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NPN/VAN – Opening for a Development Director

Posted: Monday, July 13th, 2015 at 3:16 pm in Job Announcements

updated 10/14/2015: The position has been filled.

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), is a 30-year old national intermediary arts organization based in New Orleans. It is a diverse group of cultural organizers working to enhance the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States. NPN/VAN’s programs include local, national and international activities and serve three primary purposes: subsidizing the creation and touring of new work by contemporary artists, convening NPN/VAN organizational partners with artists and colleagues, and influencing cultural policy. NPN has an annual budget of $3.5 million.

Job Overview


  • Design and implement long- and short-term fundraising strategies, research funding sources (foundation, corporate, government and individual prospects) and trends in philanthropy, plan and develop grant proposals and reports, and cultivate and foster relationships with funders;
  • Ensure NPN/VAN meets all of the guidelines/requirements of funders, grant agreements and NPN fiscal policies, document and track development efforts, and create and maintain an annual development plan and calendar;
  • Liaise with the board of directors and collaborate with the staff to identify resources and activities for assistance in meeting resource development goals.


  • Dynamic, engaging and creative
  • Compelling writing style with strong editorial skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Enthusiasm for making new contacts and engaging diverse constituents
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Comfort with financial reporting


  • At least 5 years of fund development experience
  • Community-oriented experience
  • Computer literacy
  • Experience in foundation, corporate, government and individual prospect research
  • Communications/PR experience highly desirable
  • Experience with local, regional and national government, corporate and foundation fundraising

To Apply

Please send letter of interest addressing responsibilities, skills and qualifications listed above, resume, writing sample, and three references to: No phone calls please. NPN is an EEO employer and is committed to diversity in its hiring and in the workplace.

DEADLINE:  August 21, 2015

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