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Director, Artist Initiatives

Founded in 1999, Creative Capital is celebrating our 22nd year with the start of our new President and Executive Director, Christine Kuan.  We look forward to our new era of work and support to innovative, groundbreaking artists.  Our Artist Initiatives department is an essential part of Creative Capital, and we are seeking a new director to work with our terrific team.

The Director, Artist Initiatives (DAI) reports to the President & Executive Director of Creative Capital and is responsible for providing conceptual and strategic leadership for the organization’s pioneering venture philanthropy approach to awarding funds to groundbreaking artists in the visual arts, performing arts, and multidisciplinary fields. The DAI will also provide guidance and direction for artist-focused educational programs to help artists realize their project visions and build sustainable, thriving careers and practices.  The position will manage the four-person Artist Initiatives department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Award-Making

  • Maximize impact in the visual arts, performing arts, and multidisciplinary fields in collaboration with the President & Executive Director through award-making to trailblazing artists.
  • Lead and steward the full cycle of Creative Capital’s unique award-making program and shepherd the award decision-making by selecting evaluators, overseeing the review, evaluation and panel process, and collaborating on public outreach and announcements at all stages.
  • Develop deep regional and multidisciplinary connections to artists and stay at the forefront of new developments in the arts.
  • Direct the planning and oversee the management of the new awardee orientation, retreat, and other gatherings.
  • Oversee and manage the department’s budget in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Educational Programs

  • Oversee the conception and implementation of new, responsive educational programs, workshops and webinars to meet the continually changing needs of artists.
  • Develop and maintain strategic educational partnerships to advance the professional expertise of artists in undergraduate and graduate level programs.
  • Help cultivate and recruit new advisory consultants and coaches in areas such as legal, financial, public relations, marketing, community engagement, book publishing, and web services.

Ambassador & Arts Advocate

  • Serve as an ambassador to artists and arts leaders regionally and internationally.
  • Collaborate with our President & Executive Director and our Development team to assist with the cultivation of foundations and other donors as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with our Marketing & Communications Department to promote Creative Capital’s mission, programs, artists, and educational programs.
  • Attend professional conferences, give interviews, and organize presentations and panels, and publish writings, articles, and other materials in print and/or online.

Qualifications, Knowledge, & Skills Required

  • Minimum eight years of leadership and management experience in the arts
  • Previous grantmaking experience
  • Intellectual agility and an open curious mind combined with a passion for the arts and working with contemporary artists
  • Appreciation and understanding of philanthropy in the United States
  • Proven track record of upholding DEIA values.
  • Experience mentoring and collaborating with diverse staff
  • Diplomatic, proactive, and solution-driven professional; strategic, pragmatic, and creative thinker
  • Experience overseeing a budget and project management including event production
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and public speaking
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness with a strong work ethic
  • Commitment to the Creative Capital mission, vision, purpose, and core values
  • Proficiency with Mac OS, MS Office, Google Workspace, Salesforce and social media and new media platforms
  • Experience developing and executing training programs for adult learners helpful
  • Advanced degree in the visual arts or performing arts preferred

The position is full-time (40 hours/week).  Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Competitive salary in the range of $100,000—$125,000. Seeking to fill the position by July 1, 2021.

To apply:  Please submit cover letter and resume as one PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Director, Artist Initiatives.”  No phone calls, please!

Application deadline:  May 17, 2021.


About Creative Capital
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. Creative Capital seeks to amplify the voices of artists working in all creative disciplines and catalyze connections to help them realize their visions and build sustainable practices.

Creative Capital is committed to diversity in all its forms and is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Since 2015, Creative Capital has been participating in ongoing anti-oppression training to examine systemic issues that perpetuate inequality.


Director, Development

Creative Capital, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, seeks a Director of Development who is passionate about leading our fundraising efforts to support bold, risk-taking contemporary artists in the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, moving image, and multidisciplinary practices. This role is a key member of the leadership team at Creative Capital and reports directly to the President and Executive Director.  The ideal candidate is a talented fundraising professional with creative ideas, a robust network of trusted relationships, and extensive experience in grant-writing, foundations, corporate donors, and individual giving in the arts and culture sector. Qualified candidates must have a proven track record of success in closing high-level corporate and foundation donations, and cultivating and stewarding major donors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Direct development efforts in collaboration with the President & Executive Director to grow a $5 million(+) portfolio of funders that includes foundations, individuals, and corporate sponsors
  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies to contributed income through individual, institutional, and corporate giving partnerships, and events
  • Work with the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council to deeply engage their networks to grow contributed income; assists President and Executive Director with the management of the Board Development Committee
  • Collaborate with Artist Initiatives team to prioritize funding needs and to create funding strategies for new initiatives, including engaging Creative Capital awardees in fundraising campaigns and help introduce artists and their bold visions to donors and prospects
  • Innovate, refine and grow the individual giving program, leveraging the organization’s vast assets to connect with like-minded major donors across the country
  • Design and grow a corporate sponsorship program aligned with Creative Capital’s unique position as the leading artist support organization in the country
  • Work closely with Communications team to conceptualize, strategize, and manage funder-based initiatives and campaigns in support of growing contributed income
  • Produce donor impact reports, corporate sponsorship decks, funding proposals and interim and final reports in collaboration with the Communications team
  • Oversees management of Creative Capital’s donor database; conduct funder research, outreach, and moves management tracking
  • Travel (when permitted) to strategic fundraising locations throughout the US
  • Proactively works across departments to ensure smooth communications and synergies with artist grant-making, artist retreat, artist services and programs
  • Manage Development department budget in collaboration with Chief Operating Officer
  • Responsible for hiring, managing, and mentoring Development staff

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of professional experience in nonprofit arts and cultural fundraising with increasing responsibilities
  • Proven track track record of securing foundation donations and managing foundation relationships, cultivating and securing high-level individual donations ($50,000+), and cultivating and closing corporate sponsorships
  • Proven track record of upholding DEIA values.
  • Experience mentoring and collaborating with diverse staff
  • Diplomatic, proactive, and solution-driven professional; strategic, pragmatic, and creative thinker
  • Self-directed and able to work well collaboratively
  • Exceptional writing, editing and communication skills
  • Extensive experience in funder research and the use of industry tools
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Passion for contemporary art and artists.
  • Proficiency with Mac OS, MS Office, Google Workspace, Salesforce and Wealth Engine

The position is full-time (40 hours/week with occasional travel and special events).  Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Competitive salary in the range of $100,000 to $125,000. Seeking to fill the position by July 1, 2021.

To apply: Please describe in a cover letter how your work experience relates to the position’s requirements, including specific mention of fundraising goals you are responsible for and individual funders and corporations you have worked with, citing the amounts you have secured. Only those with appropriate experience will be considered and contacted. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Director, Development.” No phone calls, please.  Application deadline:  June 11, 2021.