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Foundation Manager
Sacatar Foundation



The Sacatar Foundation, a California private family foundation, is the founder and primary funder of the Instituto Sacatar, a Brazilian nonprofit that operates an international artists residency program located on the island of Itaparica in Bahia.  Since 2001, Sacatar has provided 286 Fellowships to artists from sixty countries.  Fellowships include airfare, studio, room and board for eight-week residency sessions. The Foundation has recently created the Sacatar Fund, a project of Tides, to leverage and expand the Foundation’s work.  The Fund will enable increased fund development and engagement with major donors, foundations, and corporations.

The three interlocking organizations – the Sacatar Fund, the Sacatar Foundation and the Instituto Sacatar -- share a common mission:

  • To provide residencies for seasoned and emerging artists to create new work
  • To promote cross-cultural interaction and collaboration among participating artists and the local communities
  • To support artists in the creation of work that inspires across class and national boundaries
  • To encourage art that returns us to where art began – to a wordless silence and a sense of wonder before all creation


The Sacatar Foundation seeks to hire a full-time manager who can articulate the uniqueness of Sacatar programs and successfully broaden the financial support and major donor engagement in Sacatar’s activities.

This position will work closely with the Foundation’s President and Board of Directors to implement and manage:


  • Fundraising strategy
  • Design and execute a multi-year fund development plan
  • Donor Engagement and Support
  • Cultivate and solicit major contributions
  • Maintain effective communication with donors
  • Manage the delivery of major donor benefits
  • Design and implement high level events that engage stakeholders and donors
  • Institutional Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships
  • Cultivate new and current partnerships – foundation, corporate, governmental and non-profit
  • Draft fundraising proposals and reports
  • Track and manage grants and MoU’s


In partnership with Foundation Board leadership, assist the Fund’s Leadership Council members in:

  • Using their talents, experience, and networks to maximum advantage in service to Sacatar’s mission and goals
  • Expanding the number of Leadership Council members and deepening their level of engagement in support of Sacatar
  • Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies for contributions to Sacatar’s operation and sustainability


  • Serve as a key spokesperson for Sacatar, differentiating between the Fund and the Foundation as appropriate
  • Promote Sacatar through artist documentation and alumni relations
  • Coordinate public relations and media outreach
  • Increase Sacatar’s visibility and reputation


  • Budget management and accounting
  • Design and implement an approach to evaluating processes, products, outcomes and impact of work
  • Staff and contract worker supervision, including oversight of the implementation of a streamlined annual artist selection process
  • General administration of the Foundation and the Fund
  • Oversight of operating agreements and MoU’s
  • Integration of activities with initiatives of the Instituto Sacatar


Successful candidates will:

  • Exhibit a creative and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Work effectively with Foundation and Instituto staff, Board members, donors and partners
  • Demonstrate organizational and time-management skills
  • Complete assignments timely, effectively and accurately
  • Work on multiple, simultaneous projects
  • Take initiative and work strategically and independently
  • Stay current with field trends in the arts and arts philanthropy
  • Demonstrate a passion for cross-cultural exchange
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Occasionally work evenings and weekends
  • Be willing to travel nationally and internationally a few times each year (conferences, events, etc.)
  • Carry out other responsibilities as assigned and required by the Executive Director of the Sacatar Foundation


All candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, required; master’s degree, preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in fundraising marketing, public relations, and/or related experience
  • Proven track record of building strong relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Financial literacy in budgeting and finance
  • Fundraising experience in grant-writing and/or direct solicitation of donors and engagement of volunteer leaders in fundraising
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills
  • In-depth understanding of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy
  • Demonstrated evidence of a commitment to the arts
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite products, database management, and the Internet
  • International cross-cultural experience
  • Proficiency in Portuguese is not essential but desirable.  Alternatively, proficiency in Spanish or French is a plus.
  • Ideally, the Manager will be based in the Los Angeles area, but it is possible that the Manager can work successfully from anywhere within the United States.


The Sacatar Foundation will offer a competitive salary between $75,000 – 85,000, based on experience.  Benefits include medical coverage, paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.


E-mail resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and fit with the position to
In the e-mail subject line, list only “Foundation Manager.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Review of applications will commence in April 2015 and will cease after the position has been filled. The start date will be negotiated with the successful candidate. The job can begin as early as July 1, 2015.

Sacatar Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Deadline: 04-30-2015

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