Deputy Director of Development

Founded in 1967, the mission of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is to generate a creative exchange between artists and the public.

Principal public programs include:

  • Through a vibrant exhibitions schedule, the Arts Center explores original installation works, new genres, and other contemporary forms.
  • The Arts Center is acclaimed for its history of working to preserve artist-built environments and has developed an unprecedented collection of 11,000 individual works/components of more than 30 environments that were once in jeopardy.
  • For over 40 years, the groundbreaking Arts/Industry program offers 3-month residencies to 12 artists annually, giving them 24/7 access to Kohler Company’s Pottery, Iron and Brass Foundry, and Enamel Shop to create whole bodies of new work. Over 450 artists have participated in the program.
  • Performing/Media Arts programming includes residencies, film series, concerts, theatre, and documentary films.
  • Education programs deepen the impact of other programs through an acclaimed arts-based preschool, lectures, tours, and programs that connect artists with communities in collaborative efforts. The Arts Center provides programs for schools, universities, daycare centers, shelters, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and families.

Position Summary
The Deputy Director of Development is responsible for the strategic leadership, supervision, and/or direct execution of all fundraising activities including individual, corporate, and foundation giving; government, corporate and private foundation grants; endowment and planned-giving initiatives; and fundraising events. The successful candidate will assume leadership for advancement of a respected and generously supported institution with a 50-year history of national significance and vibrant community engagement. This position reports to the Director, works with Board of Director’s development committees, and manages/leads the development staff, interns, and volunteers.

 Primary duties will include:

  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit established and prospective major gift donors, locally, regionally, and nationally for operating, capital, and special project support.  
  • Provide oversight for the membership program. Work with staff in providing strategic direction for growth of both new and renewing memberships. Develop membership campaigns, track results, and modify as necessary.
  • Oversee the Special Events department. Develop and monitor operational plans, budgets, and strategies to grow the department in ways that best align with the organization’s mission and strategic goals.
  • Supervise the annual benefit gala and other donor recognition events. Identify the potential for and plan new special events.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing department to develop campaigns to increase members and donors.
  • Design, enhance, and implement a planned-giving program.
  • Enhance the visibility of the Arts Center’s Endowment Fund and encourage ongoing gifts.
  • Take the lead in developing a robust grants calendar and oversee staff in creating related applications.
  • Oversee the development of fundraising events.
  • Provide oversight and effective use of the fundraising software. Ensure the confidentiality and accuracy of donor information. Ensure appropriate data inputs that allow for meaningful mining of donor information and expanding prospects.  Develop meaningful reports that allow campaign-status tracking and mine the information to assist in determining strategy.
  • Prepare the department budget and manage within the approved expenditures budget. Track contributions and revenue, forecasting results on a regular basis.
  • Keep informed of changing strategies in philanthropy and tax and estate planning for possible impacts on development efforts.

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience; solid experience and proven results in identifying, cultivating, and expanding high-level donors. In addition, she/he will have strong generalist knowledge of all development activities; staff management experience; superior presentation, writing and interpersonal skills; and the capacity to inspire and motivate donors, staff, and prospects.

The ability to set strategic direction consistent with the organization’s strategic plan, design and implement operational plans, monitor and report results, and ensure effective follow-through is essential. Excellent attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously is a must. The candidate shall be results oriented with a passionate commitment to the arts and an appreciation of the goals and mission of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. He/she will have an understanding of complex institutions with multiple programming departments. A bachelor’s degree is required, with a master’s degree preferred. Knowledge of fundraising database software and Microsoft Office Suite is also desirable.

Send cover letter, résumé, and professional references to:
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Human Resources Manager
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
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We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. The position will remain open until filled.


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