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Houston Center for Photography
Director of Development
Job Description—Major Duties

Reports to: Executive Director
Full-time, Exempt position

HCP is located in the heart of Houston’s museum district within walking distance of The Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel. Our mission is to increase society’s understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education programs, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaborations. We create meaningful photography experiences.

Houston Center for Photography enjoys a long-standing reputation for presenting exhibitions and educational programs that are of the highest cultural and artistic merit. As one of the only organizations in Houston focusing on the presentation of contemporary photography, HCP fills a particular niche within the city’s vibrant and diverse visual arts landscape. Both local and national media outlets regularly review our exhibitions and we collaborate often with many local organizations. HCP is dedicated to exhibiting important work that is not being shown elsewhere in Houston.

As the Director of Development at Houston Center for Photography, you will join a small, energetic, staff who is passionate about promoting the art of photography. This position will report directly to and work closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of contributed income development with an emphasis on annual giving, government and foundation gifts, foundation stewardship, and event planning.

• Develop and implement all short and long-range strategic development plans with the Development Committee and Executive Director in order to diversify the organization’s funding base and support its long-term goals, including annual gifts, major gifts, membership, fundraising events, and corporate and foundation solicitation.
• Create annual development plan to parallel annual budget; monitor progress against goals and produce monthly reports. Closely monitor and adhere to grant deadlines.
• Work with Board of Directors to identify and build relationships with a network of potential major funders and additional partners with influence and substantial resources.
• Write and submit grant reports to foundations, corporations, and federal and state agencies.
• Cultivate strong relationships with grant administrators and/or their board members.
• Work closely with administrative support team to keep up-to-date, accurate records and ensure that all donations are accurately entered into electronic databases.
• Ensure that all donor outreach and follow-up is conducted in a timely and efficient manner.
• Conduct donor development events.
• Prepare materials for Development Committee meetings, attend meetings and manage follow-up activities.
• Raise visibility and funding potential of HCP through creative public relations and special events.
• Head the annual auction: primary contact with chairs and committees; oversee donations, sponsorships, invitations and print deadlines.
• Work with Executive Director and Executive Assistant to ensure membership goals and numbers are met or exceeded. Build relationships with current and future members.
• Develops membership retention plan including members-only events.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree/certification a plus. 3+ years professional development experience, preferably in non-profit organizations, including significant responsibility for revenue generation. Knowledge of principles of fundraising. Excellent writing, editing, and research skills.

The applicant must possess strong writing skills and a persuasive communication style, as well as a strong ability to gather and analyze data related to HCP’s audiences, donors, and budgets. Candidates must have a proven ability to meet multiple deadlines, prioritize, and communicate effectively with staff, board, and donors. Knowledge of photography is a plus. A passion for the visual arts is essential. Some evening and weekend work is required.

To apply for this position, please email Executive Director, Ashlyn Davis, at with your cover letter, resume with references, and 1 writing sample as a single pdf. Multiple documents will not be opened. RESUMES ACCEPTED UNTIL FILLED.

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes generous paid time off, paid holidays, an IRA plan with employer match, and a health insurance plan.
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