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 Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Position Title:  Development Director

Reports to:  Executive Director

Location:  Chicago with regular travel to Saugatuck, MI and region.

Position Status:  Regular, Full Time, Exempt


Position Summary

The Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency is currently seeking a Development Director to lead fundraising initiatives under the direction of the Executive Director. Working closely with the Executive Director, Director of Finance and Administration and members of the Board of Directors, the Development Director will develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan to raise vital funds in support of Ox-Bow’s programs, operations, scholarships, capital and endowment funds. 

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience managing patron, sponsor and foundation relationships; have a track-record of leading successful fundraising initiatives; have a history of leading effective campaigns in a cost and time efficient manner; and, have the capacity to innovate development approaches that reflect Ox-Bow’s mission, history and stakeholders. The right candidate has excellent communication skills and is capable of playing a key role in public relations for the organization, speaking fluently, authentically and passionately about Ox-Bow’s history, mission, impact and potential. The right candidate will be exceptional at motivating staff, board and donors in support of the organization and its fundraising efforts. 

The Development Director will be responsible for developing fundraising campaigns; fostering and managing relationships; communicating with current and prospective donors; building and leading a strong development team including contractors associated with fundraising initiatives; working with the development and fundraising board committee; and, compiling and furnishing quarterly development reports for the board of directors. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. 

The Development Director is focused on the growth of Ox-Bow and its capacity to execute its program, sustain its operations and deliver on its mission. 

This is a full time exempt position reporting to Ox-Bow’s Executive Director.

Development Director Responsibilities


· Develop long term funding strategy to support organizational growth working in collaboration with the Executive Director, Director of Finance and Administration and the Board of Directors

· Work to ensure that a development mindset is woven throughout the organization (Board committees, marketing and communications, program collaborations, events)

· Align development strategy and associated financial goals for the following:

· Special Events

· Annual Fund

· Corporate and Foundation Relations

· Grants

· Individual Patrons 

Special Initiatives

· Facilitate capital and special campaigns as needed

· Continue to identify and implement opportunities to build Ox-Bow’s endowment fund

Relationship Building/Communication

· Build relationships with the Board and Stewardship Committee

· Develop an active volunteer base in support of fund development efforts

· Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships

· Maintain ongoing communications with individual, foundation and corporate donors


· Research appropriate funding opportunities in alignment with program strategies

· Identify and articulate the necessary support materials to articulate Ox-Bow’s relevance to funders and the broader community 


· Work to align and manage priorities and objectives for, and assess the success of:

·  Annual fundraising campaign

· Donor recognition

· Events 

· Engagement of Board, staff and volunteers 

· Attend professional meetings and conferences as Ox-Bow’s representative, determined by agreement with the Executive Director

· Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders

· Collaborate with board, staff and volunteers in management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions

· Develop print marketing collateral related to fundraising in collaboration with our advertising department 

· Manage Ox-Bow’s development database so that it becomes an effective development tool.

· Oversee PT staff and contractors as determined with Executive Director with delegation of administration tasks (including grant writing and database management) and events coordination 

Education / Job Experience / Certification

· Bachelor degree (master preferred) in business administration, communications, public administration, nonprofit management, arts administration or related field

· Significant prior experience in arts non-profit fundraising

· Track record of foundation and major donor relationships

· Demonstrated success in grant writing

· Experience managing staff 

· Experience working directly with non-profit boards

Knowledge and Qualifications

· Proficient with Excel, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google suite of products

· Knowledge of fundraising database platforms

· Ability to work independently and across organizational silos with a strong attention to detail

· Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, ability to translate contemporary art and education to donors

· Highly organized and motivated


Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Art on the Meadow is a grant funded community program that offers a variety of art-making and studio experiences through short-term workshops for families, teens, and adults on Ox-Bow’s campus. Community driven courses are taught by working artists from Western Michigan and the greater Chicago area. We work to provide an intergenerational and accessible space for artists to cultivate new work and ideas, while connecting them to lasting creative resources in a rich, natural environment. 

Teaching artists from the West Michigan and the greater Chicago area are encouraged to submit workshop proposals to teach summer workshops at Ox-Bow during Summer 2020. 

We accept proposals on a rolling basis and are currently accepting proposals for the 2021 Summer Session. Our staff will begin reviewing proposals on December 1st.

Ox-bow has facilities to offer workshops in drawing, ceramics, papermaking, printmaking, metals, and glass, but will consider proposals in a variety of disciplines, including sound, fiber, collage, performance, sculpture, art history, photo, film, new media, writing, and interdisciplinary areas. To propose a workshop you will need the following information:

  • Faculty Name, email, phone number, website if available
  • CV, or Resume
  • Course Name
  • Preferred workshop dates
  • Length of workshop
  • Workshop Concepts and assignments 
  • Workshop Description (approximately 100 words)
  • Budget/Space/Equipment Information Ox-Bow has limited   technological resources; please submit a list of equipment needed for your course (if outside of standard equipment) and plans on how you might address those needs.
  • Not required but recommended—documentation of faculty and student work, may be in the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, jpg, gif, mp3, mp4, tiff, png, mov. If this is included, please note that the program will automatically alphabetize your files so please name them accordingly. Please provide a documentation list which indicates the artist (Self or Student), title if known, media, etc.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2020, Noon CST

This winter, Ox-Bow will award a limited number of partial merit scholarships.

  • All participants are eligible to apply. 
  • All scholarships are partial.
  • Winter courses can be taken for credit or non-credit. 
  • Participants will be notified about scholarship awards no later than Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • Those who receive a scholarship are able to register early for their course online.

  Additional Funding Options:

  •  Undergraduate and Graduate students from SAIC may be able to use their financial aid award toward tuition for courses at Ox-Bow. Please contact the SAIC Financial Aid Office for deadlines. SAIC Financial aid typically does not cover room & board or lab fees at Ox-Bow. Learn more through the SAIC's Student Financial Services office: 312.629.6600 or saic.sfs@saic.edu.

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