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Associate Director, Institutional Giving & Project Support

Storm King Art Center seeks an Associate Director, Institutional Giving & Project Support to join a growing team and organization.

About Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. Since 1960, Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and surrounding landscape. Building on the visionary thinking of its founders, Storm King supports artists and some of their most ambitious works. Changing exhibitions, programming, and seasons offer discoveries with every visit. For additional information, visit www.stormking.org.

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 Deputy Director, External Affairs, 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, 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 will oversee the Institutional Giving Associate, and 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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 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 Deputy Director, External Affairs, in their communications with Grantors
  • Supporting organization-wide and development initiatives
  • Managing the Institutional Giving Associate

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
  • At least one year of supervisory experience preferable
  • 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.

Benefits

This position is eligible for the full benefit package including a generous paid time off program, medical, dental, vision, 403(b), and more.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of a grant proposal to employment@stormkingartcenter.org with “Associate Director, Institutional Giving” in the subject. Only complete applications will receive full consideration. No phone calls please.

Associate Director, Special Events

Storm King Art Center seeks an Associate Director, Special Events to join a growing team and organization.

About Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. Since 1960, Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and surrounding landscape. Building on the visionary thinking of its founders, Storm King supports artists and some of their most ambitious works. Changing exhibitions, programming, and seasons offer discoveries with every visit.

For additional information, visit www.stormking.org.

About the Role

Reporting to the Deputy Director, External Affairs, the Associate Director, Special Events oversees and supervises high-level, multi-faceted, and complex events, including two annual fundraising events – the Summer Solstice Celebration and the Annual Gala and After Party (inclusive of a Silent Auction) – as well as the spring Opening Celebration. This position also manages sponsorships, in-kind donations, and other custom corporate and media partnerships related to these events.

Successful candidates will have enthusiasm for Storm King’s programming and mission, complemented by a background in special events and development preferably in a cultural or non-profit setting. Candidates must be flexible to work occasional weekends and evenings for events. Occasional travel to New York City is required.

Special Event responsibilities include:

  • Strategize, develop, and implement the overall vision and production plan for each event, including identifying honorees, host committees, chefs, and auction items; and establishing the fundraising and outreach, marketing and communications, and partnership plans for each event.
  • Communicate regularly and clearly with internal and external stakeholders, including senior staff, trustees, honorees, event co-chairs, event committee, partners, etc.
  • Work closely to cultivate relationships and liaise with high net worth individuals, board members, event honorees, and event co-chairs and host committees related to the events.
  • Write and edit event correspondence and communications, including but not limited to solicitations and acknowledgments, outreach communications, media alerts, etc.
  • Collaborate with Communications team on developing all branded event materials, both print and digital, as well as develop and implement a dynamic communications plan, including e-blasts, website maintenance, social media, and other digital platforms and advertising associated with event.
  • Establish clear and detailed review processes for developing mailing and outreach lists.
  • Plan and evaluate the scope and format of events; establish, monitor, and track event planning calendars and budgets; review and uphold administrative procedures; and coordinate venue selection, facilities management, rentals, catering, signage, displays, audio-visual equipment, photography, special needs requirements, printing, staffing, and event security.
  • Produce and work with filmmaker to coordinate all details around film interviews for Gala film presentations.
  • Develop, plan, track, reconcile programs, agendas, budgets, invoices and services.
  • Manage onsite production team at events, leading staff to implement all necessary event logistics.
  • Monitor event activities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise.
  • Prepare and distribute final reports and acknowledgments for all major fundraising events.
  • Analyze events to ensure best practices are adhered to, relevant and new trends are reviewed, and fundraising strategies are met successfully.
  • Work closely with the Individual Giving team to ensure proper cultivation and stewardship of event supporters so that they remain engaged and involved with Storm King during the event time frames as well as after.

 

Corporate Partnerships responsibilities include:

  • Generate ideas, develop strategy, and implement plan to grow event partnerships, including corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations, etc
  • Work closely with the Associate Director, Institutional Giving to develop a strategic plan for targeted prospecting, solicitation packages and branded materials, and cultivation participation at events and programs.
  • Research new ways to attract new and retain existing Corporate Partners.
  • Evaluate partnerships to ensure success and maintain Storm King’s best interest.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of combined Special Event and Development experience.
  • Must have experience planning and leading high-level, complex fundraising events
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with a small staff and assist with all tasks needed to ensure the success of an event.
  • Must exhibit sophisticated organization and planning skills and a serious attention to detail as well as a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to safeguard confidential information and perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism, and integrity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to interact with the public in a positive and friendly manner at all times.
  • Experience managing staff and teams.
  • Experience working with trustees and high net worth donors.
  • Familiar with both the New York City and Hudson Valley museums, exhibitions and venues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and knowledge of Altru or similar database.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Works in an office environment
  • Frequently sits for long periods of time
  • Frequently speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard
  • May require occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping, or bending
  • Requires some overtime, evening and weekend work
  • Requires occasional travel to NYC (on average once a month or as needed for special events)

Benefits

This position is eligible for the full benefit package including a generous paid time off program, medical, dental, vision, 403(b), and more.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to employment@stormkingartcenter.org with “Associate Director, Special Events” 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.