Reporting directly to the Executive Director & Chief Curator at The Kitchen and dotted line managing both the Institutional Advancement & Special Projects Manager and a forthcoming grant writer position, this role will be essential to The Kitchen’s fundraising initiatives and steward Development at The Kitchen in expanding and amplifying its fundraising capacity in this pivotal moment of the institution’s growth and change. As The Kitchen prepares for a significant renovation of its 19th Street building on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Director of Development, in collaboration with The Kitchen’s Board of Trustees, Executive Leadership, and senior management, will be responsible for strategically shaping a fundraising strategy that holistically integrates the identification and successful cultivation of individual, foundation, government, and corporate support; expanding select channels; and acting as a core participant and leader in the planning and execution of The Kitchen’s annual fundraising benefit. In this next chapter of The Kitchen’s growth prospect development will be a focal point, alongside advancing and securing major gifts from new sources reflective of the organization’s mission and values.
A core contributor to senior management team, the Director of Development will enhance The Kitchen’s financial bottom line in support of the institution’s experimental and dynamic creative program, establishing a stable pathway forward for the long-term financial health of the organization. The Director will be a close collaborator and support to the Director of Finance on all budgets and cash flow and liaise across departments to support staff in doing the same. Additionally, the role will be responsible for communication with the Board of Trustees on behalf of the Executive Director & Chief Curator.
The position requires a candidate equipped to think broadly and innovatively about The Kitchen’s artist-centered mission in going between organizational leadership, the Board of Trustees, patrons, artists, and external vendors and consultants. Must be comfortable working in a collaborative, experimental, and culturally diverse setting and possess the openness, flexibility, and diplomacy required for meaningful collaboration with contemporary artists. Innovative and outstanding communication, writing, and research abilities are celebrated.