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For 27 years, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas (“Arts & Ideas”) has inspired and delighted audiences with an annual program of over 200 performing arts and humanities events year-round, at least 80% of which are free.
Focused events in June range from world and nationally-renowned speakers sharing the stage with critical local voices for discussions on democracy, to jazz concerts, theatrical performances, dance; takeout mixology classes; bike and walking tours; and live, individual performances by local on-call artists on front lawns and sidewalks throughout the area.
Year-round programs include special town-hall events, a fellowship program for youth, planning and implementing mini-festivals in New Haven’s culturally-rich neighborhoods, participation in the NEA Big Read, and our annual Visionary Leadership Award program.
The Director of Development will lead Arts & Ideas contributed revenue strategies and implementation, collaborating with the board and staff to increase annual philanthropic support from individuals, sponsors, foundations, and government agencies while also focusing on future endowment and planned giving initiatives. A particular area of focus will be the growth and stewardship of Major Gifts. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will be an active member of the Arts & Ideas leadership team and will work closely with the board of directors and the Development Committee in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. The Director of Development will be charged with the creation and implementation of a strategic development plan that leverages Arts & Ideas success and role in the community to increase contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Director of Development will provide guidance to the development team of three, including the Development Manager, Corporate Giving Manager, and contracted Grant Writer to ensure a seamless and high performing advancement operation for Arts & Ideas.
Qualified candidates will have at least five years of senior development and fundraising experience with demonstrated success securing six-figure major individual and legacy gifts, as well as corporate, foundation, and government support. An experienced and successful fundraiser, this individual will have a proven ability to achieve contributed revenue goals while being cognizant of best practices, trends, and innovations in the development arena. Candidates will also have depth and breadth of knowledge in strategic advancement, membership programs, annual fund giving, and prospect research. Leading candidates will be technologically savvy and possess knowledge of and interest in emerging trends in securing philanthropic support. The Director of Development will be A strong relationship builder who engenders confidence and trust with executives, peers, prospects, donors, and board members. Evidence of significant, substantial, and increasing responsibility in a senior development role within an entrepreneurial, cultural, higher education, and/or social action organization are required. Candidates must also demonstrate strong written, verbal, and presentation skills with proven effectiveness in building partnerships and community relationships with racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse groups and individuals, as well as with corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Multilingual candidates are appreciated.
Additional Salary Information: Arts & Ideas offers competitive compensation with employee benefits that include the choice between two medical insurance plans (one plan covers 100% of the premium of dependents under the age of 26), dental benefits, life insurance, short/long term disability insurance, paid parental and bereavement leave, paid time off, 403 (b) savings plan with immediately vesting employer match, parking/transit account plan, and flexible spending account plan, among others.
About International Festival of Arts & Ideas
The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven of the highest quality with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience, celebrating and building community, and advancing economic development.