Association for Public Art Seeks Full-Time Development Manager

About Us

The Association for Public Art (aPA), founded in 1872 as the nation’s first private, non-profit public art organization, seeks an experienced fundraising professional to oversee an aggressive 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, interpret and promote public art in Philadelphia. The aPA is dedicated to creating a Museum Without Walls that informs, engages, and inspires diverse audiences, while advancing opportunities for artists to contribute to the  city’s places and spaces. The aPA is committed to building a more diverse and representative public art collection in Philadelphia, and advancing equity, diversity and inclusiveness in our work. In 2022 the aPA will celebrate its 150th year as a leader in the field of public art.


The full-time (currently hybrid remote and office) Development Manager will be an integral part of aPA’s team and report to the Executive Director & Chief Curator. We are a small, dedicated and dynamic team, seeking a proficient, highly motivated, astute, and organized professional to “hit the ground running” and represent aPA with enthusiasm and confidence.


  • Manage, strengthen, and build all fundraising activities, including individual, foundation, government, corporate, and membership solicitations and contributions
  • Work closely and collaboratively with aPA staff, including marketing, communications, and creative visioning
  • Work closely with the aPA Board Development Committee to foster donor cultivation and relationships
  • Carry out prospect research and write effective fundraising communications, proposals and reports
  • Track and acknowledge grants and gifts, maintain database, and create analytical and Board reports
  • Facilitate Board participation and major gift contributions
  • Oversee development related special events, including communications and printed material production


  • Two or more years successful fundraising experience for a non-profit organization
  • Master’s degree preferred, or Bachelor’s degree with comparable non-profit fundraising experience, including creating successful fundraising proposals and solicitation letters
  • Superior writing skills
  • Experience in prospect research and grant management
  • 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 successful cultivation of individual and corporate donors of all types
  • Familiarity with budgets and reporting for non-profits
  • Computer expertise (Mac) and knowledge of Mac software for design and record keeping
  • Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, Filemaker, and Mailchimp a plus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and be available in-person, including occasional weekend and evening

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary is commensurate with experience $55,000 – $65,000
  • Excellent paid benefits package, including health and dental insurance and disability
  • Exceptional collaborative working environment

To Apply

To apply, put DEVELOPMENT MANAGER in the Subject line, and submit the following via email attachment to

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample
  • Names and complete contact information for three references

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

The Association for Public Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to employment nondiscrimination. The aPA values diversity and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.