Senior Development Officer: Cultural Data Project

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 9:37 am.

The Cultural Data Project (CDP) is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower the nonprofit arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact. We accomplish this mission by equipping arts and cultural organizations to collect, learn from, and use data effectively; by building critical infrastructure for the sector and being a trusted source of high-quality data and knowledge that advances cultural initiatives; and by convening and coordinating a national coalition for cultural data, dedicated to collective learning, leadership, and action.  The CDP also seeks to streamline and standardize funding applications across multiple grant makers using its platform, while also providing funders with tools to understand and compare the financial health and operations of their grantees.

More than 17,000 organizations are registered with the CDP in 44 states, with significant numbers located in 14 early adoption states and the District of Columbia. Launched in Pennsylvania in 2004 and managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts since 2005, the CDP became an independent 501(c)(3) corporation on April 1, 2013.


Reporting to the Development Director, the Senior Development Officer serves as part of a successful and collaborative development team that focuses principally on institutional sources of giving, while beginning to cultivate sources of individual support. The Senior Development Officer will contribute to the overall development program success by being accountable for planning, implementing, growing, and evaluating a portfolio of local and national donors, prospects, and projects. S/he will proactively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation, corporate, and government donor prospects and will work to develop and implement creative strategies to secure funds through grants and sponsorships.  Major responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with the Director, design and execute the CDP’s fundraising plan and strategy.
  • Contribute to the development and packaging of funding opportunities, annual and campaign fundraising projections.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and new prospects.
  • Conceptualize, research, write, and submit letters of inquiry, grant and sponsorship proposals, reports, updates, and budgets in consultation with program, finance, and executive staff.
  • Manage grant application and reporting processes, track deadlines and coordinate staff input.
  • Identify and conduct research on new foundation, corporate, and government sources.
  • Develop presentations, institutional giving briefs, agendas, and background materials.
  • Maintain up-to-date corporate, foundation, and government donor and prospect records in Salesforce.


  • A broad knowledge of nonprofit resource development principles and practices, including all aspects of institutional fundraising.
  • Strong background securing five and six-figure gifts, grants, and sponsorships.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in grant or proposal writing and institutional fundraising.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent strategic positioning and communications aptitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral presentation, and writing skills.
  • Superior organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple competing priorities.
  • Experience and comfort with technology. Familiarity with Salesforce preferred.


To Apply

Please forward cover letter and resume to Reference: “Senior Development Officer” in the subject line. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Education Level: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, ad
Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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