Director of Development & Communications: Art-Reach

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 9:48 am.


Art-Reach connects underserved audiences to cultural experiences so that they may enjoy and benefit from the transformative power of the arts.

The Director of Development & Communications serves a senior leadership role within Art-Reach.  Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development & Communications will help in planning organizational strategies and the methods by which to communicate and support them through fundraising and outreach efforts. Specifically, the Director of Development & Communications will implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for the organization, including foundation, corporate and government grants; individual giving; and special events. S/he will work with Executive Director to lead the effort in raising over $350,000 in unrestricted funds annually.  The Director of Development & Communication will develop cultivation and donor relations activities for foundations, corporations, and individuals and plan the annual Fall Festival and Commitment to Cultural Access Awards events. This position also oversees external communications efforts including press releases, regular e-newsletters, website, printed materials and event promotion, while supervising the Communications & Engagement Specialist.


Individual Giving: Manages annual fund for individual contributions. Writes solicitation letters, coordinates mailings, and assists Executive Director with building/strengthening donor relationships: responsible for developing a strategy to cultivate individual donors and shares in major donor cultivation duties with Executive Director.

Grant writing: Manages and writes foundation and corporate grant proposals; maintains development processes to ensure adherence to grant deadlines and reports; tracks status of pending requests; researches new institutional funding sources.

Event planning: Responsible for the overall success of the Fall Festival and the Spring Commitment to Cultural Access Awards.  Coordinates production of materials; sponsorships; auction donations; invitation mailing and managing volunteer event committee. Responsible for auxiliary donor related cultivation events.

Communications: Responsible for external communications, including regular e-newsletters, press releases, website development and maintenance, annual report and other printed materials related to institutional messaging and development communications.

Supervision: Manages the Communications & Engagement Specialist and their role in supporting communications and development efforts.


Preferred skills and experience:

Bachelor’s degree required and five years of demonstrated success in nonprofit development.  Experience coordinating a diversified fundraising operation with extensive knowledge of local, regional, and national foundations; philanthropic corporations; individual giving; and annual appeals.  Demonstrated success in writing and editing foundation, government and corporate grants. Familiarity with Salesforce or other fundraising software databases.  Experience coordinating multiple communications efforts including press releases, social media and web.  Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively to colleagues, volunteers, donors, members and partners.  Strong organizational leadership skills with evidence of diplomacy, collaborative spirit, initiative, creativity, and attention to detail.  Passion for and familiarity with Art-Reach programming is required. Comfortable working in a fast paced office environment on simultaneous projects.

Personal Characteristics:

Strong interest and belief in creating accessibility in the arts and culture community around Philadelphia.  A strategic and decisive problem solver, with an ability to think creatively, opportunistically, and analytically.  An experienced relationship builder and influencer with the ability to relate and appeal to diverse groups of people.

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package.


With a mission of enriching lives by connecting underserved audiences with cultural experiences so that they may enjoy and benefit from the transformative power of the arts, Art-Reach programs are aimed at changing the landscape of cultural engagement in Philadelphia so that arts and cultural organizations are serving the full spectrum of our society.  Founded in 1986, Art-Reach programs have empowered human-service organizations to enrich the lives of their constituents by providing them with high quality artistic activities and creative outlets for 29 years. Through those partnerships, people with physical and developmental disabilities, low-income individuals, at-risk youth, and the elderly in need, are all able to deeply engage with the arts, improving their quality of life and providing experiences of joy, beauty and inspiration that otherwise may be unattainable.

Art-Reach serves over 150 human-service agency partners in Greater Philadelphia and collaborates with over 170 cultural institutions and teaching artists. In 2015, Art-Reach served over 43,000 individuals more than doubling our impact across the region from previous years.  From the unique space between human service and cultural engagement, Art-Reach is able to facilitate meaningful and powerful artistic experiences for our members.  Art-Reach is also perfectly positioned to the lead the conversation on cultural accessibility with the hope that these conversations will be the catalyst that positions Philadelphia as a notional model for cultural accessibility in an urban center.  Art-Reach’s core programs include:

Ticketing: Art-Reach offers its members deeply discounted or free admission to over 170 local cultural organizations and teaching artists. In the past year, over 14,000 individuals have visited museums, gardens, zoos, historic sites and live performances in the greater Philadelphia region.

In-Facility: to meet specific needs and provide a dynamic way to interact with new art forms, Art-Reach roster artists combine live performances or demonstrations with interactive hands-on art making activities, on-site at member agencies. Over the last year, the In-Facility Program brought art and music directly to over 4,000 individuals.

ACCESS Admission: Art-Reach’s city-wide initiative works with area museums to provide $2 admission to EBT/ACCESS Cardholders: individuals and families receiving government medical, food or cash assistance. The program launched September 1, 2014 with seventeen museum partners ranging from the Pennsylvania Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation to Eastern State Penitentiary and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Since September 2014 the program has grown to include 20 museums and has served over 25,000 individuals.

Philadelphia Cultural Accessibility Peer Group (PCAP): Art-Reach’s newest initiative brings national and regional thought leaders on arts accessibility to Philadelphia to facilitate open and active dialog between the regions cultural organizations and individuals with disabilities, along with the general public.  The aim of the program is to create an ongoing dialog between the human service and cultural sectors so that both communities can respond to challenges in cultural accessibility.


To Apply

If you wish to explore this position, please send a resume, cover letter, three references to

Education Level: Bachelor’ Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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