23 Oct 2023


Director of Development

Living Arts Detroit  →   Detroit, Michigan, United States


Job Description

Director of Development | Living Arts | Detroit

The Opportunity

The Director of Development plans, coordinates, and implements Living Arts’ strategies to secure corporate, foundation, government, and individual support to meet the organization’s contributed revenue goals. The Director of Development’s areas of focus will include: grants, sponsorship, events, board relations, individual giving, research, cultivation, and stewardship.

The Director of Development is a Full-Time, Senior Level, hybrid position that reports toand works closely with the CEO, in partnership with C-Suite, and members of the Living Arts’ Board of Directors. This position also manages a full-time Development Assistant and contractors as appropriate.


Fundraising (60%)

  • Create and implement an annual development plan in coordination with the CEO.
  • Sustain and grow grant funding by:
    • Leading team in research for funding opportunities;
    • Conceiving major grant requests in coordination with the CEO and program staff;
    • Renewing and stewarding existing grantors;
    • Ensuring compliance with reporting deadlines;
    • Maintaining the organization’s calendar of grant deadlines;
    • Writing letters of inquiry, grant requests, and finalizing/submitting reports;
    • Ensuring that the Development team is coordinating staff resources to meet submission deadlines.
  • Launch Corporate Sponsorship/Giving program
  • Increase individual giving by working with the CEO and trustees to identify and cultivate individual prospects;
    • Implementing an annual year-end appeal.
    • Ensuring that the Individual Giving Associate is developing and maintaining relationships
  • Support trustees and the Board Development Committee by:
    • Attending Development Committee and Board meetings;
    • Preparing development reports for Board meetings;
    • Supporting trustees in achieving their fundraising objectives.
  • Develop print and electronic collateral materials that convey Living Arts’ mission, impact, and fundraising needs and support the organizational brand.
  • Ensure that development activities are aligned with Living Arts’ mission, values, and short and long term plans.

Administration (25%)

  • Provide input into short and long term strategic planning and support the CEO’s identification of ongoing opportunities and challenges.
  • Participate in developing the organization’s annual operating budget and fundraising goals, and in updating cash flow.
  • Monitor the organization’s fundraising performance and develop measures to support the CEO and Board of Directors’ evaluation of fundraising efforts.
  • Work with program staff to identify current and future funding opportunities and support coordination between development, marketing, and finance areas.
  • Staying up-to-date with and following fundraising trends and best practices.
  • Creating and executing a plan for implementation of new fundraising initiatives.
  • Ensure that Living Arts’ fundraising activities comply with relevant laws and maintain the organization’s accountability to donors, and that administrative practices and procedures are in place to support legal compliance, donor relations, and record keeping.
  • Comply with standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives and appropriately represent Living Arts among donors and prospects and in the community
  • Attend Staff and C-Suite meetings

Management of Staff (15%)

Oversee the duties and success of the Development Team. Whose duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Individual Giving Associate (Full-Time)

Duties may adjust depending on the needs of the Development Director

  • Conducting site visits, meetings, and donor receptions
  • Researching funding opportunities
  • Ensuring compliance with reporting deadlines
  • Ensuring that grants are reported on time
  • Preparing agendas and meeting materials for Development Committee meetings
  • Attending Development Committee and Board meetings
  • Ensure that all gifts and grants are recorded in Salesforce and acknowledged and recognized appropriately in print and electronic materials
  • Database entry and management
  • Assisting with events management
  • Acknowledgement procedures
  • Pledge payment reminders
  • Production of mailing lists and donor reports

Advise and assist the Community & Family Arts Department, as needed, in the following areas:

  • Develop, manage and execute fundraising events including our annual Gala, as well as cultivation and stewardship receptions.
  • Collaborate with external partners and trustees as necessary to support other cultivation and community events and opportunities.

Oversee development staff and contractors (as needed) in the areas of:

  • Grant Writing
  • Donor Cultivation Events


  • Creative, strategic, and analytic thinker with exceptional communication and quantitative skills.
  • Self-starter with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, create and execute project timelines, and lead teams in meeting deadlines and implementation schedules.
  • Five or more years’ experience in fundraising with demonstrated increases in responsibility.
  • Experience with donor databases such as Bloomerang, Salesforce, or similar products.
  • Familiarity with arts, education, and non-profit landscape.
  • Experience within the city of Detroit is a plus.
  • An ideal candidate might describe themselves as outgoing or extroverted in a professional setting.
  • They may also enjoy networking and connecting people with one another.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $75,000

Benefits include medical, dental, optical insurance, and retirement (IRA with a 2% match after first year of employment.) All full-time employees are eligible for benefits and Living Arts covers 50% of benefits for employee’s dependents.

Living Arts offers a flexible and non-accruing PTO policy, with the caveat that employees must use a minimum of two-weeks PTO in a fiscal year. In addition to 18 paid holidays, when the office is closed. We also offer a flexible work schedule with the option of working from home when able.



Please submit your written application to Jobs@livingartsdetroit.org

Living Arts is an equal opportunity employer and joyfully welcomes applications from people of color, people with accessibility needs, underrepresented genders, active service members/veterans, and LGBTQIA+ people.

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About Living Arts

At Living Arts, we envision a future in which all youth have access to engaging, high-quality arts experiences, so they can lead with confidence and empathy, drawing strength from their cultures and communities. Our team includes 8 board members, 12 staff, and 40 contractual Teaching Artists, will share our alignment with three core values:

  • Respect for Young People | Directed by youth voices, we honor the self-determination of young people of all ages and commit to the creation of meaningful exchange based on developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Respect for Relationships | In community with one another, we remain responsive to the visions that families, organizations, educators, funders, and individuals bring to the work. We commit to co-creation with one another as we grow.
  • Respect for Excellence | Knowing that artists are uniquely positioned to develop young people and push challenging boundaries, we demand inquiry around the role of the arts as it intersects with education and community. We commit to the professional development and advancement of the teaching artist profession.

Living Arts has built a strong foundation and reputation over the last twenty years by delivering high quality arts education experiences to young people from 3 months to 18 years of age and the educators and families that support them. We have a strong commitment to the continued deepening of our mission through a racial justice lens.

We have made great strides toward our collective vision, supported by a $1 million budget, over the last few years– by acknowledging the value of teaching artistry with the highest hourly rate in the region and with our wide-spread relationships with organizations, municipalities, schools, and community spaces across Detroit.

For more information on Living Arts please visit www.livingartsdetroit.org.


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Director of Development
Living Arts Detroit
 Detroit, Michigan, United States

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, development, director, education, management, and non-profit. States: Michigan.