Development & Communications Manager
  • Full Time
  • Venice

Website Venice Arts

Arts Non-Profit Igniting Low-income Youth's Imagination

Venice Arts seeks a full-time Development & Communications Manager with broad experience in a development office and deep experience with events, annual campaigns, individual donor development, and organization communications. Working under the supervision of the Director of Development, this position has the following key roles and responsibilities:

1. Events

● Act as the lead producer including, but not limited to, managing all event elements, from planning and communications through execution; maintain the event calendar and task spreadsheets; solicit food, refreshments, art, and silent auction items, as relevant; manage all wrap activities, such as donor acknowledgments and outreach.

2. Annual Campaigns

● Manage annual campaigns, currently consisting of an online/direct mail spring “Camp Campaign” and an online/direct mail “Year-End Campaign.”

● Work with the Dev Comm Team to identify the storyline, strategies, collaterals, tasks, and calendar for each campaign, assuring that the Development Assistant implements accurately and efficiently across online, social media and direct mail platforms.

3. Donor Development and Management

● Steward existing donors, identifying how best to increase engagement with Venice Arts.

● Cultivate new relationships with prospective individual and corporate donors. ● Assure that donor acknowledgements are written, sent, and filed in a timely manner.

● Assure the maintenance of the individual and corporate (non-grant) donor database.

4. Communications

● Manage organization and programs communications calendars and tasks across all platforms—from strategy through execution.

● Write website stories, as well as content for eNews, eblasts, donor updates, and social media feeds, and review, proof, edit, and approve content drafted by others.

● Review the back-end of all online campaigns—from subject lines through auto-donor letters—to assure that each campaign is compelling, complete, and up-to-date.

● Regularly review data, such as Google Analytics, to inform communications strategies.

5. Development Administration

● Supervise the Development Associate, assuring that this position completes all development support activities in a professional and timely manner.

● Analyze data from a range of sources (FMP, Excel, Data Arts) to complete the annual giving analysis and to report quarterly to the Dev Comm Team.

● Compile data for SMU Data Arts, among other needs.

● Take minutes at Board meetings, support Board member’s engagement efforts, and assure that Board-related documents are up-to-date (give/get, IRS documents, etc.)

6. Earned Income

● Support the Development Associate in managing venue rentals, approving all rentals and assuring each is appropriately staffed.

7. Other Duties As Assigned

Skills & Experience

You have a minimum of three years experience in an active development office, at least at the Coordinator level, management experience strongly preferred. You have demonstrated experience managing events, as well as cultivating and stewarding individual donors. You have at least two years of experience in development-driven communications, and understand communications strategy and how to shape messaging to take advantage of multiple platforms. You are a strong writer and thorough editor. You are highly proficient with Microsoft Office (especially Excel), the Google Suite, and a development data system (FileMaker Pro a plus). Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud a plus, as is an understanding of design communications. You are experienced supervising staff tasked with mission-critical, detail-oriented work.


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