The Art Effect
The Art Effect empowers youth to develop their artistic voice to
shape their futures and bring about positive social change. Based
in Poughkeepsie, we help young people in the Hudson Valley explore,
experience, and excel in the arts, introducing them to visual arts
and media, giving them the opportunity to develop real skills in
these fields, and guiding them towards achieving their academic and
The Art Effect is looking for a full-time Director of
Institutional Giving to be an effective partner to the
Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Director of External
Affairs in guiding the organization to fulfill an ambitious mission
and to manage and implement our collaborative development efforts
as we grow in size and complexity. Reporting to the Deputy
Director, this position will oversee the development of
relationships and systems that advance institutional giving (both
government and foundations) at all levels. Excellent writing and
management skills are required to articulate The Art Effect’s
mission and inspire all stakeholders.
The Art Effect is experiencing a period of expansion, with a new
strategic plan and launch of a three-year comprehensive campaign to
move our operations and programming to the Trolley Barn in
Poughkeepsie. This position will be integral to developing new
funding for general operations and campaign support, with a focus
on institutional funders. The position will oversee the Director of
External Affairs’ institutional fundraising efforts, and directly
manage a growing portfolio of 30-40 institutional funders. The
ideal candidate will have expertise in institutional fundraising as
well as be a well-rounded development professional with
communications acumen; a team player; and able to manage multiple
deadlines and priorities on a daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual
Development Management and Operations
Work with senior staff to create and
implement an ambitious development plan that sets fundraising
performance goals and benchmarks.
Oversee and partner with the Director
of External Affairs, who currently manages all grants, corporate
sponsorship, the Art After Dark annual gala, and two annual
appeals. Work with the DEA to divide the current workload of
institutional funders so that all deadlines are met well in advance
Align fundraising operations with the
organization’s strategic plan, programmatic needs, and campaign
Oversee gift tracking and database
management, including the acknowledgment process, for institutional
and corporate donors.
Partner with the Executive Director
and Deputy Director on major gifts, planned giving, and creation
and growth of individual giving framework. Work collaboratively to
develop and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow
annual individual revenue, including drafting proposals for
individual donors, and other materials as necessary.
Oversee all institutional giving
efforts, including a growing portfolio of 30-40 federal, state,
county, city, and private foundation funders associated with
$1.25M+ for current programmatic and general operating support,
with expectations of continuous year-after-year growth. This
includes prospecting, researching, writing compelling letters of
inquiry and proposals in support of unrestricted and restricted
revenue, capital needs, sponsorships, and campaigns.
Over the next three years, lead local
and national institutional fundraising efforts related to the
Trolley Barn Campaign, a $10M+ campaign to move The Art Effect’s
studios and operations to Main Street in Poughkeepsie, New
Oversee all aspects of grants
management, including the grants calendar and task management in
Asana, to ensure grant compliance and the timely submission of all
narrative and financial reports.
Work with ED and accountant to
prepare and monitor budgets and reports for institutional
proposals, grants and special projects.
Work with program staff regarding
future projects and grants and to ensure the development and use of
program evaluation tools as a basis for grant reporting.
Actively seek, source, and cultivate
new institutional prospects on a regular basis.
Support the ED in their solicitations
of institutional funders.
Ensure that the donor database
information and correspondence is accurate and up-to-date for all
Work with marketing and
communications to ensure all funders are promoted in organizational
literature and social media applications as agreed upon.
At least eight to ten years
experience in fundraising with progressively senior development
roles. Experience with non-profits arts fundraising preferred.
Strategic thinker and self-starter
with deep knowledge of all aspects of development and
Proven track record in securing 5-,
6- and 7-figure gifts/grants.
Proficiency in proposal and grant
Excellent organizational skills and
an eye for detail.
Ability to work independently and
collaboratively, managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Comfortable with multiple deadlines
and competing timetables.
Outstanding interpersonal skills for
external and internal audiences including high-profile donors.
Diplomacy, poise, and empathetic
Knowledge and understanding of the
arts (visual, digital, curatorial).
Excellent computer skills including
G-Suite and donor database systems, CiviCRM preferred.
Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced
Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience.
Benefits include a generous vacation/paid time off package, Health
insurance with options for vision/ dental, along with 401K.
While this position is based in our Poughkeepsie office, partial
remote work is negotiable.
The Art Effect is committed to the principle of equal employment
opportunity and to providing
employees with a work environment free of discrimination and
harassment. All applicants will be
considered for employment without attention to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, veteran, or disability status.
To apply, please send a resume with a cover letter, salary
expectations, and three writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
job title and your name in the subject line. This position is open
for immediate employment. No phone calls, please.