Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology

Job Title: ConnCAT and ConnCORP Director of Development
Department: Development
Reports To: ConnCAT CEO and President, ConnCORP President
FLSA Status: Exempt
Prepared Date: 4/1/2018


The Director of Development position consists of has dual role(s) between the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) and ConnCORP; a disregarded entity (owned by ConnCAT) focused on economic development.

The Director of Development will plan, direct, and coordinate all ConnCAT, ConnCORP development activities, major fundraising activities and special projects, by performing the following duties personally, and or with ConnCAT CEO & President, ConnCORP President, ConnCAT Board of Directors, ConnCORP Board of Directors, as it relates to targeted goals in ConnCAT/CORP Development Plan(s).


Regular duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned. On an on going basis:

  • Fund Raising–Establishes short-and long-range goals for unrestricted funding sources and enlists support from members of institution staff. Strategizes and orchestrates methods of approach to institutional donors. Researches public and private grant sources (agencies, corporations and foundations) to identify sources of restricted and unrestricted funding. Applies for and managinf of Foundation grants.
  • Works with program staff to develop funding related projects. Organizes individual donor campaigns (e.g., major donors, direct mail and board of directors). Organizes solicitation drives for pledges of ongoing support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Major Gift/Donor Support–Produce major donor, board and special category solicitations/support materials with the intent to retain or upgrade gifts when possible. Cultivates donors by producing specialized correspondences, preparing letters of acknowledgment, scheduling and attending in-person visits.
  • Database and Records Management–Supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in maintaining Raiser’s Edge, Grant Tracker, and paper records of contributors and grants. Maintain security and quality controls. Generate queries, reports, exports and any other collection data as needed. Manage any related vendors.
  • Development & Public Relations–Supervises most development and public affairs matters, particularly the creation of various communications such as the annual report, general boilerplate, general PowerPoint presentations, government relations, executive correspondences and speeches. Produces general content for website.
  • Unrestricted Income Financial Reporting–Maintain accurate accounting of all unrestricted income and its sources. Interface with internal organization team and contracted accountant to fulfill information requests and maintain reporting accuracy.
  • Reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives., applying basic accounting applications to ensure fiscal responsibility.
  • Serves as member of officer, management or ad hoc committees as needed.
  • Directs and assists others in organization planning and informs marketing, public relations and programming efforts.
  • Computer literacy, with experience with fundraising databases preferred.
  • Interest, enthusiasm, and affinity for fundraising and working with people.


Mathematical Skills.

Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports, and applying concepts of basic accounting for budgeting and cost projections.

Communication Skills.

Possess excellent interpersonal and intercultural, written, research, communication, and organization skills; excellent oral communication and ability to participate in public speaking events. Capable of structuring the delivery of information to the needs of the audience, which will include board members, funders, directors, managers, staff and business associates.

Strategic Planning.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and develop sound recommendations. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of information, objectives or instructions, and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Capable of maintaining the vision of broad organizational goals, while undertaking and completing short-term objectives.  Welcomes and seeks out opportunities to expand on current scope of skills and experience.

Leadership Skills.

Communicates with clarity, and actively listens and contributes to discussions.  Guides others toward organization objectives, and acknowledges accomplishments of individuals and teams.  Ability to solicit and generate creative solutions.  Ability to develop and implement universal processes to monitor and assess outcomes.


Effectively targets presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience. Capable of effectively adjusting and coping with change and uncertainty in new situations and environments.  Maintains balance and effectiveness in unsettling conditions and circumstances.


Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.


Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters Degree preferred. At least 4 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience, preferably with significant foundation and high donor fundraising experience.

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to