Director of Development, Justice System Nonprofit with Rehabilitation Through The Arts


Rehabilitation through the Arts (RTA) helps incarcerated people develop essential life skills through the arts, modeling an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment.


The Director of Development is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of RTA’s annual development program with a focus on individual donors, major donors and institutional donors.


  • Manage the annual development plan, organize calls and events for the year
  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors and major donors with Moves Management
  • Thank, manage and cultivate donors on an ongoing basis
  • Manage prospect research and donor acquisition
  • Schedule meetings and 1-1 calls with key donors and prospects as appropriate
  • Attend selected screenings and other events to meet potential new donors
  • Oversee the annual call letter
  • Manage give/get board dues and other communications with the board as needed
  • Institutional funders – Foundations, corporations and government:
  • Identify and research new institutional funding opportunities through research, frequent inquiry letters, phone calls with potential funders, and attendance at webinars and networking events
  • Manage existing relationships with institutional funders, including elected officials
  • Support the Deputy Director in developing proposals for general operating, program and project funds
  • Maintain a schedule to track grant proposals, renewals and reporting
  • Prepare the Executive Director and other key canvassers for calls and culture and stewardship meetings with institutional funders
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications on all fundraising events
  • Convene the welcoming committee if necessary
  • Oversee outreach and manage mailing list
  • Seek out guests and give board/staff assignments for culture day
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications on donor materials such as invitations and the annual appeal letter; ensure that communications are donor-centric


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in work experience is required
  • At least 5 years of development experience with a focus on individuals and institutional funders, including a strong track record of successful fundraising
  • Detail oriented, creative autodidact with exceptional interpersonal, leadership and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent administrative, communication – written and oral – and computer skills
  • Contribute and commit to diversity, equity and inclusion practices
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint), Google Drive and Common Donor Database (e.g. DonorPerfect, Raiser’s Edge) required
  • Possess a driver’s license and have access to a car
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Interest in prison reform and the arts


RTA is a fast-paced organization led by a collaborative staff that values ​​teamwork through core values ​​developed by staff and mutually agreed upon.

As an organization that works extensively with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, we stand in solidarity with all who are oppressed by institutional inequality and embrace diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills, including those affected by the justice system.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or veteran status .

RTA supports a healthy work-life balance and recognizes that there are tangible benefits to supporting flexible work practices. Staff work a normal work week, but are sometimes required to work certain evenings and/or weekends for special events.

PLEASE SEND CV AND COVER LETTER TO: Brandon Barrow at [email protected]


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