The In[HEIR]itance Project is a national arts organization that creates space for communities to navigate challenging civic conversations through collaborative theater projects inspired by inherited texts, cultures, histories, traditions, customs, and beliefs. Soon after beginning in 2015 as a national series of commissioned plays, it became clear that our unique process of using theater to address points of discomfort within communities had legs. Our founding artists, who are used to making magic with duct tape, gumption, and glitter, partnered with our funders and supporters to build an organization that could support the growing impact of our work. Unlike traditional arts organizations, that impact comes not from the final product alone, but through an open process of collaborative creation which transforms communities through dialogue and shared practice, building new, equitable relationships. We turn neighbors into collaborators, a transformation that pays dividends beyond our presence in a community: 100% of all box office proceeds from our performances go to local artists and arts organizations to continue the civic conversation through their own artistic practice. Examples of our work include a project in Charleston in the aftermath of the Mother Emanuel massacre, a project in Omaha working with recently resettled refugees and the Nebraskans who did and didn’t want them there, and a variety show in Harlem exploring tribalism and gentrification. Our 2021 budget is $350,000, and we anticipate growing to $650,000 over the next three years. For more, visit www.inheiritance.org
We seek an experienced, organized and creative Development Manager. This role will design, implement, and manage our institutional giving strategy together with the Creative Leadership Team. Tasks for the Development Manager include prospecting grant opportunities, grant writing, strategic communications, and developing supplemental materials. The Development Manager will also assist in the strategy, communication with, and cultivation of individual donors. We currently maintain funding relationships with about a dozen foundations and about two dozen individual donors and institutions. With the help of a talented Development Manager we aim to grow that portfolio.
The Development Manager will:
• Lead fundraising strategy, including building and maintaining a pipeline of foundation and individual donors; and creating an annual grants calendar that tracks cultivation, proposals, applications, reporting, and stewardship for all grants and gifts.
• Research prospective funders, prioritizing the cultivation of foundation prospects.
• Lead and prepare internal and external communications re: grants and reporting.
• Manage all written development materials, which may include proposals, LOIs, gift receipt letters, and additional communications with foundations, individual donors, and funding partners.
• Build and manage the data tracking systems as required for intake, internal infrastructure, and external reporting.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
• Excellent writing and editing skills, as well as the exemplary verbal communication skills
• Proven success with fundraising and grant solicitations, ideally in an arts environment.
• Ability to work productively and collaboratively within a small and dedicated team
• Ability to work independently and with excellent time management
• Strong organizational ability, analytical skills, and attention to detail
• Passion for helping artists change the world, one community art project at a time
This is a grant funded, part-time, W2 position (.4 FTE) to start immediately. The salary may range from $20k-$30k and may increase as the organization grows. The position is remote, and we can accommodate flexible schedules. The ideal candidate can work 2-4 days per week.
In[HEIR]itance Project is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
Please email your resume and cover letter by March 1, 2021 to email@example.com and include “Development Manager” in the subject line.