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Ashley Freeby

Director of Development

Ox-Bow School of Art is currently seeking a Development Director to lead fundraising initiatives under the direction of the Executive Director. Working closely with the Executive Director, Director of Finance and Administration, events project team and members of the Board of Directors, the Director of Development will develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan to raise vital funds in support of Ox-Bow’s programs, operations, scholarships, capital and endowment funds.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience managing patron, sponsor and foundation relationships; have a track-record of leading successful fundraising initiatives and events; have a history of leading effective campaigns in a cost and time efficient manner and have the capacity to innovate development approaches that reflect Ox-Bow’s mission, history, stakeholders and artistic vision. The right candidate has excellent communication skills and is capable of playing a key role in public relations for the organization, speaking fluently, authentically and passionately about Ox-Bow’s history, mission, impact and potential. The right candidate will be exceptional at motivating staff, board and donors in support of the organization and its fundraising efforts.

The Director of Development will be responsible for developing fundraising campaigns and events; fostering and managing relationships with patrons, corporate and in-kind sponsors; communicating with current and prospective donors; building and leading a strong new development team including contractors associated with fundraising initiatives/events; working with the development and fundraising board committee; and compiling and furnishing quarterly development reports for the Board of Directors. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns.

The Director of Development is focused on the growth of Ox-Bow and its capacity to execute its program, sustain its operations and deliver on its mission.

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to Ox-Bow’s Executive Director. The position requires a presence on campus and in the main office in Saugatuck/Douglas, MI. It is ideal for a candidate living within a 40-mile commuting radius.

For information on duties and qualifications and to submit a resume and cover letter via submittable, please visit:

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Saugatuck/Douglas, MI