PVAC Developement Associate

Palos Verdes Art Center

Palos Verdes Art Center seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and dynamic fundraising leader as its Development Associate.  This position will report to the Executive Director of PVAC and will serve as chief development officer for all of PVAC’s fundraising activities.

Opened in 1931, Palos Verdes Art Center was the first cultural center in the South Bay and the first arts nonprofit anywhere in Los Angeles County. PVAC has experienced tremendous growth since recently expanding its facilities and mission, increasing on-site and off-site attendance more than 50 percent. PVAC now serves over 66,000 people annually and provides arts programing in Los Angeles County.

The Development Associate will serve on the PVAC senior management team; with responsibility for major gifts, planned giving, annual fund, and development related communications; and manage volunteer leadership groups that include the Circle, the Associates and 7 volunteer artist groups.


•  Manage current donor portfolio and expand the base of support from corporations, foundations, and government agencies including the creation and delivery of a planned giving program.

•  Serve as primary liaison to grant and corporate funders; proactively communicate with donors and prospects to build relationships and secure support

Prospect Management and Research

•  Work with leadership and across departments to align institutional priorities with funding opportunities

•  Research, evaluate, and identify corporate, foundation, and government funding prospects

• Oversee Grant and Corporate Calendars to manage deadlines and determine proposals to pursue

Proposal Development

• Work across departments to author compelling requests for funding (i.e. original letters of inquiry, grant proposals, sponsorship packets, etc.) that meet operating needs and advance strategic goals of IMA

• Work with finance department to develop project budgets

Stewardship and Communications

• Design and implement grants and corporate stewardship efforts, including acknowledgments, meetings, site visits and other activities that strengthen relationships with funders

• Work with finance to monitor and report on the financial activity of funded projects

• Create thorough and timely reports to funders that explain the impact of contributions

Project Management

• Collaborate with project directors to ensure projects are completed within funder guidelines and donor expectations are exceeded.

Job Requirements

B.S. or B.A. from a four-year College or University.

Minimum of three in years’ of development experience

Applicants are to submit material to Joe Baker at [email protected]


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