Employment Opportunity

Director of Development – Posted November 7, 2012
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The Center for the Arts is a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents the literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of our community.

The Center strives to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by making art available and accessible, and emphasizes diversity and quality of the visual, literary and performing arts. The Center provides facilities for regional arts organizations to educate and develop arts audiences of all ages.

The Director of Development provides leadership, management and coordination for all Center for the Arts fundraising efforts. Working with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, the Director executes fundraising and corporate sponsorship strategies that increase support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and through our membership program. The Director of Development plays a lead role in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors for major and annual gifts.

The Director works closely with the Executive Director and volunteer leadership to create a culture of donor stewardship and recognition and to achieve the Center\’s development goals. ¬†This is a full time position.


  • Establish development goals in consultation with Executive Director and fund development committee chairs, and create and implement an annual fundraising plan to increase charitable revenue from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Supervise development team including membership manager and special events personnel.
  • Work with marketing department to build messaging and materials for two annual membership drives and two annual giving campaigns.
  • Provide detailed reports on fundraising progress to Executive Director and the Development Committee on a regular basis.
  • Develop, implement and manage all aspects of a future capital campaign.
  • Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, local corporate sponsorships and foundation gifts and grants.
  • Cultivate and directly solicit individual donors, working with the Executive Director and other key volunteers as appropriate.
  • Identify, build and strengthen relationships with foundations through prospecting, grant-writing and timely reporting.
  • Enlist, maintain and support the involvement of the Center\’s Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and donors in the Center\’s fundraising.
  • Develop new fund development initiatives consistent with the Center\’s vision and goals.
  • Working with the Executive Director, solicit new members and increase membership on an annual basis.
  • Plan and coordinate projects, activities and at least one major fundraising event to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Oversee the production of case statements, grants, brochures and sponsorship proposals required to support development efforts.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with grantors, donors, corporate sponsors, board members and volunteers.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the Center\’s mission within the funding community.
  • Prioritize donor stewardship: create systems to ensure that all donors are immediately and appropriately thanked; receive regular communication from the Center; and periodic complimentary invitations to events and receptions.
  • Complete annual budget forecasts and develop and implement information tracking and reporting systems to support fundraising goals and activities.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director to ensure that pledges, gifts, grants and other revenues are properly recorded in financial records, forecasts and budgets and that grant budgets and reports align.
  • Create, distribute and maintain the Center\’s digital profile on the Center\’s website and other online giving sites.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 3-5 years experience managing a complex, nonprofit development program including annual and capital giving strategies.
  • Bachelor’s degree in fundraising, business, marketing, finance, resource development or a related field.
  • Knowledge of private and non-profit sectors.
  • A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, corporate and foundation grants.
  • Demonstrated results in organizing and implementing the following activities: capital campaign, major gifts, annual gifts, corporate and foundation giving, grants administration, direct mail and special events and membership.
  • Excellent analytical skills to develop plans and budget for all fundraising activities.
  • Knowledge of donor database systems.
  • Ability to implement online marketing programs, social networking, and to use the website for fundraising and donor cultivation.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, writing, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including board and staff members, donors and foundation, corporate and civic leaders.
  • An interest or experience in the performing and visual arts.
  • An entrepreneurial, flexible and resourceful spirit.
  • A positive outlook, sense of humor and passion for what we do!

This is a full time management position. The salary is competitive and dependent upon the applicant\’s qualifications and experience.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Julie Baker, Executive Director, jbaker@nullthecenterforthearts.org

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