Purchase, NY
Hybrid: Remote and/or In-Person
March 1, 2024

Rehabilitation Through the Arts: Director of Development

The Director of Development will be responsible for growing RTA’s fundraising revenue by planning and implementing a comprehensive program that expands the organization’s base of individual supporters and major donors, as well as government, foundation and corporate funders. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to develop fundraising goals and strategies.

The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director. Reporting to the Director of Development will be the Director of Institutional Giving and a shared Development Associate.



Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan to meet RTA’s annual and longer-term revenue goals.
  • Secure financial support from individuals, government entities, foundations and corporations.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
  • Create and implement a strategy for a large, sustained base of engaged, annual individual donors.
  • Plan and execute special events that engage donors and raise funds for the organization.
  • Oversee the Director of Institutional Giving to pursue new funding opportunities and deepen relationships with current institutional funders, including elected officials.
  • Monitor and analyze fundraising data to evaluate performance and adjust strategies, as needed.
  • Collaborate with Director of Marketing and Communications to develop and execute effective donor communications and marketing materials.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to develop fundraising strategies and goals.
  • Prepare/accompany Executive Director for key solicitation meetings.
  • Manage annual dues and other communication with Board of Directors, as needed.

Position Requirements

  • At least 5-7 years development experience or equivalent training.
  • BA degree or equivalent in work experience (MA a plus).
  • Proven experience growing philanthropic support for a non-profit organization. This includes solicitation of major gifts and cultivating relationships with foundations and government officials.
  • Experienced in managing, motivating and growing a team.
  • Detail-oriented, creative self-starter skilled in planning and experienced in developing and presenting project-based budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral – with demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), Google Workspace, and common donor database (e.g.,DonorPerfect, Salesforce).
  • A driver’s license and access to a car.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Interest in prison reform and the arts.
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