Associate Director, Institutional Giving
About the External Affairs Department
The External Affairs Department at Storm King is responsible for raising funds to support the organization’s exhibitions and programming. Funds are secured from a variety of sources, including foundations, corporations, government, and individuals. The External Affairs Department also oversees all marketing and communications efforts, the Art Center’s extensive membership program and annual fund solicitations and organizes two major fundraising events a year. The External Affairs Department is central to the organization and works closely with the President and Director’s offices.
About the Role
The Associate Director, Institutional Giving & Project Support, reports to the Director of Development, and will be responsible for managing the development and implementation of a comprehensive institutional giving program aligned with Storm King’s mission, strategic plan objectives, and that considers museum-wide programs and initiatives in the context of local, regional, national, and international foundations and government agencies. This includes all restricted projects at Storm King, including major exhibitions, education and public programming, the artist residency program, and the Archives and Oral History programs, among others. The Associate Director is also responsible for all corporate fundraising, including managing the corporate membership program. This position requires a strategic thinker, who has strong organizational skills and the capacity to translate multidimensional initiatives and programs into targeted grant requests.
Successful candidates will have enthusiasm for Storm King’s programming and mission, complemented by a strong background in grant writing or development, preferably in an arts, cultural, or non-profit setting. Occasional travel to NYC for meetings and special events, as well as some work on evenings and weekends, is required.
- Writing and preparing all solicitations, proposals, reports, acknowledgments, and other correspondence for submission to corporate, foundation, and government funders for annual operating support and special restricted project needs
- Working collaboratively with members of all departments, including curatorial, education, finance, and development, to gather information needed for proposals and reports
- Identifying and researching prospective corporate, foundation, and government donors, while also exploring the effectiveness of new funding strategies and making recommendations
- Overseeing and managing the cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective corporate, foundation, and government donors
- Managing and maintaining a calendar of proposal and report deadlines and ensuring timely submission to funders
- Mapping out a strategic grant schedule and calendar that meets the funding needs and goals of the organization
- Overseeing the maintenance of corporate, foundation, and government donor and prospect records in both the fundraising database (Altru) and in electronic and paper files
- Managing the preparation of institutional giving briefs, agendas, and other materials for meetings with current and prospective corporate, foundation, and government donors
- Acting as a liaison for all grants-related correspondence, supporting the President, Director and Chief Curator, Deputy Director, External Affairs, and Director of Development in their communications with Grantors
- Supporting organization-wide initiatives
The ideal candidate must have
- Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in grant writing or direct major gift fundraising (preferably with an arts/cultural organization) required
- Knowledge of and experience working in foundation, corporate, and government grant processes, funding sources, and nonprofit fundraising principles
- Ability to manage all aspects of proposal development from conceptualization to submission
- Superior writing and editing skills, demonstrated proposal writing experience, and knowledge of budgeting for grant proposals
- Superior communication and organizational skills; persistence and excellent follow-through
- Excellent research skills and attention to detail
- Proven record of being an innovative, strategic, and independent thinker
- Ability to handle multiple tasks at once under deadline pressure
- Capacity to work independently, take initiative and to interact effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors, and prospects
- Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and new opportunities
- Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and the Internet
- Working knowledge of Altru, or similar database, is preferred but not required
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
- Works occasional evening and weekend special events.
- Occasional travel required to NYC for meetings and special events.
- Works in an office environment.
- Frequently speaks, reads, writes, uses a computer keyboard, and sits for long periods of time.
- Ability to maneuver outdoors (in all weather conditions) on the 500-acre facility’s hills, grass, and gravel path ways.
- May require occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping, or bending.
This position is eligible for the full benefit package including a generous paid time off program, medical, dental, vision, 403(b), and more.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and grant proposal writing sample to email@example.com with “Associate Director, Institutional Giving” in the subject. Only complete applications will receive full consideration. No phone calls please.
Full-time employees may be eligible for Storm King’s benefits including medical, dental, vision, LTD, Life, and retirement plans in addition to a generous paid time off program.
Storm King Art Center is dedicated to fostering a diverse workplace. Storm King Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.
People who are of color, gender oppressed, LGBTQ, immigrants with work permission, and people of diverse social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Storm King Art Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other related consideration.