Venice Arts is a 26 year-old nonprofit media arts organization that works primarily with Los Angeles’ low-income youth. Our award-winning model of mentoring through the arts delivers a high quality education in photography, filmmaking, animation, and comics coupled with close mentoring and support for college and career. Additionally, Venice Arts hosts photography exhibitions, film screenings, and public programs, as well as consultation and training to organizations in the nonprofit sector.
Venice Arts is at an exciting juncture in its development, and seeks a talented Director of Development and Communications to provide critical leadership during a period of anticipated creativity and growth. Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, and leading the Development/Communications Team, the Director of Development has primary leadership responsibilities in development planning, oversight, and implementation, as well as organizational marketing and communications. Specific roles and responsibilities include:
1. Organizational Leadership
Help steward the long-term organizational vision, both internally and externally.
Provide leadership to the Board: attend meetings, steward assigned Directors, staff Committees.
Represent Venice Arts through chamber membership, at conferences, and in other assigned areas.
2. Development Leadership and Responsibilities
Development Planning and Analysis
Maintain and update Venice Arts’ multi-year, comprehensive development plan with clear benchmarks for prospect identification, qualification, and engagement; cultivation and solicitation; donor stewardship; retention; dollars raised.
Work in partnership with the Director of Grants and Administration to assure that grants-based data and planning is integrated into the overall Development Plan; provide support to the Director of Grants on Foundation and Public grants strategy, editorial support, etc., as needed.
Maintain the development calendars and development project-management systems.
Assure that data is regularly and consistently entered into existing tracking mechanisms (Donor Pyramid, Annual Development Analysis, Top 25, Lapsed Donors, other) to track and communicate about Venice Arts’ fundraising successes and challenges.
Regularly analyze development data, including progress toward benchmarks, both for the Dev/Comm Team (monthly) and the Board (bi-monthly, year-end).
Individual and Corporate Donor Cultivation and Stewardship
Oversee and manage a portfolio of at least 50 individual and/or corporate donors and prospects, actively building these relationships, tracking efforts, and achieving and reporting on outcomes.
Provide strategic and tactical leadership to Venice Arts’ upcoming strategic growth campaign, estimated at $2.5-$3.0 million, for expansion capital over and above ongoing, annual revenue.
Lead bi-annual campaigns (spring, year-end), including developing concept, writing content, and assuring the creation of all campaign materials, modified to be effective across multiple platforms (print, social media, electronic, and web).
Serve as the lead for fundraising events, including the Gala and other, smaller annual events (3-4 per year); direct and work closely with the Gala Event Producer and a Gala committee; guide all post-event communications and analysis.
3. Communications and Marketing
Oversee agency-wide public relations and marketing, with an emphasis on organizational and fundraising communications; approve program-based communications.
Assure website communications are regularly updated including news, features, donor thanks.
Assure that social media feeds are regularly updated.
Manage all image and media use requests, press outreach.
Provide a quarterly analysis of marketing and communications outcomes.
4. Venue Rental
Assure assigned staff respond in a timely fashion to rental inquiries and site visits.
Process contracts and payment processing for venue rentals.
Oversee secured rental activities.
Supervise the Development and Communications Associate
Supervise the Development and/or Marketing Interns.
MISSION: Venice Arts’ mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs. Venice Arts also serves as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low–income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi–media.
Venice Arts is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
The ideal candidate has had at least five, and preferably 10 years of experience in fund development, with five years in an executive/management level preferred. She or he is personable, energetic, and an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing. She or he is extremely well organized, versatile, and adept at managing multiple projects and deadlines with grace. A successful candidate demonstrates the skills and personal traits that allow her or him to help drive a future vision with enthusiasm and passion, while attending to the daily, organizational details so critical to success. A desire to work in a robust, small- to mid-sized community-based organization, with an understanding of its opportunities and limitations, required.
The ideal candidate is exceptionally well-versed in all aspects of fund development, including grants, with depth of experience in individual and corporate donor development, events, and multiplatform fundraising campaigns. Experience in a leadership role with capital or expansion campaigns, a plus. Must have experience in marketing/communications, demonstrating an understanding of how to develop compelling communications across multiple platforms. Must have excellent planning and organizational skills, be highly detailed oriented, and have experience effectively managing others.
Candidate is comfortable with data software and systems to assure that data is consistently and accurately entered and pulled to inform regular fundraising analyses. Competent with donor and financial software, experience with Filemaker Pro and Quickbooks a plus. An individual with a background in the arts, or experience in arts education and/or youth development a plus, as is competency with Adobe Suite.
Additional Salary Information: This is an exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-$75,000 commensurate with experience, with room for future growth, including the opportunity for a bonus in the first year, assuming benchmarks are reached. Opportunity to participate in a 401(k). Health and vacation benefits provided after the first 90-days.
About Venice Arts
Venice Arts is a 26 year-old nonprofit art organization that primarily offers programs in media-based art education (photography, filmmaking, digital and multi-media) for low-income youth; conducts participant-produced documentary projects locally, regionally, and internationally; and is a leader in the field of participant media, including running the Institute for Photographic Empowerment and consulting with others interested in the field.
Venice Arts’ mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs. Venice Arts also serves as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low–income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi–media. For more information, go to http://www.venice-arts.org.