Development and Communications Manager

Position Description

Who We Are:

Art Enables is an art gallery and vocational arts program dedicated to creating opportunities for adult artists with disabilities to create, market, and earn income from their original work while building the skills, relationships, and experiences necessary for a successful career in the arts. We offer our artists the studio space, materials, and marketing support they need to develop and succeed as professionals. We envision a world where artists with disabilities can discover their creativity, showcase and market their work, and achieve professional success and a sense of self-determination without boundaries or barriers. 

Position Overview:

The Development and Communications Manager is a new role on the Art Enables team and will be responsible for bringing both structure and imagination to our growing number of fundraising and communications activities. This role is both strategic and tactical, requiring the ability to think big while minding all the details. The Development and Communications Manager must be a savvy project manager who is comfortable juggling multiple projects for different people on different timelines. This role will report to and work closely with the Executive Director (ED) on all projects, in addition to partnering with other staff to coordinate organizational storytelling.

Attributes of Competitive Candidates:

Competitive candidates will have at least 3-7 years of nonprofit development experience and enjoy working on small teams whose members all wear many hats. They must be considerate listeners and believe everyone has an important story to tell. They must readily connect the dots between fundraising, communications, and programs, and they must inspire their colleagues to see those connections as well. They must appreciate structure and systems and believe they make the work easier and better. They must value anecdotes and numbers in equal measure.



Devise and Update Development Strategy

  • ● Work closely with the Executive Director (ED) to update existing development plan to accomplish organizational goals as they evolve
  • ● Identify suspected revenue gaps and provide input on tactics to generate new leads

Project Manage Fundraising Annual Philanthropic Revenue Goal

  • ● Ensure a continuously robust opportunity pipeline big enough to hit growing annual revenue goals by actively managing individual, foundation, and corporate prospects and current donors
  • ● Research and design the moves management plans for all donors
  • ● Research and design appeals and special campaigns
  • ● Project manage the Executive Director’s (ED) fundraising work, directing where and how best to spend his time and efforts on weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis
  • ● Lead all grant writing and reporting

Manage Development Operations and Revenue Tracking

  • ● Conduct weekly gift processing and acknowledgement letter mail merges
  • ● Spearhead data input and ensure data integrity and accuracy in all records and reports in Salesforce, Art Enables’ CRM
  • ● Routinely update how-to documentation to codify and safeguard systems 

Oversee Consistent and Creative Donor Stewardship

  • ● Manage the execution of Art Enables’ donor stewardship plan
  • ● Think creatively about the donor stewardship plan and update it annually with new and meaningful ways to connect donors and foster a sense of community 


Develop and Share Art Enables’ Organizational Messaging and Stories

  • ● Work with team members to collect, organize, and share compelling stories from Art Enables’ artists and programming
  • ● Develop creative and mission-centric fundraising messaging that articulates the special role of Art Enables in the arts and vocational training spaces, as well as its impact on participating artists and the community
  • ● Prepare all donor cultivation and solicitation materials by adapting messaging as needed relative to donors’ particular interests and specific history with Art Enables

Organize and Execute External Organizational Communications

  • ● Work with ED to develop a communications calendar, content plan, and design and approval process that covers all social media and online and offline communications
  • ● Lead initial drafting and design of all external communications and collateral
  • ● Execute sending email communications and posting social media

Skills and Requirements to Foster Success

  • ● At least 3-7 years experience in nonprofit development
  • ● Experience with donor CRMs, especially Salesforce
  • ● Experience with MailChimp, Canva, Google products, Microsoft Office
  • ● Experience working from, and preferably writing, a development plan
  • ● Comfort working with individuals with disabilities
  • ● A genuine interest in and enthusiasm for art, and specifically folk art
  • ● Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends

Compensation and Benefits

  • ● Compensation commensurate with experience
  • ● Two weeks paid time off
  • ● All federal holidays off
  • ● Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • ● Employer matched 403b retirement plan

To Apply

Candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to