Director, Development

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New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $125,000.00
May 17, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Creative Capital, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, seeks a Director of Development who is  passionate about leading our fundraising efforts to support bold, risk-taking contemporary artists in  the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, moving image, and multidisciplinary practices. This role is  a key member of the leadership team at Creative Capital and reports directly to the President and  Executive Director. The ideal candidate is a talented fundraising professional with creative ideas, a  robust network of trusted relationships, and extensive experience in grant-writing, foundations,  corporate donors, and individual giving in the arts and culture sector. Qualified candidates must have  a proven track record of success in closing high-level corporate and foundation donations, and  cultivating and stewarding major donors.  


  • Direct development efforts in collaboration with the President & Executive Director to grow a  $5 million(+) portfolio of funders that includes foundations, individuals, and corporate  sponsors 
  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies to contributed income through individual,  institutional, and corporate giving partnerships, and events 
  • Work with the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council to deeply engage their  networks to grow contributed income; assists President and Executive Director with the  management of the Board Development Committee  
  • Collaborate with Artist Initiatives team to prioritize funding needs and to create funding  strategies for new initiatives, including engaging Creative Capital awardees in fundraising  campaigns and help introduce artists and their bold visions to donors and prospects 
  • Innovate, refine and grow the individual giving program, leveraging the organization’s vast  assets to connect with like-minded major donors across the country 
  • Design and grow a corporate sponsorship program aligned with Creative Capital’s unique  position as the leading artist support organization in the country 
  • Work closely with Communications team to conceptualize, strategize, and manage funder based initiatives and campaigns in support of growing contributed income 
  • Produce donor impact reports, corporate sponsorship decks, funding proposals and interim  and final reports in collaboration with the Communications team 
  • Oversees management of Creative Capital’s donor database; conduct funder research,  outreach, and moves management tracking 
  • Travel (when permitted) to strategic fundraising locations throughout the US ● Proactively works across departments to ensure smooth communications and synergies with  artist grant-making, artist retreat, artist services and programs 
  • Manage Development department budget in collaboration with Chief Operating Officer ● Responsible for hiring, managing, and mentoring Development staff 

15 Maiden Lane, 18th Floor New York, NY 10038 



  • 10+ years of professional experience in nonprofit arts and cultural fundraising with increasing  responsibilities  
  • Proven track track record of securing foundation donations and managing foundation  relationships, cultivating and securing high-level individual donations ($50,000+), and  cultivating and closing corporate sponsorships 
  • Proven track record of upholding DEIA values. 
  • Experience mentoring and collaborating with diverse staff 
  • Diplomatic, proactive, and solution-driven professional; strategic, pragmatic, and creative  thinker  
  • Self-directed and able to work well collaboratively 
  • Exceptional writing, editing and communication skills  
  • Extensive experience in funder research and the use of industry tools 
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines 
  • Passion for contemporary art and artists.  
  • Proficiency with Mac OS, MS Office, Google Workspace, Salesforce and Wealth Engine 

The position is full-time (40 hours/week with occasional travel and special events). Ideally,  candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid  time off and benefits. Competitive salary in the range of $100,000 to $125,000. Seeking to fill the  position by July 1, 2021. 

TO APPLY: Please describe in a cover letter how your work experience relates to the position’s  requirements, including specific mention of fundraising goals you are responsible for and individual  funders and corporations you have worked with, citing the amounts you have secured. Only those  with appropriate experience will be considered and contacted. Please submit your cover letter and  resume as one PDF to with the subject line “Director, Development.” No  phone calls, please. Application deadline: May 24, 2021. 


Creative Capital supports innovative, ambitious artists of all disciplines and across the country  through funding, counsel, gatherings, and career development services. Our mission is to amplify  artists' voices and catalyze connections, helping artists to realize their visions and build sustainable  practices, and nurturing the growth of artistic communities nationwide. 

Founded in response to the National Endowment for the Arts’ termination of the majority of its grant  programs for individual artists, Creative Capital is animated by a fierce commitment to freedom of  expression. We particularly value forward-thinking and boundary-blurring work, and seek out  projects that could not be realized without the additional support we provide. 

Creative Capital is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diverse cultural and  social perspectives. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion,  sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or  expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Since 2015, Creative Capital has been participating in ongoing anti-oppression training to  examine systemic issues that perpetuate inequality.  

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being  performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an  exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to  modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable  accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential  functions of this position.

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