Director of Development

Director of Development

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The Center For Cultural Power
January 12, 2023
Remote position. We are a CA-based organization, this individual will be expected to work on PST.
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Lindsey Bourne


Employment Status: Full-Time Exempt Employee (40 hours per week)

Compensation: $130-140k, determined by organizational equity, experience, and qualifications.

Start Date: March 2023

Reports To: Chief Development and Operations Officer (CDOO)

The Center for Cultural Power (Cultural Power) is a women of color, artist-led organization inspiring artists and culture makers to imagine a world where power is distributed equitably and where we live in harmony with nature. We support artists through fellowships, training, and opportunities for activation. We create intersectional stories and content addressing issues of immigration, climate, gender, and racial justice. We engage movement groups in cultural strategy and organize artists around issues that inspire them. Together with allies, we are co-creating a field of cultural strategy with organizations and practitioners through convenings, design teams, and strategy tables. Our website has more about the organization and our team.

Our staff and board align around the following organizational values:

  • Trust
  • Collaboration
  • Care
  • Learning
  • Inspiration

About The Cultural Engagement Lab (CEL)

We also have a sister organization, called The Cultural Engagement Lab (CEL), which is a 501(c)(4) organization that organizes a powerful network of seasoned artists and culture makers from impacted communities to lend their storytelling talents to meaningful advocacy, electoral, and civic engagement efforts. You can visit CEL’s website to learn more about this body of work and what we accomplished during the 2020 election year. 

Position Overview 

Cultural Power is looking for a passionate and growth-oriented Director of Development to join our team and lead our fundraising efforts as one of Cultural Power’s frontline fundraisers and as a member of the leadership team. The Director of Development will work closely with the Chief Development and Operations Officer and the executive team to shape and implement an effective fundraising strategy, with a particular focus on growing new institutional, earned revenue and corporate partnerships, as well as sustaining our success to date in securing foundation and local government support, as we grow our budget in 2023 and beyond. The Director of Development will build strong relationships with our leadership team, staff, and current and prospective donors, drawing on excellent interpersonal skills and a deep commitment to our mission. TheDirector of Development will report to the Chief Development and Operations Officer and will manage the Institutional Giving Officer and the Development Associate.

This is a role for a person with a passion for resourcing nonprofit organizations with transformational funding opportunities, the arts, equity and inclusion, and a commitment to social justice, with the skills to translate these values into dynamic relationships. 

The Director of Development will regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment in performing the following key areas of expertise and mastery:

  • Managing a high volume of details with ease.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Building and maintaining efficient organizational systems.
  • Displaying cultural knowledge and sensitivities while relationship building across different demographic groups.
  • Organizing, prioritizing and managing multiple projects, including creating specific timelines and goals.
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices, including prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and an eagerness to leverage your experience in a nonprofit setting.
  • Knowledge of funder engagement through touchpoints, strategic communications, briefings and events.
  • Building relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including institutional and external supporters.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or a similar donor database and comfort with creating and analyzing fundraising reports, as well as conducting analysis and making data-driven decisions.
  • Ability to prepare budgets and strong financial literacy skills.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions. 
  • Ability to write reports that distill complex information into exciting reports.

Your Responsibilities:


  • Collaborate with the CDOO and VP to strategize, implement and update a multi-year development strategy that will grow Cultural Power’s financial resources and visibility, partnering with key staff as needed to define key goals, benchmarks, and opportunities.
  • Contribute to fundraising strategy and identify corporate and institutional prospects for cultivation and solicitation.
  • Manage a portfolio of 30-50 institutional funders, moving relationships through the pipeline and soliciting multi-year donations of $500K or more.
  • Collaborate across teams to produce high quality funder briefings and provide input and presence at fundraising events.
  • Work in collaboration with Cultural Power staff and grant writing consultants to produce grant proposals and reports, with key input from the CDOO, VP and programmatic staff. 
  • In accordance with grant requirements and organizational best practices, create budgets and financial reports for all grants in thematic areas.
  • Collaborate with CDOO to equip Cultural Power staff and Board members with the tools they need to participate in ongoing donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Leadership & Management

  • Manage Institutional Giving Officer and Development Associate providing appropriate performance management and identifying professional development opportunities.
  • Serve as a thought-partner and strategist as part of Culture Power’s Leadership Team, with the CDOO and VP, and play a key role in shaping our growth trajectory
  •  As needed, refine Culture Power’s development systems and infrastructure.


  • Oversee development and execution of organizational collateral such as End of Year reporting, informational two-pagers, and web-based communications.
  • Collaborate with Communications staff to create external facing communications strategy and assets, in collaboration with staff across the organization.
  • Work closely with development program staff and Communications to produce quarterly funder newsletters and updates. 
  • Identify philanthropic conferences and other opportunities to introduce Cultural Power to new and diverse funding audiences.


  • High level of cultural fluency, experience working with BIPOC communities and/or organizations, and a commitment to equity and ownership of responsibilities.
  • 7-10 years of professional fundraising experience, with increasing leadership responsibility, including at least 5 years in advancement and/or nonprofit fundraising.
  • Experience leading and managing Development Teams. 
  • Experience identifying and closing new funder relationships independently.
  • Experience building fundraising plans, cultivating and securing multi-year institutional grants of $500k+, and managing the stewardship process for a portfolio of donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team management skills. 
  • Strong project management skills and ability to maintain high-level focus, delegating tasks while keeping momentum on projects. 
  • Exceptional ability to prioritize - both in your individual workflow and in managing the team’s focus - within an expanding pipeline and complex body of work. 
  • Cultural fluency and direct experience working with BIPOC communities. 
  • Excellent management skills and attention to detail, with demonstrated experience prioritizing competing projects and multi-tasking across a broad spectrum of collaborators, working remotely.
  • Experience managing diverse staff and providing guidance and expertise to enhance the skill set of direct reports.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate a vision confidently in a way that motivates others.
  • A solutions-oriented approach to the work creates cohesion in teams.

How To Apply

Compensation & Benefits

The position is full-time with a salary range of $130,000 - $140,000, determined by organizational equity, experience, and qualifications. We offer a generous benefits package including full medical, dental, vision (100% company paid for employee & 80% contribution towards dependent premiums), life, long-term disability, flex spending accounts, $100 monthly stipend to support cell phone/wifi expenses, and a 401k plan with 3% employer contribution (regardless of employee contribution); generous vacation, office closures, sick leave, bereavement leave, Covid leave, sabbatical policy, and paid holidays. We also offer ample flexibility as a permanently remote workplace.

To apply, please send the following to with Director of Development in the subject line: 

  1. A cover letter outlining why you are interested in working for Cultural Power and your relevant professional experience.
  2. Your resume.
  3.  A writing sample of both a grant report and proposal of which you were the primary author 
  4. A list of three professional references. Two or more of these references must be previous or current supervisors.

All applications will be acknowledged, but only complete applications will be reviewed. The application deadline is January 20th, with the goal of having someone start in March 2023.

Cultural Power supports artists and culture makers whose voices are most needed to transform the status quo towards a more just and inclusive future. This includes artists and cultural workers of color, Black artists, Indigenous artists, migrant artists, artists with disabilities, queer artists, transgender, and nonbinary artists, and women of color-identified artists. As such, we strongly encourage individuals from these communities to apply. We are committed to the collective work and intentional investment necessary to move in the direction of equity and inclusion consistently. Cultural Power is an at-will employer.

We look forward to hearing from you!