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Nimbus Arts Job Description: Director of Development

Position Title: Director of Development

Reports To:  Executive Director

Classification: Exempt, full time (30+ hours/wk) or Consultancy.  Salary from $75K +, commensurate with experience. We are willing to accommodate a full time, part time or consultancy role, depending upon the needs of the applicant and our organization.

Job Summary:  Working with the small but dynamic Nimbus Arts Staff and Board and reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will plan and implement a development and fundraising program to provide for the short-term and long-term needs of the organization. This includes actively researching and cultivating major-gift donors and prospects, applying for institutional grant opportunities, and providing direction on messaging and strategy for program initiatives. This position works actively on many fundraising aspects of NIMBASH, Nimbus Arts’ annual fundraiser, as well as providing strategic direction for and implementation of the annual fund drive and other fundraising efforts.

 About Nimbus Arts:  Nimbus Arts is a community-owned 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2005 with the mission of giving the Napa Valley Community access to art. We are dedicated to fostering creative expression, nurturing curiosity, innovating through collaboration, and building a sense of community. In addition to on-site classes and camps, open studios, and lectures, we offer free public events, community service programs, classes in public and private schools, and collaborative art projects throughout Napa County.

We Believe:

  • Art inspires and enriches lives.
  • Art should be available to everyone.
  • Artists are vital to our community.
  • Collaboration with other organizations improves outcomes and makes us stronger.
  • It is essential to reach the underserved community.
  • A multi-disciplinary approach to art promotes curiosity and learning.
  • Art brings people together.
  • Championing cultural equity fosters a more inclusive and connected community.


Key Responsibilities:

Cultivation and Fundraising:

  • Develop, implement, and oversee all aspects of donor engagement (from individuals to corporations and foundations) to maximize both contributed and grant income revenue and long-term relationships
  • Work with Executive Director and Board to develop annual and longer-term fundraising goals and identify donors for major gifts including leadership gifts, planned giving, and legacy contributions
  • Create, develop and oversee all strategies and written content for fundraising, including donor cultivation materials, Annual Reports, NewsBriefs, solicitation proposals, and donation acknowledgements
  • Work collaboratively with staff and consultants on overall messaging and branding
  • Prepare development data analysis to track contributed income results and provide reports for Staff and Board review and decision-making
  • Serve as spokesperson and public advocate for Nimbus Arts’ mission within the funding community
  • Coordinate with the ED and Business Manager to communicate donor requirements and funding restrictions to ensure that accountability and reporting obligations are met
  • Work with the Sponsorship Committee to develop strategies and initiatives to secure community partnerships and sponsors.
  • Responsibilities also include some public relations activities including local/regional media relations and writing and issuing press releases


Government + Institutional Grant Opportunities:

  • Work with Executive Director and colleagues to research, write, and submit complete and successful grant applications
  • Work with the Business Manager on processes for receiving, documenting, and tracking grants.
  • Ensure that grant reports are fulfilled in an accurate and timely manner


Special Events:

  • Work with the Executive Director and the Nimbus Arts team to plan, implement, and manage fundraising events, donor visits, cultivation events, and other special events, with a goal to increase revenue and develop long-term relationships. Provide support for and participate in such events
  • Identify stewardship and cultivation opportunities that deepen donor engagement with Nimbus Arts, such as intimate receptions and events.
  • Support fundraising efforts for NIMBASH, including overall strategy, messaging, donor and sponsor outreach, sponsorship funds collection, and other duties as assigned


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; graduate degree preferred
  • At least 3 years of manager-level non-profit development/fundraising experience; arts organization experience is ideal
  • Demonstrated track record for soliciting and securing major gifts and grants
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, digital file management and web-based research tools, experienced and proficient with databases (ie Neon and ClickBid)
  • Basic understanding of the financial and tax requirements for donation reporting
  • Proactive, anticipatory, strategic thinker with demonstrated ability to respond and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to function effectively as a team member
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build personal rapport and effective working relationships with Board Members, staff, donors, organizational partners and other stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational abilities, time management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality

Work Environment:

Nimbus Arts is located in St. Helena, California and in person meetings are often required. Must possess a car and valid driver’s license and be willing to work occasional nights and weekends. Must be able to actively lead and participate in tours and be able to lift at least 25 lbs.

To Apply, Please Provide the Following:

  • Cover letter addressing your interest in the position.
  • Resume with education, employment history, and contact information for three references.

Application materials should be emailed in PDF format to: 

No phone calls please. To learn more about Nimbus Arts, visit


Please note: Nimbus Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender or gender identity, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, marital status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, sexual orientation or other bases protected by law. Nimbus Arts makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities as defined by and in compliance with California law.


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