Development Manager: The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Posted February 28th, 2018 at 2:01 pm.

he Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks a fundraising professional to become an integral part of a small but nimble development team. The successful candidate will have at least five years’ broad-based development experience, preferably in an arts/culture setting. S/he should possess exceptional communication (particularly grant writing and tracking) and program management (particularly membership and annual fund) skills. The ideal candidate will have a track record of writing successful grants and of managing membership and/or annual fund programs with a demonstrated record of meeting financial goals and effectively managing timelines. This position also requires a broad spectrum of development experience, including database management, event coordination and familiarity with best practices in the field. The Development Manager will report to the Director of Development, but also work closely with the Executive Director, as well as the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. S/he will also work collaboratively with all members of FWM’s staff as needed to accomplish goals.



  • Working closely with the Director of Development, manage FWM’s foundation and government relations efforts including:
    • Sharing grant writing and reporting responsibility (including the preparation of financial reports) with Director of Development
    • Tracking grants in progress and managing the fulfillment of requirements such as recognition, reporting and financial compliance
    • Maintaining and updating a calendar of grant proposals and reports
    • Researching and identifying foundation and government prospects for targeted support of FWM’s programs and exhibitions; maintaining an active pipeline of prospects

Membership and Annual Fund

  • Working closely with Director of Development, oversee FWM’s relaunched Membership Program including:
    • Conducting an annual membership campaign
    • Preparing renewals, reminders, acknowledgements and fulfillment
    • Building a calendar of regular communication (mail/online/on-site/web-based and social media)
    • Conceiving and implementing cultivation activities and events
  • Manage FWM’s Annual Appeal campaign including:
    • Drafting solicitation and acknowledgement letters in coordination with the Director of Development
    • Creating a comprehensive calendar of communication to support the Appeal
    • Implementing all administration of Appeal including: Compiling mailing list and coordinating the design, printing and mailing of the piece; reporting and analysis

Gift Administration

  • Manage all stages of gift processing, including data entry, records maintenance and acknowledgements
  • With the Director of Development, review current Membership Program and revise benefits and materials in anticipation a spring relaunch
  • Coordination with Finance Office on gift administration policies and regular reporting and analysis
  • Participate in the selection of a new development database

Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist with event planning, including: coordinating catering/beverage options; planning space logistics and décor; and working events
  • Expected to work occasional evenings and weekends to support FWM events
  • Provide support for major gifts and corporate programs including conducting prospect research to identify funding opportunities and potential donors
  • As an integral member of the Development team, assist Director of Development as requested


  • At least 5 years fundraising experience at a museum, visual/performing arts organization or educational institution
  • A background in grant writing and membership/annual fund
  • Exceptional communication skills, particularly in persuasive writing, with a track record of successful proposals
  • Excellent administrative skills and fluency in database management
  • Superior organization skills and attention to detail
  • The ability to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with donors, volunteers and staff
  • Proactive, independent and entrepreneurial while working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Positive attitude and commitment to FWM’s culture of “yes”
  • An interest in contemporary art preferred

Education Level:

Bachelor’s Degree Required
To Apply

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, salary expectations, and three professional references to When applying, include ”Development Manager” in the subject line of email. EOE. No phone calls please.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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