Institutional Funding Manager
Creative Capital, the leading nonprofit organization funding the creation of groundbreaking art since 1999, seeks an experienced Institutional Funding Manager with sophisticated communication and research skills to build and implement the institutional funding strategy in support of Creative Capital’s Awards and Programming. The Institutional Funding Manager will join as a key member of the development team during an exciting period of major growth, and will work with institutional supporters, such as Bloomberg, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This role is also responsible for conceptualizing, collaborating on, and executing new development initiatives involving innovative contemporary artists, including past Creative Capital Awardees such as: Nick Cave, Titus Kaphar, Dread Scott, Martine Syms, Fred Wilson, Jeffrey Gibson, and LaToya Ruby Frazier, among others. The Institutional Funding Manager reports to the Director of Development and works closely with the President and Executive Director, the Director of Artist Initiatives, and the Chief Operating Officer.
- Researching and analyzing existing and new resources and opportunities to form a comprehensive work plan, budget, and calendar for institutional funding
- Crafting and submitting compelling correspondence, proposals, and reports to funders
- Acting as a point of contact for institutional donors, initiating and stewarding existing and new relationships
- Overseeing the work of a development associate, who can assist the Institutional Funding Manager in research, tracking and gathering needed data and materials, and maintaining files
- Forecasting, supervising and approving all expenditures in relation to budget, and responsible for helping meet revenue goals for institutional funding
- Interfacing with leading administrators at major philanthropic organizations in meetings, at events, and online
- Interacting with donors, artists, board members, and others at Creative Capital cultivation events and development events
- Serving as a public-facing advocate and ambassador for Creative Capital’s mission in regional, national, and international arts communities
- Requirements: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is welcome
- A minimum of 4 years experience in institutional fund-raising, grant writing, and research in a not-for-profit environment, preferably in the arts and culture sector
- Superior writing and communication skills, with an ability to develop compelling communications to engage donors and prospects
- A track record of securing foundation grants in the five-to-seven-figure range for cultural/arts institutions
- Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, diplomatic and gracious under pressure, with the ability to collaborate across teams
- Outstanding organizational skills, including ability to plan, prioritize, and manage a varied workload to meet deadlines
- Experience recording and tracking grant and gift information in a fundraising database application (preferably Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge) and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
- Extensive experience working with budgets and other financial documents required for grant submissions
- A strong attention to detail and passion for arts/cultural institutions desirable
- Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access in all our programs, partnerships, and development efforts
The position is exempt, and non-union. Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Seeking to fill the position before or by October 15, 2021.
TO APPLY: Creative Capital is committed to building unity and seeks to hire staff who foster an excitement for contributing to a thriving cultural community. Please tell us why that’s you in your cover letter and include one writing sample (a proposal letter, letter of inquiry, or grant application are sufficient) along with your resume. Send as one PDF attachment at [email protected] with subject “Institutional Funding Manager.” Deadline is October 4, 2021.
Creative Capital is seeking a passionate, forward-thinking, and creative individual to fulfill a key role in helping grow the organization’s portfolio and individual relationships. The Development Associate works closely with the leadership team to assist with comprehensive projects as well as gift processing and other aspects of development operations. The Development Associate is a key role that helps to support the department’s efforts across funding sectors and offers opportunities for career growth. A competitive candidate is a confident individual who understands the cultural funding landscape and can skillfully communicate Creative Capital’s mission and work. This position reports to the Director of Development.
- Help manage Creative Capital’s fundraising activities and initiatives; tracking deadlines and nurturing relationships
- Draft/write grant proposals and reports for funders, including researching and preparing materials about organizational activities and artist news
- Assist with donor stewardship, cultivating new and existing donors
- Conduct prospect research, identifying and generating new funding opportunities, including compiling financial and organizational data on prospective funders
- Manage donor correspondence, inquiries, and acknowledgements
- Coordinate project planning and communication with other departments
- Implement and track appeals, campaigns, and other special initiatives in print and online
- Handle pledges, gift processing, and ensure accurate data and record input
- Salesforce database management
- Coordinate and participate in development activities, events, and some travel (both online and in-person)
- Participate in and administer various meetings, including select trustee committee meetings
- Other responsibilities as needed
- At least 3 years of fundraising experience working in development, including the drafting of letters, proposals, and reports
- Exceptional writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills
- Demonstrated experience using Salesforce (Classy) or Raiser’s Edge, Excel, and Wealth Engine or iwave, or similar fundraising applications
- Strong work ethic, highly efficient and pragmatic, excellent attention to detail
- Self-directed with a collaborative spirit
- Ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment
- Knows how to deal appropriately with foundations, patrons, and trustees
- Fundraising background preferred; and interest in art/cultural institutions desirable
The position is full-time (with occasional travel and special events), exempt and non-union. Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Seeking to fill the position before or by September 30, 2021.
TO APPLY: Creative Capital is committed to building unity and seeks to hire staff who foster an excitement for contributing to a thriving cultural community. Please tell us why that’s you in your cover letter and include one writing sample along with your resume. Send as one PDF attachment at [email protected] with subject “Development Associate.” Deadline is September 17, 2021.