Association for Public Art Seeks Full-Time Development Manager

The Association for Public Art (aPA), the nation’s first private, non-profit public art organization, seeks an experienced fundraising professional to manage and strengthen a comprehensive development and membership program and related activities. The aPA’s award-winning and innovative programs carry out our mission to commission and acquire, preserve and protect, and interpret and promote public art in Philadelphia.

We are a small, dedicated, and energetic group of arts professionals, seeking an equally proficient, highly motivated, astute, and organized individual to “hit the ground running” and represent aPA with enthusiasm and confidence. The full-time Development Manager will be an integral part of aPA’s team and will report to the Executive Director & Chief Curator. Salary is commensurate with experience; and aPA provides excellent health, dental, and vision insurance coverage, and other employee benefits.


  • Work closely with aPA staff to support and advance our work
  • Work closely with the Executive Director & Chief Curator and Board Development Committee
  • Manage and strengthen all development and membership solicitations and activities
  • Carry out prospect research and develop donor connections
  • Write effective fundraising communications, proposals, and reports
  • Solicit support from individual, corporate, foundation, and government funders and donors
  • Boost membership and implement annual giving campaigns
  • Strengthen Board participation and major gift contributions
  • Manage development-related special events and communications
  • Work collaboratively with staff as needed, including marketing, communications, and creative visioning
  • Track and acknowledge grants and gifts in database
  • Create analytical and Board reports
  • Represent aPA and foster donor cultivation, solicitations, and relationships

Ability and Knowledge

  • Experience in prospect research, grant management, and superior writing skills
  • Effective record-keeping, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional and persuasive interpersonal skills and experience working as a team member
  • Articulate and able to effectively engage with corporate, government, and foundation leaders
  • Record of successfully managing relationships with individual donors of all types
  • Familiarity with budgets and reporting for non-profits
  • Computer expertise (Mac) and knowledge of Mac software for design and record
  • Experience with InDesign, Adobe Suite, WordPress and MailChimp a plus
  • Knowledge of visual art and familiarity with public art are advantageous


Master’s degree preferred, or Bachelor’s degree with comparable non-profit fundraising experience, including writing successful fundraising proposals and solicitation letters. The Development Manager must have the ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional weekend and evening hours.

Send a cover letter, resume, a list of three references and a writing sample by email to with the subject line: Development Manager.

Applications will be considered until the position has been filled. No phone calls, please.


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