Development Director

Atlanta, Georgia (Midtown)
Feb 25, 2019
Mar 27, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, this role oversees all aspects of fundraising for the Center – including corporate, foundation, and government grants; sponsorships; membership; individual and board giving; the annual fund; donor events; an annual gala; donor cultivation, stewardship, and reporting; planned giving; capital campaigns; and birthday parties and event rentals. This role entails managing a team of 4 full-time staff members (and part-time staff/interns as needed) and working closely alongside the Board of Directors and its various committees. Applicant must have 4-6 years of fundraising experience, preferably in an arts or culture organization. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.


  • Prepare department strategies (short and long term) to meet annual fundraising goals and enlist support from members of staff, the Board of Directors, donors, and volunteers.
  • Seek, ask, and close individual gifts for the Center with a focus on major gifts. Support board members and Executive Director in making the ask for funding.
  • Lead, manage, coach, and evaluate development staff.
  • Work with Center leadership and board to prepare and administer department budget, projecting and achieving goals for both revenue and expenses.
  • Work closely with Executive Director to facilitate all board activities and serve as development officer for the Center’s key development partners, sponsor companies and prospective donors (and their legal and financial advisors).
  • Expand the individual giving programs and stewardship of new donors
  • Develop a planned giving program including gift solicitations, frequent contact with donors, prospective donors (and their legal and financial advisors).
  • Supervise research and writing of grant proposals for corporations, foundations, and government prospects and edit/review each grant before submission.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special events, parties, and fundraising events to maximize net financial results from such efforts – particularly the annual String Fling Gala, held each September and Puppets for Puppetry event every other year, hosted in conjunction with The Jim Henson Company.
  • Establish development policies, systems, and procedures, with emphasis on ethical standards for soliciting and reporting gifts (in-kind and cash) and for meeting expectations of donors (individual, corporate, foundation, and government).
  • Supervise the use of donor software and records, ensuring donor privacy, data accuracy, and timeliness of all reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management or related field
  • Passion for fundraising, nonprofits, the arts, and the work of the Center
  • 4-6 years’ experience in development/fundraising with demonstrated success
  • Excellent communication, writing, planning, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven track record of securing gifts
  • High level of organizational skills, detail-oriented, and able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Tessitura systems preferred.

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