Founded by artists Jasper Johns and John Cage in 1963, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) mission is to encourage, sponsor, and promote contemporary visual and performance arts. Through a nomination process, individual artists and collective groups working in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts are awarded unrestricted grants for projects of their own choosing. A fund is also maintained to help artists with unexpected emergencies. Since FCA's inception, over 3,000 grants to artists and arts organizations—totaling over $13 million—have provided opportunities for creative exploration and development. FCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity and raises funds through the sale of artwork donated by visual artists for periodic benefit exhibitions and through contributions from individuals and foundations.
FCA is seeking an Associate Director, reporting to and serving as deputy to the Executive Director. The Associate Director's main responsibilities are to direct FCA's development efforts with individuals, foundations, and government agencies, and to oversee all external communications. The Associate Director partners with the Executive Director on strategy and finance.
Specifically, the Associate Director develops and executes annual strategies to meet stated fund-raising objectives, including targeted special events, tiered donor membership programs, and institutional and government grants, all in service to the FCA's mission. As FCA's primary fund-raising ambassador, the Associate Director is responsible for identifying and cultivating individual and institutional prospects through research, conversations, emails, meetings, and invitations to grantee performances and other FCA activities. S/he also oversees and ensures the timely submission of all grant proposals, creates and oversees all direct-mail appeals, and plans and manages a variety of cultivation events. The Associate Director also oversees all external communications to press, donors, prospects, artists, grantees, and other constituents through press releases, e-newsletters and blasts, and FCA's website and social media channels. The Associate Director partners with the Executive Director on the creation and management of FCA's annual budget and other finance matters, as well as strategic planning projects.
A full-time Development & Communications Assistant and a part-time intern currently report to the Associate Director.
The Associate Director is expected to communicate directly with the FCA's Board of Directors as appropriate and work to develop productive and positive professional relationships with the Directors over time. The Associate Director also interacts with donors, prospective donors, foundation and government program officers, and artists, among other institutional stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be a strategic fund-raiser with 7-9 years of prior arts administration or development experience including at least 4 years in individual giving, and a deep knowledge of major arts philanthropists and the arts philanthropy landscape. Specifically, s/he will have demonstrated success as a front-line development officer in New York City. The successful candidate will understand and have instituted best practices in development while still maintaining a nimbleness and an entrepreneurial spirit. Additionally, the successful candidate will already possess a genuine interest in contemporary and experimental visual art and/or performance.
Professional experience includes:
- A measurable record of accomplishment of accomplishment in development at an arts non-profit or institution. Experience in both individual and institutional giving is desired.
- Prior New York City development experience is required. Knowledge of the local and national arts philanthropy and art collecting communities is strongly preferred.
- Proven analytical and strategic ability to create plans and objectives consistent with institutional priorities and the capacity to implement said plans.
- Donor event planning. Gala planning/implementation experience is a great plus.
- Fluency in key software platforms (Excel, Word, Outlook, PhotoShop, InDesign, FileMaker or other donor database software, PowerPoint, website CMS). QuickBooks training will be provided.
- A sophisticated understanding of budgeting, financial statements, and financial modeling is mandatory.
- Prior management experience is required.
Personal Attributes include:
- Able to work productively both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, and work productively in an open-office environment.
- Adept at working internally as well as externally with keen judgment, maturity, and discretion.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
- A high level of attention to all manner of details.
- Self-motivated and focused. Excellent organizational, time-management, and follow-up skills. Must be able to prioritize workload, handle multiple tasks under pressure, and complete projects on time.
- A strong work ethic, and a willingness and ability to work weekday evening donor events regularly, and the occasional Saturday event.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate and engage others; a warm personal style, and a sense of humor.
- Positive energy and a can-do attitude.
Bachelors' degree required.
A competitive compensation package will be offered, commensurate with experience.
No phone inquiries, please. We regret we are unable to respond individually to each applicant. We are only able respond to candidates being considered for interviews.
FCA is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state, or local laws, in the administration of its employment policy.
Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements with the Subject Line “Associate Director Search" to:
Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, Executive Director
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014
FCA offers semester-long and summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students. Given the small size of the FCA staff, interns are given meaningful projects that provide an in-depth exposure to a nonprofit arts organization.
Semester-long interns are asked to make a two day minimum weekly commitment for a minimum of twelve weeks. Summer interns are asked to make a full-time commitment for a minimum of ten weeks. FCA is pleased to offer a stipend to semester and summer interns.
Selection is made on the basis of the applicant's interest in contemporary art, performance, music, and dance and/or the applicant's interest in fund-raising and development, and the desire to have a meaningful work experience. Applicants should be responsible, organized, motivated and detail oriented individuals with good writing skills, computer skills and a professional phone manner.
The application process is ongoing. Summer interns must apply by March 15 to be considered. Academic semester interns may apply at any time. To apply please email a resume and cover letter detailing how your background and coursework will contribute as well as what you wish to gain from the internship to:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014