The School of Architecture at Taliesin continues the legacy of the Fellowship founded by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1932. After a recent Campaign for Independence, during which the School raised more than $3 million, it is now an independent, fully accredited graduate program in architecture located at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ (October-May) and Spring Green, WI (May-October). The School is dedicated to learning how to make the designed environment more sustainable, open, and beautiful. It now seeks to both grow to its optimal enrollment of sixty students and to support its activities through both earned and donated funds.
The Director of Development of the School of Architecture at Taliesin will lead the institution’s efforts to secure the funding necessary for both its immediate and long-term operation. Working with the President and School Board, the Director of Development is responsible for strategic planning, leadership, fundraising cultivation and solicitation of donors, and direction and supervision of all communications designed to enhance the School’s mission and vision. The Director is responsible for continuing existing programs, such as the Taliesin Twelve initiative of individual, multi-year giving, and ongoing scholarship endowment drives. In addition, the Director will plan, organize, and execute future programs designed to provide income from scheduled and repeatable annual fundraising efforts. The School seeks to raise a minimum of $350,000 per annum and is seeking to establish an endowment fund.
Elaborates, specifies, and carries out the School’s development efforts, under the guidance of the President and School Board.
Works with the President to guide and stimulate Board members and staff to articulate fundraising needs and goals. These will include short-term and long-range mission-driven objectives in order to coordinate all fundraising throughout the Foundation.
Articulates objectives in quantitative as well as qualitative terms.
Works with staff to develop policies and procedures to evaluate progress.
Creates procedures to ensure consistent marketing statement of objectives to both public and private audiences—verbally in print, and electronically.
Works with the President to describe Board and staff responsibilities and needs and evaluation.
Develops strong relations with the School’s Legacy Fellows and Taliesin Fellows, alumni, as well as with other potential donors from the School’s immediate community.
Oversees the planning and execution of all fundraising events to ensure the value-added effectiveness of each event.
Staffs and coordinates the Development Committee of the School Board.
Validates the prospect data base and verifies the tracking of all gifts and grants. Ensures that fund reports to donors are timely.
Implements proactive system of prospect identification and evaluation including a wealth management appraisal. Monitors and disseminates prospect research to the President.
Ensures that a donor stewardship program is in place that recognizes and properly acknowledges gifts on the day the gift is received as well as historically.
Builds and maintains relationships with current and prospective funders and donors. Implements systems for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, thanking, stewarding, and tracking donors and grant-makers. These will include individuals and their personal foundations, corporations—either through their foundations or their marketing departments, community organizations, general-purpose foundations and government agencies.
Provides budget projections and development cashflows to the CFO during the annual budget process.
In partnership with the School’s CFO, helps to reconcile development receipts to fundraising databases, worksheets and the School’s financial system.
Cultivates and solicits high net-worth individuals—especially in concert with the President or in his/her place, as needed.
Oversees the grants management process, as required. Ensures timely and appropriate submission of grant proposals including researching and drafting proposals as well as supervising the work of contract grants writers, as needed.
Creates a formal gift-planning program to ensure that prospective donors are provided printed and electronic examples of tax- planned gifts, which can create larger gifts than the donor expected. Participates in professionally directed seminars coupled with follow-up solicitation and proposals.
Prepares written Board reports and presents development updates to the Board at quarterly Board meetings.
Creates overall strategy for messaging and information dissemination to public and private audiences.
Works with the President to oversee all fundraising and event print and electronic information. This includes signage, logo, and all print and video communications.
Produces annual report and all other materials to present the successes, activities, and mission to the public, donors, and grant makers.
Centralizes and coordinates all media relations.
Drafts annual support fundraising, direct mail and other public support campaigns.
Seeks opportunities for involvement in the external community to represent the School.
Represents the School at speaking engagements for various audiences. Recommends speakers from School faculty, students, and staff.
Plans and implements special events for the School.
Works with Fellows and alumni to staff events.
The successful candidate will be a recognized, accomplished professional fundraising manager who has a demonstrated record, a history of professional responsibility and a commitment to the concept of historic, artistic preservation.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; occasionally walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather and desert environmental conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Travel: While performing the duties of this job, some travel may be required
About The School of Architecture at Taliesin
What is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation?
Established by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940, the Foundation is deeply committed to the preservation of Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ and Taliesin near Spring Green, WI. By preserving Wright’s legacy, The Foundation is dedicated to pursuing new innovations and inspiring innovators. The Foundation uses the principles of organic architecture to create dynamic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) education programming.
Inspire the world through beautiful spaces that are thoughtfully designed and experienced
Preserving Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and inspiring society through an understanding and experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, architecture, and design
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