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Chief Development Officer

The role of Chief Development Officer is a dynamic opportunity for a proven fundraiser with entrepreneurial spirit to play a key leadership role; reporting to the Founder and Executive Director. This position will actively participate in reinventing fundraising strategy and creating a more holistic, long-term plan to expand the reach and impact of Free Arts NYC and shadow the Executive Director closely to gain familiarity with running the organization.

Leading the development team in its efforts this position will have primary responsibility to oversee the strategic direction and execution of fundraising for the organization and implement the structure needed to grow a $2+ million budget.

Reports Directly to the Founder/Executive Director
Supervises the Development team (4 mid-career staff, plus seasonal consultants)
Works closely with the Program Director, Chief of Staff and Finance Manager

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Actively identify and build new revenue streams
  • Manage and lead the Development Team in raising 2+ million dollars through individual and multi-year gifts, grants, events, corporate partnerships and employee engagement programs, maximizing existing relationships
  • Work with the Director of Programs to understand the evolving needs of program participants and identify opportunities for culturally competent collaboration and donor engagement
  • Create and manage the budget with the Executive Director, Program Director and Finance Manager
  • Mentor staff on goal setting, time management, strategic planning
  • Help to develop an ethical, strength-based marketing strategy

Successful candidates for this position will be: 

  • Goal oriented with an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to successfully hit financial goals
  • Interested in ethical, culturally competent fundraising strategy and dedicated to the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Mature and organized; be able to get things done on a deadline.
  • Flexible and creative problem solvers; willing to switch gears quickly based on opportunities and the emerging needs of program participants
  • Effective motivators; able to keep a busy team on track to achieve their goals
  • Experienced in planning, leading and managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Persuasive writers who can convey complex ideas with brevity and have excellent attention to editorial detail/grammar
  • Good listeners, willing to take suggestions from direct reports and team members across departments

In addition, we prefer candidates to have: 

  • 5 – 10 years in fundraising but we are willing to be convinced that your sales or other experience is going to get us there.
  • Experience working in a founder’s organization
  • Experience managing teams of staff members, at various levels, full and part time
  • Existing relationships with foundations, corporations and art supporters

Other: Free Arts NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to seeking a diverse staff with respect to gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, educational background, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. All applicants are welcome. Individuals who are bilingual in Spanish and English are strongly encouraged to apply.

Physical Demands: The day-to-day operations of this role require the use of a MacBook Pro, the ability to appear and participate in video conferences. This role requires the employee to report to the office or,
occasionally, an event location and sit, walk and stand as well as use hands repetitively to handle or operate standard office equipment and lift up to 50lbs.

This job description is not designed to cover or constrain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, generally the job description will be reviewed and subject to changes of business necessity.

Please address email to Liz Hopfan and email a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected], subject line: Development Director



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