The Durango Arts Center (DAC) seeks an outstanding, innovative and dynamic fundraising professional for the position of Director of Development (DD). Working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, the DD supports DAC’s success by engaging current and potential supporters in managing a diversity of fundraising initiatives. The DD must have the ability to conceive, assemble and manage DAC’s fundraising scope from beginning to end.

DAC, a decades old nonprofit arts organization, receives no major public funding for operations. Therefore, the DD candidate must have achieved results in revenue generation for a non-profit organization, including such activities as grant writing, special events, devising innovative cultivation opportunities and building internal and external relationships. He or she will act as the staff liaison to the Fundraising Committee to support DAC’s major events. The DD also leads sponsorship acquisition and provides team support to the coordination of the Durango Autumn Arts Festival.

DAC’s 2017 fiscal budget is $740,000 with 63% cultivated through earned revenues: rentals, registration fees, artwork sales, bar, performance and event admissions. The DD is responsible for a strategic fundraising plan to account for generating approximately $182,000 of contributed income through foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, private donor gifts and annual giving campaigns, including Colorado Gives Day. The DD also provides strategic guidance and support to the success of DAC’s membership program, which contributes over $60,000 in contributions annually.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working for a nonprofit, preferably an arts organization in the activity of generating revenues. He or she will have graduated from an accredited 4-year college, or equivalent in training and work experience that equates to an advance degree.

* Highly organized, detail oriented, results-driven and able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Experience in creating a strategic approach for nonprofit fundraising with built-in assessments to determine progress and success.

* Proven achievement in multiple aspects of generating revenue, including annual fund campaigns, grants, major gifts and in-kind support.

* Strong leadership and interpersonal skills; able to work productively with fellow colleagues or independently.

* A genuine interest and enthusiasm for the arts (visual and performing).

* Outstanding communications skills, both written and oral.

* Experience working with volunteer boards and volunteers who may assist in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of gifts.

* Experience in coordinating events for cultivation and donor appreciation.

* Willingness to spend time outside of the office environment in order to interact with relevant individuals and groups who are instrumental in the development process.

* A self-starter with the ability to initiate and follow through on new projects.

* Proficiency in email communications and a mastery of Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) or the equivalent is required. Familiarity with email marketing platforms (i.e., Mail chimp) is highly preferred.

* Extensive experience in database management with the intention of sourcing and tracking donor prospects. DAC currently uses Art Center Canvas as donor management software.

The Durango Arts Center is a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization located in Southwest Colorado that enriches the community through innovative visual and performing art, and arts education. DAC advances appreciation and participation in the arts as a cultural leader in the region. Annually, DAC coordinates over 80 community events, such as exhibit receptions, theatre performances, artist lectures, film screenings and the region’s largest outdoor fine arts and fine craft showcase, the Durango Autumn Arts Festival, which welcomes over 7,000 guests to downtown Durango. The exhibits and artist services program engages over 500 visual and performing artists, and DAC education enrolls an average of 1,300 children, youth and adults. DAC presents 4-5 theatre productions annually to 5,000 patrons, and the theater serves an event venue to over 60 organizations businesses. Learn more about our programs, services and events at

Durango is one of those special places: a small mountain town (population approx. 16,000) located within a unique tri-city county (population approx. 50,000) on the banks of the Animas River, with a vibrant community and access to countless sports and activities. In fact, Durango was recently named the top “micropolitan” town in America.

Tourists are drawn by nearby Mesa Verde National Park, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway and Purgatory Ski Resort, but those of us who make our home here know there’s so much more to appreciate. What we lack in shopping malls and freeways, we make up for with the genuine friendliness of the people, the lively arts and music scene, the world-class restaurants, the strong ranching and farming heritage of the area, the excellent schools and library and medical care, etc. And for the outdoor enthusiast, the opportunities are endless: fly fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, downhill and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, 4-wheeling, and much more.

The La Plata County Economic Development Alliance produced a series of videos that explore aspects of the Durango and La Plata County lifestyle:


Organization/Company: Durango Arts Center
Location: Durango, CO
Deadline: May 1, 2017
How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following via email, preferably in a single PDF file titled: Last Name_First Name_Development. Submit to ATTN: Cristie Scott, Executive Director, with the subject line Development / Your Name.

*Cover letter (1 page max)
*Resume or curriculum vitae (2 pages max)
*Writing sample of a grant narrative requesting support for an arts program (see info below)
*Up to three professional references

Must be submitted with initial application materials of resume, cover letter and references, or candidate will not be considered for interview.

The following task is requested as an example of writing ability for the purpose of funds development (i.e., grant). Emphasis will not be so much on accuracy of information included in your narrative, rather your skill level for establishing a compelling need for funding.

Grantor: Foundation (private)
Program seeking support: Girls’ Opportunities through Arts and Leadership (GOAL). The request can be for scholarships or general program support. More information about GOAL can be found on our website here:

Max page length: 2 pages

Please submit your writing sample along with all application materials, preferably in a single PDF, file titled: Last Name_First Name_Development.