Employment Opportunities

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

THE NEED

The Society of the Four Arts, a non-profit arts and cultural organization based in Palm Beach, Florida is seeking to hire a full-time Director of Development to join its team.

THE ORGANIZATION

The Society of the Four Arts (the “Four Arts”) was founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming in drama, art, music, and literature to the growing resort community of Palm Beach, Florida. Each season, the Four Arts offers a lineup of notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions that are popular and often oversubscribed. The campus is home to sculpture and botanical gardens, an art gallery and 700-seat auditorium, a library, a children’s library, and a state-of-the-art educational facility. All the Four Arts’ programs are open to the public.

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building, designed by architect Addison Mizner, is home to a diverse and ever-changing schedule of traveling art exhibitions. Also, in the O’Keeffe, the Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium hosts the Esther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series with notable speakers from the fields of politics, culture, and the media, a classical music program featuring individual artists and chamber music performances, as well as popular broadcasts of The Met: Live in HD, the Bolshoi Ballet, and National Theatre of London productions offered throughout the season.

The recently renovated Four Arts King Library, which serves as the town library for Palm Beach, boasts a collection of more than 70,000 books, periodicals, DVDs, and other media. The Children’s Library offers a free story time program twice a week for preschool-aged children, and special events for children of all ages throughout the year.

The Dixon Education Building is home to Campus on the Lake cultural education programs, which include lectures, workshops, classes, and field trips exploring the topics of art, music, literature, drama, and the art of living well. Each program features outstanding international and local speakers who pursue varied forms of the arts. With classrooms, an auditorium, an art studio, and even an apartment for a visiting artist, the Dixon Education Building serves as Palm Beach County’s home for lifelong learning.

The Four Arts Botanical Gardens are demonstration gardens designed in 1938 by members of The Garden Club of Palm Beach to help new arrivals to South Florida who were struggling with gardening in the state’s tropical climate. The Garden Club continues to maintain the Botanical Gardens today. Adjacent to the botanical gardens is the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, which showcases sculptures in an outdoor setting. The gardens are open seven days a week, and there is no charge for admission.

The Four Arts (https://www.fourarts.org) is governed by an active and engaged Board of Trustees. With a dedicated staff of 49 employees, 37 full time and the others being part time and seasonal, and a membership of 1,216, the Four Arts has just over $130 million in assets with an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million and a growing endowment of over $59 million. The Society was profitable last year and projects a surplus for the 2021/2022 Season. The Society, which is in excellent financial condition, enjoys the support of its extremely loyal and generous membership base as well as the Town of Palm Beach.

THE POSITION

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Development is the senior fund-raising manager at The Society of the Four Arts, chiefly responsible for bringing in revenue streams to the Four Arts (grants, donations, special events), planning, organizing and directing all the Four Arts’ fund-raising activities including major gifts, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, special events, services to members, and capital campaigns.

The Director works closely with the President, with other Senior Staff, and any trustee advisory committees that may be formed from time to time. Together with the President, the Director of Development is the external face of the Four Arts to the groups and prominent individuals active in Palm Beach.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate and lead staff efforts to plan and implement capital campaigns or project-related funding
  • Serve as liaison to the President, Chairman of the Board and members of the Executive Committee of the Board to define vision, strategy and tactical components of capital campaigns
  • Steer texts, content and format for Campaign brochures and other fund-raising publications
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors
  • Direct the annual giving program, including mailings
  • Serve as the point of contact for the Chairman of the Development Committee
  • Lead planning and conduct of the biennial Galas, serving as a point of contact for Gala Chairs
  • Lead and coordinate all aspects of the principal social events at the Society, such as Tuesday luncheons, previews, Chairman’s Forum and Benefactors Council events
  • Lead processes of re-enrolling and servicing the membership of The Society
  • Responsibility for all aspects of Society membership, including the ‘member services call center’ for inquiries and assistance, cooperating with the Accounting Department for annual membership re-enrollment, with the Communications Department for reporting in Society publications, printed materials, printed external communications
  • Management of Corporate Sponsorship and relative benefits
  • Build and maintain relationships with existing and prospective donors to cultivate increased giving to the institution
  • Explore strategies for expanding participation in BC/CF membership
  • Develop a plan to approach members and others who benefit from Four Arts programs but who do not currently provide financial support
  • Provide copy and take responsibility for written communications and marketing materials for existing and prospective donors and donor groups
  • Maintain Gift recognition, signage and plaques, with the Director of Buildings and Grounds
  • Assist the President and Chairman of the Board by developing expanded processes for research and tracking of membership applicants data
  • Perform development and mission-related tasks as requested

THE BENEFITS

  • Annual bonuses as approved by the Board of Trustees
  • 35-hour work week (9:00am to 5:00pm), Monday through Friday
  • Summer Flex Days. From June through September, the work week is reduced to four (4) days
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Health Saving Account Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with a generous match and full vesting
  • 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Sick days that are fully allocated upon hire
  • Vacation time
  • Working with professionals in the fine arts and cultural sector

THE REQUIREMENTS

  • 10 years or more of fundraising and leadership experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required, and a Master’s degree in a related field is preferred
  • Comfortable working with high net worth, ultra-high net worth and high-profile individuals
  • Ability to implement best practices and work alongside the President and senior leadership team
  • Supervisory experience leading and managing staff, consultants, and vendors
  • Ability to plan and execute fundraising campaigns including operating and capital
  • Commitment to professionalism, discretion and confidentiality
  • Adeptness in working in a busy, seasonal environment with flexible scheduling
  • Willingness to attend after hour/weekend events
  • Strong work ethic and ability to instill the same in others
  • Ability to follow through on tasks and goals
  • Solid command of oral and written English language
  • Fluent in Word, Excel, Outlook, Raiser’s Edge, and a knowledge of best practice in database management
  • Familiarity with corporate and foundation relations and other related topics to help strategically position efforts and activities
  • Familiarity with estate law and charitable donation tax deductibility

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please send resumés or candidate referrals to grex@fourarts.org