Position: Director OF Development and Fundraising

Location: Lewiston, NY


Director of Development and Fundraising will develop innovative strategies to diversify and expand Artpark’s funding base to national level with the focus on major individual, corporate, private foundations, institutional as well as planned giving and major cultivation events. This position will work directly with Artpark curatorial staff, President and Board of Directors supported by existing Development Associate position, marketing and administrative staff. This position will also lead the upcoming capital campaign as the next step in the recently completed Master Plan and Visual Arts Development Strategy.

Position Description:

  • Investigating and developing giving strategies and opportunities including: 

    • Managing and increasing individual giving

    • Establishing/expanding partnerships with and generating in-kind support from local/regional businesses

    • Writing/administering foundation and government grants

    • Developing an effective planned giving program

  • Working directly with Artpark artistic staff to create and execute effective fundraising strategies

  • Working directly with the Artpark Board of Directors and others on donor prospect identification, cultivation, and stewardship

  • Supporting Board members in executing fundraising events and campaigns

  • Extracting and presenting statistical fundraising data for trends and analysis to the President and Board of Directors

  • The Development Coordinator reports to the Director of Development & Fundraising

Additional duties may include creating online development strategies and utilizing social media/digital tools; coordinating fundraising events; and/or coordinating with/leading volunteer-engaged fundraising initiatives and functions. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to be independent in their management of the development department, relieving the Artpark’s President of the responsibility of day-to day management of fundraising. 

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and entrepreneurially, as well as to build authentic relationships with staff, donors, and partners

  • Ability to create and manage teams including visual arts and performing arts curatorial staff to discuss programs, create fundraising strategies, and successfully implement them. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Personal and professional commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion in the arts

  • Proficient in MS Office and cloud collaboration tools.

  • Experience with online donor management platforms such as Blackbaud / Raiser’s Edge, as well as accounting software, QuickBooks or similar.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is required. Post-graduate and/or arts administration degree is preferred.

  • 10+ years of direct experience with fundraising 

  • Experience and proven track record in executing fundraising and capital campaigns across multiple donor channels, including business partnerships, major donors, and annual giving

Compensation and Benefits: 

  • Commensurate with experience and subject to escalation based on annual review

  • 2 weeks paid vacations and 10 holidays

  • Health insurance plan, Artpark contributed 80% to single or family plan

  • Flexible work hours, including the possibility of working partial week remotely

  • Pension: 3% contribution to a Simple IRA 

To Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a résumé, cover letter detailing your interest, relevant background, and skills, three references, and a development-related writing sample (such as a letter of inquiry or funding proposal). In your cover letter, describe your approach to managing and participating on teams. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain open until a candidate is hired.

Please email to: [email protected] with the subject line: Director of Development Position 


Artpark is an equal-opportunity employer.