Development Associate

Creative Capital
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 30, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Special Events, Administrative, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Creative Capital is seeking a passionate, forward-thinking, and creative individual to fulfill a key role in helping grow the organization’s portfolio and individual relationships. The Development Associate works closely with the leadership team to assist with comprehensive projects as well as gift processing and other aspects of development operations. The Development Associate is a key role that helps to support the department's efforts across funding sectors and offers opportunities for career growth. A competitive candidate is a confident individual who understands the cultural funding landscape and can skillfully communicate Creative Capital’s mission and work. This position reports to the Director of Development.




  • Help manage Creative Capital’s fundraising activities and initiatives; tracking deadlines and nurturing relationships
  • Draft/write grant proposals and reports for funders, including researching and preparing materials about organizational activities and artist news
  • Assist with donor stewardship, cultivating new and existing donors
  • Conduct prospect research, identifying and generating new funding opportunities, including compiling financial and organizational data on prospective funders
  • Manage donor correspondence, inquiries, and acknowledgements
  • Coordinate project planning and communication with other departments
  • Implement and track appeals, campaigns, and other special initiatives in print and online
  • Handle pledges, gift processing, and ensure accurate data and record input
  • Salesforce database management
  • Coordinate and participate in development activities, events, and some travel (both online and in-person)
  • Participate in and administer various meetings, including select trustee committee meetings
  • Other responsibilities as needed




  • At least 3 years of fundraising experience working in development, including the drafting of letters, proposals, and reports
  • Exceptional writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills
  • Demonstrated experience using Salesforce (Classy) or Raiser’s Edge, Excel, and Wealth Engine or iwave, or similar fundraising applications
  • Strong work ethic, highly efficient and pragmatic, excellent attention to detail
  • Self-directed with a collaborative spirit
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment
  • Knows how to deal appropriately with foundations, patrons, and trustees
  • Fundraising background preferred; and interest in art/cultural institutions desirable



The position is full-time (with occasional travel and special events), exempt and non-union. Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Seeking to fill the position before or by September 30, 2021.


Creative Capital is committed to building unity and seeks to hire staff who foster an excitement for contributing to a thriving cultural community. Please tell us why that's you in your cover letter and include one writing sample along with your resume. Send as one PDF attachment at with subject “Development Associate.”  Deadline is September 17, 2021.




Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. The organization began as an experiment to see how artists could benefit from the kind of opportunities afforded to entrepreneurs in other sectors. Our pioneering system of supporting artists is inspired by the venture capital principles of building a long-term relationship with a project, providing funding at strategic moments, and surrounding the project with critical resources, counsel and advisory services. Over time, this has become known as venture philanthropy.


In response to the National Endowment for the Arts' termination of the majority of its grant programs for individual artists, Creative Capital was founded with a fierce commitment to freedom of expression. We aim to support the latest thinking in the field and to provide early support for projects that initially have challenges receiving funding from other sources. We also strive to help all artists gain access to the tools and strategies needed for improved self-sufficiency. Creative Capital has since become the leader in supporting individual artists and the only national organization that has made a long-term commitment to artists’ career development.


Creative Capital is committed to diverse cultural and social perspectives whether or not they are represented in the organization in all its forms and is an equal opportunity employer, 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.


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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