Development and Special Events Manager


We are seeking a Development and Special Events Manager, a full time position that will report to the Executive Director. This role is responsible for driving the development efforts with a special focus on support from individuals. The development effort requires an experienced individual to provide strategy, execution, and integration in the areas of annual fund, individual gifts, membership, corporate and foundation relations, special events, domestic and international travel, and development operations.

  • With the Executive Director and Board Development Committee, design and implement a comprehensive plan to increase contributed revenue from individuals, corporations and foundations.

  • Plan and oversee all aspects of Individual Giving- including Board Giving, Year End Annual Campaign, Fundraising Event Giving including acknowledgement letters, database entries and other tracking mechanisms.

  • Plan and organize, in conjunction with the appropriate staff and volunteers, the coordination, registration, and execution of key national and private events including but not limited to the annual spring gala, international travel program, and cultivation events.

  • Research and identify new institutional, government, and corporate funding opportunities.

  • Develop and write grant proposals and corporate sponsorship packets.

  • Process and record all contributions from individual, foundation,​ ​government, and corporate gifts.

  • Manage the fulfillment for all corporate benefits.

  • Provide regular, timely, and accurate reports to the Executive Director of development progress and outcomes toward goals; and course correct as needed.

  • Ensure that the operations and systems within the Development department are running effectively and efficiently, especially as it relates to the CRM database

  • Ensure the utilization of fundraising best practices.

  • Partner closely with the Executive Director in providing presentations and reports for quarterly Board meetings. Attend, take and prepare minutes at quarterly board meetings.

  • Act as the staff liaison to the Board Development Committee– organize and plan meetings and materials as necessary as well as taking minutes and timely follow up.

  • Manage ArtTable Circle member perks including working with major art fairs for pass distribution.



Bachelor’s degree required. Two years of experience in Arts Administration or nonprofit management preferred, with experience in fundraising, event management, and financial management a plus.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • 2+ years of progressive non-profit fundraising experience.

  • Experience in developing and managing budgets and the ability to establish, track, and report on metrics

  • Highly collaborative style and ability to work closely with staff, Board members, volunteers, donors, graduate level students, and other supporters

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, flexible environment in a very planned, organized, and strategic manner.

  • Strong interpersonal skills both internally and externally, including donor, volunteer, vendor, and other relationships along with the ability to problem solve and troubleshoot issues that arise at all levels.

  • Exceptional attention to detail, writing and presentation skills; and an equal aptitude for financial and data accuracy and integrity.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with and master CRM management information and software systems. Experience with Neon CRM is a plus.

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, required along with knowledge of Google documents and spreadsheets.

  • Familiarity with Mac operating systems, Mailchimp, Zikipster, Asana Task Manager strongly encouraged.

  • Experience with Illustrator, inDesign or similar design programs a bonus.

  • Knowledge of the visual arts and experience working in an arts nonprofit environment.

  • Availability and flexibility to work evenings and weekends for events and VIP visits and tours.


This position is eligible for the full benefit package, including paid time, medical, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

Salary Range

$55,000 - $60,000

How to Apply

Please send a single PDF with your cover letter and resume to with “Development and Special Events Manager ” in the subject line. Cover letter must include your salary requirements or salary range.

Posted on March 5