Vermont Arts Council

Director of Development


Time Commitment: 40 hours/week
Compensation: $48,000 per year + a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, and paid time off
Location: Remote with periodic in-person meetings and one annual in-person fundraising event
Reports To: Executive Director
Classification: Regular Full-Time Employee
Proposed start date: Mid-November 2023


Please visit this link to apply.

Have questions or need application materials in an alternate format? Please contact Sarah Brown, Executive Director.


This position is a full-time role and is part of the management team of Inclusive Arts Vermont, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to using the magic of the arts to make Vermont a more accessible and inclusive place for people with disabilities. Our arts education, cultural access, and professional development programs engage thousands annually across the state. The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director to manage all fundraising activities, including grant writing and reporting, donor cultivation and stewardship, and expansion and diversification of the organization’s revenue streams for enhanced stability and growth.

Inclusive Arts Vermont offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, and generous paid time off.

If you are a motivated and experienced fundraising professional with a passion for making Vermont more inclusive for people with disabilities, we encourage you to apply!


Grant Management (60%):

  • In concert with the Executive Director and annual budget, implement both an annual fundraising plan and sustainable fundraising plan
    Write applications and reports for foundations, corporations, and government entities (with input from the Executive Director)
    Maintain the organization’s grant database
    Track all submission deadlines, reporting deadlines, and funded proposals
    Ensure that all deadlines are monitored and met
    Seek out and secure new grant funding sources
    Work closely with the Fundraising Committee to organize Board fundraising activities
    Manage participant data and collect statistical information and stories from program directors to support grant applications and reporting
    Maintain digital grant files, including all award letters and contracts

Donor Management and Cultivation (25%):

  • Enter and track all donations in the organization’s donor database (Little Green Light)
    Prepare and issue thank you letters to donors, as well as annual giving statements for tax records
    In concert with the Executive Director, create and distribute two annual appeal mailings
    Seek out and secure new private donors
    Support the growth and expansion of the organization’s sustaining donor network
    Prepare donor and fundraising reports for the Executive Director and Board of Directors
    Complete appreciation and solicitation calls to individual donors
    Issue periodic donor impact updates that illustrate how gifts are being utilized
    Manage donor mailing lists, ensuring contact information remains accurate and up to date

Events and Public Relations (10%):

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Digital Content Manager, plan and organize donor communications, annual report, fundraising-focused social media campaigns and newsletters, and impact updates for sustaining contributors
    Plan and organize an annual fundraising event, in collaboration with the Fundraising Committee
    Organize and execute an annual digital silent auction
    Represent Inclusive Arts Vermont at periodic events and functions across the state or virtually
    Network with prospective donors and area arts/culture leaders in partnership with the Executive Director

Management Team Member (5%):

  • Attend weekly and monthly staff meetings, anti-oppression meetings and occasional board meetings
    Write monthly program updates for Board and management team
    Attend public facing programs and fundraising events
    Other duties as assigned

At Inclusive Arts Vermont, we believe that we all bring different strengths to the management team and celebrate them. Additionally, all employees of the organization are expected to participate in and support a culture of inclusion, through the support of other staff members as needs arise.

Periodic oversight of volunteers and interns.

General direction and supervision is received from the Executive Director.


  • Passion for the mission of Inclusive Arts Vermont and an interest in diversity awareness and disability inclusion
    Minimum of 3-5 years experience in nonprofit fundraising, including major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, targeted campaigns, and special events
    Proven track record of success achieving revenue targets, securing significant charitable gifts, implementing an annual fundraising plan, working successfully with donors across giving levels, and growing fundraising capacity by cultivating new funder relationships
    Extensive experience writing strong grant proposals and effectively reporting on existing grants
    Comprehensive understanding of best practices in donor management, cultivation and solicitation
    Conscientious care in speaking and writing about disability respectfully in a way that honors the experience of disabled individuals and an investment in learning more through training and self-development
    Ability to articulate a strong vision and case for support that motivates donors and prospective grantors to support the mission and programs of Inclusive Arts Vermont
    Proficiency with donor database software, especially Little Green Light
    Outstanding written communication skills and demonstrated ability to craft compelling donor communications
    Strong time management skills and proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
    Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, Board members, and volunteers
    In-depth knowledge of Google Drive and Microsoft Office
    Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills
    Excellent problem-solving and strategic thinking skills
    Comfort with remaining independently motivated in a remote work environment
    High level of adaptability and patience in navigating ambiguity
    Knowledge and understanding of Results Based Accountability (RBA) highly desirable
    Experience with planned giving highly desirable
    Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive data and and a high level of discretion
    Ability to pass agency’s background checks