Californians for the Arts (CFTA)
Californians for the Arts (CFTA) seeks a full-time Manager of Programs and
Organizational Advancement with strong strategic, organizational and entrepreneurial
skills comfortable multitasking and navigating different timelines while working
independently within a three person remote team. CFTA seeks applicants from all
backgrounds to build a diverse work culture that represents the diversity of the
populations we serve in California.
The Manager of Programs and Organizational Advancement implements organizational
fundraising efforts and oversees all public programs for CFTA. This position executes
overall strategy around organizational development with growth in earned and
contributed revenue as essential components and understands the correlation that
value based programming drives successful development. A successful Manager of
Programs and Organizational Advancement will not only work to achieve budget and
fundraising goals, but will begin to develop strategic ideas from growth that will help
achieve an overarching vision for the long term viability and strength of CFTA.
The preferred candidate brings a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice
issues and an understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities
of color, and communities that have traditionally not had access to funding or services
to advance arts and culture.
OVERALL GOALS FOR POSITION
• Develop and implement virtual and in person programs that focus on how to educate,
engage and provide benefit to the arts industries including but not limited to the field of
arts advocates, arts administrators, artists, arts and cultural workers, nonprofit
organizations and creative businesses.
• Develop and implement an annual development plan that increases individual and
organization membership retention and growth, major donor solicitation and
cultivation, foundation support, business and corporate support and grants to expand
our programs and services.
Reports to: Executive Director
Works closely with and shares supervision of the Communications and Field
Engagement Manager and supervises a paid intern five hours per week
Program Development and Implementation– 50%
• Work closely with the Executive Director to develop annual programming to
increase engagement and relevancy to arts sector including but not limited to
Arts, Culture & Creativity Month, Regional Convenings, Data/Research and
• Plan, implement, and facilitate programs for workers and
organizations/businesses in the arts, cultural, and creative industries, aligning
with CFTA’s mission areas and values.
• Ensure programs and resources reach the breadth of our statewide audience,
through technology capabilities, geographic rotation of in-person events, and
innovative program structure.
• Leverage our network of organizations and artists and their collective strengths
through partnerships to support, promote, and participate in programs.
• Work closely with the Executive Director to develop and maintain key
programmatic partnerships at a local, state, and federal level.
• Track, and report on programmatic data including key performance indicators,
qualitative evaluations and feedback, and other measures.
• Work closely with the Executive Director to create yearly budgets that reflect the
programmatic goals of the organization.
• Schedule Fund Development and Programs Committee meetings
• Prepares monthly report for Programs and Fund Development Committee
• Draft board and committee meeting minutes and secure approval for official
• Maintain consistent contact with board members through phone and email
Fund Development and Implementation – 50%
• Establish development goals in consultation with Executive Director and fund
development committee chairs and create and implement an annual
development plan to increase revenue from individuals, organizations,
businesses, grants and foundations.
• Researches, prepares and submit grant proposals/reports to local, state, federal
and corporate funding sources.
• Work closely with the Executive Director and Fund Development Committee to
determine and implement solicitation strategies for Major Donors.
• Develop and implement a program for stewardship and ongoing engagement of
current donors and members with Field Engagement Manager.
• Manage and maintain a grant management system and calendar to ensure
efficiency in grant production, submission, reporting, and record-keeping.
• Work with staff to ensure the ongoing collection of program data, statistics, and
narrative needed for grant reports.
• Maintain an accurate income tracking system to generate segmented
financial reports as requested by staff or funders.
• Coordinate fundraising initiatives like End of Year Appeal, and other campaigns.
• Support Field Engagement Manager that all monthly donations are processed in
a timely and accurate manner.
• Support membership strategy with Field Engagement Manager to increase the
membership base by tracking and overseeing the renewal of memberships and
the growth in member support.
• Work closely with the Executive Director and staff to develop and implement
targeted plans to increase membership for specific organizational/individuals.
• Work closely with the Programs and Field Engagement Manager to develop and
act as the primary point of contact for major donors and prospective funders.
• Accomplished manager with minimum four plus years experience in fund raising
and leadership development.
• Solid demonstrated track record of generating substantial charitable support and
• Outstanding recruitment, development and motivation of board leadership and
• Ability to conceptualize and execute effective fund raising programs and
• Excellent communicator in both written and oral formats. Creative, organized
• Knowledge of online communication tools including social media, video or
podcast platforms, websites and databases.
• Experience fundraising or programming within California arts industries
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google Suite
• Knowledge of and experience with donor management/tracking software (e.g.,
DonorPerfect, Bloomerang, Salesforce, etc.)
• Ability to manage and prioritize concurrent projects
• Ability to move quickly and problem solve in a dynamic environment
• Ability to stand for 4+ hours (during events) and lift/ carry 25 pounds (event set
• Friendly, professional demeanor
• Passion and enthusiasm for advancing arts, culture and creativity
• Experience with non profit board management
• Awareness of California arts industries and state government structures
• Bilingual applicants encouraged to apply
• Ability to travel with a car within California
This is a full-time, exempt, position with a salary of $65,000. CFTA provides benefits
to ensure an optimal work/life balance for our staff.
This is a remote work position, although we are seeking a Manager of Programs and
Organizational Advancement located in California and travel throughout California
will be required at times.
Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will
submit your documents to [email protected] with the subject line
“Manager of Programs and Organizational Advancement.”
Please submit your application by July 12, 2021 to ensure consideration.
For technical assistance or questions, please email [email protected]
About Californians for the Arts
Californians for the Arts (CFTA) is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary organization focused on advancing and building public awareness of the value and impact of arts, culture and creativity across California. With over 15,000 active subscribers and hundreds of members representing thousands of artists and arts and cultural organizations, we take on opportunities and challenges that no single organization or artist can represent alone. Moved by our deep conviction of the civic and personal value of the arts, our mission at Californians for the Arts is to ensure that the arts are accessible to all Californians; are an ongoing part of the public dialogue and to encourage Californians to care about the arts as a critical component of their own lives and the lives of their communities. We fight for arts resources and policies that benefit our members and all residents of California. Our work and support of civic engagement, arts education, racial and cultural equity and the creative economy, positively impacts every community across the state. CFTA and our partner organization California Arts Advocates (CAA) are currently in the process of adopting a new strategic plan with an objective to update its vision, mission and values statement to reflect its commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. Building on past efforts, CFTA/CAA wants to be intentional in efforts to foster greater diversity, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of the strategic plan and to integrate antiracism principles and practices.