ADVANCEMENT OFFICER

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) seeks a well-organized, self-motivated, contemporary art enthusiast to take the lead role in fundraising and oversight of marketing/communications. This is an exciting time at GRACE as we continue to expand our reach in the region and beyond.

GRACE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit solely dedicated to enhancing community life through excellence and involvement in the visual arts. As a widely recognized regional arts leader, it serves 80,000 people annually, providing Virginia, Maryland, and DC’s diverse communities with abundant opportunities to experience and explore contemporary art through exhibitions, education programming, and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. The GRACE gallery and its new satellite gallery at the Signature showcase local and regional artists alongside artists of national and international reputations. Recent exhibitions have created opportunities for partnerships with Reston Community Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, George Mason University, and the National Gallery of Art. Exhibition programming includes Creative Responses,  which invite a local creative professional to respond to the work on view and engage visitors in conversation. GRACE Art and Summer Camp deliver art enrichment experiences to over 20,000 students. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, GRACE’s largest fundraising effort, is among the top such events in the country. The Greater Reston Arts Center strives to increase understanding of different cultures through art, brings diverse audiences together around a common interest, and ensures access and opportunity for engagement in the arts to all residents, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or income. Recently, GRACE was honored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the state arts agency, to receive one of its prestigious “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” in the category of Bedrock Institutions – one of only four visual arts institutions in the Commonwealth so honored. Admission to the GRACE gallery is always FREE, as are most programs.

Responsibilities:

Development:

  • Devise and execute appropriate strategies for obtaining major gifts, grants, and sponsorships
  • Maintain contact database as well as foundation, corporation, and individual donor records
  • Manage renewal, new, lapsed member process, including mailings and calls
  • Prepare correspondence, proposals, and reports for major gift donors, prospects, and foundations
  • Maintain relationships with government, individual, corporate, and foundation funding sources
  • Research new grant opportunities and oversee the writing and compilation of major grant submissions
  • Track reporting deadlines
  • Track and process board dues
  • Coordinate appeals campaigns for exhibitions, education, Fine Arts Festival, and general operating
  • Coordinate special events related to institutional advancement

Marketing and Public Relations:

  • Develop and implement a marketing strategy to further GRACE’s organizational goals
  • Coordinate institutional messaging, media relations, advertising, e-communications, social media, and select in-house marketing collateral
  • Coordinate communications to ensure strong and consistent positioning of the organization to all internal and external constituencies
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above (Master’s preferred)
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to establish priorities and manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, demonstrate initiative, and handle confidential materials with integrity
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (PowerPoint and graphics/presentation expertise highly regarded)
  • Working knowledge of best practices and local and national giving trends as related to major gifts and campaigns
  • Interest in contemporary art

Salary and title commensurate with experience. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel (lsiegel@restonarts.org). No phone calls.


INTERNSHIPS

The Greater Reston Arts Center is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of arts professionals. We seek interns who are organized, creative and motivated to gain insight and experience into how a contemporary arts center operates. Internships are generally unpaid, but offer the opportunity to build professional skills and relationships with experienced mentors.

Although most GRACE internships occur during the summer, GRACE staff will consider scheduling internships at other periods during the year.

SUMMER CAMP INTERNS

Each summer GRACE requires assistance with our summer camp program, particularly for those sessions serving younger students. High school and college interns are welcome to volunteer as camp assistants for one session or multiple sessions. 2018 information coming soon.

COLLEGE INTERNS

GRACE offers internships in for both undergraduate and graduate students. Possible focuses include Exhibitions/Gallery Management, Development, and Education. Internships for college credit are welcomed. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter outlining internship to Sarah Sadler