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Director of Development, Justice System Nonprofit Organization

Rehabilitation Through The Arts
New York, United States
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00
Closing date
May 19, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Arts, Education, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) helps people in prison develop critical life skills through the arts, modeling an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment. 


The Director of Development is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of RTA’s annual development program with a focus on individual donors, major donors and institutional funders.  


  • Individual Donors: 
  • Manage annual development plan, charting out appeals and events for the year 
  • Manage portfolio of individual donors & major donors with Moves Management  
  • Thank, steward and cultivate donors on ongoing basis  
  • Manage prospect research and donor acquisition  
  • Schedule 1-1 meetings & calls with major donors and prospects as appropriate  
  • Attend selected screenings and other events to meet potential new donors  
  • Oversee annual appeal letter 
  • Manage Board dues give/get & other communication with Board as needed 
  • Institutional Funders – Foundations, Corporations & Government: 
  • Identify and pursue new institutional funding opportunities through research, frequent Letters of Inquiry (LOIs), phone calls with potential funders, and attending webinars and networking events  
  • Manage existing relationships with institutional funders, including elected officials 
  • Support the Deputy Director in developing proposals for general operating, program and project funds 
  • Maintain calendar to track grant proposals, renewals, and reports 
  • Prepare Executive Director and other key solicitors for cultivation and stewardship calls and meetings with institutional funders 
  • Special Events:  
  • Collaborate with Director of Communications on all fundraising events 
  • Convene host committee if applicable 
  • Oversee outreach & curate mailing list 
  • Research guests and give board/staff assignments for day-of cultivation  
  • Communications: 
  • Collaborate with Director of Communications on donor-facing materials such as invitations and the annual appeal letter; ensure communications are donor-centric  


  • BA degree or equivalent in work experience is required 
  • At least 5 years development experience with an emphasis on individuals and institutional funders, including a strong track record of successful fundraising  
  • Detail-oriented, creative self-starter with exceptional interpersonal, leadership and strategic thinking skills  
  • Excellent administrative, communications – both written and oral – and computer skills 
  • Contribute to and commit to diversity, equity and inclusion practices 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), Google Drive, and common donor database (e.g.,DonorPerfect, Raiser’s Edge) required 
  • Possess a driver’s license and have access to a car 
  • Ability to work flexible hours 
  • Interest in prison reform and the arts 


RTA is a fast-paced organization led by a collaborative staff who value teamwork through staff-developed, mutually agreed upon core values.  

As an organization that works extensively with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, we stand in solidarity with all those oppressed by institutional inequality and embrace diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, including those impacted by the justice system. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or veteran status.  

RTA supports a healthy work-life balance and recognizes that there are tangible benefits from supporting flexible working practices. Staff work a standard work week but are occasionally required to work some evenings and/or weekends for special events.


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