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Director of Development
Durango Arts Center

Durango, CO


TITLE: Director of Development
DEPARTMENT: Fundraising
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
FLSA STATUS: Full-time/Exempt—40 hours per week
SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, with occasional evenings and weekends for events
SALARY:  $39k-$41,600 DOE.  Eligible for either employer-based health insurance (65% of premium covered by DAC) or a monthly wellness bonus. Annual paid time off includes 2 weeks vacation within the first year, 10 federal holidays and 2 personal days.


Interested candidates should submit the following via email, preferably in a single PDF file titled: Last Name_First Name_Development. Submit to ATTN: Cristie Scott, Executive Director, with the subject line Development / Your Name.

  • Cover letter (1 page max)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (2 pages max)
  • Writing sample of a grant narrative requesting support for an arts program (see info in full job description)
  • Up to three professional references


The Durango Arts Center (DAC) seeks an outstanding, innovative and dynamic fundraising professional for the position of Director of Development (DD). Working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, the DD supports DAC’s success by engaging current and potential supporters in managing a diversity of fundraising initiatives. The DD must have the ability to conceive, assemble and manage DAC’s fundraising scope from beginning to end.

DAC, a decades old nonprofit arts organization, receives no major public funding for operations. Therefore, the DD candidate must have achieved results in revenue generation for a non-profit organization, including such activities as grant writing, special events, devising innovative cultivation opportunities and building internal and external relationships. He or she will act as the staff liaison to the Fundraising Committee to support DAC’s major events. The DD also leads sponsorship acquisition and provides team support to the coordination of the Durango Autumn Arts Festival.


The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working for a nonprofit, preferably an arts organization in the activity of generating revenues. He or she will have graduated from an accredited 4-year college, or equivalent in training and work experience that equates to an advance degree.

  • Highly organized, detail oriented, results-driven and able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in creating a strategic approach for nonprofit fundraising with built-in assessments to determine progress and success.
  • Proven achievement in multiple aspects of generating revenue, including annual fund campaigns, grants, major gifts and in-kind support.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills; able to work productively with fellow colleagues or independently.
  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for the arts (visual and performing).
  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience working with volunteer boards and volunteers who may assist in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of gifts.
  • Experience in coordinating events for cultivation and donor appreciation.
  • Willingness to spend time outside of the office environment in order to interact with relevant individuals and groups who are instrumental in the development process.
  • A self-starter with the ability to initiate and follow through on new projects.
  • Proficiency in email communications and a mastery of Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) or the equivalent is required. Familiarity with email marketing platforms (i.e., Mail chimp) is highly preferred.
  • Extensive experience in database management with the intention of sourcing and tracking donor prospects. DAC currently uses Art Center Canvas as donor management software.

Thank you in advance for your interest in working at the Durango Arts Center. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted.

The Durango Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws in the administration of its employment policy.


The Durango Arts Center is a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization located in Southwest Colorado that enriches the community through innovative visual and performing art, and arts education. DAC advances appreciation and participation in the arts as a cultural leader in the region. Annually, DAC coordinates over 80 community events, such as exhibit receptions, theatre performances, artist lectures, film screenings and the region’s largest outdoor fine arts and fine craft showcase, the Durango Autumn Arts Festival, which welcomes over 7,000 guests to downtown Durango. The exhibits and artist services program engages over 500 visual and performing artists, and DAC education enrolls an average of 1,300 children, youth and adults. DAC presents 4-5 theatre productions annually to 5,000 patrons, and the theater serves an event venue to over 60 organizations businesses. Learn more about our programs, services and events at


From superb arts and culture to award winning healthcare, Durango, Colorado draws national attention as one of the best small towns in the country for quality of life.  Located in southwest Colorado, just 45 minutes from the boarder of New Mexico, Durango's diverse landscape begins with white-capped mountain peaks and transitions into high desert vegetation, creating a distinctive environment not found anywhere else. Combine this rarity with top-rated educational choices, the finest Native American cultural sites in the western hemisphere, an eclectic music scene and a wealth of outdoor adventures, and you can see why La Plata County is truly unmatched. Learn more about Durango here:


Deadline: 05-01-2017

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