Venice Arts, a 27 year-old nonprofit media arts organization working primarily with low-income youth, seeks an experienced, versatile, and personable Director of Advancement, who can articulate Venice Arts’ vision and impacts with enthusiasm and passion, while attending to the daily organizational details so critical to success. The Director of Advancement is well-versed in all aspects of fundraising and communications, with significant experience in major donor, individual, and corporate donor development, events, and multiplatform fundraising campaigns. Experience in a leadership role with capital or expansion campaigns a plus. Specific roles and responsibilities include:
Provide leadership to the Board: attend meetings, steward Directors, staff Committees.
Represent Venice Arts through Chamber, and other, memberships, at conferences, and in other areas, as assigned.
Development Leadership and Responsibilities
Development Planning and Analysis
Maintain and update Venice Arts’ multi-year, comprehensive development plan with clear benchmarks for prospecting, cultivation, stewarding, and 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.
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
Manage a personal portfolio of at least 50 active individual and corporate prospects and donors, building these relationships through regular meetings, phone calls, emails, and other communications; setting quarterly contact and fundraising goals; tracking all efforts; and regularly reporting on outcomes.
Lead the spring “Camp” campaign and the year-end campaign, including overseeing the timely creation of all campaign materials, modified to be effective across multiple platforms (print, social media, electronic, and web) and, for the Camp campaign, stewarding volunteer involvement.
Serve as the lead for all fundraising events, including Creativity Uncorked, the annual Gala and smaller annual events (1-2 per year); direct and work closely with the Event Producer; build and direct a Gala committee; guide all post-event communications and analysis.
Communications and Marketing
Work with the Executive Director in the development of agency-wide communication strategies, including program news, features, and donor acknowledgments.
Oversee the Development Associate in implementation of website and social media communications.
Manage all image and media use requests and press outreach.
Provide a quarterly analysis of marketing and communications outcomes to the Dev Comm Team.
Oversee the Development Associate in responding to rental inquiries, including site visits.
Process contracts and payment for venue rentals.
Oversee and assure staffing for secured rentals.
Cultivate and supervise, professionals who volunteer (marketing, design, event, other), as well as college interns working in support of Venice Arts’ development and communications strategies.
The ideal candidate has at least five, preferably ten years of experience in fund development, with five years at the executive/management level preferred. She or he is personable, energetic, and an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing; extremely well organized, versatile, and adept at managing multiple projects and deadlines with grace. A successful candidate demonstrates the skills and personal traits that enable her or him to drive a future vision with passion, while attending to the daily, organizational details so critical to success. Must be exceptionally comfortable with donor and high-level volunteer prospecting, outreach, and engagement. A desire to work in a robust, small- to mid-sized nonprofit organization, with an understanding of its opportunities and limitations, required.
The ideal candidate is exceptionally well-versed in all aspects of fund development, with depth of experience in major donor, individual and corporate donor development, events, and multiplatform fundraising campaigns. Experience in a leadership role with capital or expansion campaigns, a plus. Meaningful experience in marketing/communications strategy, and a demonstrated ability to create compelling communications across multiple platforms, strongly preferred.
The ideal candidate is comfortable with data software and systems and understands the importance of assuring that data is consistently and accurately entered and pulled to inform fundraising analyses; competent with donor and financial software, such as Filemaker Pro and Quickbooks, a plus. Background in media-based art, experience in arts education and/or youth development a plus.
Additional Salary Information: This is an exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-$75,000 commensurate with experience, with an opportunity for a bonus at year’s end, plus room for growth. Medical, vacation, holiday package, employee-funded 401(k).
About Venice Arts
Venice Arts is a 27 year-old nonprofit media arts organization whose mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.
Our largest, core program serves Los Angeles' low-income young people with high caliber media arts education, college success, and creative career pathways programs. We also show the work of professional photographers and filmmakers in our Gallery, and provide consulting and training services to nonprofit organizations interested in our model, globally.