Title Development Associate
Organization VSA Texas
Closing Date
Location Austin, TX

Work Schedule: 25 hours a week

Position Summary: The Development Associate for VSA Texas works under the supervision of the Executive Director. The job entails overall responsibility for designing and managing an organizational development program for the agency working in concert with the executive director and the board of directors. The development associate has responsibility for specific functions as follows:

Key Executive Objectives and Responsibilities:
Development Strategies and Priorities: Works directly with executive director, the board and development committee in establishing annual fund development strategies and priorities for the organization in Strategic Plan for adoption not later than Oct. 1 of each fiscal year. Plan contains fiscal goals, projected dates and locations for each fund raising events.

Social Media, Marketing and Public Relations: Utilizes VSA Texas website, electronic newsletter and other media including Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact and radio, television, and other internet services to promote name recognition and solicit support for the organization.

Major Donors: Works with board and development committee and utilizes individual contacts for purposes of identifying, contacting and requesting support from local and statewide major donors with goals for contributed income.

Corporate/Foundation Contacts: Makes contacts to develop potential corporate and foundation sponsors. Arranges meetings with and accompanies executive director for at least two presentations quarterly to executives and/or staff.

Annual Giving: Designs and coordinates annual individual giving including maintenance of donor lists and distribution of annual fund raising letter through direct mail and e-mail and making personal solicitations with select contacts.

Special Events: Plans, coordinates activities with board members and volunteers, and implements special fundraising events, donor receptions and development activities including but not limited to annual Artist of the Year Award Celebration.

Records and Reports: Maintains office records and donor lists, acknowledges all gifts, and produces monthly and annual reports of contacts, activities and contributed income goals.

Key Executive Skills and Requirements:

• Bachelors degree in business development, management, social services, communications or a closely related field, with two to three years progressively responsible work experience as development director in non-profit development with focus on marketing, business, and communications.
• Experience with fundraising requirements and best practices, and familiarity with the greater philanthropic community (experience with local arts philanthropic community is especially helpful).
• Excellent skills in written and verbal communication, presentation, and public speaking.
• Ease in communicating effectively with a wide range of audiences.
• Thorough understanding of business and management principles involved with strategic planning, resource allocation, and coordination of people and resources.
• Highly organized, efficient and able to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

Executive Competencies & Desired Personal Traits:
• Passion and energy for the company’s mission.
• Excellent judgment and integrity.
• Self-starter personality, able to succeed with minimal supervision and oversight.
• Superb interpersonal skills; able to build relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals who might support the company.
• Ability to identify problems and plan timely corrective actions.
• Ability to utilize organizational and community resources effectively.
• Ability to interact and network with community representatives and stakeholders and to gather and exchange information quickly.
• Ability to construct, document and maintain program information, data and reports.
• Duties require a high degree of initiative with minimal direction, sustained professionalism and sound independent judgment.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions: This classification functions in a standard office environment. Ability to move up to 35 lbs. Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person. Must be able to view data and written communications to verify documentation. Must be able to work hours that can include holidays and as needed. Ability to drive and travel as needed.

Compensation: Competitive compensation commensurate with background and experience.

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume by email to:
employment@vsatx.org with Development Associate in the subject line
or by regular mail to:
VSA Texas
3710 Cedar St., #7
Austin, TX 78705

For more information about VSA Texas, please visit our website

Website http://www.vsatx.org/