Director of Development


Director of Development

About 18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center (18SAC) is a hub for artistic innovation that actively nurtures the work of contemporary artists from all disciplines at various career stages. Through their multi-tiered residency program, 18SAC supports artistic creation, innovation, collaboration, and growth. They fulfill their mission through two key programs: 1) a Residency Program that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue, and 2) a Public Program that engages the public through exhibitions with supporting events and publications. 18SAC is one of the largest artist residency centers in the nation, hosting 30+ visual and performing artists from the US and abroad, and 60 LA artists with affordable studio space annually. 18SAC is also home to several arts organizations, which add to the vibrancy of the arts center.

18SAC is committed to supporting artists who empower others, make equitable places of community and reimagine oppressive structures. We honor solidarity with the marginalized and disenfranchised, and work to center traditionally decentered voices with a sense of humility. 18SAC was founded in 1988 on the belief that diversity is our greatest strength as a nation. We began with a diverse group of artists seeking to create an active, multicultural, brave space for artistic exploration. Many of our founding artists were engaged in dismantling various manifestations of oppression. Thirty years later, these values remain central to our core. As an international residency center, 18SAC believes that racial, cultural, ethnic, gender, ability, sexual and language diversity in its program offerings, leadership, staff, and artists leads to greater community wellbeing and a more just, peaceful world.

About The Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead 18SAC fund development efforts, working collaboratively with donors and the Board of Directors. This position is a prominent and dynamic role for a person who is passionate about developing and executing strategies for individual giving. The Director of Development will hold a pivotal role in shaping the annual fundraising budget, crafting insightful reports to guide future fundraising strategies, and enhancing the donor acknowledgment program. Through a comprehensive approach, the Director of Development will identify and steward a diverse range of individual donors, including esteemed board members and committed supporters of 18SAC.

Core Responsibilities

Fundraising Strategy

• Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a diverse base of individual donors, including board members, alumni, parents and families, and friends of 18SAC.
• Partnering with the Executive Director, develops and oversees the creation and execution of an annual development plan to meet annual organizational goals, currently set at $200K.
• Works with the Director of Finance to study and monitor giving trends, measure effectiveness of campaigns, and oversee the budget for general department activities.
• Oversees the donor acknowledgment program, with an eye toward improving the process.
• Organizes and implements small in-person donor cultivation events to deepen relationships with prospective donors.
• Manages and improves donor data and reporting using the CRM (NationBuilder).

Organizational Leadership

• Working collaboratively with executive team, provides appropriate support and materials for agency staff to be actively engaged in development strategies and activities, as well as providing internal fundraising strategies.
• Works in partnership with programming team to ensure that donor materials are conveyed appropriately to meet stewardship strategies.
• Attends Board meetings as necessary and provides Executive Director with income and Board giving information, as requested.
• Works with Executive Director to develop and maintain active and consistent relationship management with Board of Directors, supporting Board-driven cultivation and fundraising events.
• Supports and coaches internal team in professional development, including development policies among all staff.


• 3 years of progressive experience as a fundraising leader.
• Demonstrated skill in developing and implementing strategies for solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of individuals and prospective board members.
• Proven superior customer service skills with internal and external audiences.
• Proven experience working as a collaborative leader in a supportive capacity fostering a healthy, balanced work culture and sustainable business practices.
• Demonstrated ability to work with non-profit boards and oversee board governance.
• Passion for Los Angeles and the Arts sector.
• Current software requirements: CRM or database software fluency (ideally NationBuilder), Google Business Suite, Smartsheet, or similar project management software.
• Basic understanding of Adobe Creative Suite, Google Analytics fluency, and Eventbrite, and fluency with social media marketing and insights (Facebook Ads, Google Display Ads, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) are a plus.

Nice-To-Have (but not required)

• Experience working on endowment and/or capital campaigns
• Multi-lingual

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $90,000.  18th Street Arts Center offers a hybrid work schedule with an office located in Santa Monica. They offer their staff and a generous benefits package: medical, dental, and a simple IRA plan with an employer match after 90 days, annual PTO of 2 weeks paid vacation days, paid federal holidays, sick leave, and office closure in late December.

18th Street Arts Center is committed to sustainability, both in making business decisions and maintaining a healthy work-life balance for its employees. 18th Street Arts Center utilizes both onsite/in-person and remote work for all employees.

18th Street Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. They welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

18SAC is based in Santa Monica, CA. More information here: www.18thstreet.org

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Envision Consulting was retained by 18th Street Arts Center to conduct the search for their incoming Director of Development.

To apply: https://apptrkr.com/4620172

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Expires: 2024-03-20


18th Street Arts Center


Southern CA


Santa Monica, CA 90404




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