Deputy Director

Triple Canopy

Triple Canopy, a nonprofit arts magazine based in Manhattan, seeks a Deputy Director.

Triple Canopy works with artists and writers to address the critical issues that define contemporary life. The magazine collaborates with contributors on artworks, essays, fictions, conversations, performances, and books (among other media) from conception to realization, navigating the digital and physical realms where ideas and audiences take shape. 

Along with the Director, Editor, and Deputy Editor, the Deputy Director is a key member of Triple Canopy’s leadership staff. The Deputy Director leads the magazine’s development strategy, working to enhance the existing revenue model and devise new approaches rooted in the magazine’s mission and values, while ensuring the alignment and successful execution of all fundraising efforts. This is a particularly exciting moment to join Triple Canopy, as the magazine is approaching its fifteenth anniversary and planning substantial changes to the editorial program.

The ideal candidate is a highly organized individual who demonstrates strong leadership and has a vested interest in developing creative strategies for actively engaging donors and other stakeholders in order to foster enthusiasm and support for the magazine. Triple Canopy’s program-driven fundraising approach is highly collaborative and most successful when campaigns and events artfully reflect the magazine’s work, ambitions, and values. To that end, we’re looking for someone who derives pleasure and sustenance from art and literature, and shares our belief that magazines should be testing grounds for new ideas, bringing together disparate forms of expression (and audiences).

The Deputy Director reports to the Director and acts as a member of the senior staff, along with the Editor and Deputy Editor. The Deputy Director regularly strategizes and advises on issues related to the creative direction, management, and welfare of the magazine, including changes to the program; the conception and execution of major initiatives; staffing; finances; and institutional partnerships.  The Deputy Director supervises two full-time staff: the Manager of Institutional Giving & Public Engagement and the Development & Programs Assistant. 

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Deputy Director are as follows: 

  • With the Director, craft and oversee the implementation of the magazine’s annual fundraising strategy, supporting a one-million-dollar operating budget. This work focuses on enhancing and devising new revenue strategies that are rooted in Triple Canopy’s mission and values, and actively engaging institutional partners, individual donors, prospective supporters, and other stakeholders around the magazine’s programs. 

  • With the Director, steward relationships with the Board of Directors and serve as the key point of contact for the Development Committee.

  • Oversee campaigns and events focused on individual giving, including the annual benefit, with support from the Development & Programs Assistant.

  • Steward Triple Canopy’s patron groups, including the Publishers Circle and Director’s Circle, devising new and meaningful ways to engage them around Triple Canopy’s program.

  • Serve as a public ambassador for Triple Canopy by attending events programmed by and related to the work of the magazine.

  • Supervise the Manager of Institutional Giving & Public Engagement in developing and implementing the organization’s institutional income strategy; together, develop and maintain earned-income strategies. 

  • Supervise the Development & Programs Assistant in maintaining the organization’s fundraising tools and systems; guiding research on new revenue models and prospective supporters; and creating materials to support fundraising efforts.

  • Oversee the processing of donations (including documentation) and database entry by the Development & Programs Assistant, and communicate with relevant staff about finances.

  • Direct the production and sale of fundraising art editions.

Requirements

The qualifications for the position of Deputy Director are as follows: 

  • Four to six years of experience in fundraising in a nonprofit setting, whether in the arts, publishing, or another relevant field, and/or comparable experience in a commercial context.

  • Significant experience managing and motivating a staff in a collaborative environment.

  • Strategic thinker and highly organized, self-directed project manager with strong attention to detail.

  • Substantial engagement with contemporary culture, especially art and literature, as well as the political dimensions of that work.

  • A strong record of galvanizing colleagues, stakeholders, and audiences around an organization’s work, as well as an interest in nonprofit governance.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience in event planning.

  • A strong code of ethics, ability to exercise discretion, and excellent judgment when handling sensitive information.

  • Familiarity with bookkeeping is a plus.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, donor databases; familiarity with Mailchimp and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.


This is a full-time position based out of Triple Canopy’s workspace in Manhattan with a starting salary of $70,000, plus health benefits. The commitment for this position is forty hours per week, which includes acting as an ambassador for the organization at external events and occasionally working on the magazine’s fundraising events in the evening. Our staff currently has a hybrid model that accommodates remote and in-person work. 

Triple Canopy is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants receive consideration without regard to race, age,

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to jobs@canopycanopycanopy.com. 

Triple Canopy is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants receive consideration without regard to race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, disability or any other basis prohibited by law. For more information on the mission and staff of Triple Canopy, visit canopycanopycanopy.com. No calls, please.

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Posted on January 25