Development Specialist

Job title: Development Specialist
Organization: Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

The Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) seeks a collaborative, energetic, highly motivated and proven leader to develop and guide resource development efforts for the burgeoning community arts center at a time of great excitement and institutional growth. Working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees, the Development Specialist is responsible for managing annual giving and public fundraising campaigns in the form of aggressive multi-year plans designed to provide the necessary financial resources to achieve organizational goals and strategic growth. The Development Specialist is a critical member of CCAC’s small but mighty team, and will also work on securing and managing corporate sponsorships and researching and writing grant proposals. The funds this position raises will support CCAC’s educational programs, performances, exhibitions and creative placemaking activities, which are focused on celebrating community, creativity and diversity.

This person is a relationship champion that helps to cultivate and steward current and prospective donors and develop the organization’s prospect list while representing this strong community organization with a broad and diverse coalition of partners, volunteers and audience members.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops a Major Gift Plan building on the donor base from capital campaign (scheduled to be completed by 2022) and annual donors.
  • Creates new materials for individual donor solicitation.
  • Creates and updates sponsorship packets for corporate solicitation.
  • Maintains schedule of annual appeals and coordinates mailings.
  • Identifies new corporate sponsors and increases sponsorship revenue for CCAC.
  • Stewards relationships with sponsors throughout the year.
  • Administers benefits for all sponsors, working closely with staff from other groups such as marketing, communications, finance, and programs.
  • Tracks interactions with sponsors and funders and maintains integrity of records, including filing key documents, keeping detailed notes, and maintaining a calendar of deadlines.
  • Researches federal, foundation, and corporate funders to identify potential new funders for CCAC.
  • Supports the Executive Director in preparing grant proposals by conducting literature reviews, creating or collecting information for appendices, and reviewing and editing proposals.
  • Writes and submits proposals and grant reports, as needed, with guidance from the Executive Director.
  • Works with the Executive Director and Finance Assistant to complete internal reports on the team’s progress, accomplishments, and budget.
  • Enters data and produces reports on donors/participants in donor software eTapestry and Constant Contact.
  • Takes the lead on outreach to a subset of prospects and donors (phone calls, letters, emails, etc.) and the facilitation of donor requests and information.
  • Assists in coordinating complex calendars to schedule meetings with prospective funders and donors for Executive Director and volunteer fundraisers.
  • Mails invitations and other correspondence to potential donors, volunteers and guests in order to inform them of events and activities.
  • Manage a volunteer development committee.
  • Assist with other administrative tasks, contributing to departmental goals and assisting smooth day-to-day flow of development operations by accomplishing related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements:

Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Arts Administration, Communications or related degree required

Professional Experience
Three or more years of related/relevant development and fundraising experience.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Discretion and good judgment when dealing with confidential and sensitive material.
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy and initiative when working with others.
  • Maintenance of standards of professional competence and adherence to a professional code of conduct.
  • Strong writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priority projects with ease and efficiency.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and technical understanding of database management and reporting; experience with fundraising databases, preferably eTapestry or other Blackbaud products.
  • Attention to detail. The right candidate must be exceptionally thorough and detail-orientated with the ability to analyze data, research information, problem-solve and coordinate projects.
  • Experience with various development techniques is preferred.
  • Clear understanding and commitment to Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s mission and goals.

Salary Range: Up to $45,000, commensurate with experience

This position is full-time with some benefits. Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required. The list of outcomes above is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

To apply, please send a thoughtful cover letter (outlining your interest in and qualifications for the position) and resume to Electronic submissions (as PDF files) are required with the following file name: last name_first name_resume.pdf; no phone calls, please.

Application deadline: January 14, 2021

The Clifton Cultural Arts Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, contractors, and vendors.