Opportunities

Development Director

Locust Projects is looking for an enthusiastic development leader to secure financial support for Miami’s longest-running alternative art space celebrating both its 25th anniversary and a significant move to a new home in 2023. The Development Director works as part of a team with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and staff in support of the artist-centric mission and vision of Locust Projects.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to develop, implement and uphold strategies for consistent cultivation, stewardship, meaningful recognition, and engagement opportunities for Locust Projects donors, members, and sponsors. 

The perfect candidate will set and achieve bold fundraising goals, cultivate lasting relationships with board, donors, community leaders and visionaries, staff and volunteers. They will be an active participant in fundraising motivating and inspiring action in others to champion Locust Projects and its mission through financial support. In addition they will undertake oversight of major benefit dinners, fundraising events, donor trips, and ensure the organization is maintaining an active fundraising marketing strategy. 

The successful applicant will build lasting relationships with donors, and keep them informed on how their financial input is increasing unique career-building opportunities through commissioned exhibitions and supporting professional development resources for artists living in Miami and beyond. Preferred candidates will be self-motivated, polished, diplomatic, deadline-driven and stakeholder focused and a highly collaborative colleague, and positive example and mentor to staff. As a member of the arts community, maintain awareness of community and arts related activities.

This position offers an ambitious, energetic and forward-thinking individual with a passion for cutting-edge contemporary art and artists, the opportunity to partner with Locust Projects Director, Staff and the Board in taking the organization forward into an exciting new chapter.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive Organizational Funding Plan and Strategy annually which maintains the fiscal health of Locust Projects and provides future financial resources for our growth and expansion. Including but not limited to prospect research, corporate and individual major giving, appeal and campaign development and management, earned income.

  • Develop strong relationships within the community to foster arts philanthropy and increase opportunities and resources for artists. 

  • Work collaboratively with the board Development and Finance committees to support and deliver on strategic fundraising goals providing management, reporting, production and oversight of fundraising activities, including cultivation and stewardship events and strategies.

  • Collaborate with board to build a network of prospects and meaningful relationships

  • Work with Development and Communications Committees on strategies for Give Miami Day Campaign, as well as the 2023 25th Anniversary Campaign

  • Work with Board and staff on development of major benefit dinners, fundraising events, donor trips; assist with securing sponsorships and in-kind support oversee related budgets and a successful ROI.

  • Develop a dynamic program initiatives and active program and events calendar that attracts, engages, cultivates and motivates new and existing donors.

  • Work closely with grants manager to ensure timely applications, recognition, stewardship, final reports and assist in identifying new grant opportunities

 

ADMINISTRATIVE OVERSIGHT

  • Envision and implement creative and cost-effective processes, programs and events to move transactional givers into individual giving programs and on to long-term involvement as donors.

  • Act as primary point of contact for funding, donations.

  • Oversee the maintenance of a complete and accurate database record of donors and funding received. 

  • Create development reports, funding targets, manage and monitor an annual development goals and development budget and track progress through monthly and annual reports for board and committee meetings.

  • Establish tracking tools, appropriate metrics and meaningful KPIs

  • Participate as part of a collaborative team to train, mentor, motivate and support colleagues, staff and intern. 

 

COMMUNICATIONS and OUTREACH 

  • Oversee branding, image and consistency of language in funding messaging in all organization materials - ensuring Locust Projects annual funding credits and sponsorship recognition is updated and accurate in all marketing and outreach materials and platforms.

  • Oversee production of annual giving campaign, as well as auxiliary marketing, promotional and outreach materials.

  • Perform networking at selected community and leadership events.

  • Deliver presentations on programs and budgets to various community, corporate and prospects as needed.

  • Work directly with the communications team and program staff to develop a digital fundraising strategy.

 

EXPERIENCE AND ABOUT YOU!

  • A demonstrated understanding and commitment to building a culture of philanthropy.

  • Experience with donor and campaign management.

  • Highly strategic thinker with a keen understanding of moves management

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Calm and collected demeanor, willingness to support a small team with grace and adaptability.

  • High level of discretion and commitment to the donor code of ethics. 

  • Detail oriented and exceptional organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects under demanding deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across departments - a proactive self-starter within a team environment.

  • A commitment to Locust Projects’ mission, vision and values of diversity, equity and inclusion 

  • Ability to work evenings, holidays and weekends as scheduled.

  • Experience working with an integrated (CRM) database system preferred; adept with Microsoft, Google and Adobe suite preffered. Experience with Excel and budgeting required.

  • Training or education in nonprofit development, sales, hospitality or related experience 

  • A love of contemporary art a plus.

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  • TO APPLY: Submit Cover letter and CV to info@locustprojects.org ; Must include subject line: DEVELOPMENT POSITION

    Equal Employment Opportunities 
    Locust Projects supports equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race,  color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Locust Projects complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

    We recognize that it is highly unlikely that any applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply.

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Internships

Locust Projects is seeking interns who seek an in-depth learning experience towards the exhibitions, events, and development activities of a celebrated non-profit contemporary art organization. Interns work directly with Locust Projects staff and contribute to the contemporary art community in Miami. Internships are unpaid. The best candidates will be undergraduates or recent college graduates, though high school internships are also available.

The focus of the internship is in one of three areas:

  • Exhibitions: Work directly on research and assist in installation of exhibitions, assist with public programs, special events, and meet our artists.

  • Communications/Development: Learn about the strategies for cultivating donors, grants writing and fundraising to support the growth for a non-profit organization. Learn valuable PR and marketing skills required for any organization as you support our visibility and outreach to new and existing audiences.

  • Communications/Design: Work directly on telling our story to the public online and in print using digital media content via graphic design, video and audio related projects. Skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and HTML are highly desirable.

For further information contact: gallery@locustprojects.org or 305.576.8570

Duration

Full: 3-4 months / High school: 2-3 months

Hours

Full: 10 hours per week commitment / High school: 5 hours per week
(with the potential to contribute more time for special events)

Deadlines

SPRING 2022: Application Due January 3. Duration: January – April.

SUMMER 2022: Application Due April 15th. Duration: May - August.

FALL/WINTER 2021: Application Due August 15th. September – December. - FULL. NO POISTIONS AVAILABLE.

Application Instructions

  1. Please email: gallery@locustprojects.org with INTERNSHIP as subject.
  2. Include your CV
  3. Describe which internship you are applying for, your area of interest, understanding of Locust Projects’ mission & any relevant experience with contemporary art.
  4. Include two references (email address and phone number.)

Applicants who do not submit all the required items may be eliminated from the selection process.

Send / deliver materials to:

gallery@locustprojects.org

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Locust Projects
Attention: Internships
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

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