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. The opportunity comes at a time when the institution is ready to implement a brand/name change (following a yearlong review with professional assistance) and reposition as an institute of contemporary art – a transition that will better align with its position and vision as a leader in the region’s cultural conversation. The organization is in a phase of growth and aspires to grow revenue to support enhanced programs aligned with the organizational rebrand.

GRACE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit solely dedicated to enhancing community life through excellence and involvement in the visual arts. The organization has a $500k operating budget, which includes $300k in contributed revenue, and $200k in earned revenue, generated primarily through the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. As a widely recognized regional arts leader, it serves 80,000 people annually, providing Virginia, Maryland, and DC 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 residences in Reston showcase local and regional artists alongside artists of national and international acclaim.

GRACE has partnered with the Reston Community Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, George Mason University, and the National Gallery of Art through programming such as Creative Response, which invites a local, creative professional to respond to artwork on view and engage visitors in conversation. GRACE’s Emerging Visions and Summer Camps deliver art enrichment experiences to over 20,000 students; and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, GRACE’s largest fundraising effort, is among the top of such events in the country.

The Greater Reston Arts Center strives to engage in increasing cultural dialogue through contemporary art, bring diverse audiences together around a common interest, and ensure access and opportunity for all communities, 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 to receive such recognition.

Admission to the GRACE gallery is always FREE, as are most programs.

Key Responsibilities

Communications and Marketing

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Communications staff in the development of institutional messaging, advertising, e-communications, social media, and other marketing materials
  • Evaluate and align the use of marketing efforts to support development related to the organization’s restructuring and rebranding
  • Maintain accurate and detailed record of donor communications and prospect management – including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship documentation – in a tracking system. Build onto and maintain existing contact database
  • Prepare correspondence, presentations, proposals, and reports as needed for major gift donors, prospects, and foundation communications
  • Assure that best practices are in place and that relevant and innovative fundraising messages are developed to align with organizational mission
  • Manage renewals and the new / lapsed member process; mail and phone outreach

Development and Revenue Generation

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop a strategic plan for fundraising (related to major gifts, grants, and sponsorships) to support the organization’s restructuring and rebranding
  • Manage the growth of an evolving fundraising program by establishing and monitoring strategic fundraising goals and assume responsibility for meeting these goals
  • Coordinate special appeals campaigns targeting areas including but not limited to capital improvements, specific programs, and general operating needs
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new sources of funding opportunities; manage grant writing and compilation
  • Maintain and nurture relationships with government, individual, corporate, and foundation funding sources
  • Track reporting deadlines and process board dues
  • Direct and supervise special events related to institutional advancement; be present at other programs as needed to maximize and communicate potential fundraising opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director


  • Bachelor’s degree or above (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Effective written, listening, and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of best practices in local and national institutional advancement, marketing, development, and philanthropy
  • Interest and enthusiasm for contemporary art
  • Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated skills initiating and managing projects, working independently, and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, demonstrate initiative, and handle confidential materials with integrity
  • Expert in using Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word); Proficiency in Adobe Suite and development software (I.e., Donor Perfect) is highly regarded

Salary and title commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should provide a resume, cover letter, and references as soon as possible to Interviews will begin in April.

Summer 2020

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is hiring a 2020 Digital Summer Art Camp Instructor. GRACE Summer Art Camp provides a fun and educational opportunity for campers to expand creativity and critical thinking skills through art-making and creative play. Digital Summer Art Camp is an extension of GRACE’s traditional in-person camp and is designed for young campers to enjoy at home. 

The GRACE Digital Summer Art Camp Instructor will provide enthusiastic and thorough direction in the visual arts to camp participants for all six weeks of the 2020 Camp Season (June 29 – August 7). The Instructor will lead all summer camp sessions and will collaborate with GRACE staff to develop fun, engaging, and educational content. The Instructor will report directly to the Education Manager and the Executive Director of GRACE. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Collaborating with the Education Manager to plan weekly art projects/lessons and games that are developmentally appropriate, intellectually engaging, and in keeping with the theme of the camp week. 
  • Writing lesson plans in a language that can be easily followed by both campers and their parents. Lessons are due several weeks in advance of camp in order for GRACE staff to make final edits. 
  • Translating written lesson plans into engaging, pre-recorded videos of step-by-step directions for each activity which will be made available for campers and their families to access remotely from their homes. Pre-recorded videos are due several weeks in advance of camp in order for GRACE staff to make final edits. 
  • Planning material lists for each week of camp to aid GRACE staff in creation of “camp-in-a-box” kits to be sent out to individual campers. Material lists are due several weeks in advance of camp in order for GRACE staff to review and order supplies. 

The Digital Summer Art Camp Instructor must have experience planning visual arts lessons for a range of skill and age levels and be comfortable using technology to record lessons. The ideal candidate will have an art education certification, several years of experience as an elementary school art teacher, and the ability to create high-quality content that is engaging and appropriate for a fun summer camp environment. 

  • Sessions are one week and run June 29 – August 7, 2020 
  • Campers range in ages 5-10 
  • Remuneration: $400/week (six weeks total) 

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to the Education Manager, Sarah Berenz, at 


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My Mom Would Never Let Me Do That! 

Explore the possibilities of art! Using a variety of materials, this session combines scientific exploration and the creative process to create the messiest and silliest of art projects. 

June 29 – July 3 (Mon – Fri) 

July 6 – July 10 (Mon – Fri) 


In this camp, kids investigate all things 3-D! From blankets to boxes, we cover the basics of building the best forts ever. Campers will spend their days creating new spaces to explore and will come away with a basic understanding of engineering and a personalized fort of their own! 

July 13 – 17 (Mon – Fri) 

Fibers & Friends! Tie-Dye, Friendship Bracelets, and More 

Have you ever wondered how a spider builds its web, how a bird weaves a nest, how your friend made such an AWESOME keychain?! Become a wonder-weaver as we explore all things fiber—tie-dyeing, friendship bracelets, basketry, and more! 

July 20 – 24 (Mon – Fri) 

July 27 – 31 (Mon – Fri) 

Art & Movement 

Who says art-making has to be stationary? This camp session focuses on all the ways art can get you moving and features 2-D and 3-D projects, which will utilize movement and art-making in innovative ways. In partnership with Beloved Yoga, campers will enhance their action art with yoga each day. 

August 3 – 7 (Mon – Fri) 


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 Berenz