Arts & Business Council,
06 August 2002, USA

The Organization The Arts & Business Council builds partnerships that enhance the management capacity of nonprofit arts organizations, while strengthening the consulting, management and leadership capabilities of business professionals through effective volunteerism. A&BC/Chicago assists over 300 arts groups in the metro Chicago area annually along with scores of additional groups across the country through its core programs Business Volunteers for the Arts(BVA)which recruits, develops and places experienced business professionals on probono management projects; The Arts Marketing Center, the nation s first comprehensive marketing resource for nonprofit arts groups, prepares them to better understand the marketplace in which they operate and to develop innovative and effective audience development plans; and OnBOARD, which addresses the leadership and governance needs of arts groups and their boards by recruiting, training and placing new board members and providing workshops for current board members and staff. A&BC also presents a popular series of Arts/Business Luncheon Forums to further our goal of linking the strengths of arts and business. A&BC accomplishes this on a budget of $1,000,000 of which 80% is contributed income. Responsibilities The Director of Development is responsible for a range of development activities, with primary focus on corporations, foundations, government, and an annual fundraising gala. The Director of Development will establish an annual giving program aimed at identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects. Other key responsibilities include staff support to the Board of Directors through his/her work with the Development, Finance, and Board Development committees; identifying new funding strategies in response to new and/or existing program needs as indicated by the Director of Programs and the Executive Director. Prospect research and donor relations are included in the position's accountabilities. The position reports to the Executive Director and manages a full-time Assistant Director of Development. Qualifications The candidate should have 5-10 years of progressive, comprehensive, development experience. The job requires an individual with previous management experience, excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, as well as being a self-starter who is exceptionally organized and can work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in working with board and committee members, high-level volunteers, corporate leaders and funders. S/he will be an articulate salesperson for the Arts & Business Council in varied settings and a history of interacting regularly and comfortably with business executives. Knowledge of the arts community is preferred. Computer proficiency with Word, Excel are essential. Salary Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits. (The Arts & Business Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer) (7/29/02)