Job Opportunities

Join the CATA team and help us bring life-changing arts programs to people with disabilities across our community!

 

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Development Director

Community Access to the Arts (CATA) seeks a Development Director to oversee our donor relations program and manage our fundraising initiatives. With a successful capital campaign underway, major donations secured, and a new, state-of-the-art facility under construction, CATA is ready to launch a new chapter in our relationships with our community and in the cultivation and expansion of our donor base. This is the job for you if you are a dynamic strategic thinker with a strong background in nonprofit fundraising, ready to make this great organization even greater. You are looking for an organization where your experience, entrepreneurial drive, and focus on building relationships can make a difference. As a member of the senior management team, you will work with dedicated colleagues to set strategy for an innovative nonprofit changing the lives of people in our community.

 

This position is full-time with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

 

Responsibilities

 

• Develop and execute a comprehensive annual fundraising plan working closely with the Executive Director to define strategy and goals
• Nurture donors’ loyalty, generosity, and fulfillment of their philanthropic goals through cultivation and stewardship
• Work closely with the Executive Director and board members to identify, cultivate and solicit charitable gifts and expand our donor family
• Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, budget creation, and reporting requirements
• Generate new ideas that increase revenue and donor loyalty
• Oversee fundraising and stewardship events, especially our annual gala
• Manage systems and software including our donor database to track and cultivate donors and prospects
• Oversee the development budget and monitor expenses
• Work closely with the Communications Manager to set strategy and create content for compelling fundraising materials
• Recruit and train fundraising staff and volunteer leaders; supervise Development Associate
• Serve as an organizational ambassador, representing the institution, board, and executive director to donors, prospects, development committees and fundraising volunteers

 

Primary Relationships

 

The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and serves on the senior management team. The position supervises the Development Associate and co-supervises the Administrative Coordinator. Within the organization, the Development Director has primary relationships with the senior management staff, communications staff, and program staff. Outside the organization, the Development Director establishes constructive working relationships with board members and coordinates with the board of directors, fundraising volunteers, donors, and funding sources.

 

Qualifications:

 

• 5 years experience in professional fundraising
• Comprehensive fundraising and management skills and experience including short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, marketing and financial management
• Superb written, verbal, and interpersonal skill
• Knowledge of fundraising best practices including ethics, research and cultivation practices, face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, direct mail, gift processing, and fundraising reporting
• Demonstrated experience, confidence, and initiative in asking people to contribute time and money
• Demonstrated experience and proven results in grantwriting and foundation relations
• Experience with CRM nonprofit software, donor databases and other fundraising technology to use in daily job duties
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
• Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion

 

Personal Characteristics

 

Strategic thinker: You solve problems and overcome challenges creatively and effectively, combining long-term planning and short-term tactics and translating broad goals into achievable steps.

Exceptional leader and project manager: You are able to juggle multiple long-term projects and handle detailed, complex concepts and problems, managing timelines and delegating where needed.

Invested in personal relationships: You are a positive, outgoing person and are dedicated to establishing and maintaining strong and appropriate relationships with ED, staff, board, volunteers, donors and the general community. You actively and consistently listen to all constituents, focusing especially on donor needs and the mutual benefits accruing to donors and CATA.

Entrepreneurial and collaborative work style: You embody the entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrate initiative while also working successfully in a team, establishing common goals, performance measures, and guidelines.

Passion for CATA and the arts: You believe in CATA’s mission and will be an impassioned advocate for our artists and our work in the community.

 

Compensation

 

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including health insurance, dental, retirement plan/IRA employer match, family leave, vacation and personal days, long-term disability coverage, and paid professional development opportunities.

 

How to Apply

 

Please send resume and cover letter to Katie@CATAarts.org with “Development Director” in the subject line. Cover letters will be judged as writing samples; applications without one will not be considered. All inquiries and materials will be confidential. Community Access to the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Apply by:

 

Position posted until filled.

Development Associate

CATA seeks a highly motivated individual with a keen attention to detail to join our team as Development Associate. You’re an organized, results-focused professional who can manage multiple projects simultaneously. You are energized by the idea of using your excellent communication skills to support a dynamic arts organization with a strong social mission. With a successful capital campaign underway, record-high donations secured, and a new, state-of-the-art facility on the horizon, CATA is ready to launch a new chapter in our relationships with our community and our generous supporters. You are ready to help shape this next stage of our growth and to bring your career to the next level at an arts organization changing the lives of people in our community.

 

This position is full-time with a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and strong potential for growth and promotion. Reports to Development Director.

 

Responsibilities

 

• Working with Development Director, develop and execute a comprehensive annual fundraising plan
• Develop and maintain organizational systems to ensure that deadlines are met and fundraising projects are executed at highest level
• Nurture positive relationships with donors and cultivate prospective donors through regular written communication
• Prepare acknowledgment letters, stewardship letters, and other donor correspondence
• Research current donors, and corporate, foundation and individual prospects
• Write proposals and grant reports; maintain grants calendar and ensure timely and professional submission of materials
• Coordinate special events, including annual gala, supervising vendors and working closely with gala committee
• Learn and master donor database (training provided) and maintain responsibility for entering gifts, updating records, and preparing reports; oversee administrative support staff as necessary on these tasks
• Draft copy for other development and communication materials including newsletters, press releases, annual appeals, website, and social media
• Coordinate mailings for annual appeal and event invitations
• Serve as liaison to board, gala, and campaign committees, scheduling meetings and maintaining correspondence
• Represent CATA at community and networking events

 

Qualifications:

 

• Bachelor’s Degree and at least two years experience in nonprofit fundraising
• Zeal for detail and accuracy including ability to line edit and proofread
• Superb written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to multi-task and to ask questions to learn new processes
• Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
• Experience with eTapestry or other donor database
• Attendance at occasional evening and weekend events required.

 

Personal Characteristics

 

Strong project manager: You are able to juggle multiple tasks and break down complex, long-term projects to stay on track, managing timelines and details.

 

Focus on personal relationships: You have a positive attitude, are good-humored and outgoing, and enjoy making connections with others to support CATA’s work.

 

Highly organized, collaborative work style: You work successfully in a team, establishing common goals, performance measures, and guidelines. You are a hands-on “doer” in order to meet goals.

 

Sharp strategic thinker: You solve problems, are not easily discouraged, and overcome challenges creatively and effectively, combining long-term planning and short-term tactics.

 

Passion for CATA’s work: You believe in CATA’s mission and will be an impassioned advocate for our artists and our work in the community.

 

Desire to grow: You are a curious person with your sights set on growth in your career and you welcome professional development opportunities.

 

How to Apply

 

Please send resume and cover letter to Katie@CATAarts.org with “Development Associate” in the subject line. Cover letters will be judged as writing samples; applications without one will not be considered. All inquiries and materials will be confidential. Community Access to the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Apply by:

 

Position posted until filled.

Faculty Artist

CATA employs highly skilled visual and performing artists who are intuitive teachers that can translate their creative process and practice to our core workshop model, Arts In / Arts Out.

 

CATA Teaching Artists work throughout Berkshire and Columbia counties serving over 800 artists with disabilities through 1,500 workshops annually. Workshops take place in residential settings, day programs, high-schools, dance studios, and community centers throughout our region, as well as in our Great Barrington studio.

 

CATA invites qualified local teaching artists to apply to join our faculty roster. Applications will be reviewed periodically by CATA staff, with new faculty being chosen based on the applicant’s qualifications and our areas of need.

 

CATA offers

 

• A generous rate for compensation
• Travel reimbursement stipend for round trip travel that exceeds 42 miles
• Reimbursement towards professional development
• Invitations to special events and programs

 

Faculty Artist Responsibilities

 

• Develop a cohesive series of workshops (workshops are weekly, one hour classes, with at least 8 workshops per series)
• Attend annual faculty retreat
• Able to identify learning objectives and goals
• Plan and lead classes as related to CATA’s annual theme
• Evaluate and refine classes to meet the need of CATA artists with disabilities
• Determine and communicate the materials needed for your workshops
• Communicate with CATA Staff/Administration
• Collaborate with other instructors
• Set-up and clean up

 

Qualifications

 

• Working artist in your specified field
• Excellent time management skills
• Several years of teaching experience
• Ability to adapt and modify learning experiences for all abilities
• An empathetic and intuitive personality
• Willing to travel throughout Berkshire County, MA and Columbia County, NY
• Reliable transportation

 

 

Acceptance to the CATA Roster does not guarantee employment. When CATA has opportunities for growth, the roster will serve as our primary source for new faculty.

 

 

To apply: click here to fill out our online application form