Development Officer, Arts Conservation in Venice, Italy

Save Venice Inc.
New York, United States
$75,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Jul 7, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Membership, Prospect Research, Special Events, Programs, Other Programs
Arts, International
Employment Type
Full Time
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Save Venice is seeking a dynamic, creative, hard-working, self-motivated, and talented Development Officer with excellent written and verbal communication skills. The position requires the ability to multitask and  learn about SV projects and procedures while working in a busy environment. The candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills and familiarity with individual giving cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship experiences. He or she should have a proven history of generating revenue. The Development Officer will join the New York team but will work on most tasks autonomously. This position will be based in the New York office though will operate primarily remotely for the time being. There may be opportunities to travel to Venice and elsewhere for work with this role.


The Development Officer will report to the Director of Development and be responsible for various areas of fundraising growth: working with Save Venice’s regional ambassadors, the Conservation Patron Council members—currently ten individuals based in cities around the country and the UK—to create and execute events both virtual and in-person to expand support bases and encourage membership renewals in those regions. The candidate should have comfort with initiating and stewarding relationships with new and current donors, particularly outside the Northeast, during this time of mostly virtual interactions. Key responsibilities also include moving current members up the giving pipeline; identifying and soliciting restoration project sponsors; working with the New York team on major ticketed events such as the annual Un Ballo in Maschera in New York and biannual Gala in Venice, as well as additional domestic and international excursions from time to time. The Development Officer will need to become familiar with the cloud-based software DonorPerfect, which will be used to generate reports and track solicitations. The candidate should demonstrate ability to track and report on revenue generated and projected to close.


The ideal candidate is a poised, talented communicator and a team player, able to thrive in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities, and have a history of successful development work, and enthusiasm for art history, heritage preservation, and Venice.



Specific responsibilities are not limited to, but will include:


  • Work with the Director of Development on campaign strategy and execution
  • Support the Director of Development with the creation and distribution of fundraising materials (digital communications; sponsorship decks; membership and other appeals)
  • Collaborate with regional ambassadors to plan and execute local “friend-raising” and membership events
  • Expand local support networks and engage with Italian Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes in North America to collaborate on events and increase the Save Venice donor base
  • Maintain and solicit a large portfolio of donors and prospects with attentive cultivation and systematic follow-up after events and mailings to strengthen the individual giving program and increase restoration sponsorship
  • Draft solicitation letters and acknowledgment letters in multiple voices for project sponsorships, membership program, and the annual appeal
  • Support Board members with solicitation efforts by preparing briefing memos and talking points
  • Assist with the creation of reports for restoration donors, provide these sponsorship reports to donors and track these communications
  • Generate and record relevant notes and gift details in the donor database and generate reports
  • Support special events planning efforts and participate in development events, occasionally during evening and weekend hours
  • Act as an ambassador for the organization and interact with all levels of donors and with a large and active Board of Directors
  • Donor research as needed




  • 3 to 5 years professional development experience
  • Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Superior written and oral communication skills reflecting clear, concise, and creative thinking
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks under the pressure of deadlines—both organizational and self-directed
  • Willingness to take initiative as well as direction
  • Predisposition to work in a team
  • Strong work ethic and integrity, respect for confidentiality
  • Experience with donor databases, or the willingness to learn new programs quickly
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite specifically Excel, Word, and Powerpoint
  • Proficiency in Google Drive Suite specifically Sheets, Docs, and Slides
  • Positive and flexible attitude and sense of humor
  • Interest in the visual arts, art history, Venice, heritage preservation, travel



  • Background in art history and familiarity with Venice
  • Professional experience in an arts institution or non-profit
  • 5+ years experience preferred


Salary: $75,000–$90,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent health benefits, generous vacation time, 403B plan with employer contribution. While the New York office is working primarily remotely due to the ongoing pandemic, Save Venice is amenable to the Development Officer establishing a hybrid remote and in-person work routine.



Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest to: Resumes without letters will not be considered. Write "Development Officer" in the subject line. No phone calls please. 

Save Venice is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. 



Save Venice Inc. is the leading American nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice, Italy. Since 1971, Save Venice has funded the conservation of nearly 1,700 individual artworks. 

In 2015, Save Venice established the Rosand Library & Study Center in Venice, creating a nexus for the research of Venetian art, history, and conservation. Save Venice also provides grants for fellowships, exhibitions, and publications to advance Venetian scholarship and conservation.


After the floods of November 2019–the second worst in Venice's history–Save Venice created the "Immediate Response Fund" to ensure a sustained reserve for disaster relief and preventive conservation to protect Venice's most vulnerable sites going forward.


Save Venice typically funds restoration projects and educational initiatives totaling approximately $2 million annually and historically has a ratio of 75% of expenses directly supporting the mission. In 2020, Save Venice spent 81 cents on the dollar on restorations and related programming.


Save Venice is headquartered in New York City with an office in Venice. The New York office has four full-time employees and the Venice office has two full-time employees. With approximately 50 Directors, the Board is very active and engaged in committee work. The organization funds the work of dozens of expert restorers at any one time; in recent years our conservators have treated world-famous masterpieces by Carpaccio, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, and many others. The organization has more than 40 active restoration projects and educational initiatives underway, above all two major campaigns to commemorate the organization’s 50th Anniversary in 2021 and 2022: the restoration of the Scuola Italiana (Italian Synagogue) in the Ghetto of Venice and treatment of 2,442 square feet of Byzantine apse mosaics in the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta on the island of Torcello.

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