Open Positions

Open positions will be posted here during the time frame we are accepting resumes. 

DIRECTOR OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT – Deadline: 5PM – Friday, August 14

Application Instructions: Please submit a single pdf document (file name formated this way: LastName_FirstName.pdf), via email, containing a cover letter, resume, salary expectations and three references to:  Please indicate “Director of Resource Development” in the reference line of the email to ensure proper handling.


ArtsKC is seeking a dynamic, creative, and experienced fundraising and business development professional to fill the full-time position of Director of Resource Development.  This is a high-impact position that will provide broad-based, equitable, and proactive support for the arts community and will require a seasoned strategist who is adept at developing and managing impactful initiatives and programs. This position requires a deep passion for the arts and a commitment to advancing the recovery and reimagination of the regional arts ecosystem and elevating the diverse disciplines and individuals who comprise this important community. The successful candidate will have experience leading and mentoring a representative team of associates and volunteers toward the pursuit of new and innovative strategies that secure financial support in an evolving and challenging fundraising and charitable giving environment. This leadership position requires an unwavering commitment to the Kansas City region and enjoys and is motivated by growing and sustaining strong relationships with corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. This includes securing major corporate sponsorships and other necessary funding for new programs and initiatives. This position will also be a key contributor to the development and implementation of the marketing, communications and community engagement strategy. The Director of Resource Development reports directly to the President & CEO, works with the Board of Directors, high profile community leaders, arts patrons, volunteers, and the arts community-at-large. 


  • Develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan, currently at $1.5 – $2.0  million dollars, and implement both annual and long-range goals, objectives, and strategies to maximize support through various sources including individuals, corporations, foundations, grants, government grants and special events.
  • Renew existing donors and acquire new donors with the goal of increasing annual giving. 
  • Build relationships with donors to increase lifetime giving potential.
  • Lead the efforts of a development team.
  • Works closely with the Marketing and Communications staff and other associates to develop strategic messaging, marketing and communications materials and branded collateral.
  • Identify new foundation financial support, meet grant application and report deadlines, coordinate direct mail and email solicitations, and special events for cultivating existing and potential donors.
  • Track data, prepare reports, and forecast revenues in coordination with the Finance team.  Plan and submit annual budgets to document return on investment (ROI) and set goals for growth.
  • Represent the agency before funders, board members, volunteers, arts patrons and donors.
  • Remains current on professional fundraising trends, leading strategy in this uncertain and changing environment.


The ability to work independently, lead a team, and work well with board members is essential.  Proven development and fundraising experience required with a progressively successful record of performance. Ability to be a self-starter, assessing current and long-range needs of the organization and creating procedures for further advancement of fundraising efforts. Experience in grant writing to foundations and corporations with a strong performance record is preferred. Strong marketing, communication, presentation skills and a knowledge and/or understanding of a variety of fundraising strategies are also preferred.  Experience in leading large scale special events is preferred.  Knowledge or experience of United Arts Fund/United Way fundraising, including workplace giving is desired.

Must have a working knowledge of fundraising databases (proficiency with Salesforce preferred), and be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite.  Candidates must be technologically savvy and comfortable learning new technology to reach new generations of donors. Must possess the ability to communicate the mission and vision of ArtsKC and be a genuine participant/consumer of the arts.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with Master’s Degree Preferred
  • CFRE credential or similar fundraising accreditation preferred
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of increasing leadership experience, with preference in a not-for-profit organization
  • Experience working with not-for-profit volunteers and board members; and a diverse and dynamic constituent community.
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills, with an emphasis on financial budgeting and grants reporting
  • Experience mentoring and supporting colleagues
  •  Working knowledge of: Constant Contact, SalesForce CRM, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, Google Sheets


  •  A passion for the arts as well as enthusiasm for ArtsKC’s commitment to engagement, investment, diversity, and inclusion in the arts.
  • Effective decision-making processes with strong personal accountability
  • Strong leadership and listening skills
  • Professionalism and solid judgment
  • High emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think conceptually, creatively,  and specifically
  • Respond quickly and with agility to challenges with vision and courage. 
  • Move toward solutions intentionally, empathetically, and optimistically
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, service-driven work environment
  • Employs a collaborative, inclusive, and team-oriented approach


Deadline: Noon, August 10, 2020

No phone calls or recruiters please. Please submit a single pdf document (LastName_FirstName.pdf), via email, containing a cover letter, resume, salary expectations and three references to:  Please indicate “Director of Resource Development” in the reference line of the email to ensure proper handling.


Salary commensurate with experience and excellent health insurance, 401k plan, dental insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance benefits. Generous paid time off policy.

It is the fundamental policy of ArtsKC to provide equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status or disability status.