Director of Development

Director of Development

Director of Development

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

New York, NY

Founded in 1973 as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. LMCC seeks a permanent full-time Director of Development. The Director of Development co-leads the Institutional Advancement department with the Director of Communications & Marketing and is a key member of LMCC’s senior staff. The Director of Development is responsible for raising approx. 98% of LMCC’s annual budget and oversees the planning and implementation of all development efforts. They serve as a main point of contact to LMCC’s Board of Directors and support leadership in all aspects of Board development. The Director of Development is also responsible for setting and managing long-term fundraising goals, including a current capital campaign, and identifying new strategies to support organizational stability and revenue growth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sets income strategy for each fiscal year and targets existing and new donor prospects, regularly tracking overall progress to staff leadership and the Board of Directors
  • Oversees approx. $6M in annual contributed income ($3.5M towards LMCC’s general operations, $1.5M in regranting funds, and $1M in in-kind support)
  • Works with leadership to identify and cultivate prospective new revenue sources for scalable growth
  • Oversees weekly income processing, donor acknowledgements, and maintenance of records database (Salesforce)
  • Oversees retention, maintenance, and management of past materials, including proposals and grant agreements
  • Works closely with leadership and the Board Chair to plan and execute Board meetings
  • Attend Board meetings (3 times a year) and provide reports on fundraising initiatives and progress
  • Works with leadership, the Board chair and the nominating committee to identify prospective Board members, and develop strategies to increase support and engagement amongst existing Board members
  • Supervises and supports Board committees – particularly executive, nominating, institutional advancement, and benefit – including setting annual activity goals and providing Board members with necessary materials and tools to accomplish such goals
  • Works with leadership, the Board Chair, and development staff to develop and implement a strategy for the Annual Board Appeal
  • Oversees the development assistant to support meeting scheduling and maintenance of Board files
  • Oversees a grants manager to track deadlines and develop proposals and reports for new and existing corporate, government, and foundation sources each fiscal year
  • Serves as a lead point of contact with new and existing institutional funders and oversees all communications and correspondence
  • In collaboration with Director of Communications & Marketing, develops corporate sponsorship pitch decks and implements appropriate sponsorship recognition benefits
  • Oversees strategy for engaging major donors in LMCC, reviews and develops existing individual giving program models: Producers Circle and Friends of LMCC
  • Oversees annual donor appeals and other donor engagement strategies
  • Works closely with the Director of Communications & Marketing to draft strategy for handling communications for stakeholder recognition events and fundraising appeals
  • Leads the conception, planning, and fundraising strategy for LMCC’s annual gala, The Downtown Dinner, ensuring achievement of fundraising goals
  • Supervises the development team in the execution of all public, fundraising, and donor cultivation events
  • Supervises project evaluation, event reporting, and donor/stakeholder acknowledgement
  • In collaboration with leadership and/or a campaign consultant, design and implement a comprehensive plan for a second phase of the capital campaign for The Arts Center at Governors Island, including developing a building reserve fund and other potential areas of support:
  • Ensures department operates within established financial guidelines
  • Ensures budget dollars are used responsibly and introduces innovative ways to reduce costs
  • Works with Board, leadership, and senior staff to strategize and integrate departmental activities into the organization’s strategic mission and monitors progress towards these goals
  • Assures appropriate staffing to support the development department
  • Promotes employee satisfaction and takes necessary action to maintain a productive and motivated staff
  • Works with others toward shared goals and communicates effectively and efficiently with all staff concerning relevant matters

Working Conditions: 

  • Maintains standard office hours. Attends evening, weekend, and early morning meetings and evening functions as required.
  • The Director of Development reports to President and supervises Grants Manager, Individual Giving & Special Events Manager, Development Assistant and Interns

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. To learn more about LMCC, visit

  • Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration, Nonprofit Management, or related fields
    • 5 years’ experience leading a development function in a supervisory role
    • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
    • Experience working with a fundraising database required, Salesforce experience a plus
    • Experience using Mailchimp, EventBrite, iWave and project-management tools such as Asana a plus
    • Demonstrated success cultivating relationships with donors and prospects, as well as soliciting gifts
    • Demonstrated skills and experience in designing and implementing successful strategies for seeking, obtaining, and stewarding major gifts from institutional and individual sources
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Excellent writing skills with the ability to convey a clear, concise, persuasive message
    • Strong organizational skills and attentiveness to detail
    • Ability to multi-task and manage more than one project at a time
    • Eagerness to be an active participant in and meaningful contributor to LMCC’s ongoing work in equity, diversity, and inclusion and apply DEAI principles to scope of work.
    • Strong interest and/or knowledge of the diverse artistic disciplines LMCC presents and communities we serve.
  • To Apply: Please e-mail your application, stating how you heard about the position and your qualifications to Rajia Sultana, Finance & HR Manager at jobs[at] Please title the email “Director of Development: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls please. Additionally, please provide no more than 2-3 writing samples along with a resume and cover letter. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Salary range for this position is $90,000- $100,000, also includes an attractive benefits package.

  • 08/31/2022
  • Senior-Level | Full-time
  • Museum | Arts Organization | Performing Arts
  • Other
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
  • 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
  • New York
  • NY
  • 10038
  • Rajia Sultana
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