Development Manager

Craft Contemporary

Los Angeles, CA

Located on Los Angeles’ historic Miracle Mile since 1965, the Craft Contemporary reveals the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower. With a focus on contemporary art made from craft media and processes, Craft Contemporary presents dynamic exhibitions by established and emerging artists and designers who are often underrepresented in larger art institutions. Through regular programs and events, Craft Contemporary offers creative opportunities for the public to participate in hands-on workshops led by professional artists.

The Development Manager is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Executive Director and collaborates with communications and the board of trustees. Under moderate supervision, this one-person department position co-creates the museum’s development strategies and encompasses major responsibility for managing logistics related to donor management and cultivation. A successful candidate demonstrates vision, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic, while attending to the daily, organizational details critical to success. A desire to work in a small organization, with an understanding of its opportunities and limitations is required.


Membership and Individual Donors

Plan and oversee all initiatives – from conception of strategies through implementation—for the cultivation, acquisition, renewal, upgrade and stewardship of members and donors

Research prospective donors

Prepare routine correspondence with members and donors including gift acknowledgement and fulfillment of membership benefits

Manage CRM database, including maintenance of data integrity, developing standards for data-entry and enhancing database functionality. Reconcile all gift entries with accounting system on a regular basis

Coordinate the fulfillment of donor benefits

Manage year end giving appeal including drafting letter, building mailing list and tracking and reporting on results

Organizational Leadership

Provide assistance to the Board: attend and take minutes at meetings, staff committees

Track all Board fundraising efforts and activities

Represent the museum at community meetings and events as indicated

Special Events

In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, oversee the production of Craft Contemporary’s annual gala, including catering, data management and gift processing, mailings, response tracking, and production of printed materials, volunteer coordination, and event logistics

Develop other fundraising events in collaboration with the museum director and/or museum trustees.

Conceive and oversee the implementation of member events including opening receptions

Oversee and manage rental events

Corporate/Foundation Relations

Assemble materials for grant submissions and reporting

Conduct research into prospective corporate and foundation donors

Marketing and Communications

Develop and/or oversee creation of appropriate collateral materials on a timely basis

Coordinate with the communications staff to assure timely and consistent messaging across all platforms to accomplish our mission, extend the museum’s audience and promote the museum’s community reputation.


Supervise front desk staff

Supervise Digital Marketing Manager


Minimum of one to three years of fundraising or communications experience in a museum, non-profit arts organization or related non-profit or experience as an executive assistant.

Experience supervising volunteers

Outgoing, upbeat and comfortable cultivating relationships

Fluency in social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and email marketing platforms such as Constant Contact

Ability to manage multiple projects at a time

Ability to manage and maintain email correspondence in timely manner

Superior written and verbal communication skills, including copyediting proficiency and communicating ideas to a group

Highly proficient in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and CRM software—Bloomerang.) Ability to learn, understand, and apply new technologies and tools

Team-oriented and comfortable working in a small organization and shared office space, superior interpersonal skills

Positive attitude and solution-oriented approach

Demonstrate mature judgment, with a high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

Receptive and able to incorporate feedback into work

Detail-oriented and organized

Awareness of arts and culture in Los Angeles

Ability to work weekends and evenings, as needed 


To apply please send resume and cover letter to Executive Director Suzanne Isken: [email protected]. Craft Contemporary is an equal opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity at all levels of our work.


Starting Salary: Est. 60K

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