FotoFest Development Manager

FotoFest Development Manager

FotoFest is
seeking a Development Manager to administer the coordination and implementation
of FotoFest’s grants and individual donor programs. The purpose of the position
is to advance the organization’s mission, strategic goals and objectives by increasing
the base of support for FotoFest’s programs and activities. The Development
Manager is a full-time, exempt member of the FotoFest staff. In conjunction
with the Executive Director, coordinating with FotoFest Fundraising Committees and
Committee Chairs, the Development Manager will:

Maintain the working portfolio of FotoFest’s current
donors and prospects; develop and ensure that there is a clear strategy and
timeline for cultivation, stewardship and solicitation for each major donor and
prospective donor and facilitate communication and contact with existing donors
through face-to-face solicitation stewardship meetings

Arrange meaningful face-to-face weekly visits; plan
major gift solicitations on a monthly basis in conjunction with the Executive
Director and appropriate Board members

Work closely with Executive Director to prepare
written proposals tailored to selected prospects

Identify potential new sources of support from
individuals as well as private foundations; develop strategies to cultivate and
solicit these prospects; conduct one-on-one prospecting sessions with Executive
Director, co-Founders, high-level donors, board members, staff, and others to
identify and qualify major gift prospects

Develop meeting support materials including talking
points, solicitation materials, background information, and follow-up proposals

Be a visible presence at fundraising special events,
such as receptions during exhibitions, major donor cultivation events, and
fundraisers such as the Biennial Fine Print Auction and Igniting Creativity

Work closely with Executive Director and FotoFest
staff to maximize the potential of fundraising events, including the Biennial
Fine Print Auction and Igniting Creativity Luncheon

·       Develop calendars and action plans for
campaigns, including annual fund, individual support, sponsorship and
underwriting programs, private foundation grants, government grants, corporate
support, membership and special events, etc.

Develop a strategy and supporting materials for the
organization’s planned giving program

·       Develop a plan to organize and produce
a possible endowment and capital campaign with additional attention devoted to
an adjunct deferred giving program


In considering potential applicants for this position, we think it is
important that the individual have a real interest in learning and developing
fundraising skills. This includes the ability to meet and listen to other
people’s interests and needs, and be able to develop relationships with them.

We would like to see candidates that have a B.A.
degree in appropriate field
(business, nonprofit or arts administration). We would also consider it
desirable but not necessary to have two to three years of fundraising
experience, with a record that shows increasing responsibility and measurable
accomplishments. Experience working with an arts institution or organization is

In addition, we are looking for the following

research, analytical, planning and organizational skills

written and spoken communication skills, with the ability to present information in a variety of formats

ability to plan, prioritize and problem solve creatively and effectively

interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work well with colleagues, donors,
and other employees,

Ability to perform well under pressure and work with
tight deadlines

and experience with current computer software and technology, including Word,
Excel, Outlook, CMS, and fundraising software applications

Strong sense of fundraising ethics and commitment to
the confidentiality of donor and organizational information

to work evenings, weekends, and to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the

with Houston, photography, and contemporary art collectors and donors is considered
a plus

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume in
PDF or Word
to No phone calls please. Applicants whose
candidacy is being considered will be contacted; review of applications will continue
until the position is filled.

Due Date: Jul 15, 2019
Contact Name: Marianne Stavenhagen is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

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