Hi-ARTS, a leading nonprofit organization within the urban arts movement, seeks a dynamic Development Manager to join its growing team. The Development Manager is responsible for raising individual and major gifts, and securing institutional support towards Hi-ARTS’ $500,000 annual operating budget. This position will be new to the organization and have exciting potential for growth.


  • Identifying, soliciting, and building relationships with foundations, major donors, and other fundraising sources

  • Participating in overall planning and execution of Hi-ARTS fundraising strategy and tactical plan

  • Developing fundraising and financial reports for stakeholders, including the Board of Directors

  • Keeping donors and key funders apprised of ongoing activities

  • Partnering with grant writing consultant to develop and submit proposals and reports to foundation, corporate, and government funders

  • Scheduling and managing donor and prospect events (3-4 per year) for cultivation and solicitation purposes with the assistance of the Executive Director, General Manager, and a select group of the Board of Directors

  • Generating donor acknowledgements in a timely manner

  • Preparing research on each major donor prospect to include giving history to Hi-ARTS and other organizations, capacity, and any Hi-ARTS linkages

  • Managing a comprehensive cultivation tracking system and communication calendar for all donors and prospects in the donor database

  • Preparing major gift proposals in response to inquiries and/or cultivation of major donors and prospects

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must embrace the mission of Hi-ARTS

  • Three to five years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, with an emphasis on individual giving and major gifts 

  • Demonstrated experience in event planning and development

  • Previous experience working closely with a Board of Directors 

  • Knowledge of and experience in the national performing and urban arts landscape

  • Ability to work in and fully leverage donor databases

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks while maintaining close attention to detail in a busy environment


This is a full-time salaried position with medical, dental and vision benefits. Salary depends on experience.


Email with subject line: Development Manager. Include a brief cover letter in the body of the email and attach resume.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.