Director of Development

Director of Development Details

Reports to: President & CEO
Employment Status:
Development Assistant
FLSA Status:
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Artspace seeks a highly qualified professional to serve as Director of Development. The Director of Development will be an active member of the leadership team who will advance the mission of Artspace by developing and implementing a robust development strategy for the organization. The Director of Development is responsible for developing and implementing annual and long-term strategies to raise funds and establishing and maintaining major donors. This individual will oversee individual and corporate giving, major gifts, foundation and government support, and special events. The Director of Development works closely with the President & CEO, the Board of Directors, and the Development & Special Events Committee of the Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities:

Plans, directs and implements a comprehensive development program that generates income from individual donors, corporations, foundations and special events.

• Leads research to identify, prioritize, cultivate, solicit, recognize and steward all individual donors and prospects.
• Oversees Development Assistant in the management of individual donor campaigns, including membership renewals and special appeals.
• Manages a portfolio of major donors and prospects and assists the President & CEO and Development & Special Events Committee with portfolio management and all solicitations.
• Oversees Development Assistant in maintaining an accurate grants calendar, preparing letters, tracking and reporting on all grant-funded programs, grant proposals and other reports or materials needed for effective cultivation and solicitation of foundation and corporate prospects.
• Oversees Development Assistant and Special Events Committee(s) in planning annual fundraisers and other special events and receptions.

Performs general management responsibilities, including annual plans, budgets, reports, and evaluation and oversight of gift tracking systems.

• Prepares annual development plan to correspond with organizational budget outlining revenue and expenses; monitors progress against goals and produces monthly reports.
• Prepares and updates development long-range plan along with the President & CEO and Development & Special Events Committee.
• Along with staff and Board, represents Artspace at public events, conferences, workshops, and media events.


A bachelor’s degree is required and a graduate degree in arts administration, non-profit administration, or CFRE designation is preferred. Candidate must have five-plus years professional experience in development and donor relations in a leadership capacity.

Experience and proven track record of cultivating and soliciting gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Experience in special event planning and management, grant writing and proposal preparation, knowledge of North Carolina’s philanthropic community, strong written and oral communication skills, and strong organizational and computer skills are necessary. Proficiency with fundraising databases, MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required. Capital campaign and planned giving experience preferred.

Candidate must be comfortable working in an active office environment, be a team player, and attentive to detail and follow-through. The position involves occasional weekend and evening hours.

Salary commensurate with experience and includes a great benefit package, opportunities for professional growth and development.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, 3 professional references, and salary requirements to:

Director of Development Search Committee
201 E Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

or e-mail to:

No phone calls or e-mail inquiries regarding the status of your application. Position will remain open until filled.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Artspace Development Internship

Deadline for Applications: July 31, 2014

This Internship is designed to help undergraduate or graduate students develop skills in Non-Profit Development, Event Planning, Fundraising, and Database Management.

Responsibilities include:

Development/Fundraising Duties:

  • Assist the Development office with data entry for fundraising, donors, memberships, events, and volunteers.
  • Assist with planning of the Collectors Gala, Artspace’s Fall Fundraiser event.
  • Assist Development Assistant with coordination and planning of First Friday Art Walks and other fundraising events.
  • Assist with various administrative tasks, including printing materials, stuffing envelopes, and taking mailing to bulk mail center.
  • Photographing various events.
  • Assist with Artspace’s social media marketing.

The applicant must be able to manage many different projects simultaneously and have excellent communication and organizational skills.

Interns are expected to work a minimum of 5-8 hours per week. This internship will last approximately 3 months beginning in September. Schedule is flexible.  This internship is unpaid. Arrangements for school credit are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Mary Kay Kennedy at (919) 821-2787 or

Please mail or email letter of interest, resume, and two references with contact information/relationship to:

Mary Kay Kennedy, Development Assistant
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Artspace Tech Internship

Deadline for Applications: Rolling

Artspace seeks an intern to edit audio files for Artspace podcasts. Video editing is a plus, but not required. Intern will be responsible for recording artists’ talks and special Artspace events.

For more information, please contact Shana Dumont Garr, Director of Programs & Exhibitions at (919) 821-2787 or

Please mail or email letter of interest, resume, and two references with contact information/relationship to:

Shana Dumont Garr, Director of Programs & Exhibitions
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601