The Director of Development is responsible for helping the organization meet its fundraising goals, both immediate and long-term, particularly as they relate to individual and business contributions. S/he coordinates closely with the Executive Director both to develop fundraising strategies, meets directly with current and prospective donors, and ensures that contributions are recognized in a timely and appropriate manner. S/he reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Deputy Director and Marketing and Development Manager.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with Executive Director to establish annual Development Plan and Goals and as part of the organization’s senior leadership team
  • Ensuring that The Studios meets its goals for annual Patron giving, capital contributions, restricted gifts, business sponsorships and planned gifts, through personal stewardship of current donors and cultivation of prospective ones
  • Working with Deputy Director to develop strategy around membership goals
  • Working with the Chair of the Board’s Development Committee to help lead its efforts
  • Participating in all staff meetings, and Board and committee meetings as needed
  • Participating in public programs, which regularly occur outside of normal work hours in our busiest months (Jan-April)
  • Coordinating with and assisting the Deputy Director with Special Events geared towards fundraising and donor stewardship, such as the Patron Brunch and Arts & Eats program
  • Serving as a visible representative of The Studios with current and potential donors and other supporters throughout Key West

About The Studios of Key West:

The Studios of Key West’s mission is to support artists, inspire creativity and build community. As a multidisciplinary arts organization, we also serve as the center of our island’s creative life. We provide artists from Key West and around the world with opportunities and resources, and present a busy schedule of exhibitions, classes, concerts, theater, residencies and more each year.

Our flagship building is a three-story downtown art center, with four galleries, two classrooms, eight studios, a 200-seat theater, a rooftop terrace and a popular bookstore founded by author Judy Blume. The Studios campus also includes the PEAR House, home to our artists residency program; Hunter House, where we house visiting artists, and a satellite woodshop.

The Studios has experienced steady growth since its founding in 2006 thanks to a loyal and enthusiastic donor base, in particular over 170 Patron households who contribute $1,250+ annually, with a roughly 95% renewal rate, totaling over $500,000 this year. We have 9 salaried employees and a budget of ~$1.3M, not including the bookstore.

About the Development Team:

The Director of Development will work as part of a team devoted to Development and Marketing goals, who share the following responsibilities related to fundraising:

  • Executive Director: Lead organizational spokesperson; primary steward of upper level donors ($5,000+/year); most grant writing
  • Deputy Director: Marketing, website and mass emails; major fundraising/stewardship events; assist with donor stewardship
  • Marketing and Development Manager: Donor acknowledgment, tracking and stewardship support; design of fundraising materials

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume and contact info for up to three professional references to Jed Dodds, Executive Director, at

Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Job Qualifications:

A Successful Candidate will:

  • Inspire confidence and enthusiasm through superb interpersonal skills and clear written communication
  • Have at least three years experience in fundraising, and/or nonprofit work at the executive level, with demonstrable success in donor solicitation and managing fundraising campaigns
  • Be capable of managing complex projects and volunteer/staff teams to work toward established goals in a succinct and timely manner
  • Be proficient in developing and utilizing systems and tools to forecast and track progress
  • Be proficient in CRM systems and common software applications

Compensation: $75k/9 months (Oct 1-Jun 30, TBD), flexible hybrid work schedule, paid time off. Housing may be provided if needed, with salary adjusted accordingly.

Equal Opportunity: The Studios of Key West is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the organization and view every job opening as an opportunity to further those goals.