Sponsorship Specialist
Full time permanent position
Compensation: $42,000 – $45,000/year with commensurate benefits 

Overview
Reporting to Development Specialist and collaborating closely with the Executive Director and the Marketing and Communications team, the Sponsorship Specialist oversees the development and execution of Fringe Theatre’s sponsorship and corporate relationships to support, enhance, market, and build upon the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Fringe Theatre Season, and year-round programming. 

Is it you we’re looking for?
You are a people person with enthusiastic networking skills who thrives on executing big ideas. You are passionate about creating meaningful connections, relationship building, and celebrating all the ways arts and culture builds healthy, vibrant communities.  

You are a mindful, skilled verbal and written communicator. You are a creative problem solver who’s driven by results. You are detailed and methodical. You love metrics and a good spreadsheet as much as you love the hustle and bustle of opening night of Festival. You have a keen marketing sense and understand how to deliver big impact. 

You have a track record of working with and retaining key community partners, and experience negotiating and executing on detailed contracts. Or, if you don’t have that experience quite yet, you have a drive to learn and a sincere interest in developing the skills to smash goals.  

You take initiative and can work independently. You bring a collaborative, open, and positive energy to everything you do. A passion for Fringe, live theatre, and the local arts scene helps, too! 

Duties 

  • In collaboration with organizational leadership, ensure sponsorships align with the mission, vision, and values of Fringe Theatre; 
  • In collaboration with the Artistic Director and Programming Department, ensure artistic freedom is maintained and prioritized in sponsorships;  
  • Collaborate with Development Specialist, Executive Director, and Board Committee to create annual sponsorship goals and reporting metrics and write an Annual Sponsorship Plan to identify sustainable goals, tactics, and measurements, including: 
    • Maintaining Fringe Theatre’s current Sponsor relationships through excellent stewardship, regular communication, creative collaboration, a delivery of high impact benefits; 
    • Maintaining an updated sponsorship deck and matrix of assets & benefits to guide negotiations;  
    • Tracking the impact and value of sponsorship properties; and 
    • Prospecting & cultivating new Sponsors; 
  • Work with Director of Finance for timely invoicing and payment processes;  
  • Administer all Sponsorship benefits and collaborate with internal departments to ensure Festival and Seasonal obligations and benefits are fulfilled, including:  
    • On-site activations;  
    • Sponsor advertising opportunities; 
    • Promotional and cross-promotional opportunities;  
    • Logo and brand recognition; 
    • Naming and presenting rights;  
    • Capital naming;  and
    • Program naming
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to liaise with AGLC regarding Liquor Sponsorships; 
  • Collaborate with Café Manager to ensure regular and accurate Liquor Sales data; and 
  • Collaborate with and support the Fringe team in the execution of our year-round activities. 

Why Fringe?
At Fringe Theatre, we foster artists. We nurture audiences. We take chances. Fringe Theatre cultivates safer spaces for brave ideas and big artistic risk.   

Since its very beginning, Fringe Theatre has been the meeting place where experience, perspective, diversity, and passion are explored, uplifted, and celebrated. Representation onstage, backstage, in the Front of House and Box Office, in our administrative spaces, and in our mentorship and training programs matters. The future of theatre in Treaty 6 is equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible. We believe representation within our organization will lead to greater equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in our community. 

We are a collaborative, playful, creative, hard-working team where big ideas and out-of-the-box approaches are encouraged. Currently, our administrative team works remotely due to evolving health restrictions, though our base of operations is the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Edmonton, AB. Our hours of business are typically 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday, though there is an expectation that staff are reasonably available evenings and weekends based on season and Festival event activity. We are a flexible workspace. We know life is big and we honour the passions and commitments you have beyond the day-to-day 9-5. 

Employees are expected to uphold and champion Fringe’s Safer Spaces and Anti-Racism programs, and abide by our Code of Conduct. 

To Apply
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter via email no later than Midnight (MST), on May 14, 2021 to: Megan Dart, Interim Executive Director at megan.dart@fringetheatre.ca 

We thank all applicants but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.