Independent Curators International supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement.

Independent Curators International supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement.

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Director of Development

ICI seeks a full-time Director of Development to head our ongoing fundraising needs and to join our team during a time of growth. Over the last two years, the organization has increased Foundation giving by 27% and grown its Board of Trustees by 22%, bringing its annual budget to almost $2 million. Reporting to the Executive & Artistic Director, the Director of Development will design and execute a fundraising strategy that involves leveraging the impact of ICI's programs to grow and maintain a strong, loyal donor base. They will also be responsible for realizing large-scale fundraising initiatives such as the annual Benefit & Auction and ICI's 50th anniversary campaign, which includes the cultivation of major gifts and planned giving.

The ideal candidate is a data-driven professional who utilizes CRM nonprofit software to inform their fundraising strategies and demonstrates strong leadership qualities—both as a member of the senior management team and as the direct supervisor of a Development Manager. They should also be an enthusiastic supporter of ICI’s mission and committed to our core values, which include inclusivity and accessibility; experimentation; international engagement and cultural exchange; cooperation and collaboration; and generosity.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Design and execute a fundraising strategy that includes diversified revenue streams, which include: individual giving, special events (such as the Annual Fall Benefit & Auction), patron trips, institutional and government grants, art sales, and corporate funding
  • Set annual fundraising goals in partnership with the Executive & Artistic Director and Deputy Director, and lead the Development department (which includes a Development Manager, Development Coordinator, and occasional interns and consultants) to meet those goals
  • Develop or improve upon existing systems for the implementation of fundraising efforts, establish metrics for success, and monitor results
  • Lead the execution of large-scale fundraising campaigns including the annual Benefit & Auction and ICI’s 50th anniversary in 2025
  • Oversee a strategy for cultivation and stewardship that utilizes the power of ICI’s database and research resources to identify prospective donors, build relationships, and maintain a community of donors
  • Identify funding opportunities from individuals, corporations, institutions, and foundations that align with ICI’s programs and mission 
  • Work collaboratively with staff to develop compelling fundraising messaging and produce donor communications—such as annual letters, patron newsletters, and pitch packs—that resonate with ICI’s impact

The successful candidate will have:

  • A minimum of five years of fundraising leadership experience, preferably in the art, advocacy, education, and/or nonprofit fields
  • Established relationships with the philanthropic community and a successful track record of securing gifts
  • Extensive experience using fundraising software and project management tools (such as Blackbaud, Mailchimp, Airtable, and Google Workspace)
  • Strong interests in contemporary art and social justice, as well as trends and best practices in fundraising
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership and strategic thinking skills

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is $90–110k. This is an exempt position and employee benefits include fully-paid medical insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation, eight paid holidays, two weeks at the end of the year when the office is closed in recognition of the holidays, and sick time.

Hours: Full time; office hours are Monday–Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. Applicants should be based in New York City by the start date and open to working a hybrid in-office and remote schedule. Occasional evening and weekend events in New York are required.

To apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; early submissions are encouraged. To apply, please submit a letter of introduction (stating what prompted you to apply for this role and what was your most successful fundraising campaign) and resume to with “DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT” in the subject line.