Institutional Development Director

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Cultural Institution in Central Appalachia

The Institutional Development Director is a part of an institutional strategy and management team within Appalshop’s CORE team. This position will work closely with Appalshop’s Executive Director, Financial Director, and multiple Program Directors consisting of Appalshop’s Archive, WMMT-FM, Roadside Theater, Appalachian Media Institute, and the Community Media Initiative. In addition, the Institutional Development Director will be a part of a broader administrative body, leading the Development Team.

The Institutional Development Director will focus on institutional fundraising. In particular, over the next year, the position will play a key role in large, multi-year proposals, developing strategic plans with Program Directors, and managing major donor and funder relationships. Long term, the position may be a face of Appalshop, representing the organization in a variety settings.

Job Duties:


·      Lead and directly manage the Development Team within CORE consisting of a Community Development Worker and Development Associate

·      Write institutional proposals and reports, including financial planning

·      Track and develop major donor relationships

·      Work closely with Program Directors to create and maintain a fundraising strategy, including keeping up to date on fundraising trends and funder relationships

·      Assist Program Directors with grant proposals and reports, as needed

·      Represent Appalshop at funder and donor meetings

Project Management

·      Manage Appalshop strategic planning processes, working with outside consultants

·      Work closely with the Executive Director, Financial Director, and Appalshop Board to create and track annual program plans and budgets as a part of a strategic plan

·      Meet with Program Directors regularly, assisting them on strategy and professional development needs



The candidate should have at least two years of development experience, preferred in the arts or culture sector. They should be a fast-learner with great organizational, interpersonal, writing, and prioritization skills. A candidate will be comfortable with Microsoft Office, cloud-based sharing, as well as financial reports. Appalshop seeks an applicant who understands the role of community-based arts institutions, can work independently and in teams, and has the ability to travel.

The Institutional Development Director is a year-round, fulltime salaried position.

Salary range: $45-48,000 with full paid benefits.

Appalshop is an equal opportunity employer, and its employment policies and practices are applicable to all employees without regard to race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, creed, disability or national origin.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, a past grant proposal, and list three references to

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