BAC – Director

The Director of Development is responsible for designing and executing Brooklyn Arts Council’s fundraising and development initiatives. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director establishes priorities and objectives, creates fundraising strategies, identifies and profiles current and prospective individual, corporate, foundation, and government prospects, develops and cultivates positive relations with the Board of Directors, donors, and prospects, supervises fundraising and special events, and solicits and stewards major donors.

The ideal candidate would have at least seven years of experience in a similar capacity, an  excellent reputation with donors in the cultural sphere, a proven track record of meeting goals and expanding support, strong management and communication skills, attention to detail, knowledge of and passion for the arts and BAC’s mission.

Responsibilities Fall Into Three Key Areas:

Development Management
  • Develop and implement annual fundraising plan, in coordination with Executive Director, to meet annual operating budget expenses
  • Create and implement plans to diversify and expand BAC’s donor base with assistance from Executive Director and Development Associate.
  • Oversee applications for discretionary funding from elected officials and assist Executive Director in stewardship and reporting
  • Oversee management of government contracts for most city, state and federal funds, including application and reporting
  • Supervise general development office administration, including maintenance of donor records and development calendar; division of labor with Development Associate and interns for proposals, reports, and acknowledgements
  • Oversee recruitment and supervision of Development Associate and interns
  • Participate in staff committees managing programmatic initiatives, bringing a fundraising/development lens to program development discussions
Relationship Development
  • Research corporate, foundation, and government funding sources with assistance from Development Associate and interns
  • With Executive Director, cultivate new institutional and individual giving prospects
  • With Executive Director, build and maintain relationships with corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors
  • Write grant proposals, reports, and acknowledgements with assistance from Development Associate and interns
  • Oversee applications for discretionary funding from elected officials and assist Executive Director in stewardship and reporting
  • Oversee management of government contracts for most state and federal funds,
  • Assist Executive Director and Operations Director in Board development
  • Participate in Fundraising Committee of the Board of Directors
Events & Donor Recognition
  • Develop and implement fundraising events, working with Development Associate, staff and board/volunteer committees
  • Supervise fulfillment of donor benefits and recognition, i.e. credits in marketing materials, acknowledgement at events, etc.



  • Master’s degree in related field preferred

  • Minimum of 7 years development or related experience

  • Demonstrated success with fundraising via institutional giving, events and individual donors

  • Strong knowledge of NYC philanthropic and cultural communities

  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills required

  • Tech savvy

  • Facility with budgets


Salary and Benefits:
The Development Director is a salaried exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience, plus health benefits.


To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, salary history, one writing sample and two references to:

Please include “Development Director” and your full name in the subject line.

No calls or faxes.  Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application promptly. Applications accepted until position is filled.

BAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and strives to build a staff and board that reflect the cultural diversity of New York, the constituencies and neighborhoods BAC serves.


About Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) supports and connects Brooklyn's arts community through programs and services for artists, cultural organizations, and residents of all backgrounds and ages. Brooklyn's cultural anchor since 1966, BAC has also been the catalyst helping the arts community grow. We give grants, present arts events, train artists, teach kids, incubate new projects and promote the arts across Brooklyn.