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Evanston Art Center

Director of Development

Position Description


Reports to President & CEO                                      January 2017

Fulltime Exempt Position                                           Requires evening and weekend hours



The Director of Development is responsible for creating an over-arching philanthropic focus throughout the Evanston Art Center (EAC) by creating and implementing fundraising strategies that grow and maintain the donor base; providing stewardship and analysis of fundraising initiatives; leading and managing the annual benefit and all development events; and managing EAC’s grant submissions process and reporting.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Fundraising Strategies

  • Working with the President & CEO develop a multi-year development strategy to expand and diversify the number of all donors with a focus on cultivating major donors while promoting increases in mid-level donors giving
  • Manage a personal portfolio of individual donors and prospects, as well as actively build the major donor pipeline
  • Effectively communicate with donors and potential donors, including students and faculty, through face-to-face solicitation and stewardship meetings, as well as written and e-communication
  • Plan and execute the Annual Benefit, the Winter Expo, and other EAC fundraising events, including conceptualizing and implementing donor cultivation events
  • Assist the President & CEO in managing the engagement of donors to further cultivate lasting relationships with EAC
  • Plan and execute annual appeals including direct mail, online giving and social media working with internal cross-functional teams and outside vendors to develop materials, messaging and schedules to support each campaign


Stewardship and Analysis

  • Manage a cross section of volunteer constituents to achieve development and EAC revenue donor goals

  • Evaluate all campaigns and appeals to develop analytics on performance and plan for future appeals and/or cultivation activities
  • Work with the President & CEO and Financial Committee to create annual development budgets and on-going forecasts
  • Partner with the Accountant to complete monthly reconciliations of contributions from individuals and forecast revenue projections
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of donor communications
  • Prepare and present regular reports on all development activities including the management of grants from proposal to final reporting



  • Provide direction and supervision to the Development Associate

  • Collaborate with and support the President & CEO on EAC broader development initiatives

  • Lead Development Committee meetings

  • Participate in EAC staff meetings, Board meetings, and actively engage in EAC events

  • Actively promote EAC and its mission

  • Be a proactive EAC team member willing to step in and assist when needs arise


Education, Skills and Experience:

  • 3 to 5 years of development/fundraising experience and a successful track record in cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts of $1000 or greater

  • Experience in managing a donor portfolio preferably related to the arts

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or the arts is preferred

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Solid computer skills including Word, Excel, Power Point and Sales Force

  • A project manager who is highly organized and able to manage multiple priorities successfully

  • A savvy relationship builder who can promote EAC’s mission

  • Deadline and goal driven



  • $40,000 to $45,000 commensurate with relevant experience


Please email cover letter and resume to dod@evanstonartcenter.org. No telephone calls please.