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OrganizationSchool of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC)
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2024
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$70,000 to $85,000


The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) is a dynamic and vibrant nonprofit organization dedicated to profoundly influence young people’s lives through exceptional performing arts education. SPARC provides high-quality, accessible performing arts programs that inspire creativity, confidence, and build character while fostering a lifelong love of the arts. We believe in the transformative power of the arts to positively impact children’s lives, and we are committed to creating a nurturing and inclusive environment for all young performers.

Position Summary

The Director of Development provides skilled leadership and administration for all aspects of SPARC’s philanthropic engagement. Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of the leadership team, this position ensures that all development activities to generate charitable support are in alignment with the organization’s mission, vision, and goals of the strategic plan. The Director of Development will also be a positive role model who works creatively and collaboratively across the organization and throughout the community to build strong external relationships with individuals invested in the success of SPARC’s students.

Job Duties

Roles and Responsibilities

Serve as a vital member of the leadership team, participating in a collaborative and communicative environment across all departments in support of generating approximately $1M annually in philanthropic support.

Plan, implement and execute annual development strategy to meet all development goals including the oversight of all related events, campaigns, communications, and collateral.

Set standards for quality of work and hold development staff accountable to organizational priorities and expected outcomes.

Build and manage positive and productive external relationships with SPARC’s Board of Directors and Development Committee, key supporters, grant-making bodies, institutional donors, and other key alliances to advance annual development goals.

Lead and coordinate donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities with the Executive Director and development staff.

Support an organization-wide culture of philanthropy by partnering with the programs department in the creation of funding proposals, impact reports, and donor communication.

Serve as an ambassador and advocate for SPARC throughout the Richmond community.

Attend SPARC performances and maintain an active presence at other performing arts events in the community.

Skills Required

Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, plus a minimum of five to seven years of increasing responsibility in development and fundraising. Direct experience overseeing development staff is required. Candidates should exhibit excellent written and verbal communication abilities. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook) and database and spreadsheet proficiency is required.

Work Schedule

Monday through Fridays with some instances of working events on nights and weekends. While work on-site is required, there is flexibility with working-from-home.