Director of Development

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Director of Development


Director of Development
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
January 2021

The Director of Development is a key organizational leader responsible for overseeing the design and execution of a strategic fundraising plan coordinated with the annual and long-term organizational goals of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) and its Board of Directors. The Director of Development provides essential development strategy, grants management, and leadership expertise while working collaboratively with the CAL Leadership Team and the Board. S/he is responsible for all efforts to build relationships within the community with the goal of ensuring financial stability and growth for the organization. S/he reports directly to the President & CEO in an office culture of high standards, frequent innovation, and collaborative teamwork.

This individual utilizes existing relationships, extensive knowledge of development strategy, good judgment, discretion, and superior organizational skills to acquire new funding opportunities and continue to renew the current CAL donor base. The ideal Director of Development will be able to work across the organization to coordinate on fundraising strategies and in collaboration with the other CAL teams and staff members to put our best foot forward in garnering support for our work.

This position requires strategic thinking, vision, creativity and the ability to manage and execute operational details. The Director of Development must be comfortable working with the Northeast Ohio philanthropic community and must be energized by securing the funds that enable CAL to achieve its mission and vision and consistently perform at a high level.


Lead and expand a comprehensive fundraising program capable of producing ongoing and long-term support to include:

  • Managing annual individual, foundation and corporate campaigns, major gifts, and endowment campaigns.
  • Managing relationships with current and potential funders and the Board. Establishing and producing donor cultivation/recognition activities.
  • Identifying and researching new prospects, locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Developing and implementing strategies that will enhance philanthropic support and ensure donor loyalty. Coordinating donor communication strategies with Director of Marketing & Communications including direct mail, email, and social media to inform donors of CAL successes, events, and future plans.
  • Soliciting gifts personally and ensuring that the President & CEO and Board of Directors are effectively used for donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Overseeing and coordinating the foundation campaign with Grants Manager to meet annual goals.
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of development functions, including supervising Grants Manager and Development Associate as well as interns and volunteers.
  • Overseeing the management and customization of donor databases and all records, files, and gift processing and acknowledgement.
  • Preparing annual development plan/calendar, budget, and reports, including Annual Report.
  • Managing the planning and execution of annual special events, including corporate sponsorships, volunteer participation and a strategy to turn event attendees into donors.
  • Providing leadership, direction, and support to board members and other volunteers to identify, cultivate, and achieve support from prospective donors, including corporate sponsors for special events.
  • Attending board meetings and serving as liaison to the Marketing and Fundraising Committee, including planning, coordinating, and scheduling all committee meetings; attend other committee meetings as necessary.
  • Complying with all relevant regulations and laws; maintaining accountability standards to donors; ensuring compliance with the code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
  • Participating in meetings, conferences, and retreats (travel may be required).


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree; Master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years’ nonprofit development experience (preferably in the area of arts and culture).
  • Strong leadership, written and verbal communication, organizational, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
  • Enthusiastic, high energy individual; someone who takes initiative, is creative.
  • Successful track record in soliciting major gifts from existing and new prospects.
  • Strong understanding of the philanthropic landscape in Northeast Ohio.
  • Donor database experience.
  • Effective public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of CAL.
  • Outgoing nature and willingness to engage directly with donors and stakeholders in the solicitation of gifts and to support the fundraising efforts of others.
  • Experience in virtual fundraising and using technology in an effective way with donors
  • Experience in organizing virtual special events

Salary & Benefits

  • Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including medical insurance, disability insurance, 403 b retirement plan, vacation and sick time.

Resume and cover letter only to: President & CEO, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, 10917 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106 or

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