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DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Job Description:

FCA is seeking a Deputy Director, reporting to the Executive Director. The Deputy Director's main responsibilities are to direct FCA's development efforts with individuals, foundations, and government agencies; to oversee all external communications; and manage several internal human resources functions. As a key liaison to FCA's Board of Directors, the Deputy Director will have a hand in organizational governance. The Deputy Director will partner with the Executive Director on strategy and finance, and will represent FCA in the Executive Director's absence.

Specifically, the Deputy Director develops and executes annual fund-raising strategies to meet stated financial objectives, including donor groups, major gifts, ongoing donor cultivation, and institutional and government grants, all in service to the FCA's mission. As FCA's primary fund-raising ambassador, the Deputy Director is responsible for identifying and cultivating individual and institutional prospects through research, conversations, emails, meetings, cultivation events, invitations to grantee performances and other FCA activities. A 3-year priority is to secure major gifts to meet a $1 million, 1:1 matching pledge from an FCA Director for all new and incremental gifts. S/he oversees and ensures the timely submission of all grant proposals, creates and oversees all direct-mail appeals, and plans and manages cultivation events. The Deputy Director also oversees FCA's external communications strategy, including all 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 Deputy Director leads the creation and ongoing management of FCA's annual operating budget and is involved with other finance matters, as well as strategic planning projects.

A full-time Development & Communications Assistant and a part-time intern currently report to the Deputy Director. An external grant-writer may also be added to the team in the short term.

The Deputy 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 Deputy Director engages with donors, prospective donors, foundation and government program officers, and artists, among other institutional stakeholders.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be a strategic fund-raiser with 7-9 years of prior arts administration or development experience, ideally including at least 2-3 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. Applicants should be ready to step into a broad, busy and responsible role. 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 in development at an arts & culture 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 ability to strategize and create plans and objectives consistent with institutional priorities and the capacity to implement said plans.
  • Donor/special events planning. (Gala planning/implementation experience is a great plus.)
  • An analytic mind and the ability to analyze and synthesize data for use in grant proposals and the like.
  • Hands-on fluency in key software platforms (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, FileMaker or other donor database software) and a willingness to master others (Constant Contact, CMS, Photoshop, InDesign, PowerPoint). Strong Excel skills are mandatory. QuickBooks training will be provided.
  • Experience with and a solid understanding of budgeting, financial statements, and financial modeling. A genuine affinity for spreadsheets and numbers.
  • Prior management experience is required.

Personal Attributes include:

  • Positive energy and a can-do attitude.
  • 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.
  • Technologically nimble.
  • 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. Flexible and responsive when unexpected projects and deadlines arise.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • Willingness and ability to work weekday evening donor events regularly (2-4x/month) and the occasional Saturday day trip or benefit exhibition (1-3x/year). One-on-one donor cultivation is expected, such as attending grantee performances with donors.
  • A high level of comfort with making financial asks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate and engage others; a warm and gracious personal style, and a sense of humor.

Education:

Bachelors' degree required.

Compensation:

A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience. Health and dental coverage are offered, along with a 401k matching plan.

To Apply:

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 “Deputy Director Search" to:

Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, Executive Director
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014
Email: info@contemporary-arts.org

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Job Description:

FCA is seeking a Program Assistant to work four days/week, reporting to the Program Manager. The Program Assistant provides administrative support to the Program Manager with regard to all aspects of FCA's grant-making activities throughout the year, from responding to general inquiries to the administration of each program's individual grant cycle. Responsibilities include: daily communication with artists (applicants, grantees, panelists, etc.) and the general public; processing and organizing incoming grant applications; database management; preparing applicant and nominee materials for grants meetings; aggregating grantee performances and exhibitions; promoting the work of FCA's grantees on its social media channels; responding to any inquiries about FCA's programs from prospective applicants; and other general administrative and reception duties (photocopying, faxing, mailings, answering phones/intercom, etc.)

Qualifications:

The applicant must currently be a working artist or have been a working artist in the past, or have been involved with the management of an arts organization or collective. Prior grant-making experience is not mandatory, but applicant should have 1-2 prior years' administrative experience, and have preferably worked with artists. Strong computer skills necessary (Excel, Word, Outlook, Photoshop, InDesign, FileMaker, PowerPoint). Must be focused, detail-oriented, and self-motivated, with strong verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills. Must have ability to work productively both independently and as a team in an open-office environment. Must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to complete projects on time. An interest in and/or knowledge of contemporary and experimental performance and visual arts is required.

Compensation:

The position is full-time, non-exempt four days/week. Compensation range: $25,000-$30,000 per year, commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

To Apply:

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 and resume, with the Subject Line “Program Assistant Search," to:

Alexander Thompson, Program Manager
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014

programs@contemporary-arts.org

Internships

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:

Internship Program
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014
Email: info@contemporary-arts.org