The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s official arts council, events agency and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city and, by producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, BOPA makes Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.
BOPA also coordinates New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor; Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar; School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts manages the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants, Baltimore Mural Program, Public Art, Free Fall Baltimore, Transformative Art Prize, MECU Neighborhood Grant Program, Bright StArts Workshops for Children and other grant opportunities for artists.
Summary of the Position:
The Development Director for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) has primary responsibility for ensuring philanthropic and sponsorship financial support for BOPA and its affiliated organizations in order to advance its mission of making Baltimore a more creative and vibrant city. The Development Director plays a key role in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors for capital and annual gifts working closely with key development staff and C-suite volunteers and will have a particular focus on systems creation and implementation, strategic fund development, major gifts and private and public grants/gifts for events, programs and capital projects.
The Director of Development is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Chief of External Affairs. The Assistant Development Director, who in turn manages the fundraising team of 5 FTE, reports to the Director of Development. The Fundraising Department researches, cultivates, applies for and manages approximately $10 million in funds annually.
- With the executive and program staff, develop and execute fundraising strategies to grow the donor pipeline for an annual fund campaign, foundation and corporate grants; individual giving and, capital program funding in order to meet the financial demands of a growing non-profit organization
- Identify and cultivate prospective private and government grants, corporate gifts and individual donations
- Manage major gift solicitation and coordinate communication and fulfillment by appropriate staff
- Ensure coordinated, consistent communication with funders to maintain transparency for our supporters and stakeholders.
- Establish introductions to and foster relationships with potential donors and funding partners to establish and maintain long-term funding relationships
- Work closely with the Chief Financial Officer to set and monitor revenue goals
- Manage the development department in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
- Direct and manage an accurate record systems to record, track and report fundraising activities ensuring that funding efforts are maximized and not duplicated
- Provide reports about fundraising progress to the senior staff and board of directors
- Other responsibilities as assigned
- Responsiveness to emails, phone calls, etc., in a timely manner
- Demonstrated ability to independently lead projects from beginning to end
- Be available for evenings events and on weekends to cultivate donors