Director of Development


45 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201




Feb 16, 2022

Artadia is a non-profit organization and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons. We elevate the careers of artists at pivotal moments in their practice through a proven combination of recognition, grantmaking, community support, and advocacy. We recognize artistic excellence in cities across the United States and introduce local communities to an international art conversation. Cities with active awards programs include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2019, Artadia celebrated its 20th anniversary of supporting artists and in early 2020, the organization co-founded Artist Relief, a national emergency grant system for artists, and underwent a strategic planning process. With our unique niche and heightened national influence, it is an exciting and important time for the organization as it continues to strengthen and expand its support programs, providing artists both financial and professional development support.

Artadia seeks a full time Director of Development based in New York to join our dedicated team of six and to be an important member of the leadership team. The entrepreneurial, creative, and energetic candidate will work closely with the Executive Director, the staff, and the Board of Directors to build and expand upon a revitalized fundraising program, grow its income streams to develop and execute a holistic fundraising strategy, and oversee organizational budgets.

The ideal candidate will have experience raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and events and will be adept at identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and supporting others in making requests. In addition, she/he/they will be passionate about contemporary art, contemporary artists, the creative process and have the ability to make a strong case for both restricted and unrestricted support.

This position is a unique opportunity to truly support the diverse and talented artists in cities across the country. Applicants should be interested in shaping the way grantmaking and partnerships can impact an artist’s career and being an active participant in the contemporary arts conversation.

The Director of Development will have the ability to:

Fundraising and Leadership:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Board to develop and execute a strategic development plan that will provide Artadia with the financial resources to grow and thrive, including planning for a future endowment campaign.
  • Secure $1.2 mil annually for Artadia’s operations and programs through a variety of fundraising categories: individuals, corporate partnerships, institutional partnerships, special events and special initiatives (i.e. editions, etc.)
  • Work with a dedicated Development team, including the ED, two PT dedicated fundraising contractors, and the FT Development Assistant, whom she/he/they would manage and provide clear direction, oversight, and opportunities for professional growth.
  • Create an ambitious and comprehensive annual and quarterly development plan and calendar with clearly defined goals, objectives, timelines, and assignment of responsibilities. Deliver clear updates to members of the Board and the ED so that they are aware of progress in real-time.
  • Oversee grant writing, reporting activities, and other requests from institutional funders, including develop and track departmental and organizational budgets.
  • Assess current fundraising efforts and build out existing development systems, diversifying income opportunities and establishing relationship management protocols to expand membership and significantly grow contributed income.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and collaborate with all staff.
  • Conduct a comprehensive overview of the instil CRM database, confirm data entry practices, and ensure accurate and effective donor and prospect data integrity, including implementation of relationship management protocols.
  • Guide the systems and tools necessary to maintain a best-practice development department.
  • Collaborate with the ED and staff team to ensure that internal culture, organizational structure, human and financial resources, technology, and operational plans are aligned to support a culture of equity, inclusion, and philanthropy.

Donor, Member, and Audience Engagement:

  • Analyze and oversee Artadia’s Council Membership programs.
  • Articulate and promote a compelling case for support to ensure members and donors renew and increase their support of Artadia’s programming.
  • Create opportunities for engagement of current and prospective donors: develop and oversee effective fundraising and cultivation events in association with the staff and board of directors.
  • Oversee Bi-Annual Benefit events as well as city specific fundraising initiatives, including working intimately with its volunteer co-chairs.
  • Develop, set attainable goals, and implement fundraising appeals, at least twice annually.
  • Strategize with the Communications and Programs departments to create content for our members.

Internal and External Advocacy:

  • In conjunction with the ED and the Board, be an external presence for Artadia by attending local and national events, e.g. gallery openings, art fairs, conferences, etc. to engage potential donors and promote the work of the organization.
  • Build lasting relationships with a wide range of people, including philanthropists, corporate executives, foundation officers, board members, staff members, artists, and others in the Artadia community.
  • Communicate Artadia’s mission, vision, values, and goals with credibility, passion, and enthusiasm.


  • At least seven years of individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising experience in an art or art-related organization.
  • A verifiable track-record of fundraising success.
  • Strategic and tactical fundraising skills; success in this role requires strategizing and implementing.
  • The ability and creativity to deploy limited resources for maximum impact.
  • Genuinely engaging with a sincere, strong presence, and exceptional social skills.
  • The drive and tenacity to be successful in a competitive fundraising environment.
  • The ability to organize and motivate others to accomplish goals while creating a team with a common mission, direction, and active participation among a variety of stakeholders.
  • The capacity to establish realistic timelines and ascertain top priorities for optimum productivity of development efforts.

Applicants should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be highly motivated, proactive, detail-oriented, and responsible. Candidates must have exceptional computer skills, with Microsoft and Mac operating systems. Artadia actively works with Slack, Dropbox, Google Docs, Instil CRM database, Salesforce, MailChimp and WordPress and comparable experience with these databases/programs is helpful.




Experience Level

Senior Executive

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