Arts/Culture/Humanities, Development - General, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Launching in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, MoARTS (a placeholder name) is set to become an anchor in the pulsating cultural hub at the epicenter of Downtown Brooklyn, and one of the country’s few arts centers dedicated to contemporary African Diasporan arts.
MoARTS (A NEW ENTITY/A SHARED VISION)
MoARTS (a placeholder name) represents the merging MoCADA (the Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts) and 651/ARTs, two well-established Brooklyn-based arts organizations, both deeply committed to advancing the cultural expression of the African Diaspora. For almost thirty years, 651/ARTs' mission has been to deepen awareness of and appreciation for contemporary performing arts and culture of the African Diaspora and to provide professional and creative opportunities for performing artists of African descent. MoCADA, founded in 1999 uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Both organizations are well loved and respected by artists, community members, and practitioners in the field.
When both organizations learned of their designations as cultural tenants in the newly built cultural hub at 300 Ashland Place (detailed below), their Executive Directors ensued conversations regarding meaningful collaboration. Those discussions progressed to the exploration of a merger. And over the course of the last year, the executive leadership and Boards of the two entities collectively devised a unified and captivating vision for a newContemporary Arts Center committed to illuminating African Diasporan culture across disciplines, partnerships, and communities – local to global.
MoARTS draws on the strengths of its two predecessors, while embodying future-forward possibilities in its mission and programming mix, which will:
Illuminate cultural expression and ideas from the contemporary African Diaspora;
Feature live productions, exhibits, festivals, screenings & pop-ups;
Incubate, create, and nurture young professional, creative and social entrepreneurs; and
Elevate intersectional issues (e.g.: climate, food, economic, reproductive, education, digital rights, workforce development, community development, health and wellness, etc.)
Located in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, MoARTS will occupy 20,000sqft in the new breathtaking “300 Ashland Place”
Designed by the high-profile architect Enrique Norten, MoARTS’ new state-of-the-art space will include three galleries, a 100-seat theater, a classroom and multipurpose space, a boutique gift shop, and office space, three artist studios/dance rehearsal rooms, an administrative suite, two conference rooms, and a media production studio.
The Vice President of Development will provide strategic and energetic guidance for all private fundraising activities at MoARTS. Working in close partnership with MoARTS’ Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors, he/she will oversee: individual giving, foundation relations; corporate sponsorships; and event fundraising.
It is anticipated that once fully functional, the organization will have an annual operating budget of approximately $3 million. The Vice President will need to build a comprehensive fundraising program, including the hiring of a competent fundraising team. He/She will develop all systems (human, operational, and technological) to support a robust and diverse fundraising program.
MoARTS currently has an exciting groundswell of support. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs has dedicated over $20 million to support the build out of the new facility, and a solid cohort of institutional and individual donors have contributed approximately $2 million of the remaining $4 million pre-launch fundraising goal for operations.
Specific responsibilities include the following:
Establish specific and realistic fundraising goals and benchmarks, and develop plans for diversifying income sources;
Maintain personal relationships with MoARTS’ lead donors (particularly the funder cohort established during the strategic planning process) to encourage ongoing support, while expanding involvement with new supporters;
Direct the planning and implementation of a range of fundraising programs to achieve the organization’s contributed revenue goals for annual operations;
Manage the development departments operating revenues and expenditure;.
Supervise and motivate MoARTS’ development staff. Support staff, as needed, with coaching, training and guidance regarding professional development opportunities;
Leverage the organization’s board, staff, volunteers and friends to help achieve contributed revenue goals;
Enhance the Board’s role in fundraising. Work with board members to develop individual fundraising plans and goals;
Direct efforts to develop and improve systems and procedures that track the cultivation and acknowledgement of gifts/grants, manage prospect research and monitor grant reporting;
As one of MoARTS’ senior executives, help develop and execute the institution’s budget, strategic plans and operating priorities; represent the interests of the development department within the context of organization-wide issues.
To apply for this position, please forward a resume, as well as a substantive cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications via e-mail to:
The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, professional fundraiser with the ability to motivate and work closely with high net-worth individuals, corporate executives and others in the philanthropic community. He or she will have at least ten years of progressively responsible fundraising management experience, five of which include senior management experience, preferably having run a development department.
Other specific qualifications include:
Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
The ability to apply a sophisticated knowledge of fundraising strategies and tactical methodologies to achieve contributed revenue goals;
Significant knowledge of and a successful track record in fundraising from a variety of sources, including individual, corporate, foundation and government. Fundraising experience in New York is a plus;
A systematic approach to fundraising strategies and the management of day-to-day operations. Experience developing and implementing a comprehensive system of fundraising procedures;
Collegial and collaborative work style. Adept at leading others through process. Able to be tough-minded if required to ensure goals are met;
Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build confidence and rapport among colleagues and stakeholders in a diverse organization and fundraising community. A demonstrated record of working successfully with sources of influence;
Strong leadership skills with the ability to promote and sustain a diverse team of professional staff and volunteers;
About MoARTS (placeholder name, for the merging of two current arts institutions)
Launching in Spring 2019, MoARTS (a placeholder name) is set to become an anchor in the pulsating cultural hub at the epicenter of Downtown Brooklyn, and one of the country’s few arts centers dedicated to contemporary African Diasporan arts.