Job Opportunities

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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.




• 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.




• 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.




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 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.


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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




• 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