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Development Director

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is seeking experienced candidates for the position of Development Director.  The Development Director will work in collaboration with the CEO to establish and achieve fundraising goals for the programming and general operating needs of PPAC. The Development Director will also work with other development staff to achieve these goals through multiple initiatives including: membership, major gifts, grants, events and sponsorships. 

The ideal candidate will be someone who is experienced and passionate about the visual arts; enjoys working in a collaborative, and extremely fast paced environment within a growing organization.  The ideal candidate will be organized, able to work independently as well as with a team, self-motivated, extremely driven, articulate, sociable and posses the ability to lead and problem solve.

Major Activities

Reporting to and in collaboration with CEO:

  • Develop and execute PPAC’s annual fundraising plan
  • Researches, identifies and establishes new foundation and government funding streams.  Participates in prioritizing and planning for new funding opportunities.
  • Creates strategic goals and initiatives to ensure a significant base of unrestricted major donor support in order to successfully meet annual fund projections.
  • Directs and monitors database management and maintenance for efficiency and accuracy of donation and constituent processing.
  • Strengthen PPAC’s ability to raise major and planned gifts through formalized processes of prospect research, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
  • Represent PPAC to stakeholders and community-at-large.  Work to engage a large and diverse community in the mission and programs of PPAC.
  • Supervision of Development Associate who handles the annual appeal and membership programs

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree.  Master's degree, preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years fundraising/membership experience in the visual arts. 
  • Must have keen interest and knowledge of the visual arts.
  • Detail oriented with excellent organization and planning skills. 
  • Strong social, interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated drive and success in setting priorities and achieving goals. 
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills. 
  • Experience working with decision makers, board members and other volunteers. 
  • Excellent computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Experience with SalesForce is strongly preferred.
  • Must possess a strong work ethic, and be a motivated, enthusiastic team player that embraces the mission of the organization.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors, maintaining the highest degree of poise and professionalism.
  • Proven organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and produce high quality results.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the best practices in fundraising and current philanthropic trends.
  • Knowledge of the Philadelphia business and philanthropic community.

Competitive Benefits Include: Group health and dental insurance; short and long term disability, life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; and paid sick and vacation time. 

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region. The organization fulfills this mission by offering educational programs, photographic exhibitions, lectures by practicing artists, and affordable access to high-end digital equipment for the creation of photographs. PPAC is a resource for both practicing artists as well as individuals interested in learning about all aspects of contemporary photography. PPAC provides needed technical services and instruction and promotes the relationships and connections that will lead to a more vibrant photography community.

Education Level: 
Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred
To Apply

Send cover letter with resume, three writing samples, salary requirements and three references to Sarah Stolfa, CEO, at sarah.stolfa@philaphotoarts.org. Please put “Development Director” in the subject line and include writing samples and references as attachments.