Arts/Culture/Humanities, Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
4 Year Degree
Burlington City Arts seeks an experienced development director who is passionate about fundraising for the arts. The ideal candidate will be a fast learner, have a track record of success in multiple fundraising categories, have experience managing staff to meet development goals, enjoy creating new community relationships, and be experienced using donor database systems. Knowledge and background in the arts is a plus and desire to build a healthy, vibrant community through the arts a must. The position offers excellent benefits and the opportunity to join a great team at an exciting time.
All applications and resumes must go through the City of Burlington portal, which can be found HERE, along with the complete job description and qualifications.
This position is responsible for designing and implementing the development plan, direct fundraising, development marketing, volunteer supervision and assistance in long range planning to support BCA's annual fundraising efforts. In addition, this position is responsible for managing and coordinating development activities and services provided by Burlington City Arts serving the greater Burlington cultural community.
Essential Job Functions
Develop and assess progress of the annual fundraising campaign and report recommendations to the Director and the Development Committee.
Strategize, implement and oversee annual development plan including major gift program, annual campaign, corporate solicitations, grant writing and special events.
Make recommendations regarding the development of the annual department budget and work with staff leadership team to establish strategic planning initiatives and long-term projections
Work closely with board members, volunteers and the Executive Director to deploy annual plan activities
Network with the business and non-profit community to develop relationships on behalf of the organization and pursue financial and in-kind support.
Work with Executive Director and communication team to design collateral materials and campaign messaging for development activities.
Oversee the research of corporations, foundations and government agencies that provide resources to the arts.
Oversee the creation of grant proposals and ensure that deadlines are met.
Oversee the development of direct solicitation lists, call lists, etc. and ensure that every donation is acknowledged in writing in a timely manner.
Over-see quality of database(s), and analyze fundraising efforts.
Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements
Bachelor's degree in related field and 3-5 years experience in development, sales or fundraising required.
Extensive knowledge of the arts and cultural activities desired, preferably in the greater Burlington area.
Experience working with donor database software required.
Ability to write clearly for various purposes, from thank you letters to grant proposals to formal gift acknowledgement.
Proficiency in keyboarding and intermediate computer skills.
Ability to work in PC format with knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, required.
Ability to professionally represent City Arts and the City of Burlington inside and outside of City Hall.
Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development.
Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.
Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status or genetic information. The City is also committed to providing proper access to services, facilities, and employment opportunities.
About Burlington City Arts
Burlington City Arts (BCA) is a municipal department of the City of Burlington. Its programs offer a rich palette of cultural experiences for a broad audience in the heart of Vermont's largest city. Through a wide spectrum of accessible educational opportunities for all ages, thought-provoking exhibitions, and community-wide events, Burlington City Arts enriches the artistic life of our region and brings people together--to celebrate, reflect, and respond to the world. BCA fundraises for 60% of its operating budget thanks to a wide range of support mechanisms, including individual members and donors, corporate sponsorship, grants and fundraising events. Fundraising is buttressed by the BCA Foundation, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting BCA and the regional cultural community.
With an annual budget of $2.2 million and a staff of 20, BCA programs contemporary art exhibitions, festivals and events, and educational experiences for all ages, and a darkroom, clay and print studio at its locations at the BCA Center on Church Street and its new Pine Street Studios. BCA also manages manages arts programming in several community-based sites including at the U...VM Medical Center and Head Start classrooms. Located on Lake Champlain and within minutes of several ski areas, Burlington, Vermont is consistently rated one of the top small cities in America for quality of life and the arts.