Seeking Development Director

Founded in 1981, Art in General is a leading nonprofit organization that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. Located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, we support local and international artists through our signature New Commissions and International Collaborations programs.

Art in General hosts ground-breaking exhibitions; public programs that focus on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice; and a renowned residency program that supports early-career artists and curators from around the world.

The organization has a long history of supporting artists early in their careers. From Glenn Ligon in 1991, to Marina Abramović in 1993, to Gabriel Orozco in 1994, Sharon Hayes in 2005, Postcommodity in 2017 and countless others. Art in General is often at the forefront of giving artists their first New York solo exhibitions.

Art in General artists have gone on to be included in the Whitney Biennial, Documenta, Istanbul Biennial, and the Venice Biennale, among others, as well as in exhibitions at major institutions in New York abroad, such as MoMA, the New Museum, Tate Modern, and many more. Our recent exhibitions and programs have been covered in the press by Artforum, Frieze, the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Guardian, and numerous others.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Art in General currently seeks a dynamic and ambitious full-time Development Director to manage all aspects of the organization’s fundraising initiatives, with a primary focus on individual giving. The position entails day-to-day management as well as bigger picture reshaping of the organization’s development programs and strategies.

The Development Director reports to the Executive Director, works directly with the Board of Directors, and manages support staff and interns. Knowledge of contemporary art and interest in working closely with both artists and patrons is crucial.

Working within a small and highly dedicated team, the Development Director will lead donor cultivation, fundraising events and initiatives, institutional grants and partnerships, and development of membership programs on behalf of the organization.

The successful candidate will join the leadership ranks of this dynamic, esteemed, and artist-centric contemporary art institution at an exciting moment, with the mandate to strategize and implement a new, long-term fundraising vision for the institution while building on the excellence of its past initiatives and dedicated community of supporters.

Must have a proven track record of securing individual gifts; familiarity with New York fundraising sources, foundations, and arts patronage circles; working closely with Director and Board levels of nonprofit institutions; budget creation and management; and ability to meet deadlines and goals.

Ideal candidates will have several years of progressively responsible fundraising experience that includes everything from research to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. A self-motivated, flexible, adaptable, and energetic outlook is desired. Successful applicants must be capable of handling a high level of work that includes evening and weekend hours when required, and the sensitivity to handle important relationships. Willingness to travel occasionally as part of job duties a plus.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

—Conceptualize, develop, and realize long-term development plans with tangible goals within Art in General’s larger institutional strategic plan
—Craft compelling events, experiences and programs that engage donors at various levels of giving and directly involve Art in General’s ethos, programs and artists
—Work side-by-side with a small and highly engaged team including Executive Director, Board of Directors and provide guidance to all support staff as a key member of the organization’s leadership team
—Speak passionately and genuinely about Art in General’s mission, programs and values, with the confidence to seem knowledgeable and articulate about contemporary art with diverse constituents
—Continue cultivation of longtime and current supporters as well as identify new potential donors on a local, national and international scale
—Create specific and individualized cultivation plans and make direct asks for gifts alongside those made in tandem with the Executive Director and Board
—Oversee the work of support staff on government and foundation grants and ensure deadlines are met
—Manage gift and grant processing through Donor Perfect and handle acknowledgements and renewal calendars
—Ability to work independently and proactively towards meeting goals and deadlines
—Develop methods to continuously assess the effectiveness of programs and strategies and be willing to try out new ideas

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

—Minimum of five years of progressively responsible non-profit fundraising experience in the arts
—Exceptional written and interpersonal skills
—Strategic thinker able to conceptualize and implement ideas effectively
—Demonstrated aptitude with budgets and financial documentation
—Experience in planning small- to large-scale fundraising events
—Effective and professional negotiating and diplomacy skills
—Familiarity with government and foundation grants and reporting
—Proven track record of meeting goals and deadlines
—Strong leadership and organizational abilities
—Familiarity with art sales strategies for auctions and limited editions
—Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
—Strong attention to detail
—Proficiency in Donor Perfect
—Minimum B.A. in a relevant field is required, with M.A. preferred

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and CV, including three references to [email protected] with the subject line Development Director.

Art in General is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each application, Art in General will only be able to contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills and work experience best fit the requirements of the position. No phone calls please.


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Art in General was founded in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.