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27 Jun 2022

Full-Time Director of Development

HERE Art Center – Posted by HEREArtsCenter New York, New York, United States

Job Description

From our home in Lower Manhattan, HERE builds an inclusive community that nurtures artists of all backgrounds as they disrupt conventional expectations to create innovative performances in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art. By providing these genre-blending artists with an adaptive, flexible home for developing and producing their work, we share a range of perspectives reflective of the complexity of our city. HERE welcomes curious audiences to witness groundbreaking performances, responsive to the world in which we live, at free and affordable prices.

HERE strives to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive home in which all people have fair access to the resources they need to realize their visions. We acknowledge structural inequities that exclude individuals and communities from opportunities based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography, and seek to counter those inequities in our work. Through mindful actions on sustainability and regenerative practices, we work toward climate justice, and a safe, livable planet for present and future artmakers and audiences.

HERE is seeking to fulfill the role of Director of Development, starting in late spring. This senior staff member will report directly to the Founding Artistic Director, collaborate closely with the Producing Director and General Manager, interact with the Board of Directors, and supervise the Director of Institutional Giving and Manager of Individual Giving. The position encompasses five distinct areas: Board relations and planning, Institutional Giving, Individual Giving Campaigns and Stewardship, Gala/Event preparations and execution, and Project-Specific Fundraising efforts. Successful candidates will have at least five years of nonprofit and fundraising experience and a passion for HERE’s mission to nurture artists as they bring new work to life. 


The responsibilities include:

Board Relations: Schedules and attends Board and Committee meetings, prepares materials, and interacts with Board members to keep them engaged and informed about HERE’s activities

Institutional Giving: Works with the Director of Institutional Giving to fulfill HERE’s large portfolio of funding relationships, works with the Founding Artistic Director to build new funding relationships or navigate extant ones; participates in correspondence and advocacy activities with elected officials 

Individual Giving: Works with the Individual Giving Manager to track progress toward goals; engages and solicits higher level donors; leads strategy on HERE’s donor programs; and writes campaign/appeal materials for HERE’s fundraising campaigns

Gala/Event Execution: Plays a primary role in planning, promoting, and executing events and in particular, an annual Gala. 

Project specific fundraising: Collaborates with PROTOTYPE team members and colleagues from Beth Morrison Projects on efforts associated with PROTOTYPE; communicates with Dream Music Puppetry’s producer on appealing to puppetry fans; and meets and collaborates with all Resident Artists and their line producers on how to best fundraise for their specific projects. 

In addition, as the chief fundraising officer on the team, this individual will work with staff and leadership to develop yearly contributed income goals to create an accurate and sustainable budget for the organization and lead weekly fundraising meetings. 


Helpful Skills:

  • Self-starter, organized, and highly detail-oriented;
  • Strong writing and communication skills;
  • Passion for communicating with and engaging others in a cause;
  • Ability to ask questions, communicate with various stakeholders, strategize about priorities and needs, and respond to challenges along the way;
  • Eager to work independently as well as collaboratively on team projects;
  • Familiarity with OvationTix or other donor software;
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office or Google Apps;
  • Familiarity with the Community Centric Fundraising principles and a desire to promote antiracism work within a nonprofit organization;
  • Knowledge of the New York City Cultural community;
  • Desire to be part of a friendly forward-thinking community of staff, artists and supporters.


Salary and Benefits:

  •   Salary Range: mid 60s 
  •   Unlimited Paid Time Off with a two-week mandatory minimum
  •   Health and Dental Insurance (with small employee contribution)
  •   Flexible work-from-home opportunities
  •   Access to discounts and promotions from various vendors


Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

To apply: Please click here to complete a short application form and submit your resume.  



Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations, and today, it stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. HERE supports multidisciplinary work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. Our aesthetic represents the independent, the innovative, and the experimental: HERE has developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues; Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique; Basil Twist and Joey Arias’ Arias with a Twist; Hazelle Goodman’s On Edge; Young Jean Lee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying To Heaven; Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers; Faye Driscoll’s 837 Venice Boulevard; Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge and original musical and dance works created and directed by HERE Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kristin Marting.

The New York Times has called HERE “one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow.” Indeed, HERE has become successful at creating a new kind of arts enterprise — the collaborative multi-arts center. In more than 25 years, we’ve supported over 15,000 artists and attracted over 1,000,000 arts patrons. We aim to integrate art into daily life and engage our community’s needs and interests on as many different levels as possible in order to ensure our regular presence in their lives.

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How to Apply

To apply: Please click here to complete a short application form and submit your resume.  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Arts Organization, development, and nonprofit. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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