Development Specialist

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Lebanon, NH
Job Type
Salary Type
Salary Range
$23.00 - $24.50

About the Organization

AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Arts) is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that nurture, support and challenge New England artists, and to providing art classes for children, teens and adults of all levels and abilities.  AVA’s programs—including special events that foster interaction among artists, patrons of the arts and the community, and which emphasize sustainability—are dedicated to recognizing the ways in which art enriches our lives. 

AVA’s Mission: As a catalyst for creativity, AVA cultivates an openness of space and mind to inspire, nurture, and showcase the artistic spirit.

Our Vision: AVA Gallery and Art Center serves its mission by maintaining vibrant artist studios, powerful exhibitions, and offering dynamic educational programming for artists of all ages and abilities. With an emphasis on building community, AVA also hosts and promotes special events that foster interaction between artists, patrons of the arts and the general public. All of our work is done with a priority of environmental sustainability and with the recognition that art enriches our lives.

About the Job


AVA Gallery and Art Center cultivates an openness of space and mind to inspire, nurture, and showcase the artistic spirit. AVA (Alliance for the Visual Arts) serves its mission by maintaining powerful exhibitions, vibrant artist studios, and offering educational programming for artists of all ages, abilities, and income levels. With an emphasis on building community, AVA also hosts special events that foster interaction between artists, supporters of the arts, and the public. 

Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, AVA’s Development Specialist assists the Executive Director in all aspects of development to ensure a constant flow of funding from donors, large and small businesses, foundations, and government that reflects AVA’s strategic goals and objectives; provides research and writing support for grants; drafts fundraising solicitations; and provides data management reports. S/he actively creates, maintains, and distributes AVA’s fundraising materials to nurture and advance relationships among donors, businesses, foundations, and government bodies. 
1.    Helps drive AVA’s Development program, including Major Gifts, Annual Appeals, Business Sponsorships, and Grants, as well as cultivating and stewarding donors and constituents.
         o    Participates in Capital and Annual Fund Campaigns 
         o    Promotes Planned Giving initiatives and recognition programs that magnify the legacy that individuals will leave on AVA.
         o    Contributes to the writing and development of grants, fundraising appeals, proposals, reports, and supporting materials.

2.    Identifies and cultivates prospects; works with Executive Director and Board to expand potential donor base of major donors, corporate support, foundation support, business support, and government grant support.
         o    Actively participates in creating an annual development plan with the goal of increasing revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.
         o    Develops relationships with businesses and individuals to expand and secure sponsorships and in-kind donations.

3.    Collaborates with the Executive Director and management staff to create a development communication plan to promote AVA and enhance engagement.
         o    Supports, researches, and prepares metrics used to cultivate and steward AVA’s sponsors, donors, and foundations, including an annual report on giving.

4.    Plans donor meetings and events 
         o    Actively work with the Development Committee on planning events to raise funds, cultivate donor and prospective donor relationships, and maximize AVA’s community profile.
         o    Monitors and evaluates fundraising activities to ensure that goals are met; prepares progress reports.
         o    Builds relationships through phone calls, personalized emails and letters, individual visits, event attendance and other communication(s).
         o    Attends events and meetings.

5.    Participates in the Budget process.
         o    Stays aware of current budget as it applies to Development, and accounts for any variances on a regular basis.
         o    Assists in planning the next year’s Development budget.
         o    Maintains a working knowledge of the organization’s fundraising needs at all times.

6.    Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications: 
•    Bachelor’s degree in public relations, business management, or related field
•    2+ years of successful experience in development, fundraising, nonprofit management, and/or constituent relationship building.
•    Fluent in Microsoft Office
•    2+ years’ experience with donor management software such as Blackbaud Altru, and email marketing software, along with an eagerness and ability to learn. 
•    Excellent organizational and research skills, with solid attention to detail
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    A positive and helpful manner when interfacing with all internal and external relationships
•    Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
•    Ability to work as part of a cross-functional team.
•    Ability to be self-directed and work independently.
•    Experience working with non-profit board committees preferred.
•    Enthusiasm for community building through art.
•    The ability to work some nights and weekends as required for various meetings and events.

Benefits include vacation, holiday, and sick time.

How to Apply

Email resume and cover letter to by Friday, May 3, 2024.