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Development Director

San Francisco

Organization & Overview

ArtSpan, a non-profit organization, is committed to cultivating a vibrant, accessible, and world-class art community in San Francisco and to promoting the city's unique creative energy locally and globally. We champion an inclusive art experience by providing hundreds of local artists with the equal opportunity to showcase their work and make direct connections to diverse audiences and patrons. We are guided by the belief that artists play a vital role in society and that broad public engagement with their work is essential to defining a new cultural environment for our changing city.
ArtSpan is seeking an accomplished Development Director to lead the organization's financial capacity-building activities. The Development Director will be responsible for the organization's funder relationships, and will establish and build the capacity required to serve ArtSpan's expanding organization. This is ArtSpan's first fully-dedicated development role to be hired. The role is perfect for a talented development professional seeking a high visibility opportunity that will directly impact an organization already enjoying fast growth.
Here are the key ownership areas of the Development Director position: (1) build the organization's Benefactor Program; (2) expand large individual giving, (3) increase corporate sponsorship, (4) and oversee grant writing, and (5) the production of the annual Benefit Art Auction. ArtSpan's current annual budget is approximately $580,000 and is expected to expand to at least $900,000 by the end of 2017. The successful candidate will have the ability to bring staff, volunteers, and community leaders together to achieve a common goal.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as ArtSpan continues its expansion. A new position in the organization, the Development Director will have the opportunity to build the entire development function.


  • Develop and execute ArtSpan's annual fundraising plan, based on the org's strategic goals
  • Secure financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Manage the implementation of relevant technology to drive fundraising and member engagement
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Oversee and grow ArtSpan's Benefactor Program which comprises the core of our ongoing financial strength
  • Oversee the organization of innovative special events such as the annual Benefit Art Auction, Benefactor Gala, and Benefactor special events
  • Win corporate sponsorships and develop new sponsorship vehicles
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising


Experience: 3 to 5 years experience in a similar role.

Language: English

  • 3-5 years development experience with solid track record of "wins"
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • A genuine passion for the visual arts
  • Knowledge of relevant fundraising & CRM software platforms (e.g., CiviCRM) required
  • Proficiency in computer applications (MS Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and databases)
  • Minimum of 2 years managing a medium-sized non-profit organization or a department within a larger non-profit
  • Proven history of leading fundraising campaigns (capital campaigns a major plus)
  • Experience interfacing with resourced individuals & corporations
  • Experience producing fundraising events such as auctions
  • Demonstrated financial literacy
  • Experience writing grants and managing grantor and foundation relationships
  • Ability to interact with board directors and activating board members as key volunteers


Reports, Applications, Support, Responsible, Capital,Community, Artists, Grants, Sponsorship, Databases, CRM, Engagement, Communication, Writing, Campaigns, Events, Fundraising 

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Addressee:934 Brannan Street, 2nd Floor
Address: 94103

Deadline: 07-31-2015

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