Center for Art, Research and Alliances

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Opening to the public in spring of 2022, Center for Art, Research and Alliances / CARA is a nonprofit art and research institute and publisher located at 225 West 13th Street, New York City. Care sits at the center of our aspirations - both across partnerships and with artists, collectives, curators, writers, researchers, thinkers and other practitioners - to complement the rich fabric of New York’s cultural ecology.


CARA is seeking a dynamic and creative Development and Communications Associate to join its team. You will support and facilitate our fundraising and communications strategies, establishing meaningful relationships with major funders, sponsors, partners and stakeholders within New York City and beyond, while ensuring consistency across all of our materials and communications. You will be a liaison between the Executive Director, Founder, the Board, staff and external constituencies. This role is for a gifted and fastidious communicator with an entrepreneurial mindset, to be part of an open and agile team, delivering outstanding art to a diverse audience. The Development and Communication Associate should sustain CARA’s core values of care and community.


Strategy and Plan

  • Support and deliver long-term development strategies and organization fundraising - with the Founder, Executive Director and Development Consultant - for the organization and specific CARA programs.

  • Work with Founder and Development Consultant to create strategic opportunities for funding and relationship building

  • Create campaign materials for general and program-specific fundraising

  • Support annual fundraising strategies and campaigns

  • Implement annual plans, develop performance measurements to track progress

  • Prepare, edit and distribute all donor solicitation materials and acknowledgements including foundation grant applications.

Fundraising Channel

  • Support and oversee a proactive, multi-source fundraising program including patrons, international agencies, foundations, corporations, donations and individual giving.

  • Actively support building relationships with individuals and organizations to support the ambition of CARA. Ensure regular and personalized communication, online or in person as needed

  • Establish a system of proactive ongoing research to track individual and foundation prospects

  • Assist in the preparation - including gathering supplemental material and writing - of compelling grant proposals; track, memorialize and maintain compliance

  • Build relationships with donors and ensure regular and personal communication

  • Assist with CARA events and meetings including special tours, site visits, cultivation events and CARA programs. Assistance will include tracking RSVPs and day-of logistics

  • Maintain an accurate and vigilantly up-to-date contact database including a schedule of donor cultivations as agreed with CARA team

  • Accurately process and rigorously track all gifts and prepare reports


  • Create and maintain a weekly agenda tracking overall development goals, program specific goals, and ongoing campaign next steps

  • Interface with external program partners for joint development strategies

  • Annotate prospect meetings and maintain communication/develop further engagement strategies with Founder/ED

  • Work with Deputy Director on creating and tracking development budget and revenue

  • Create and maintain internal communication systems between development and other departments

  • Prepare and manage written correspondence for CARA including digitizing and storing archives in CARA’s relationship management database

  • Creation of materials for board and other meetings including presentations and reports

  • Schedule annual calendar of Board meetings and assist with governance including distribution of Board packets and materials, contact lists, minutes, meeting schedules and logistics.

  • Ensure integrity in all operations and excellent standards of donor care, ensure CARA values and principles are integrated and applied in all areas of fundraising

  • Maintain development-related calendars and manage calls for CARA staff as requested

  • Organize and maintain files and records for CARA

  • Oversee general email inbox and field queries


  • Support CARA team as liaison with communications partner on PR and marketing campaigns

  • Facilitate e-newsletters; liaise with relevant internal and external collaborators to collect and assemble content

  • Support relevant team members and partners in executing social media strategy

  • Maintain up-to-date website content in concert with web designer and communications partners

  • Maintain up-to-date mailing lists across all platforms for the organization

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and six years of relevant experience

  • Knowledge of fundraising, marketing, and public relations practices

  • Personal experience of supporting pitching, securing and building partnerships

  • Fastidiously organized and detail oriented

  • Self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Values supporting others through reliable implementation

  • Ability to be resourceful and a creative problem solver

  • Experience with relationship management databases, gift tracking and donor cultivation moves management

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to by January 18, 2022.

CARA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from BIPOC, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented applicants.

CARA considers all candidates for employment regardless of race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, sexual and reproductive health decisions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Development Associate position is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $60,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience. Work will begin remotely and, eventually, pending easing of COVID-19, become an on-site position at the organization’s Greenwich Village offices. As such, the ideal candidate will be based in or willing to relocate to New York. A generous benefits package is included.

Posted on January 5