The Arts Council New Orleans's mission is to improve the
quality of life in New Orleans by supporting, activating, and
investing in our city's greatest national resources: our artists,
cultural producers, and the creative
community. Building on our community's abundance of
cultural wealth and creativity, the Arts Council envisions a New
Orleans in which arts and culture play a pivotal role in all
areas of policy, planning, and placemaking. To
pursue a more equitable, joyful, and resilient city, art and
artists should be central to all community and economic development
efforts – from public health to public safety, education to
infrastructure. The Arts Council has operationalized its
commitment to advancing equity in its work through staff
recruitment and hiring, board development, purchasing practices,
and resource allocation.
Our Public Art & Placemaking
Strategy programs include the administration of the
city's Percent for Art Program, other community development
projects in which the arts are central, the presentation
of our LUNA Fête Light and Technology Festival, the creation
of murals, and training programs for visual
artists. Our Artist Services and Creative Advocacy
Strategies include regranting city, state, and federal funds
that impact the nonprofit arts community, art markets in City
Park and the Marsalis Harmony Park, and our
Young Artists Movement Mentorship Program, youth learning job
skills by working with professional
artists. The Arts Council advocates for public and private
funds and develops policies that increase art as a
part of the lives of all citizens.
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION
The Arts Council seeks a person with experience in development
to implement its development plan and support the
Director and Board Members to increase
support from major donors. The Director of
Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and
directing the Arts Council's fundraising including, the
major gifts program, annual fund, planned
giving, and special events. The Development
Director works closely with the Executive Director and the
Board of Directors in all development and fundraising
- Must embrace the mission of the Arts Council New
- Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
- Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques,
particularly major gift fundraising.
- Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board
members, and other volunteers.
- Have the desire to build external relationships.
- Be a "self-starter" and goal-driven to
initiate our board to participate in donor visits and
- Be organized and exhibit "follow through" on tasks
- Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and
community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common
sense, and good listening ability.
- A bachelor's degree.
- Five years minimum experience in professional
ACTUAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- To implement the Arts Council's fundraising plan and help
develop and update its fundraising plans.
- Meet prospective donors and supporters, continue to
establish effective communications with them.
- Grow a major gifts program, including identification,
cultivation, and solicitation of major donors.
- Support grant seeking, including research, proposal
writing, and reporting requirements.
- Build our first planned giving program with a focus
on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
- Direct annual fundraising drives.
- Coordinate fundraising special events include working with
other staff members.
- Oversee prospect research include working with our
Development Committee and Board
- Work closely with the Executive Director, the
Development Committee, and the Board of
- Staff Board Development Committee meetings.
- Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems.
- Collaborate with other fundraising staff.
- Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising
- Maintain gift recognition programs.
- Must demonstrate professional conduct.
- Perform other related duties as requested.
The starting salary range is $50,000 -
$60,000. Competitive/commensurate with experience and other
qualifications. Health insurance and matching funds for 403(b)
retirement plan provided.
Resumes accepted through September 10,
2021. E-mail your resume as an
attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with your
name and Development Director Position written
in the subject line.
This position is currently remote with plans to move
into an office in the future TBD