FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt
Dance Iquail (DI!), a fast-growing and mission-driven national
nonprofit organization, is seeking an enthusiastic Director
of Development to secure financial support for our
organization. DI! is creating a new Development Office and
therefore seeks a candidate who can help establish the essential
systems of organizational practice fundraising and development
The Director of Development will set and achieve fundraising
goals, maintain knowledge of fundraisers’ interests, and cultivate
relationships with fellow employees and volunteers. The successful
candidate will build lasting relationships with the community,
potential, and current donors and keep them informed on how their
financial input contributes to making DI! one of the leading Dance
organizations in the country, making the art form more inclusive
and diverse. Preferred candidates will be self-motivated,
The Development Director will be responsible for the
following essential functions:
Collaborating with the Executive
Artistic Directors and board of directors to design and implement a
fundraising strategy which adds to the fiscal health of DI! While
providing the resources for growth and expansion.
Implementing the evolving strategic
plan for DI! in the areas of fundraising and public relations.
Evaluate existing programs, forecast for exponential growth, and
recommend new offerings consistent with the mission and vision of
Acting as the catalyst for
fundraising and cultivations of donors and volunteers through major
and annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, using the
Cultivating relationships that result
in and securing national and local funding
Developing a digital fundraising
strategy in conjunction with the Marketing team
Collaborating with a network to
identify and build relationships with donor prospects for the
Cultivating and expanding
relationships with major donors
Collaborating with various
departments to plan milestones and special fundraising events.
Serving as a spokesperson for the organization to the media and the
general public, to position and strengthen DI!’s name,
recognition, and reputation in the community.
Managing the implementation of
appropriate donor management software and overseeing staff
responsible for data entry and gift processing.
Administering and overseeing the
organization’s special events.
Preparing and presenting reports on
fundraising activities to executive management and the board of
Serving as grants administrator,
writing grant proposals and acknowledgments for grants
received. Ensuring compliance by the organization of terms
stipulated in the grant award.
Based in the local Philadelphia
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of
seven years professional fundraising/development experience to
include applied knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor
relations with foundations, individuals, corporations, and other
Demonstrated success in securing
major support from private and/or public sources – preferably
for educational or arts projects.
Demonstrated success in grant writing
and meeting annual goals.
Transparent and high-integrity
leadership and a style that motivates people to work hard while
Comfort with ambiguity, the ability
to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, and the
ability to work well under pressure. Ability to lead multiple long-
and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all deadlines with
the ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own
Excellent attention to detail.
Proven ability to make decisions and
solve problems independently, effectively, and
Strong written and oral communication
skills and appropriate self-confidence and maturity so as to
effectively communicate the DI!’s vision at all levels and
across organizational lines in a manner inspiring to staff, board,
donors and volunteers.
Availability to work outside of
regular business hours.
Experience with Network for Good or
similar donor-tracking software is a plus.
Position travels nationally and
internationally. A passport is required.
Cell phone stipend
Eight Rest and Rejuvenation Days
Paid Federal and Culturally Specific
Relocation expenses up to
Interested candidates should submit a current resume and cover
letter that describes your affinity for Philadelphia, for the Arts
and the Black Culture to Jobs@Danceiquail.org. Deadline to submit a
resume and cover letter is December 20, 2023.
About DANCE IQUAIL!
Dance Iquail (DI!) uses the art of dance as a conduit for
combating issues of social injustice as primarily experienced
by disadvantaged Black Philadelphians. Working in the universal
language of movement, DI! is committed to creating and
presenting programs that confront the destructive and
divisive nature of racism, sexism, violence, drug and alcohol
abuse, the needs of the poor, and the importance of family
support and unity.
Our core values:
Respecting Cultures–we are courteous, curious, and
Promoting Creativity–we are supportive, principled, and
Performing Strategically – we are resourceful, proactive, and
entrepreneurial Integrating Individuality– we are collaborative,
professional, responsive, and uplifting Embodying Diversity – we
are inclusive, integral, adaptive, and responsive.
These values are intrinsic to Dance Iquail! and guide how we
work together and interact with our core communities,
audiences, and supporters.
DI! provides equal employment opportunities to all employees
and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination
and harassment of any type without regard to race, color,
religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics,
protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity
or expression, or any other characteristic protected by
federal, state or local laws.