Job Opportunities

Title: Development Director (full-time)
Reports to: Executive Director
Based in: Atlanta, GA

The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences is seeking a Development Director to help grow their creative residency program and related arts, environmental, culinary and travel initiatives.

The Development Director will work to develop and execute an annual and long-term fundraising strategy in line with the organization’s Strategic Plan to include the annual campaign, cultivation of major gifts, grant opportunities, corporate marketing sponsorships and stewardship of current donors. In addition, the organization is embarking on a capital campaign, which the Development Director will play a key role.


  • Ensure the organization has adequate financial resources to meet its programming and operational needs, and there is a diverse and robust pool of funding sources.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, develop and execute an annual development plan with fundraising targets and goals to meet the annual needs of the organization and strategic goals.
  • Research grant opportunities, as well as other funding sources, from both private and government entities and develop written proposals, presentations and required reports.
  • Cultivate new donors annually, securing their support and stewarding them for increases.
  • Oversee the stewardship of current donors, maintaining relationships, in coordination with the Development Committee, Board of Directors, Boards of Advisors and Staff.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a prospect management strategy, which assists lay-leadership in the identification, cultivation and stewardship of donors.
  • Support Board members and staff in their work on the capital campaign. Including pipelines, prospect tracking, strategy, task assignment and maintenance of timelines and oversee all gifts, pledges and prepare pledge payments and agreements.
  • Oversee the planning and management of all cultivation events (Soirees, etc.) as well as the annual Spring Art Auction and Fall Festival.
  • Develop Sponsorship Models for signature fundraising events and ensure sponsor benefit fulfillment.
  • Oversee and manage the gift processing and acknowledgement process through organization’s donor database, Salsa, including data input and development of data entry guidelines and training to staff.
  • Research, recommend, and implement organization development policies in collaboration with the Development Committee.
  • Reconcile and report monthly on fundraising revenue and financially reconcile quarterly and annually with Executive Director.
  • Work closely with Communications Director to develop key fundraising appeals and donor communications (online, webpages, print, media tools, etc.).
  • Serve as the liaison to the Board of Director’s Development Committee and provide reports monthly to the Committee and to the Board of Directors quarterly.
  • Serve as a senior member of the organization’s leadership team providing strategic oversight to all areas of the organization and future plans.

Additional Requirements

  • Research, recommend, and implement development policies in collaboration with the Development Committee of the Board.
  • Develop, monitor and report on revenue budgets.
  • Supervise the integrity of donor records, gift processing and acknowledgments.
  • Ensure compliance with funders’ requirements and provide required documentation.
  • Ensure quarterly and annual financial reconciliation with Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in nonprofit management, marketing/PR or a related field.
  • 4+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Track record of soliciting major gifts from existing and new prospects.
  • Success in fundraising to include: annual campaign growth, grant writing, event planning, event corporate sponsorship models, and capital campaigns.
  • At least 4 years of demonstrated experience in grant writing, individual and corporate development and events to meet annual fundraising goals.
  • Proficient in: Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook; accounting software (ex: Quickbooks); CRM databases (ex: Salesforce, Salsa, Raisers Edge, etc.).
  • Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with Board members, staff, volunteers, the general public and donors.
  • Detail oriented, well organized and exceptional time management skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with ability to juggle several projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, make decisions and solve problems independently and effectively.
  • Knowledge of the Atlanta area philanthropic community a plus.

Other Skills

  • Intellectual agility
  • High professional standards
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically, and execute on multiple priorities simultaneously

Salary/Benefit Package

  • Salary 
  • 3-week paid vacation
  • Remote position/Home based office
  • Enjoy use of a cabin on Hambidge’s 600-acre campus at your leisure!
  • No health benefits plan

Physical Demands
Position requires extended periods of sitting while typing or using computers, and lifting of items of moderate weight (event supplies)

Travel Demands
Employee must be able to regularly travel throughout metro Atlanta. Regular hours are standard 9-5 with occasional evenings and weekends and some travel to the Hambidge campus (Rabun Gap, GA)

To Apply
Submit cover letter and resume to No phone calls or drop-ins please.

About Hambidge
Established in 1934, The Hambidge Center is a leading creative residency program with a growing number of arts, environmental, culinary and travel initiatives. Each year Hambidge awards more than 150 fellowships to exceptional talents that benefit from a private studio in a 600-acre creative sanctuary located in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

As an equal-opportunity employer, Hambidge prides itself in celebrating diversity and does not discriminate in any of its programs, policies, procedures or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental.