Greater Nashville Nonprofit Job Opportunities

Major Gifts Director - The Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH)

Our client, The Contemporary Arts Center, has retained our services to identify and hire a Major Gifts Director. Located in Cincinnati, this acclaimed fine arts organization has been dedicated to showcasing the artists and their work on the cutting edge of the art world for nearly 80 years. The CAC provides experiences through exhibitions and performances as well as educational and outreach programs, to engage and interact with the art, artists, and ideas of our time. Working with our regional community of visitors, patrons, and partners, and with our global community of artists and institutions, the CAC explores and celebrates the unfolding landscape of art and expression. Currently the CAC is establishing a more robust development presence among its patrons and existing donors. The successful candidate needs to be a seasoned development professional who can build upon a solid development program in this highly collaborative, fast-paced setting. This position reports to the Chief of Development and will work very closely with the Executive Director and senior staff.

Responsibilities: The Major Gifts Director will: Plan and execute fundraising strategies to assure necessary revenue to accomplish the organization’s goals including annual giving, major giving and planned giving; Build new and existing relationships through the identification, cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio of individuals and naturally-aligned corporate and foundation donors; Represent the institution in the community through natural interactions; Monitor, track and analyze the performance of the development program.

Qualifications: Our ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of proven, successful, fundraising experience; Excellent communication skills; representing the organization with professional maturity; A builder and connector with a high level of intellectual curiosity and a tenacious spirit; A well-organized team member with an understanding of, and a passion for, the mission; An energetic doer who is comfortable and thrives in a creative, diverse environment. Compensation package includes a highly competitive salary commensurate with experience and attractive benefits.

How to Apply: For confidential consideration, send your resume and cover letter to Priority will be given to resumes received by December 21st, although resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Development Director - Agape Animal Rescue

Exciting job opportunity for a growing not-for-profit animal rescue based in Middle Tennessee. Full time or part time hours available. This position will increase cash flow and develop new fundraising strategies to ensure ongoing and sustainable revenue to support our mission of finding loving homes for the dogs that have been abused, abandoned, surrendered or at risk for shelter euthanasia. You will work closely with Agape Animal Rescue’s Board of Directors to establish financial goals, facilitate multiple fundraising events throughout the year, and cultivate an active and diversified base of donors. If you are a creative, self-motivated, enthusiastic animal lover with a strong background in effective non-profit development and a passion for developing and implementing new fundraising efforts, Agape Animal Rescue is where you belong.

Responsibilities: Create and execute an annual fundraising plan in coordination with appropriate Board committees (annual giving campaign, majo gift campaign, donor prospect research plans, etc). Manage large-scale appeals (e.g. direct mail or email campaigns). Solicit major gifts and sponsorships through one-on-one meetings with donors or in conjunction with other staff or board members in-person, by phone or other means to explain the mission and purpose of the rescue, solicit funds and steward donors. Manage community giving campaigns through direct mail, social media and email. Develop relationships with philanthropic donors and practice excellent donor stewardship for long-term relationships. Manage the planning and execution of special fundraising events, currently including Agape Animal Ball and The Big Payback with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator (a volunteer position) to recruit, train, retain and support volunteers involved with fundraising events. Run a grant management program from identification to stewardship.

Qualities Needed: Passion for the organization’s mission. Strategic self-starter. Self-motivated to meet and exceed fundraising goals. Able to establish and maintain collaborative relationships to meet business objectives. Ability to clearly and persuasively communicate, write clearly and informatively; maintain positive relationships with key staff and volunteers. Understand unique needs and relationships with donors and volunteer community, align work with strategic goals, complete administrative tasks, and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals. Follow instructions, take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments, ability to keep confidences when necessary. Balances team and individual responsibilities, exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views, able to build morale and group commitment to goal, supports everyone’s efforts, willingness to negotiate and compromise.

Experience: Demonstrated fundraising successes with track record of successfully asking for and closing gifts and ensuring a positive experience for donors. Strong interpersonal and writing skills, experience in motivating staff, board members and volunteers.

Education: Industry certification or related college degree preferred. Technical Skills: Ability to work with donor and fundraising software (Neon), skilled with social media platforms, Microsoft Office, and Google docs. Preferred experience with Adobe Creative Suite,, and Emma. Work Location: Work from home! Expected visibility at most adoption events on weekends, as well as active involvement at special events locations. Some weekend and evening work required. Success: Measured by the size, diversity and frequency of gifts, the maintenance of the existing donor pool, the expansion of donors AND by developing constructive and effective relationships with people.

How to Apply: Please send resume to

Manager of Development Events - Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: To lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality.

POSITION SUMMARY AND GOAL: The Manager of Development Events and Services will lead and manage all aspects of the production of Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Development department-driven events while being responsible and accountable for event planning, timelines, budget management, and plan implementation to help ensure financial and other goals are met or exceeded. OBJECTIVES: 1) Lead, manage, and be point-of-contact for the production of all aspects of TPAC Development’s events and activities: TPAC Gala, TPAC Partnership Luncheon, President’s Dinner, and all other applicable activities (e.g. VIP Reception at TPAC’s Season Announcement Party, Regions’ Free Day, Tony Awards Viewing Party, TPAC Donor Lounge operations, community events, etc.) to ensure all measurable successes are met and/or exceeded. 2) Manage and maintain appropriate budget comprehension and oversight. 3) Manage all applicable vendor relationships in support of these events/activities. 4) Coordinate and aid in creation of all appropriate event invitations and collateral. 5) Help to increase visibility to the programs that comprise TPAC Education. 6) Help promote TPAC institutionally in the community. EXEMPT: Yes; DEPARTMENT: Development; REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) With SVP for Institutional Advancement and Development team, create and execute plans of action and timelines for all aspects of TPAC Development department-led events and activities during the fiscal year. 2) Oversee and manage all aspects of TPAC Gala (an annual black tie fundraising event comprising cocktails, dinner, awards program, entertainment, and auction), including any ancillary events, by coordinating with appropriate TPAC staff, event leadership, and volunteer committee members as needed; acting as liason with TPAC Gala Chairs to ensure communication is clear and expectations are addressed and satisfied; coordinate any and all event fulfillment with Development team. 3) Oversee and manage all aspects of TPAC’s annual Partnership Luncheon (a stewardship and appreciation event celebrating the support of the organization’s corporate and community sponsors and partners) by coordinating with all appropriate TPAC staff. 4) Oversee and manage the creation and execution of The President’s Dinner (a newly created donor benefit for key supporters) with appropriate team members, hosts, and venue. 5) Manage, with oversight from the Senior Director of Individual Giving, all operational aspects of the TPAC Donor Lounge—including catering, food and beverage staff, volunteer scheduling, and institutional calendar coordination. 6) Oversee and manage the annual VIP Reception at TPAC’s Season Announcement Party (a reception preceeding the unveiling of TPAC’s new performance season). 7) Work in tandem with other TPAC departments on all additional and potential events, e.g. the annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Regions’ annual Free Day performance, and other community events to ensure seamless coordination between all departments. 8) Manage all applicable vendor relationships in support of all events/activities. 9) Coordinate the creation and scheduling of all applicable event invitations and collateral material with Development team and Creative Services Director, including electronic creative pieces. 10) Gain a thorough and complete understanding of all department budgets—how they work, how revenue streams are comprised and connected to expenses, and the impact they have on overall organizational bottom line. 11) Help create event budget(s) and be the primary lead on budget management by tracking both revenues and expenses regularly to ensure goals are met with support of the Manager of Development Information—notifying SVP for Institutional Advancement immediately of any impending non-trivial variances (revenue or expense) as soon as identified. The above listed duties are not all inclusive. This position is expected to perform other work-related duties as assigned even though they may not be considered primary duties.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Experience Required: Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four year college or university and two (2) years related experience in development, administration, and event planning, preferably in a nonprofit setting. Skills and Knowledge Required: 1) Strong knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office programs such as Excel 2) Excellent verbal, communication, and interpersonal skills. 3) Knowledge of theatrical, catering, marketing, fundraising, and printing industries terminology a plus. 4) Working knowledge of Tessitura software a plus. 5) Ability to work in a fluid, dynamic, and fast-paced environment. 6) Ability to work very flexible hours. 7) Personal interest and knowledge of the arts and humanities a plus.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume to or mail / fax a resume to: TPAC Human Resources, PO Box 190660 Nashville, TN, 37219 Fax 615-782-4001.

Associate Executive Director - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a highly regarded national voluntary health services agency, is seeking a talented Associate Executive Director for its Nashville and Knoxville Chapter office, located in Nashville, TN.

Responsibilities: The Associate Executive Director will be responsible for all aspects of fundraising, including Special Events, Major Gifts, Corporate Sponsorships and Planned Giving and will provide leadership and staff oversight. Requirements: In addition to a proven track record of successful fundraising, with an ability to “raise the bar” annually, the Associate Executive Director will possess excellent leadership and managerial skills, including volunteer recruitment and retention, board development, previous equivalent P&L responsibility, and a passion for operational excellence. The successful candidate must be proactive, with superior communication skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. This chapter conducts a variety of special events annually that range from our signature GREAT STRIDES fundraising walk, hike, cycle and more. The Associate Executive Director will be principally responsible for the cultivation of new relationships with corporate and individual benefactors.

How to Apply: This is an outstanding opportunity that offers a high degree of visibility, opportunity for ongoing advancement, and an excellent compensation package. For immediate consideration, please click on this direct link to apply: