The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking a Director of Advancement and Innovative Partnerships to lead the organization’s efforts to raise approximately $2 million per year from individuals, foundations, businesses and government sources.
Status: Full time (40+ hours/week), Exempt
Schedule: Generally M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some events on evenings and weekends
Supervisor: Executive Director
Compensation: $70,000 to $90,000 per year
Benefits: Medical, dental, disability and life insurance, holidays, paid time off, and 401(k) retirement plan.
RACC’s mission is to enrich our communities through arts and culture. We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right, a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences, and a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture and that celebrates and supports its artists and arts and cultural organizations. We also believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit. RACC strives to cultivate equity in all of its programs. We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change. Prejudice and privilege have created barriers that RACC must dismantle, systematically and strategically, until everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture. We value a diverse workforce, built upon inclusion, equity, and cultural humility, and are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All staff members are expected to contribute to RACC’s mission and support RACC’s core values in guiding their decisions and actions.
The Director of Advancement and Innovative Partnerships serves as a key member of RACC’s leadership team and an active participant in shaping RACC’s future vision and strategic decisions. This role:
- Collaborates effectively across the organization and in the community to build and implement a fundraising plan that reflects the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
- Supervises and supports a team of 2-3 staff (plus contractors as needed) to raise approximately $2 million year through foundations, corporate sponsorships, employee giving and grassroots fundraising campaigns, major gift strategies, special events, and other mechanisms.
- Harnesses the impact and marketability of RACC’s program offerings to build a clear and compelling value proposition for funders.
- Sets the tone for best practices in donor stewardship, appreciation, and moves management.
- Helps the organization innovate its development practices, build new partnerships, and diversify RACC’s revenue streams beyond traditional fundraising approaches.
- Brings passion and experience serving as a brand ambassador for RACC’s mission and values.
- Celebrates and embodies the relationship between RACC’s fundraising goals and the organization’s ability to create opportunities for every Portland-area resident to participate in culture, creativity and the arts.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Create an effective development plan with fundraising strategies that support RACC’s present and future programs and activities.
- Assemble, supervise, evaluate and support the work of 2-3 development staff (plus contractors as needed) to execute and evaluate the development plan.
- Directly solicit gifts from business, foundations and individuals, and support others on the staff and board who are soliciting gifts.
- Build relationships with public and private partners, and collaborate on creative strategies for generating additional resources for the cause.
- Maintain the program’s fundraising calendar, adhering to all application and reporting deadlines, cultivation, and stewardship activities.
- Ensure thorough documentation of all interactions and transactions with donors and donor prospects through a centralized CRM (currently Raiser’s Edge).
- Report monthly to the staff and board on the progress of all fundraising efforts.
- Help sustain and grow RACC current donor base, including businesses, foundations and individuals who support The Right Brain Initiative, and 2,000 workplace donors who contribute annually to RACC’s Arts Impact Fund.
- Oversee at least one annual special fundraising event — SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design.
- Produce collateral materials (print and electronic) that communicate RACC’s value proposition and support RACC’s fundraising goals.
- Maintain effective and ethical relationships with donors and community leaders, including the thoughtful creation and timely delivery of thank you notes and impact stories.
- Create and staff a new Development Committee of the Board, and support the board’s role and capacity to fundraise.
- Work with the Executive Director and board members to identify and approach new prospects.
- Participate in organization-wide meetings, including leadership team meetings, and support special initiatives that require collaboration across departments.
- Other duties as assigned.
Desirable skills and qualifications:
- Ideal candidate will have 10 years of fund development experience with five to seven years of leadership experience working in philanthropy, public policy and/or nonprofit management, as well as a minimum of three to five years leading a team and managing personnel.
- A substantive background in arts and culture, including experience working with the arts and culture sector, as well as a substantive understanding of Portland’s arts and culture ecosystem.
- Extensive experience working with communities of color and experience applying a racial equity analysis to one’s work; demonstrated experience developing solutions that address institutional and structural bias.
- Excellent strategic and intellectual abilities coupled with pragmatism and a roll-up-one’s-sleeves attitude. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong project, time, and budget management skills; an ability to thrive working under deadlines and handling multiple tasks without sacrificing attention to detail.
- Exceptional qualitative and quantitative analytic skills. Experience using both objective data and informed opinions to evaluate the impact of an organization’s work. Experience in assessing nonprofits’ health through analyzing financial statements, evaluating the feasibility and strategic value of proposed programs and activities, and assessing management, leadership, and organizational capacity.
- Experience building strong, positive, collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies. The ability to listen to new ideas, encourage open dialogue, and inspire people to work towards common goals.
- Capacity to balance prior knowledge and experience in arts and culture with an objective open-mindedness about new solutions.
- Experience negotiating agreements and managing contracts.
- Commitment to the RACC’s mission, vision and values.
- Cultural flexibility/agility and a commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment.
- Proven ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals and collateral materials.
- Experience with Raiser’s Edge or comparable donor tracking software. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and online collaboration software (RACC uses Teams).
- The final candidate’s offer will be contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.
About the Regional Arts & Culture Council
RACC advocates for public and private investments in the arts, provides grants for artists and arts organizations, manages public art, raises money through workplace giving, conducts arts education in public schools, and provides community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources. RACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Read more about our work online at racc.org.
- For best consideration, submit your application by Friday, July, 12, 2019, using only one of the following methods: online here, or postal mail to RACC, Attn: Director of Advancement and Innovative Partnerships, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209.
- Please include a cover letter, resume and up to two work samples–collateral materials, grants, reports or development plans that you have written.