Founded in 1981 by Ted and Lin Arison, YoungArts provides award winners with a lifetime of creative and professional development opportunities as they pursue a career in the arts. Beginning as an artistic competition and expanding to include a range of opportunities for funding, creative support, and professional development, YoungArts’s evolution continues to be driven by artists.
“I think that the arts are the soul of our nation. I felt that the arts had almost become an endangered species and I realized, especially with young people, that YoungArts will ensure the future of our soul.”
For many young people, applying to YoungArts may be the first step in affirming “I am an artist.” YoungArts is one of the only organizations in the U.S. that supports artists across 10 disciplines at all stages of development, beginning with the critical moment when they decide to pursue a life in the arts, and continuing throughout their careers.
Every year thousands of performing, visual and literary artists aged 15-18 apply to YoungArts through our national competition. Finalists attend National YoungArts Week to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Finalists in their senior year are further eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts —one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
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Director of Advancement
The Director of Advancement works closely with the Senior Director of Advancement and Vice President of Advancement to create strategy for the Miami market and execute a plan to increase and diversify the individual and corporate major gift efforts at YoungArts, with the expectation of securing $1M in commitments annually. This role will be located in Miami, FL with travel to New York City and Los Angeles as needed.
The Director is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual and corporate major gifts from funders nationwide, but with a strong concentration in the Miami market. They will support YoungArts’ annual programs, operations and special projects and are responsible for managing their own major gift moves-management pipeline with regular reporting updates in Raiser’s Edge as well as to senior leadership. The ideal candidate should be excellent in relationship building, confident working with all levels of donors from foundational and mid-level to high-net-worth major gift donors, and will have extensive experience with, and knowledge of, the national arts funding environment. This candidate should have a positive attitude and be a self-starter who is excited to bring their existing relationships to YoungArts, as well as jump in to cultivate and steward relationships that YoungArts has established in the Miami market.
Essential and Other Responsibilities (performs other duties as assigned):
Qualifications and Experience Requirements:
To be successful in this role, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
This position is located at YoungArts headquarters in Miami, FL. Work is currently performed in a hybrid (virtual and in-office) setting for safety precautions due to COVID-19.
YoungArts has instituted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for all employees. As a condition to employment, you are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of such vaccination, unless you have an approved exemption in accordance with applicable law.
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