The AAAC is looking for a talented and dedicated Development Manager to join our staff! Please review the position description below and submit your application by Friday, August 17.

Position Overview:           

The Development Manager is responsible for establishing, developing, supervising, and maintaining a fundraising program to support and enhance the mission of the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) to include the following areas: the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, corporate and foundation fundraising, and special events.  This position works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff in all development and fundraising endeavors. The Development Manager is the primary fundraiser for the AAAC. This is a full-time exempt position with occasional events/weekends for events. Starting salary is $32,500 with two weeks paid leave and recognized federal holidays.



  • Understand and embrace the mission of the AAAC.
  • With the Executive Director and Development Committee, create an annual fundraising plan.
  • Research prospects, make funding requests, and secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Train and assist Board and staff in using best practices in fundraising to strengthen the financial resources of the organization.
  • Attend community events, networking events, and conferences to further fundraising goals.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Donor Relations

  • Spearhead the cultivation of donor relationships with assistance from the Executive Director and Board.


  • Help develop and craft messaging for the purpose of attracting sponsors, donors, and members.
  • Identify and attract donors, sponsors, and attendees to fundraising events.
  • Collaborate with staff and the events committee on planning, managing, and executing fundraising events.

Reporting and Data Management 

  •  Supply all required reports for non-grant related fundraising.
  • Maintain and manage the AAAC’s NEON fundraising database.
  • Maintain gift recognition programs and donation acknowledgements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Business, Public Humanities or relevant field.
  • Three years non-profit development experience with proven track record of success.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer and database knowledge.
  • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality of work related information.
  • Self-motivated individual with creative problem-solving skills, and ability to organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and dependable car for use in various tasks.

To apply:

Candidates should submit two fundraising writing samples, cover letter describing your past success in non-profit development work, resume, and list of three references by Friday, August 17, 2018 to Stefanie Gerber at No phone calls please.

The Asheville Area Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AAAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organizational need. AAAC believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff and volunteers is critical to our success as a community-based organization and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

About the Asheville Area Arts Council:

The Asheville Area Arts Council’s mission is to be the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by delivering resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community. The AAAC traces its origins to a Civic Arts Council founded in 1952. Working with local artists and arts organizations, the AAAC ensures the continued vitality of the rich artistic heritage of Asheville and Buncombe County. Since 2013, over $275,000 has been distributed from the AAAC to Buncombe County arts and culture organizations and individual artists through our grants program.

The AAAC also offers local artists the opportunity to act as professional curators to develop gallery exhibitions in the Thom Robinson and Ray Griffith Exhibition Hall. Through the Kids Tixx program, the organization provides access to local art & culture experiences not always in the budget for some of Buncombe County’s families while also supporting our local arts presenters. AAAC advocacy efforts include being the Buncombe County lead for the Americans for the Arts economic impact study and a Summit for the Creative Sector. A partner of the state’s North Carolina Arts Council and Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, the AAAC is excited about our location in Asheville’s South Slope and our most recent projects, The Refinery Creator Space and an Arts & Wellness program for Veterans