well as other community institutions.