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Development Director, Society for Contemporary Craft (82 views)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 14, 2017

The visual arts nonprofit, The Society for Contemporary (Contemporary Craft), is seeking a Development Director.  Contemporary Craft has been presenting art in craft media (clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal, and found materials) by national and international artists since 1971 by offering cutting edge exhibitions focusing on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as hands-on classes, community outreach programs, a drop-in studio, and a retail store.


The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of fundraising for
SCC, including: the annual fundraising plan, donor research, cultivation, and tracking, grant-writing,
funder reports, individual giving, the annual gala, and other administrative duties that support these
efforts. This key senior position serves as a member of the SCC leadership team made up top level staff
reporting to the Executive Director, along with the CFO, Exhibitions Director, and Finance Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

Foundation/Government Support

  • Plan and carry out a fund-raising program that meets the annual budget in foundation and
    government grants, individual contributions, and special events.
  • Research new funding sources on an ongoing basis and write and submit approximately 25
    proposals and 25 follow-up reports annually. Diversify funding sources by increasing national
    funding sources.

Individual Giving/Annual Benefit

  • Plan and implement the organization’s Heart of Craft program, a multi-year, individual giving
    pledge program.
  • Work with staff, Board and other volunteers on the planning/organization/implementation of Out
    of Hand, an annual fund raiser, playing a leadership role in overseeing all fundraising efforts for
    this event, especially individual ticket sales and serving as a liaison to Board involvement.


  • Support the Board Development Committee on all fundraising initiatives.
  • Establish and manage development budget to provide sound fiscal management and accurate
    reporting to donors.
  • Support the implementation of a new three-year strategic plan that focuses on increasing
    unrestricted contributed revenue through a variety of goals and strategies.
  • The Development Director supervises a full-time Development Assistant and provides supervision
    to interns/temporary help as needed. S/he also directs/supports the development activities of Board members and other staff.
  • Perform other tasks and work projects as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in management, business, marketing, or liberal arts; Minimum of ten years
    fundraising experience is required
  • Qualified candidates should have a successful track record of raising at least $500,000 in
    contributions within a single fiscal year
  • The ideal candidate is results-driven, has an outgoing personality, and possesses the excellent
    business, organizational and time management skills necessary to succeed in this position
  • Highly proficient with donor database management system, MS Excel, and MS Word; knowledge
    on Blackbaud eTapestry preferred
  • Excellent communications and donor support skills
  • Ability to work holidays, evenings and weekends as needed

For more information, please visit: http://contemporarycraft.org/