ArtsGreensboro, the community united arts fund, is seeking a Director of Development. The Director of Development is a member of the leadership team and reports to the CEO. As an active participant in strategic planning that impacts ArtsGreensboro and the community, the Director of Development works in partnership with ArtsGreensboro staff and the Board of Directors. The Director of Development will be expected to create and execute a comprehensive development program that includes an annual giving campaign, targeted major gift solicitations to individuals and businesses, and proposals to foundations and government entities as appropriate.
About ArtsGreensboro: ArtsGreensboro is the primary umbrella organization that supports a wide variety of arts endeavors in music, dance, theater, visual arts, individual artists, and educators through grants and programs. These are supported by annual fundraising and grants as well as funds from local, State and Federal sources. Throughout its 50+ year history, ArtsGreensboro has served as both arts council and community catalyst, through its direct grants to arts initiatives and artists and by fostering major arts events, addressing arts facility needs, and advocating for a strong arts ecology.
Vision: To be a leader and advance the Arts as a transformational force for Greensboro, connecting and engaging everyone in the region and beyond.
o To be the catalyst for creating and building access and equity for an increasingly diverse and robust arts community, making Greensboro a destination to live, learn, work and play.
o To allocate our resources towards activities and projects that maximize both legacy and emergent arts organizations through impact-based transformation, capacity-building, innovation, and recognizing excellence and artistic merit -- all in support of our vision.
Greensboro, through the work of ArtsGreensboro and City officials, was named the site of the National Folk Festival that completed a three-year run in 2017. The organization is leading the conversion of the folk festival into the North Carolina Folk Festival that will commence in September 2018. Another significant effort was creation of the new Van Dyke Performance Space located in the Greensboro Cultural Center.
ArtsGreensboro operates on an annual budget of roughly $3 million.
The Community: Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina with a population of 270,000. It is part of the Piedmont Triad that also includes High Point, Winston-Salem and several smaller communities deriving a total population of approximately 2,000,000. The City and region have a robust arts landscape that includes several colleges and universities as well as arts organizations. A new performing arts center, the $60 million+ Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, is under construction with a planned opening in early 2020. There is a history of support for the arts that includes programs such as the nationally-competitive Eastern Music Festival, the Greensboro Symphony, Greensboro Opera, Triad Stage (regional professional theater), Weatherspoon Arts Museum at UNC Greensboro, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, and more. The community is home to many individual artists, authors, sculptors, and arts educators.
This is an exciting time in the life of Greensboro. In anticipation of the opening of the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, the City and ArtsGreensboro have partnered to create a “Greensboro Arts Cultural Master Plan” that will focus on the sustainability of the broad range of local arts-related efforts and organizations. The group is composed of twenty-four members and co-chaired by City Council member Nancy Hoffmann and ArtsGreensboro Board member Jacquie Gilliam. The Cultural Planning Group has been retained in a consulting role to guide the nine-month study that involves public hearings, review of the local arts “inventory” and consideration of financial support.
The Position: The Director of Development is a top-level staff member reporting directly to the President/CEO of ArtsGreensboro. He/she will work across all levels of staff and with Board members and volunteers in the creation and fulfillment of a robust and successful fundraising program for the community. The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing the infrastructure needed to grow the organization’s resources through (1) the design and implementation of a comprehensive plan to develop key external alliances through the cultivation of individual and philanthropic support, and (2) the solicitation of major gifts, planned gifts, special events, and corporate and foundation support. Working with increased involvement by Board members and volunteers, the Director of Development will help maintain existing and forge new relationships to build ArtsGreensboro’s impact, and financial resources.
It is expected that the amount raised by ArtsGreensboro will increase in future years as the Director of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity.
Qualifications: The successful candidate for the position will have the following characteristics:
- A successful record of fundraising with at least five-years experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience at a major cultural institution, including higher education and nonprofits.
- Demonstrated experience in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive advancement program.
- Demonstrated experience in various program components such as annual fund development, major gift solicitation, and proposal development.
- Experience working effectively with board and volunteer leadership
- Bachelor’s degree is required. Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree.
- Preference will be given to candidates familiar with the North Carolina and greater Triad philanthropic community.
- The position requires the Director of Development to regularly attend evening and weekend events.
Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with experience
To be considered: Submit your resume and a description of your previous experience via email to Richard Moore (see below) or by mail to: Director of Development Search Committee, ArtsGreensboro, PO Box 877, Greensboro, NC 27402
Candidates may contact Richard Moore, Board Member, at (336) 337-9693 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about ArtsGreensboro and/or the position.
Applications will be reviewed immediately and the search will continue until the position is filled.