Feb 16, 2024

Self Help Graphics and Art

Los Angeles, CA

Full time, Exempt

Annual Salary: $72,000-80,000

Reports to Executive Director

Medical benefits and robust PTO included


Established in 1973 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics and Art (SHG) is dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. Our multi-disciplinary, inter-generational programs promote artistic excellence and empower our community by providing access to space, tools, training and resources.

The Development Manager oversees all aspects of fund development and donor engagement activities for the annual fund and supports the Executive Director with the capital campaign. The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director and collaborates frequently with the capital campaign consultant and communications-related consultant(s). The Development Manager plays an important role by providing the administrative backbone and management support to fund development efforts across the organization, and is a liaison to the board of directors. The Development Manager participates in all donor and public relations activities, direct mail appeals, and special events, and oversees the creation of graphic materials for development campaigns. This role is highly public facing at times and steps in to represent the organization on behalf of the Executive Director as needed.

This role is ideal for someone seeking a community-serving and mission-oriented place of work whose values align with a culture of community care, solidarity, and a deep commitment to a nonprofit arts administration practice that centers equity, social justice, leadership development, and sustainability.

Responsibilities and Duties

Annual Fund – Grants, Individual Donors and Events

Manage the annual grant calendar, and complete interim and final reports for active grant cycles, as necessitated by grant requirements.

Grant writing for corporate, foundation, and governmental grant proposals throughout the year.

Develop solid understanding of the work of the supported programs, strategies, and how specific grants fit into its framework for reporting purposes.

Identify, research and investigate new opportunities for funding from a wide variety of individual, corporate, foundation, and governmental sources to expand donor base.

Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence within five hours of receiving gift or pledge for annual fund and capital campaign.

Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.

Oversee individual giving for annual fund, major, and leadership gifts, including peer-to-peer initiatives, donor engagement, and personal solicitation; coordinate productions and mailing of spring and year-end appeal letters.

Collaborate with communications consultant and graphic designer on campaign graphics and social media strategies.

Manage online donor database and update donation information frequently.

Assist in creation of fundraising reports and other database reports as needed for Executive Director and board meetings.

Maintain guest lists and staff events, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fundraising and public events.

Handle administrative details and tasks related to the Board Development and Marketing Committee. (i.e. prepare and distribute materials, agendas, take minutes, etc.).

Prepare media materials for distribution. (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, e-mailing); Assemble media and donor materials for meetings and events in partnership with Executive Director and PR consultant

Capital Campaign:

Work with Executive Director and capital campaign consultant on all capital campaign fund requests and strategies (grants, individual donor solicitations), periodically update campaign materials and webpage.

Calendar meetings with donors and board members, including handling of meeting logistics, such as meeting confirmations, meal reservations, scheduling walk throughs with Executive Director and/or artists related to campaign.

Prepare materials and packets for donor meetings, including notes on donors for board members and/or capital project management team.

Ensure donor records are updated with information gathered from meetings, events, latest donations, including making sure pledges and commitments are tracked correctly in Saleseforce and accounting systems.

Work with the Executive Director to plan and execute campaign-related events and produce donor/funder-specific communications.

Participates and takes notes in campaign committee meetings with clear action items and accountable parties.

Maintain campaign progress and ensure all tracking is accurate and up to date, maintain a list of naming opportunities and pledged commitments.


Work with the Bookkeeper and Administrative team to generate protocols for special events expenses and income, and to generate financial reports for the Executive Director and board.

Collaborate with Programming team:

Support SHG anchor programming like Dia de los Muertos, Annual Print Fair, Marketplaces, and other all-hands moments throughout the year.

Oversee development-related interns, provide professional development through mentorship and training.


Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience.

Minimum three years experience in fund development, nonprofit administration, arts administration preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Coordinate various administrative duties; interpret and apply a variety of complex policies and procedures; set deadlines, priorities, and complete projects accordingly; draft and prepare memoranda and correspondence.

Ability to keep moderately complex records and files; screen mail, telephone calls, and visitors; maintain confidential files; track financial data, and make simple projections.

Positive attitude, compassion, and the ability to manage many personalities with respect and diplomacy.

Proficiency in Microsoft and Google software suites; experience with Salesforce is preferred, but not required.

Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, justice and inclusiveness.

Demonstrated commitment to art and culture as a tool for social justice, and empowering communities through the arts.

Physical Requirements

Moderate physical effort. May require occasional lifting, handling, pushing, or moving objects up to 25 lbs.

Sitting for extended periods in front of a computer screen.

Standing for extended periods during events.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (i.e. redacted grant application, donor solicitation, or other related materials), and three references with contact information to jobs@selfhelpgraphics.com. The subject line should include the position title and your name. For example: Development Manager – Jane Doe.