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Development Director

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
California, United States
$90,000.00 - $93,000.00
Closing date
May 30, 2024

The Development Director is responsible for increasing SPARC’s annual giving goals by developing comprehensive fundraising and stewardship plans. This position will enhance donor and prospect engagement, utilize SPARC’s CRM database and manage and expand SPARC’s existing donor portfolio to achieve financial and non-financial goals. This position will also assist with grant management.

  • The Development Director will report directly to the Operations Director and work alongside the CEO, CFO, Operations Director, SPARC Board to set and execute a long-term strategic plan for fundraising activities. The plan should include benchmark milestones on financial results, relationship development goals, year-round engagement and donor stewardship processes.
  • Establish and maintain a fundraising strategy focused on achieving long term goals to support various projects and operational expenses.
  • Oversee, plan and execute annual fundraising initiatives and events including an annual fundraiser.
  • Focus on identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective corporate and high net worth individual donors.
  • Supports the drafting of grant proposals, foundation communication, and maintains SPARC’s grant reporting schedule and activities.
  • Maintain SPARC’s CRM database, donor thank you letters, maintain relevant stakeholder information, donor engagement visits and other key metrics.
  • Establish and sustain a network of relationships within companies and corporate philanthropic/foundation leads.
  • Develop collateral for SPARC, including brochures and other media.
  • Responsible for improving SPARC’s websites, social media and branding.
  • Engage companies and individuals in volunteerism and educational opportunities
  • Provide regular and accurate reporting.
  • Champion a culture of collaboration, continuous learning and improvement while upholding the values and mission of SPARC.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business, marketing or non-profit management or related field ideal.
  • Proven track record of meeting fundraising goals and securing major gifts
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, with high levels of organization and prioritization.
  • The successful candidate will be mature, highly motivated, and
    team-oriented, with the highest ethical standards and ability to drive results.
  • Self-motivated and able to thrive in a fast-paced, complex, goal-oriented, team environment.
  • Demonstrate a sense of urgency, ability to independently determine priorities, maintain activity on a number of projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, act innovatively and embrace change.
  • Sound judgment, discretion and commitment. Maintain confidentiality and a high degree of accuracy in donor records.
  • Is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Delivers effective individual and group presentations which are powerful and impactful.
  • Familiarity with Salsa Labs desired

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • At least 2 years of development management experience is required.
  • Development experience in an arts non-profit setting preferred.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package.

Job Benefits

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $90,000.00 - $93,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday. Some weekends may be required

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Venice, CA 90291: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting
    work (Required)


  • Fundraising: 2 years Required, 5 years preferred

Work Location: In person


Submitting an Application
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to

About the Organization
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is a community-based non-profit
arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna
Deitch and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to producing,
presenting and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles neighborhoods. The
organization is best known for its work in hundreds of Los Angeles neighborhoods
at a grassroots level to produce the rich legacy of Los Angeles murals.

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