Director of Development (Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts)

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Annapolis, MD

A growing community arts center with an ambitious plan to become a beacon for the arts in the Maryland region seeks a Director of Development to help make this vision a reality.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the community’s arts center, providing lifelong, accessible engagement in the performing and visual arts to all who walk through its doors. Maryland Hall was founded in 1979 by a group of artistic visionaries who believed that the former Annapolis High School could be re-vitalized as a community arts center. Today, this historic landmark building is the community’s gathering place for year-round classes, performances, exhibits, tours, workshops, and demonstrations, through which people of all ages discover the transformative power of artistic inspiration, originality, and imagination. Under the direction of new President/CEO Margaret Davis and with the enthusiastic support of the Board of Directors, Maryland Hall is poised to begin a new era that embraces new artistic opportunities, collaborations, and community connections to be a true beacon for the arts in the region.

Financial growth is critical to the future of Maryland Hall—to maintain and improve facilities in an arts center built in 1932, to underwrite ambitious collaborations with the Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and Chorale, to launch new artistic initiatives, and to bring programs to people without resources to routinely access the arts. The region has proven that it values and wants a strong Maryland Hall and is prepared to invest in its vision of a thriving artistic future. An expanded fundraising program will fully engage residents across the region to make this vision a reality.

Maryland Hall seeks a Director of Development responsible for leading the development and execution of this fundraising program, one that is imaginative in vision and metrics-driven in implementation. Reporting to the President/CEO, the Director is responsible for enlisting internal and external stakeholders in comprehensive fundraising initiatives that strengthen and grow revenue streams for Maryland Hall, with a focus on major individual and corporate gifts. The Director leads a team of two reports, serves as a liaison to Board members and senior staff, and personally manages a high-level major donor portfolio.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Record of progressively responsible experience in non-profit fundraising, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership or major gift role.
  • Professional arts experience is not required; knowledge of and commitment to the arts is necessary.
  • Experience building or expanding a donor portfolio and increasing number and size of gifts, both within and outside of capital campaigns.
  • Record of securing 5- and 6-figure individual gifts is essential.
  • Evidence of an entrepreneurial approach to development, an appetite for experimentation, and an equal commitment to tracking and learning from results.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Sophisticated understanding of Board governance and dynamics.
  • Unfailingly collaborative; actively seeks others’ views and promotes consensus.
  • Comfortable with change; patient and responsive to others’ needs during change processes.
  • Familiarity with the Annapolis, MD.-based philanthropic community is highly preferred; current residence in the Annapolis area is desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.