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Development Director | The Hambidge Center (Atlanta, GA)

Established in 1934, The Hambidge Center is a leading creative residency program with a growing number of arts, environmental, culinary and travel initiatives. Each year Hambidge awards 150 fellowships to exceptional talents that benefit from a private studio in a 600-acre creative sanctuary.

Hambidge’s Development Director is responsible for planning and executing the Center’s development and fundraising strategies on an annual and long-term basis. Though Hambidge is located in north Georgia, the Development Director will be located in Atlanta and will report to the Executive Director. He or she works with the Executive Director and board leadership to fund the annual operating budget of $750,000 with a goal to grow the budget significantly over the next 3 years.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have a passion for the arts & culture, and have exceptional communication, planning and organizational skills. He or she will have demonstrated success in achieving goals and an ability to envision new avenues of support. The Development Director will represent the institution publicly in various contexts with the aim of introducing new donors to Hambidge while speaking persuasively to funders of the importance of investing in the creative process.


Responsibilities include annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, local, state and federal grant writing, special event management and the annual fundraising auction & festival. In conjunction with the Executive Director, and the development committee of the Board of Trustees, the Development Director is responsible for creating the annual development plan, and executing the plan strategies.


  • With the Executive Director & development committee, plan and carry out a comprehensive development plan (2017-2020) in line with the new strategic plan and designed to meet the financial goals. This will include developing a program budget; developing systems to identify, cultivate and solicit potential donors; providing organization and oversight of all annual donor events and communications; developing relationships with community’s business and community leaders resulting in financial support.
  • Plan and participate in the solicitation of donors.
  • Create and implement comprehensive fundraising appeal strategy designed to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward new and current donors, using a variety of online, print and media tools.
  • Manage the gift processing and acknowledgement process for the organization.
  • Generate content for donor solicitations, correspondence, reports, webpages, and text for Newsletters, printed fundraising materials, and special events.
  • Execute mailings for Auction and Festival host solicitations, year-end appeal letter, membership requests, and other campaigns as appropriate.

Volunteer Management

  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees to implement a prospect management strategy designed to engage the volunteer leadership in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of qualified prospects.
  • Serve as liaison between organization and Development Committee of Board when appropriate.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees and quarterly progress reports to the full Board.

Special Events

  • Oversee the management of any cultivation events held throughout the course of the year.
  • Oversee the successful execution of the annual fundraising spring auction and fall festival.

Additional Requirements

  • Research, recommend, and implement development policies in collaboration with the Development Committee of the Board.
  • Develop, monitor and report on revenue budgets.
  • Supervise the integrity of donor records, gift processing and acknowledgments.
  • Ensure compliance with funders’ requirements and provide required documentation.
  • Ensure quarterly and annual financial reconciliation with Executive Director.


Potential candidates must possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in nonprofit management, communications, marketing, public relations or a related field.
  • Three to five years of proven experience in the development field.
  • Demonstrated success and evidence of ability to plan and execute a fundraising campaign with multiple priorities from various funding streams including major gifts, corporate, foundation, and annual support and fundraising auctions/events.
  • Working knowledge of non-profit management, governance and fiscal processes.
  • Strong familiarity with gift processing procedures and tax consequences of gifts.
  • Proficient in fundraising databases and technology.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to juggle several projects simultaneously.
  • Experience in effectively engaging and leading senior staff and Board Members in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Track record in guiding and managing leadership volunteers.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively.
  • Commitment to ethical fundraising practices.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends with some travel to the Hambidge campus.

Potential candidates would do well to possess:

  • Knowledge of the Atlanta area philanthropic community.
  • Intellectual agility, high professional standards, and demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically, and execute on multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Experience in the arts or cultural fields.

Compensation and Benefits

  •   A competitive salary with 3 weeks vacation. No health insurance benefits package.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to for review by Jamie Badoud, Executive Director.  No phone calls or drop-ins please.  The Hambidge Center is an equal opportunity employer.