The Development Officer will steward and cultivate current corporate relationships while strategizing and securing new partners to meet and exceed ambitious annual operating revenue goals for the Corporate Council. This person will also lead special event fundraising activities.
- Oversee and handle administration tasks associated with the new Oklahoma Contemporary Corporate Council program, focused on fundraising and friend-raising.
- Increase awareness, engagement and support from the corporate community.
- Regularly report on performance metrics as they pertain to our annual fundraising goals established with the Development Director.
- Alone or with staff colleagues or volunteers, actively identify and solicit corporations to join our Corporate Council or to sponsor events/exhibitions.
- Manage fundraising events, including:
-- Identify and communicate with volunteer and event committees.
-- Solicit sponsorships.
-- With volunteers, manage event vendors.
-- Work with Operations department staff to oversee event execution.
- With an emphasis on support from corporations for all purposes, implement multi-channel campaigns.
- With the Development team, participate in prospect review and the process of prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation; set constituent (moves) management actions.
- As assigned in prospect review, oversee a portfolio of corporate prospects and donors; achieve specific moves management activities in a timely manner.
- Record Development activity in Tessitura, guaranteeing accuracy and timeliness.
- With the Development team, utilize and analyze data from Tessitura to weigh participation, engagement and capacity to determine solicitation level, purpose and readiness.
Education and Experience Requirements
- Strong public-facing employee and enthusiasm for this aspect of the job.
- Motivated by meeting and exceeding goals.
- History of crafting and delivering successful fundraising asks.
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships, cultivate and solicit prospects. Capital campaign experience preferred, including wealth screening.
- Knowledge of sources and methods of prospect research.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required in art history, liberal arts, management or business.
- Minimum of three years of direct fundraising/development experience in a nonprofit or educational organization preferred; experience in an established development office highly desirable.
- Attention to detail, time management, organizational and multitasking skills.
- Self-motivated, with demonstrated ability to excel as a leader and as a member of a team.
- Ability to work in and contribute to a strong team environment.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Proficient in one or more relational donor databases -- Tessitura preferred.
- Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Ability to produce work and presentation materials using Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Other duties as assigned.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.
Other Requirements and Working Conditions
- Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use.
- Use of a computer, telephone and printer/copier daily.
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation.
- Physical requirements: combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis. Lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds) may be required occasionally.
Submit a cover letter and resume here to apply.
About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.
Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.
We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.