Director of Advancement, BEternal Campaign

Eternal Seeds
April 17, 2024
2941 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
Job Type
Annual Base Salary
beginning at $85,000
Location Type


In 2023, Studio BE and Eternal Seeds launched BEternal, an ambitious $12 Million campaign to transform our 36,000 square foot warehouse in New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood into an artist-owned creative campus housing an arts education center, a "living" museum, and shared work/studio/meeting spaces that both directly support the city's local culture bearers and catalyze lasting impact for New Orleans’ creative economy. This ambitious campaign centers Eternal Seeds as a model for ethical tourism, youth engagement, and artist ownership to inspire and serve as a model for other cities struggling with these same pressing social issues.

The BEternal campaign has already raised $2 Million, and with additional lending support from Hancock Whitney, Eternal Seeds INC is now the proud owner of the Studio BE warehouse. We are searching for a brilliant Director of Advancement who will work with us to raise the remaining $10 Million that will support building renovations and three years of general operating expenses for Eternal Seeds’ self-sustaining social enterprise.

The campaign’s Director of Advancement is responsible for leading all fundraising activities, donor relations, and grant solicitation on behalf of Eternal Seeds INC, a 501c3 registered non-profit. They will work closely with Eternal Seeds’ Board President to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a wide range of individual and institutional donors across multiple sectors, including but not limited to the arts, social justice, architecture, sports, entertainment, government, and community development. The Board President maintains an extensive, diverse rolodex of existing and potential donors in these sectors, and it is expected (and exciting) that the campaign’s Director of Advancement will meet this opportunity with their own extensive network of support leads.

As part of its organizational mission, Eternal Seeds is committed to strengthening the career pipeline for young BIPOC arts professionals who have been previously excluded from the field or not made aware of opportunities. As such, Eternal Seeds commits to hiring a Development Associate to support the Director of Advancement as a trusted administrator on all campaign fundraising efforts. It is our expectation that the Director of Advancement will provide mentorship and learning opportunities in order for the Development Associate to deepen their professional knowledge and experience.

Role Responsibilities:
●  Develop and implement strategies for all fundraising efforts for the BEternal campaign;
●  Work with Eternal Seeds’ Board President to strengthen both the existing and an expanded donor base, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for major gifts, year-end giving, and sustaining donors campaigns;
●  Successfully solicit major gifts from donors and prospects in support of the BEternal campaign;
●  Generate ideas and new formats for mission-aligned fundraising and cultivation events
●  In partnership with Eternal Seeds’ program team, manage logistics of event-based donor engagement;
●  Along with Eternal Seeds’ Development Associate, manage donor database;
●  Write fundraising proposals, supporting documentation and other fundraising correspondence;
●  Research and identify new grant opportunities for the organization;
●  Manage grants including preparing narrative and budget proposals, reporting and submissions;
●  Maintain active communication with grants administrators and program officers;
●  Serve as a resource to the President and CEO on all matters related to fundraising, making periodic reports to the Board of Directors on the progress of all BEternal campaign fundraising efforts;
●  Work collaboratively with the Eternal Seeds team members to strategically enhance financial outcomes across the organization’s fundraising portfolio, including Studio BE entrance fees, merchandise sales, and event rentals.

Desired Qualifications:
●  3-5+ years of experience, preferred
●  Confidence, poise, and professionalism
●  High level of energy, creativity, and motivation
●  Strong interpersonal communication, listening, relationship-building, and collaborating skills
●  Advanced writing skills, including proficiency in grammar, formatting, and effective written communication
●  Strong planning, time management, and organizational skills
●  Understanding and commitment to the mission of Eternal Seeds

Terms and Benefits:
●  This position is for a term of 24 months with the possibility of extended work
●  This salary range for this position begins at $85,000 (range consider candidate's location and respective cost of living)
●  This position has an expected raise goal of $10,000,000
●  Travel is required for this position
●  This position is subject to performance based bonuses
●  The Director of Advancement qualifies for health benefits as provided to all employees of Eternal Seeds INC.

Application Instructions

Please email your cover letter, CV, and any salary requirements to info@eternalseeds.org

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