Development & Marketing Director

The Cedars Union
August 16, 2023
1219 S. Ervay Street, Texas
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Position Title: Development & Marketing Director

Status: Full-time. Exempt.

Reports to: CU Board of Directors / Board President

Overview: The Organization: The Cedars Union (The CU), founded in 2014, is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and a Dallas-based incubator for the arts. The mission is to provide resources including studios, tools, programs, and pro-bono services, to foster a collaborative artist community and to advance the arts in North Texas. The Opportunity: In 2018 the organization opened “The Annex”, a proof-of-concept facility. Now with approximately 55 artist members and having served over 100 artist members since opening, The Cedars Union is focusing on facility expansion and growth in fundraising, with the ability to increase the life-changing work the organization has accomplished for artists since 2018. The CU began with seed money given by a private foundation. Moving forward, it seeks to enlist more support from individuals, other foundations, government entities, and the public. The transition from one-source to multi-source funding will require short and long-term strategic planning, networking, and execution skills as CU endeavors its most ambitious fundraising years ahead. Because of this next phase, the organization seeks a fundraising and marketing professional with a solid background in generating diverse financial support for arts and cultural organizations.

Job Summary: Working closely with the Board of Directors and a highly collaborative, small team of staff members, the Development & Marketing Director will be a front-line external face of the organization that will oversee initiatives to raise funds and build relationships with prospective donors and grant prospects. Working with the Board President, they will direct all areas of fundraising, communications, and marketing for the organization. This position will primarily develop and monitor strategies and fund development programs to identify, cultivate, track, and solicit prospective individual, corporate and foundation sources for gifts to fund the organization's priorities.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Fundraising: (60%)

● Develop an actionable plan for fundraising with a concentration on $1,000+ level gifts.

● Establish ambitious and reasonable fundraising expansion goals in the $1,000, $10,000, and $100,000+ ranges

● Work with the Board and Marketing & Development Committee to establish short- and long-term goals and develop implementation process

● Expand the current Friends donor program to engage a wide audience, raise awareness of CU to the broader community and implement a moves management strategy.

● Develop and manage new campaigns.

● Identify and cultivate new funding sources and opportunities, e.g., grants, sponsorships, donors

● Collaborate and assist with writing grants (with other staff members)

● Maintain and deepen the relationships and communications with current and prospective funders.

● Work with the BOD to strategize, plan, and solicit major sponsors and donors.

● Plan and execute annual Fundraising and Donor Appreciation events with staff and board

● Oversee and manage fundraising budget.

Marketing/Communications/Public Relations (35%)

● Oversee social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok), with day to day posting assistance from Development & Programs Managers

● Oversee Meta advertising and local news outlets (Glasstire, etc)

● Overseeing writing of monthly newsletter and other external communications such as press releases, in collaboration with Development & Programs Managers

● Oversee and Manage Marketing Budget

● Bring individuals for tours of CU facility

● Collaborate with team to write and send out press releases

● Regularly attend local art events, representing The Cedars Union

● Leverage word of mouth advertising when speaking to artists and creatives

● Other Duties As Assigned

All Team Duties (5%)

● Help maintain CU Annex facilities by completing chores when needed

● Make regular visits to local galleries to strengthen relationships


● Minimum five years proven and measurable experience in developing and implementing a wide variety of fundraising and/or marketing programs for a non-profit organization

● Excellent people and communication skills

● Fundraising events, capital campaigns, and donor acquisition experience

● Strong understanding of and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as an institutional policy

● Knowledge of the DFW arts community and it’s patrons

● Excellent written and verbal skills

● Has a growth mindset, with a strengths-based approach, and can anticipate challenges and creatively solve problems

● Experience with mailing acquisitions, marketing and PR communications, and press releases

● Strong background with grant writing and reporting, individual, foundation, and corporate sponsorship packets, and membership programs

● Deeply understands the individual and community roles that artists serve and champion the needs of artists

Physical requirements: ● Must be able to both sit and stand for extended periods of time. ● Must be able to retrieve items and supplies on overhead shelves and bend and stoop to reach Supplies ● Environment is climate controlled, with both coworking spaces and a loud woodshop.

Compensation Package: Benefits include: ● Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance ● 10 days PTO for the first 3 years. 15 days PTO after 3 years of service ● Plus 10 Federal Holidays and a Christmas Break ● 401k plan (non-matching) ● Free CU Membership

Pay: $70,000-$80,000 range

Work Environment: The CU is a flexible workspace environment, working hybrid, with some days at CU and some remotely, with the understanding that in-person required meetings may be scheduled.

We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, and intersections therein. We recognize the lived experiences and leadership of these individuals as being fundamentally relevant to The Cedars Union’s work in advancing our mission.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: The Cedars Union is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. The CU complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, The CU is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Additionally, all employees uphold the ethos of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while encouraging community building, creative place making, and uphold the mission, values, and vision of the organization.


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