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Development Director | Art Omi (Ghent, NY)

Art Omi, Inc. seeks a dedicated self­starter to fill the Development Director position and lead the art center’s fundraising and sponsorship efforts. S/he will create, execute and evaluate all fundraising strategies with a donor-­centered philosophy to ensure a diverse and sustainable revenue portfolio to support Art Omi’s mission.

The Development Director will be responsible for planning, organizing, and overseeing Art Omi’s fundraising efforts including major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, capital campaign, annual appeal, fundraising benefits, and in­-kind resources. The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. This position is based primarily in the Art Omi Ghent, NY office, and requires occasional travel to Art Omi’s offices in NYC.

Art Omi is a not for profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects, and dancers. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to a vibrant arts culture locally, regionally, and internationally. Over the past 26 years, Art Omi has grown to a $2 million annual operating budget and includes over 50 employees, fluctuating seasonally. We have completed four major building projects with a fifth capital project planned within the next three years.

● 3-­5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising / non­profit arts development.
● Minimum BA degree or equivalent.
● Must embrace the mission of Art Omi and have a passion for art and a track record of building and managing high performance development for organizations, including personal success with significant donors.
● Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques; capital campaigns, grant writing, donor cultivation, and database management.
● Proven success in converting members and audience to donors and increasing current donor gifts.
● Familiarity with cultural institutions, arts and exhibition funding and nonprofits in New York City, Hudson Valley, Columbia County, The Berkshires and Albany area.
● Proven success building external donor relationships across diverse groups of people.
● Demonstrated track record in reaching fundraising goals.
● Must be well organized and exhibit follow-through on tasks and goals.
● Show concern for people and community, and a desire for organizational diversity.
● Demonstrate presence, self­-confidence, strong interpersonal skills, common sense, and good listening ability.
● Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members, and volunteers.
● Strong writing skills.

● Primarily responsible for creating the organization's long-­term development plan. This entails developing and implementing a growth strategy for the future, organizing outreach efforts, and managing relationships with the organization's new and existing donors.
● Identify, cultivate, and steward major donors, and develop strategies to expand the current base of philanthropic revenue sources for Art Omi.
● Attain an annual Executive Director to donor visit goal of 50 - 75 and achieve an annual revenue goal, to be determined in consultation with the Executive Director.
● Develop and manage timelines for fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner.
● Develop policies and procedures for the development department which reflect ethical fundraising practices.
● Conduct prospect research, and meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications.
● Oversee grant seeking / corporate donations, including research and reporting requirements, and work in collaboration with the Communications Director in writing proposals.
● Work with Communications Director to create compelling development publications to support fundraising activities.
● Direct the year end appeal / annual fund drives in collaboration with the Development team.
● Oversee the membership program, in collaboration with the Development team.
● Direct fundraising special events and collaborate with development staff (upstate Light into Night and Omi NYC Benefit with Development Team both upstate and in NYC).
● Oversee fundraising database (Gift Works currently and new software TBD), tracking, and gift acknowledgement systems. Supervise and collaborate with Development Team.
● Develop forecasts and budgets for annual fundraising programs and efforts and review / monitor / evaluate / report on all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved.
● Attend arts events (many weekends in summer).
Begin / grow a major gifts program in­-house, including prospect identification, research, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
● Work with Executive Director for capital campaign and for major fundraising drives as needed.
● Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
● Reports to Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Development Committee.

Full Time: 40 hours per week, plus attend key events.
Salary Range: $40,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience.

Art Omi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, Art Omi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Submit cover letter, resume, and grants or other fundraising related writing samples by February 5, 2018 to:
Subject Line: Development Search

Digital applications only.