Vice President of Development



Vice President of Development

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA



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Job Description:

About ArtsFund:
For nearly 50 years ArtsFund has raised funds to strengthen the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grant making. We do this work because the arts are key to building healthy, vibrant communities. ArtsFund is the only nonprofit in the region that raises funds to support the Puget Sound arts sector
on a holistic level. We serve 120+ cultural partners, large and small, established and emerging, in performing, visual, literary, and multidisciplinary arts. Last year these groups produced over 10,000 exhibits/performances, provided 1.7 million free or discounted tickets and enabled 833,000 students to access arts programming. The
following values and guiding principles are the foundation for our work and define how we advance our mission and serve as a bridge between the philanthropic, corporate and public sectors. At ArtsFund we:

‐ Ignite Passion for the Arts: We believe arts and culture inspire, empower, and transform individuals and communities.

‐ Promote Equitable and Inclusive Communities: We believe the arts should be accessible to all and reflect, represent, and engage the entire community.

‐ Innovate through Collaboration and Leadership: We believe our impact and relevance, and that of the arts sector, are deepened though continuous learning, creative leadership, and strategic partnerships.

Position Summary:

The Vice President of Development (VPD) serves as a key member of ArtsFund’s Leadership Team, providing thoughtful strategic and operational leadership. The VPD will join an incoming CEO and an existing leadership team in strategic planning and help inform new strategies for ArtsFund. The VPD is responsible for designing,
implementing and overseeing all fundraising campaigns, programs and events. Must have demonstrated experience cultivating and soliciting high‐net worth individuals; securing new corporate partnerships; and creatively expanding sources of support.

Key Priorities:

Design and Oversee Fundraising Efforts and Strategy:
  • Develop comprehensive development plan for the organization.
  • Set strategic fundraising priorities to expand, broaden, and diversify the donor base.
  • Represent ArtsFund as a community leader and ambassador.
  • Build relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Oversee annual fund and lead special project fundraising (i.e. Economic Impact Study and 50th Anniversary).
  • Grant research and writing
  • Ensure marketing and communication efforts align with and enhance fundraising efforts.
  • Engage donors and build loyalty through a successful donor benefits program.‐ Oversee all development related events and lead the fundraising component of ArtsFund’s signature event.
  • Advance Strategic Planning
  • Build out planned giving program.

Lead and Manage Development Team
  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Establish annual action plans, manage portfolios and set specific goals for their respective areas of responsibility.
  • Maintain and implement appropriate systems and processes to ensure team efficiency and satisfaction.
  • Ensure accountability amongst staff to achieve contributed revenue goals and manage budgeted expenses.
  • Work with the team to ensure best fundraising principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Oversee and assess database technology including related policies and procedures.
Engage Board in Fundraising Efforts
  • Educate, motivate, communicate with, and actively involve trustees in successful fundraising solicitations.
  • Prepare fundraising reports.
  • Build a culture of philanthropy.

  • Minimum of 7 years increasing responsibility in the nonprofit development field.
  • At least two years’ experience supervising full‐time employees.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Comfortable making asks, with proven track record of directly soliciting new gifts.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to form personal relationships and to communicate effectively, delivering exceptional customer service to a variety of stakeholders (i.e. donors, sponsors and volunteers), both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong event planning skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within department and across organization to support fundraising activities.
  • Proficient in utilizing donor/constituent management software; Raisers Edge experience a strong plus
  • Demonstrated experience developing and tracking annual revenue and expense budgets.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Must be able to work nights, occasional weekends and special events as needed.

DOE. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

ArtsFund is an equal opportunity employer. We value diverse perspectives and encourage all qualified candidates to apply including people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. ArtsFund does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to with the subject “VP of Development”.
10 Harrison Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 2067883042

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