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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: jobs@freeartsnyc.org, subject line: Development Director


 
Development Associate

The Development Associate position will provide an enthusiastic young fundraiser with the chance to work with and learn from an experienced development team, rooted in the contemporary art world. This position will interact daily with Free Arts NYC’s corporate volunteers and partners, as well as supporters in various industries across the city. This role will be integral to the development team and will facilitate art parties both online and in person, assist with all Free Arts fundraising events and track important relationship data. The Development Associate will work with all department members and report directly to the Development Manager.

Responsibilities Include:

Executing and facilitating Art Parties

  • Attend and host all art parties scheduled by Free Arts NYC
  • Coordinate the delivery and receipt of any required materials
  • Take detailed attendance for each event and execute by:
  • Virtual events – open zoom rooms, assume host functions, track the chat, manage break out rooms and surveys
  • In-person workshops – arrive 1 hour early, prepare the space for participants, gather all materials, provide instructions to attendees and assistance during the event as needed, restore the space afterward
  • Take images at events for social media and promotion
  • Maintain and upload in shared filing system
  • Report to the Development Manager and development team on potential leads and interests of participants
  • Support the development team with other tasks as needed

Tracking Data

  • Use Salesforce to track engagement activity, event attendance, company partners, artists and income opportunities
  • Update and maintain corporate partner data
  • Update and maintain key donor data
  • Update and maintain artist partner data
  • Maintain and update corporate contacts in Mailchimp

Successful candidates for this position will:

  • Enjoy meeting and interacting with many different people in various settings
  • Have a passion for art and equitable access
  • Approach work with a strong equity lens and be dedicated to the principles of equity and inclusion
  • Feel confident speaking publicly with groups of all ages
  • Diligently track information with a strong attention to detail
  • Have writing skills that are clear and to the point with precise grammar

In addition, we prefer candidates to have:

  • Any level of education in a field related to art, marketing or communications.
  • An interest in careers related to the contemporary art world and fundraising
  • Some performance experience

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.

Professional proficiency in English is required and individuals who have working proficiency, or more, in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. Any proficiency in other or additional languages is most welcome.

Hybrid Work Environment: Currently Free Arts is operating with a hybrid of remote and in office work and in-office presence is required ad hoc. This role will regularly require in-person attendance for events at Free Arts NYC’s office and other offices across the city. Proof of vaccination is required for employment.

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 and can for now be completed from a satellite or home office. This role occasionally requires the employee to report to the office or 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 30lbs.

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: jobs@freeartsnyc.org, subject line: Development Associate


 

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant role is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, early-career individual who is interested in exploring potential paths through an arts non-profit organization. The Executive Assistant will report to and work closely with the Founder/Executive Director and have a unique learning opportunity to be involved with all aspects of Free Arts NYC. The person in this role will get to build skills and connections for a career in the non-profit or art world. 

The position will support the Executive Director (ED) in working with and engaging internal and external stakeholders, including staff, businesses, board members, artists and donors. This is a facilitative and administrative role that requires a combination of focus and flexibility from an individual with highly effective written and oral communication skills. Strong candidates for this role will be resourceful, comfortable beginning projects independently without too much supervision, have strong emotional intelligence and self-motivation.

Responsibilities Include:

Administrative and Operations

  • Attend select internal and external meetings with ED each week
  • Take notes and recap each meeting
  • Create and manage follow up items 
  • Track the ED’s communication and donor information through Salesforce
  • Serve as a liaison with staff for follow through on needs for ED 
  • Track and obtain monthly reports from team members
  • Collect and organize ED’s receipts and invoices for reconciliation
  • Submit requests to finance for accounts payables and receivable as needed
  • Manage annual renewals for all accreditations (Pledgeling, Benevity, Cybergrants, YourCause, ABLC, Guidestar, BBB, etc.)

Development and Communications

  • Draft communication on behalf of ED  
  • Create, manage and send gift acknowledgement letters
  • Monitor and respond to the general inquiry inbox and the Liz.Hopfan inbox
  • Monitor notable and relevant upcoming art happenings, events, initiatives in NYC
  • Manage birthdays and other notable live events of staff and key stakeholders
  • Conduct research on sponsors, partnerships and opportunities for advertisement and PR 
  • Assist with management of individual donors and year end giving plan 
  • Prepare documents for board, donor and other meetings as needed 
  • Assist in the execution of fundraising events including the New York City Marathons and Annual Art Auction 

Successful candidates for this position will:

  • Write clearly and quickly with excellent syntax, grammar and style
  • Be able to multitask, shift gears quickly and still keep things organized
  • Have a tremendous attention to detail, timeliness and deadlines
  • Think ahead and anticipate needs
  • Understand how to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Approach work with a strong equity lens and be dedicated to the principles of equity and inclusion

In addition, we prefer candidates to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 1-3 years professional experience in arts administration, non-profit or a related field 
  • Knowledge of NYC contemporary and emerging art scene
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Proficiency in Google Suites
  • Experience with Adobe Acrobat 
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, Mailchimp, Classy, GoDaddy and WordPress

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. 

Native/bilingual proficiency in English is required and individuals who have working proficiency, or more, in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. Any proficiency in other or additional languages is most welcome.

Hybrid Work Environment: Currently Free Arts is operating with a hybrid of remote and in office work and in-office presence for this role is required 3 days/week. Proof of vaccination is required for employment. 

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 and can for now be completed from a satellite or home office. This role occasionally requires the employee to report to the office or 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: jobs@freeartsnyc.org, subject line: Executive Assistant


 

INTERNSHIPS

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