ArtsMemphis is the primary arts funder in the Mid-South and exists to strengthen our community by supporting Memphis artists and arts organizations. The arts are essential in driving our economy, enhancing quality of life, improving youth development, providing healing and connection, bridging differences, and sparking innovation. ArtsMemphis grants over $3M to 65+ organizations and hundreds of artists annually. ArtsMemphis has invested over $90 million since its inception in 1963, expanding the foundation of art for our city.
ArtsMemphis generates arts support and invests in artists and organizations. Over the last several years, ArtsMemphis began funding individual artists and implemented a more equitable grant-making structure that supports more organizations, enabling more arts experiences for Memphians. ArtsMemphis elevated its role as convener and connector during the pandemic, helping the sector navigate impacts and plan for a forever-changed future.
ArtsMemphis envisions a Memphis in which every individual feels pride in our city’s authentic cultural assets and experiences the impact of the arts in their lives. In pursuit of that vision, we are guided by a commitment to access, equity and inclusion, creativity and innovation, and transparency (learn more here).
After a record year due to record need and with an approaching 60th anniversary, ArtsMemphis seeks to expand its team by adding a Chief Development Officer. Reporting to and in partnership with the President & CEO, the Chief Development Officer will spearhead a comprehensive fundraising strategy and oversee communications to achieve annual and long-range goals.
The Chief Development Officer will have at least two direct reports (including the Director of Donor Engagement & Communications and the Development Manager), work closely with the 25+ member Board of Directors, and provide staff leadership to the Board Development Committee. This position is part of a collaborative leadership team which includes the CEO, CFO and COO.
This position will oversee all annual campaign fundraising ($3M) which includes individual, foundation and corporate contributors in addition to the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, this position will play a role in future efforts to grow the endowment ($25M).
$90,000-$110,000 and commensurate with experience.
While typical work hours are 9:00am-5:00p, Monday-Friday, employee must be willing to handle flexible hours including occasional work on nights and weekends. Employees are generally expected to be in the office Monday – Thursday with remote work flexibility on Fridays.
This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended, however, to be an accurate summary of those principal job elements. This position may be required to perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Interested and qualified candidates may apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. No phone inquiries, please. Cover letter should describe why candidate is interested in working with ArtsMemphis and how their skills and experience fit with the responsibilities for this role. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 14 and on a rolling basis until position is filled.
People of color are encouraged to apply.
ArtsMemphis strives to build and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working and learning environment for all staff. ArtsMemphis provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
All positions require a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
All applicants are subject to a drug screening and background check.