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Carrie Spitler

Development Director

About Snow City Arts

Snow City Arts (SCA) inspires and educates children and youth in hospitals through the arts. SCA provides one-on-one and small group instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, theater, music, and media arts to patients at Rush University Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. SCA’s curricula in arts education are steeped in studio practices and work in tandem with current learning standards. Student workshops are assessed and documented in a customized database and an extensive portfolio archive. The SCA team includes a professional staff of 6; an artistic staff of 10 part-time teaching artists; and numerous interns and volunteers. SCA is a small but dedicated, efficient, and creative organization with broad reach. Snow City Arts is a cohort member of Enrich Chicago and is building a vision and framework for anti-racist work across the organization.

Summary of position

The Development Director plays a critical role on the leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director and collaborating with the Program Director and Members of the Board. The Development Director supervises the Development and Communications Associate, oversees the limited work of contractors in grant-writing and design, and delegates tasks to interns. The position works closely with Executive Director and Board of Directors to implement the philanthropic aspects of a recently-approved strategic plan, meeting annual goals and creating long-term sustainability.

The Development Director is responsible for leading significant growth with individuals donors, including building a major gift program ($1,000 and up), cultivation and communication strategies, and expanding corporate sponsorship. The position produces an integrated annual appeal campaign, manages the grants calendar, and is responsible for a portfolio of institutional donors.

Leadership and Planning (15%)

  • Strategy: Participate in the implementation and monitoring of SCA’s 3-year strategic plan.
  • Leadership: Work in tandem with the Executive Director and individual Board Members to develop new opportunities and donor engagement to support programmatic growth.
  • Annual Planning: Develop annual fundraising plans and goals, drawing from a 3-year strategic plan; communicate plans and build engagement across audiences.
  • Special Opportunities: Serve on the leadership team assessing expansion opportunities, donor and hospital partner-initiated campaigns, and external marketing partnerships.
  • Relationship Management: Develop and maintain relationships with major donors.

Individual Giving (30%)

  • Lead efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and acknowledge current and prospective individual donors.
  • Develop and launch a major giving program.
  • Plan and oversee the execution of an integrated annual appeal campaign.
  • Facilitate board involvement in the fundraising process.

Institutional Giving (30%)

  • Manage strategic relationships for Snow City Arts’ existing and potential institutional funders.
  • Lead research, writing, and submission of foundation, corporate, and government proposals and reports as well as oversee a limited grant-writing contractor.
  • Oversee the maintenance of and disseminate a calendar for proposal submissions and reports.
  • Coordinate funder site visits, gallery tours, and artist shadows.
  • Design and launch an enhanced corporate giving strategy and support Board Members and stakeholders engagement with the strategy.

Communication (15%)

  • Oversee the development and implementation of brand-conscious campaigns to increase awareness about the mission of Snow City Arts and to support project-based programming and fundraising events.
  • Serve as a credible and compelling spokesperson on behalf of the organization.
  • Manage relationships with hospital partners to foster joint communication efforts.
  • Oversee contracted graphic design resources in the development of related collateral.
  • Assess, manage/oversee special media relations projects.

Managerial and General Responsibilities (10%)

  • Manage and oversee the work of the Development and Communications Associate including special events, marketing/communications, data management, donor acknowledgement, and Auxiliary Board efforts.
  • Assess and approve execution of donor and third-party-initiated fundraising events.
  • Provide regular progress reports covering all aspects of organizational fundraising.
  • Collect, maintain, and analyze data from the Program Director, teaching artists, and the field of arts education/arts in health to assist with solicitation.
  • Act as a staff liaison to the Board of Director’s Development Committee and support annual event committees and the Auxiliary Board.
  • Support office administrative activities as necessary.

The Qualified Candidate

Snow City Arts seeks an innovative, passionate leader with at least four years of progressive experience in a diverse fund development environment. The candidate will be curious, goal-oriented, committed to learning, value relationship building, and able to set and pursue priorities within a fast-paced office. Candidate must be willing to begin/continue their own learning in anti-racism/racial equity work and engage as part of a team active in student-first efforts including trauma-informed and gender inclusive practices.

Priority Skills and Experience

  • Create annual fund development plans, drawing from a 3-year strategic plans, to raise $1 million annually
  • Experience in fostering a culture of collaboration, cooperation, and accountability
  • Inquiry-based orientation to problem solving and gathering information
  • Ability to plan, facilitate, and approach meetings and projects with clearly articulated goals
  • Active listener with the ability to synthesize information and translate into strategy or action plans
  • Superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work closely with people from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and solve problems
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proven grant-writing experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing event-planning teams
  • Self-motivation, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines
  • Exceptional computer skills; familiar with and able to adapt to new software systems
  • Two years of experience managing fund development professionals and the ability to foster and develop leadership skills in others
  • Experience creating and implementing or overseeing integrated communications plans.
  • Passion for arts in health and/or arts education

Desired Skills and Experience

  • AFP membership
  • Valid Driver’s License and access to insured vehicle

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with some evening and weekend work required. The salary for this role is $58,000-$67,000 annually. Snow City Arts offers health insurance (HMO and PPO options) with Snow City Arts covering $5,000 of the insurance package annually (all or the majority of the cost depending upon the chosen plan). There are 26 paid days off annually split among vacation, sick, and holidays and we offer a flexible work environment. Employee retirement account with up to a 3% match from Snow City Arts.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a short (no more than three pages) fundraising-related writing sample (letter of inquiry, annual appeal letter, sponsorship request, etc.) to The position will remain open until filled.

Background Check and Health Records

A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration though a criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment. A variety of documentation (typically related to vaccines and annual tests, which are paid for by Snow City Arts) is required to meet the health requirements of our hospital partners.

Snow City Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Snow City Arts is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. ALAANA-identified individuals, trans and gender nonconforming people, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago