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Thank you for your interest in a career with The Van Wezel Foundation. 



The Van Wezel Foundation is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to create a world-class performing arts center that enriches the community, supports arts education, and inspires young minds. Join our growing foundation team of dynamic professionals as we enter a bold new chapter for the VWF.




Director of Annual Giving and Engagement is a member of the senior management team. The Director will oversee and ensure the timely and effective execution of development activities related to individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising through traditional appeals, benefit events, membership program, and new engagement strategies


  • Working with CEO and board to develop and adopt annual development plans and coordinating efforts to reach established fundraising goals and objectives.
  • In collaboration with Foundation peers, lead the strategy and execution of all annual fundraising initiatives including the members program, and annual gala. 
  • Ensure quality of donor benefits and ticket fulfillment.
  • Create high quality communications in print and digital forms that reflect the values and tone of the organization, in support of goals.
  • Manage the research, identification, writing, submission, and acknowledgement of grant applications and awards. Acting as liaison to, and in collaboration with, Van Wezel Hall Education Department.
  • Create and implement integrated plan to achieve individual giving goals, including prospect research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Create and write appeal letter packages, email solicitations, event invitations, acknowledgment letters, and donor newsletters.
  • Manage the mailing and distribution of all development communications.
  • Coordinate and attend stewardship and fundraising events with staff, board and volunteers.
  • In partnership with database manager and CFO, ensure the accuracy and upkeep of donor database: enter and protect donor information, create and analyze donor reports to evaluate initiatives and set goals.
  • Facilitate board and volunteer involvement in fundraising and implement moves management processes.
  • Attend board meetings and report on development activities.
  • Analyze and project development income and expenses for annual budgets, special projects and related programming.
  • Maintain portfolio of prospects and donors for face to face solicitations; staff CEO on solicitation calls and presentations.
  • Manage variety of vendors, and consultants as needed.
  • Reports to CEO; manages donor relations staff.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 5+ years proven experience in not-for-profit fundraising and development work.
  • Strong strategy and organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to prioritize appropriately.
  • Ability to work efficiently with detail under time constraints.
  • Strong writing skills for communicating with a variety of constituents.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required to collaborate with staff, board, volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and work independently and as a team member.
  • Willingness to assume leadership responsibility and follow-through; goal oriented.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Passion for the arts, and commitment to arts education; ability to attend performances and work evenings and weekends.
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, PowerPoint, design/presentation software (Raisers Edge a plus).
  • Good sense of humor is essential. 


Starting salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package offered.

To apply, send cover letter and CV or resume to with the subject line Director of Annual Giving and Engagement. No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.





As the Administrative Coordinator and Board Liaison, this individual will support all Board Governance functions which includes planning and execution of quarterly board meetings; managing the work of the Executive Committee and other Standing Committees; providing focused support to the Governance Committee and assisting non board fundraising committees. This position will provide strategic administrative support to the CEO and manage the CEO’s calendar, ensuring that CEO’s schedule is handled in an efficient and professional manner. The coordinator should have strong writing/editing skills, project management skills, and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively, using good judgment and discretions. They must exemplify the mission, vision, and values and act in accordance with Van Wezel Foundation policies and procedures.



  • ·         Serve as administrative coordinator for the quarterly plenary meetings and any committee meetings that occur on the same day.
  • ·         Work with the CEO and CFO, draft and finalize meeting materials –committee reports, resolutions etc. that support the agenda.
  • ·         Plan remote and in-person meetings by compiling agendas, coordinating logistics and materials, inviting guests and taking minutes.
  • ·         Prepare briefing materials for the CEO in preparation for meetings (including assisting with the drafting and coordination of solicitation related presentation materials).
  • ·         Coordinate, write and edit for any recurring trustee related projects, including Board and Committee Surveys, Conflict of Interest Questionnaire and any special meetings for the Board Chair, CEO and CFO.
  • ·         Successfully complete tasks that facilitate the CEO’s ability to effectively lead the organization.
  • ·         Assists in securing appointments and scheduling meetings for CEO, Board and Board Committees.
  • ·         Maintain current Board and Committee documents in electronic folders.
  • ·         Create and maintain Board Manual and binder of relevant materials.
  • ·         Create Donor Presentations for Solicitation
  • ·         Prioritize needs, handle matters expeditiously, proactively, and follow through to successful completion.
  • ·         Participation in supporting special events, annual Gala, and other fundraising activities.
  • ·         Attend staff meetings regularly.


·         Associate or Bachelor’s degree

·         3 to 5 years of demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced environment.

·         Commitment to values of service, integrity and stewardship.

·         Highly developed people skills and the ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.

·         Motivated and rewarded by helping others perform at highest levels in service of the organization and its mission.

·         Reliable, self-motivated, focused, and able to make thoughtful business decisions with minimal support.

·         Ability to multi-task, with strong organizational skills and strength in developing, organizing and implementing procedures and follow-through.

·         Ability to identify creative solutions that address time, budget, quality, with demonstrated skill in negotiation.

·         Sound judgement in decision-making and exceptional boundaries related to confidential information.

·         Effective written and verbal communication skills.

·         Ability to work in a team oriented environment.

·         Excellent interpersonal and analytic skills.  

·         Good at problem solving.

·         Commitment to the Foundations mission, values and programs.

·         Must be proficient with Microsoft Windows, including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook; Raisers Edge a plus.

·         Passion for the arts; ability to work evenings and weekends and attend performances as needed.


Starting salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package offered.

To apply, send cover letter and CV or resume to with the subject line Administrative Coordinator and Board Liaison. No phone calls please.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 



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