Arts Alliance Illinois is looking for someone with vision and charisma who can develop meaningful relationships with some of the most well-connected cultural leaders in Illinois. Along with the Executive Director and management team, the Development Director will also contribute to shaping AAI’s strategic programs. This experienced arts leader will develop strategy and oversee execution for all areas of the Alliance’s fundraising portfolio, including foundation and government grants, individual giving, and special events.
Founded in 1982, Arts Alliance Illinois is the state's leading voice for the arts and arts education. The Alliance is an advocacy organization that promotes the value of the arts through grassroots organizing, coalition-building, lobbying, and policy-relevant research. We believe the arts are not just relevant, but essential to Illinois’ social, economic, and educational growth and vitality. The Alliance has the largest network of any statewide arts advocacy organization in the country. We are the only group that actively serves and represents artists and cultural organizations across all disciplines, budget sizes, and geographic areas. More information on the Alliance is available at www.artsalliance.org
We are looking for a Development Director with the confidence and experience to chart a course and achieve the following outcomes:
Individual Donors: Significantly expand major gift efforts and prospect list. Actively research, identify, cultivate and independently solicit potential donors at all levels, and develop innovative strategies for broadening the organization’s fundraising outreach statewide with an emphasis on increasing individual giving. Develop and execute strategy to move individual members of our advocacy network up the “ladder of engagement,” increasing our donor base and revenue received.
Stewardship: Develop and implement stewardship initiatives aimed at cultivating deeper ties with and retaining donors.
Events:With the assistance of an event consultant, plan and coordinate the annual Voices of a Creative State benefit luncheon, netting $200,000 in unrestricted revenue, as well as other special events to build support and raise funds for AAI’s work.
Institutional Funders: Supervise the work of a membership/development associate to implement all LOI, application, and reporting processes for foundation and government grants.
Strategy/Goal Setting: Determine departmental long-range goals in tandem with management’s overall institutional goals and strategies, addressing dollars to be raised annually and for any capital campaign, benchmarks for growth in dollars raised and relationships, targets for each area of giving and other development issues. Participate in organizational strategic planning, supporting the evolution of AAI’s core programmatic focus.
Board Development: Provide leadership and staff service to the Board of Directors and Development-related committees to ensure that board members are motivated, engaged, and energized in carrying out fundraising responsibilities.
Collaboration with Communications & Engagement Director: Develop strategies and tactics to retain and recruit member organizations, with particular emphasis on expanding the number of colleges/universities and cultural organizations with budgets greater than $2.5 million. Also coordinate to ensure integrated marketing and development initiatives, develop materials that are in line with the organization’s brand identity, and capitalize on a growing social media presence.
Information systems and reporting: Further build departmental information and technology systems, including prospect tracking, reporting, mailings and on-line fundraising tools. Monitor and report regularly on the progress of development initiatives to senior management and the Board of Directors.
We are looking for a motivated and committed arts leader who is enthusiastic about both shaping the next generation of development programs for Arts Alliance Illinois and supporting the evolution of the organization through broader strategic planning efforts.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Music, Fine Arts or related field.
Minimum 5 years of experience working in development, with arts/culture/creative industries experience strongly preferred. Related course work or internship experience may be considered.
Proven track record of successful fundraising, including the design and execution of strategies, as well as the effective engagement of key leaders in those strategies
Strategic and creative thinker with the ability to take larger strategy and insights and translate them into ideas and executable plans.
Commitment to arts and culture is essential. Experience with an advocacy and/or arts organization is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal skills --- can build relationships quickly and easily, can clearly articulate the value proposition of the organization and its activities, and knows how to close partnership opportunities.
Leverages the inner-connectedness of strategy, relationships, and innovation to set and reach aggressive revenue goals.
Excellent writer – can produce professional, persuasive communication and promotional documents with limited supervision.
The ability to remain calm under pressure, solve problems quickly, and handle diverse situations tactfully.
Share supervision of communications, membership and development associate with Communications & Engagement Director.
Experience working with higher education institutions is desirable, but not necessary.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. Health, dental and life insurance plus 403b retirement plan. Arts Alliance Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and encourages a diverse workforce.
Arts Alliance Illinois is the leading voice for arts and arts education in Illinois and the largest statewide arts
advocacy organization in the US. Launched in 1982 to advocate for continued government funding for the Illinois
Arts Council, the work of the Alliance has broadened to include research, promoting high quality arts education, and
connecting and convening arts organizations, artists, and arts consumers across the state. Its mission remains
advocating for the arts in Illinois.
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.