Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Action-oriented Development Manager driven to contribute to team success with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and mission-driven strategies. Clear understanding of nonprofit management and training in effective leadership. Proven success in leadership roles, operational excellence and organizational development with keen understanding of donor relations, project management and field research. Recognized for inspiring team members and encouraging creative work environments.

Work Experience
Managing Director, 09/2018 - Current
Tencent Holland, MI,

ARENA DANCES is Minneapolis' leading contemporary dance company of 25+ years, with the mission to make dance accessible to all through presentation of contemporary dance, educational outreach, and community gatherings to inspire, promote dialogue and diversity.

  • Develops and manages innovative programming, orchestrating forward-thinking strategies to increase both community engagement and financial growth
  • Leads event planning of community gatherings, classes, company performances and fundraisers. Involves cultivation of new and recurring collaborative partnerships
  • Creates campaign content and executes marketing/communication plans for all aspects of ARENA DANCES' development activities, with focus on tailoring approaches for various categories of funders
  • Maintains all development data, including gift/grant entry, donor profiles and funder correspondence, using CRM and Microsoft Office Suite. Tracks grant deadlines, prepares reports and assists in annual planning/budgeting
  • Initiated Fiscal Sponsorship program by researching field recommendations and establishing infrastructure, including application process, program manual, and financial tracking system

Key Achievements - Created four new, recurring fundraising events. Implemented use of new CRM software, which resulted in greater clarity of donor engagement for board of directors and is employed as vital resource for development strategies. Increased social media interactions 33%.

Communications/Marketing Consultant, 09/2019 - 12/2019
Friends Of The High Line New York, NY,

Following a partnership with Shapiro & Smith Dance during ARENA DANCES' Twin Cities Dance Showcase for the Arts Midwest Conference, I was asked to come on as a freelance consultant for their Fall 2019 performance.

  • Developed marketing campaigns and targeted audience strategies for company's revival performance for Notes From a Séance
  • Created social media content with unique content and tone, improving views and clicks
  • Managed relationships and communications with advertising agents to promote performance
  • Secured local restaurant partnership for opening-night exclusive event

Key Achievements - Established new community partner for Shapiro & Smith to collaborate with on future programming. Increased Constant Contact open rate to 17% above industry average and doubled social media presence.

Teaching Artist, 07/2018 - Current
Fred Astaire Dance Studios Chattanooga, TN,

As a dancer myself, I find inspiration and enjoyment in passing on my knowledge and insights of the contemporary and ballet movement forms. In my role as a teacher at Zenon Dance School, I am responsible for the following:

  • Develops lesson plans to teach the dance forms of contemporary and ballet, with emphasis on both technique and personal expression
  • Leads classes for groups ranging in age from 12-45, valuing a breadth of experience levels and backgrounds
Professional Dancer, 05/2018 - Current
Freelance City, STATE,
  • Currently performing with a variety of professional dance companies in the Twin Cities, including Rhythmically Speaking, Borealis Dance Theatre and Honey Works
  • Have trained and performed in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Nashville and Israel
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Dance And Leadership, Expected in 05/2018
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, College of Liberal Arts - Minneapolis, MN

Graduated summa cum laude, GPA: 3.9. Studied Abroad at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) / Hebrew University in Israel in Fall 2017

Graduated With Academic & Artistic Honors: , Expected in 05/2014
Interlochen Arts Academy - Interlochen, MI

Boarding High School - Areas of study: Dance

  • Graphic Design & Digital Marketing
  • Budgeting
  • Fundraising & Strategic Development
  • Community Partnership Recruitment
  • Industry Research
  • Writing & Editing

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School Attended

  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, College of Liberal Arts
  • Interlochen Arts Academy

Job Titles Held:

  • Managing Director
  • Communications/Marketing Consultant
  • Teaching Artist
  • Professional Dancer


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Graduated With Academic & Artistic Honors

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