Director of Advancement

Houston Arts Alliance - Houston

Job Type: Fundraising/Development
Closing date: 10/10/2018

Director of Advancement


HAA Advancement is responsible for the organization’s private funding, which supports specific, finite projects that enhance the working lives of artists and arts managers. Strategy and communications are critical elements of the work.




HAA seeks a fundraiser and a strategic thinker; one who envisions an ambitious future of programs and services that help artists and arts organizations do their work, be bold, and produce well. The position assumes a leadership position in developing and setting strategy, and then takes responsibility for financing the strategy. The Director of Advancement is a full-time, exempt member of the senior team, providing leadership, strategy, execution and accountability for the organization’s fundraising and related communications. Donor types are inclusive: corporate, foundations, and individuals, through digital, in-person, and event outreach.


The Director of Advancement will be a partner to the CEO in developing, articulating, financing, and executing strategy to support and expand the arts and culture in Houston. The position will play an integral, influential role in the growth of HAA and the cultural landscape of the city. The Director will develop positive, productive relationships with staff, board, the Advisory Council, funders, and community leaders and will value service to and positive impact on the arts community.


The position reports to the CEO and supervises a junior support position that is to be hired.




  • Understands the intersection of HAA’s current business model and potential impact, with insights on the needs and potential of the Houston cultural community
  • Assumes a leadership role in the conceptualization, development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational strategy setting and achievement of goals
  • Engages the organization’s distributed leadership in setting a vision, priorities, actions, and goals, seeking buy-in, encouraging innovation, and promoting vision
  • Sets strategy for all fundraising activities, limiting responsibilities to manageable actions that are based on priorities and levels of impact
  • Helps create an organizational culture of collegiality, ambition, and fundraising
  • Envisions and is responsible for growth and development of fundraising activities, including development of new systems and stewardship of relationships
  • Works with foundation, corporate, individual and public agency investors, including grants, events, and other investment and solicitation types, depending on relevance
  • Conducts prospect research and management for all donor types
  • Writes applications, solicitations, white papers, research, and prospectuses, as needed and based on the organization’s fundraising strategy
  • Engages in direct personal solicitation of prospects and supports the CEO and Board in personal solicitation of prospects
  • Tracks deadlines and timing of grant requests and reporting
  • Evaluates the performance of advancement employees including hiring and termination (with approval of the CEO), salary recommendations, and promotions
  • Supervises the maintenance and administration of donor/contributor database
  • Oversees and assists special projects that further fundraising objectives
  • Acts as an ambassador for the organization’s mission and its programs
  • Takes a lead on communications and reputation building, as related to fundraising
  • Has demonstrated experience and instinct for developing, executing and sustaining new, innovative programs and services




  • Proven ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward diverse donor types and amounts
  • Inclination towards growth and improvement over time; strives to consistently improve and demonstrates progress in meeting goals and metrics
  • Record of strong management and analytic skills, both strategic and operational
  • A. degree in appropriate field, Masters or relevant certificates appreciated
  • 5+ years in fundraising with measurable achievements, preferably in the arts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, ability to present information in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences, and to communicate the organization’s mission and programs with passion and nuance
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly with colleagues, artists, and donors
  • Familiarity and experience with appropriate and current technology




Please send cover letter and resume, including detailed fundraising successes, to, with “Director of Advancement Application” in the subject line of your email. The deadline for applications is October 10, 2018.

Contact Info

John Abodeely