Surel’s Place in Garden City, ID (Boise), is seeking a full-time Director of Development to sustain the organization’s mission: to support artists by providing them time and space to explore their creative process and connect with community. Surel’s Place offers professional artists’ residencies and art events for artists and patrons. We are a welcoming organization for emerging, mid-career and established visual, performing, and literary artists. The Director of Development is primarily responsible for all fundraising, development, and donor cultivation, as well as fiscal management, administrative management, and interactions with stakeholders, including donors, sponsors, and collaborating organizations. 

Surel’s Place is a team of one full-time employee (the Director of Development) and two half-time employees (a Director of Programming and an Operations Manager). Note that the Director of Programming is responsible for administering our regular art events and residencies, so the primary responsibilities of the Director of Development do not include the day-to-day tasks and management of said programming, though collaboration with the Director of Programming and the Operations Manager is key. 

The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented, energetic, and tenacious arts ambassador who clearly understands how the arts impact individuals and communities culturally, socially, and economically. They will have demonstrated non-profit development and leadership experience, media relations and public speaking skills, project management success, personal accountability and interpersonal skills with a focus on customers, including the artists and patrons we serve. 

Surel’s Place is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Proven success in planning, managing, and implementing non-profit development programs. 
  • Success with asking individuals, organizations, and sponsors for funding.
  • Strong verbal and written abilities to communicate the organization’s mission and vision to stakeholders in the community, including board members, staff, patrons, artists, donors, and institutional funders.
  • Confidence as a public speaker in front of individuals, small and large audiences, and members of the press. 
  • Ability to write grants.
  • Ability to implement operating budgets and manage staff. 
  • Genuine interest in art and art making; appreciation for traditional studio arts, music and writing as well as an openness to new genre and experimental work; desire to make art an accessible experience to all, experts and novices alike, regardless of background. 
  • Interact with artists-in-residence and local artists that we serve on a regular basis.
  • Ability to work flexible hours in relationship to programmatic and fundraising activities. 
  • Competency and comfort with or an ability to learn all standard computer and internet applications, including Microsoft Office, Bloomerang (donor CRM), Google Docs, Quickbooks, and social media and email marketing platforms. 
  • Bachelor’s degree, minimum. Master’s degree preferred in arts or non-profit leadership or relevant experience in a nonprofit fundraising setting. 


DEVELOPMENT: Development is the top priority of the Director of Development 

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan from public and private funding sources, including donations, memberships, grants, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, and capital campaigns. 
  • Serve as the chief fundraiser for the organization responsible for all major gifts, sponsorships, naming rights and underwriting, fundraisers and donor cultivation events, and annual campaigns. 
  • Pursue and manage government, foundation, and private grants.
  • Oversee, lead, and manage fundraising and donor cultivation events.
  • Focus on identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors, including individuals, families, volunteers, corporations, organizations, and foundations. This includes management of our growing membership program.
  • Cultivate relationships with volunteers and encourage a culture of philanthropy.
  • Enhance, develop, and lead earned income revenue opportunities, including fiscal sponsorships and Buy Art programs.
  • Develop donor and sponsor cultivation materials.
  • Develop benefits for donors in the form of donor-only access opportunities. 
  • Attend, represent, and serve as Surel’s Place ambassador with other organizations and at public events on occasional evenings and weekends, including art events, fundraising events, and external events. 


  • Develop and implement strategies, along with the Board of Directors, Program Director, and Operations Manager, to fulfill the organization’s mission. 
  • Prepare the annual organizational operating budget for Board approval and quarterly forecasts; oversee financial operations and accounting; work with staff to ensure annual taxes are filed.
  • Help develop, maintain and support a strong Board of Directors; attend all monthly board meetings, and other committee meetings as needed; schedule an annual strategic planning session. 
  • Submit a detailed monthly report to the Board one week prior to board meetings.
  • Hire, manage, and evaluate all staff members who report to this position.
  • Ensure compliance with all laws and regulations affecting employees and employers. 


  • Work with staff to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy including social media. 
  • Work with staff to maintain our website with current updates and changes to existing information. 
  • Work with staff to ensure quality of all staff-created e-newsletters to subscribers. 

SALARY: $55,000-62,000 

BENEFITS: Benefits to be negotiated for full-time employees. 

TO APPLY: Email a resume including related job experience, and a cover letter detailing your interest in this position to

Position open until filled

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