Development Coordinator

Position Summary

Creative Capital supports underinvested, risk-taking artists in the creation of new work and in building sustainable practices. Creative Capital’s Development Department leads the vital fundraising strategy for the organization, which is widely known as “the gold standard in artist support.”

The Development Coordinator will interface with and work with leading philanthropists and philanthropic organizations across the country to support Creative Capital’s mission of serving its artist awardees, which include: Simone Leigh, Jeffrey Gibson, Theaster Gates, Legacy Russell, Jesse Krimes, Taylor Mac, Laura Poitras, Becca Blackwell, Meng Jin, Ry Russo-Young, and more.

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Coordinator has the primary responsibility of providing administrative and programmatic support to ensure Creative Capital’s fundraising success. The Development Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Development on research and writing to support fundraising activities as well as to manage the donor database in Salesforce; oversee the department’s priority-setting event calendar; support campaigns and giving activities; develop, maintain, and expand programs; handle gift processing and acknowledgements; and assist with the coordination and production of special fundraising events with board members, patrons and artists. Related tasks will include coordinating external outreach, such as fundraising communications (print and electronic). This position is also a key liaison to, and will work closely with, the President and Executive Director, and other senior leadership and departments, the Board of Directors and patrons. The Development Coordinator reports to the Director of Development and works closely in collaboration with other departments and staff.


● Coordinate the administration and daily operations of Development Department, and work with the Director of Development to ensure the achievement of all aspects of the department’s goals and initiatives
● Maintain donor records and files, process all incoming contributions, grants and gifts, donor materials, including Creative Capital’s CRM (Salesforce)
● Share weekly contributed income reports for reconciliation with President and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
● Track appeals and campaigns and provide support to overall fundraising efforts and special campaigns as needed and assigned
● Assist with donor engagement by responding to inquiries, facilitate donor benefit fulfillment, and all cultivation and recognition logistics
● Provide support for development events including list generation and reports (from Salesforce), gift processing, meeting agendas and minutes, acknowledgements, internal coordination with other departments, and maintaining detailed activities and records
● Help draft communications and mailings for events, stewardship mailings for donors, patron and membership acquisitions and renewals, and annual appeals
● Attend Creative Capital Awardee performances, exhibitions, and events to support and learn about Creative Capital artists and projects
● Support Creative Capital’s cultivation events, galas, artist gatherings to help foster the community that gives to Creative Capital artists
● Assist with prospect research, donor analysis, and other duties as assigned


● Bachelor’s degree is required and a minimum of three years of professional work experience, preferably candidates who have prior fundraising/strong customer service experience in the arts and culture sector
● Excellent organizational and time management skills, including a high level of attention to detail, and ability to plan, prioritize, and manage a varied workload to meet deadlines
● Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to exercise judgment and discretion with artists, board members and patrons
● Passionate about contemporary artists working in visual arts, performing arts, film, technology, literature, and socially engaged forms
● An energetic and results-driven team member with an ability to be proactive, use independent judgment and initiative, and is a quick learner
● Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
● Strong relationship-building skills, diplomatic and gracious under pressure, and experience working with cross-functional teams
● Experience recording financial information, including using fundraising CRM products, and Excel, Salesforce, and iWave
● A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access in programs, partnerships, and development efforts

The position is full-time, exempt (40 hours/week with ability to do special events or evening work outside of M–F 10:00 AM–6:00 PM). Ideally, candidates are based in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and a professional cover letter in one PDF attachment, and describe how your skills and experience meet the qualifications, to [email protected], using the following conventions:

Subject Line: Development Coordinator
One PDF attachment: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter and resume.pdf

Application deadline:
May 20, 2024.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE. Only applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

Creative Capital will be offering a salary of $60,000–$68,000 for this position, commensurate with experience, along with excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and 401K plan. Our staff also has generous vacation, sick leave, and personal days, and a collegial and collaborative work environment.


Founded in 1999, Creative Capital Foundation uplifts underserved, risk-taking artists with unrestricted project grants, professional development, and community-building services to advance freedom of expression and foster sustainable careers. Known as the “gold standard in artist support,” Creative Capital Awards are made via a democratic, national open call process. Creative Capital has fundraised and awarded $55 million in grants and services to 955 artists to create 780 innovative new works in the visual arts, performing arts, film, technology, literature, and multidisciplinary and socially engaged forms. More than 75 percent of Creative Capital Awardees in recent years identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or artists of color, LGBTQIA+, women, and artists with disabilities. In addition, Creative Capital serves more than 250,000 artists each year based in regional communities with in-person and online educational programs and artist resources. Creative Capital raises every dollar for its awards and programs for artists. Our Awardees have received prestigious honors and other accolades, including: 160 Guggenheim Fellowships, 20 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships, and 3 Academy Awards and 15 nominations.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.