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Director of Development and External Affairs
Berkeley Art Center

Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Art Center (BAC) serves the diverse and creative citizens of Berkeley, through the presentation of visual art exhibitions, musical performances and literary programs relevant to its unique community. Approaching the 50th Anniversary of this treasured institution, the BAC Board of Directors is seeking a Director of Development and External Affairs who will represent BAC in the community, and work closely with city staff, elected officials, and all constituents. This is a full-time position and reports directly to the Board of Directors.

The Director is responsible for planning, executing, measuring, evaluating and reporting on fundraising and development initiatives. Working closely with the Board, the Director develops long term and short term strategy, establishes fundraising priorities, identifies current and prospective donors and funding sources; applies for appropriate grants; and contributes to the planning of major fundraising events. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function.

Exempt position. Open until filled. Salary commensurate with experience. 

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to

No hard copy/mailed applications will be accepted. 


  • Develop and execute Berkeley Art Center’s annual fundraising strategies
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with members and donors
  • Secure financial contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Develop and execute a strategy for neighborhood outreach
  • Manage the implementation of the NEON CRM for development activities
  • Create and execute a strategy for cultivating a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Participate in the organization and execution of fundraising events
  • Collaborate with Gallery Director to design and develop events that appeal to current and potential donors (individual and institutional)
  • Collaborate with Gallery Director and Program Committee to recommend exhibitions and public programming that appeal to current and potential audiences
  • Develop a strong working relationship with the Board and Gallery Director


  • Research and determine grant opportunities appropriate to the organization
  • Write grant applications/proposals, working directly with Board and staff
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Ensure proper recognition of foundations and corporate sponsors on all collateral
  • Ensure the Cultural Data Project submission is always up to date


  • Develop strategic communications plans for annual Membership and Annual Giving campaigns
  • Responsible for all aspects of 2017-2020 capital campaign
  • Prepare and implement development communications strategy
  • Work with Gallery Director to implement direct mail and online giving campaigns
  • Create and manage budgets for fundraising campaigns and special events


  • Contribute to the successful planning and implementation of BAC’s membership program
  • Attend major membership events and donor activities
  • Ensure recognition of prominent contributors


  • City and civic advocacy, including partnerships with Mayor, City Manager, Parks Department and District Councilperson
  • Attend key city meetings including but not limited to city council, arts commission, planning commission
  • Build relationships with other arts organizations, schools, neighbors and neighborhood associations, community organizations, and guilds.
  • Participate as a member of Berkeley Rotary Club
  • Participate as a member of the Berkeley Cultural Trust
  • Focus on developing and deepening broad community engagement


  • Responsible for all line items in the budget related to development
  • Attend monthly board meetings and committee meetings that take place evenings and weekends
  • Prepare monthly standardized reports
  • Accommodate board members’ availability to collaborate and review documents. 
  • Submit agendas and reports 3-4 business days ahead of discussion


  • 3 – 5 years development experience with a museum or similar stature nonprofit
  • Successful track record in securing sponsorships and gifts in the $10K to $50K range
  • Experience with donor relations and strategic planning
  • Expert budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis skills
  • Experience working with a board of directors or similar body
  • Expert consensus-building skills
  • Collaborative team player
  • Strong social media skills, point of view on the best platforms for each message
  • East Bay resident preferred
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable with public speaking in small and large settings
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters discreetly and reliably
  • Proficient in software such as Microsoft Office, and experience with fundraising or CRM database management

Address: 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

Deadline: 06-30-2016

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