Employment Opportunity – Development and Fundraising Coordinator

Are you passionate about connecting people to art because you believe it has the power to improve quality of life and because you know it makes others feel good when they give to an organization they care about? If so, you may be a perfect fit for the Development and Fundraising Coordinator position at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

The Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction, Colorado is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of Development and Fundraising Coordinator.

This is a full-time, salaried position (minimum of 40 hours per week), reporting to the Executive Director. Some weekends and evenings required.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Development Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all Art Center fundraising efforts including, grants, sponsorships for exhibitions, education, and special events as well as securing major gifts, developing planned giving, and capital campaigns.

The Development Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the E.D. and the Board of Trustees.

CORE PURPOSE: Develop and implement current and long-term strategic funding plans to support the Art center’s goals and mission.   Accelerate the growth of fundraising across a diversified range of sources to continue long-term, sustainable income growth. Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and supporter relationships which further The Art Center’s missions and growth.


Develop, design, implement and maintain both current and long-term strategic and operational plans for fundraising and income growth and sustainability.

Develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate all fundraising activities and events to ensure that financial goals are being achieved by creating and executing the strategic plan.

Together with Executive Director, make public appearances, conceive, encourage and participate in media opportunities and participate in speaking engagements to share information about The Art Center and develop fundraising opportunities.

Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditures related to fundraising and the management of funding development activities

Perform other related duties as required.


5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.

Strong interpersonal and writing skills.

Have knowledge of and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly grant-writing, sponsorships, major gift fundraising, and capital campaigns.

Proficiency in the use of computer for: fundraising software, word processing, databases, spreadsheets, email, internet.



Total dollars raised as reflected in annual budget (donations, grants, sponsorships, and event income).

  1. 0% – 95% – Failure
  2. 95% – 99% Needs Improvement
  3. 100% – 110% – Meets Expectations
  4. 111% + – Exceeds Expectations


Future goals and metrics will be identified as new strategies and needs are addressed.


Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

To apply, send resume or CV, cover letter, list of 3 references (2 professional, one business), and a writing sample, to:

lborden@gjartcenter.org, or  Lee Borden c/o The Art Center 1803 North 7th Street Grand Junction, CO 81501


The Western Colorado Center for the Arts (“The Art Center”) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Art Center complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in all work related activities regardless of location. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The Art Center expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the Art Center’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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