We’re HIRING: Director of Development

About Morris Arts – Morris Arts’ guiding principles include the belief that the arts are vital to the social fabric and economic prosperity of the area, act as a catalyst for social change and enrich the lives of everyone in the community. Our varied programs and services serve to inspire, connect, and engage. They include arts education programs for children in grades K-12, the creation of innovative community-building arts events, including concerts, public art exhibits, and support of area artists and arts organizations through funding, advocacy, and professional development.

Our reputation for excellence is built upon our position as a trusted resource in connecting educators, artists, and community members in unique collaborations. Our almost 250 activities, events, and programs, along with the 380 programs we support through local grants, reach an audience of nearly 325,000 residents across northern New Jersey each year including children, artists, at-risk youth, educators, seniors, and families, thousands of which are low and moderate-income constituents from across 11 counties.

A passionate champion and advocate of the arts, Morris Arts’ mission is to build community through the arts.

General Job Description:

The Director of Development is responsible for overseeing all aspects of fundraising to support Morris Arts’ mission and programs. They lead fundraising events including Great Conversations, the Commercial Real Estate Breakfast and the Giralda Music & Arts Festival. The position works closely with the Executive Director, the Morris Arts Board and the Fund Development Team. The Director of Development supervises and works hand in hand with the more internally focused Development Associate, who is responsible for writing grants as well as rolling out the annual appeal and supporting special events. This is a hands-on role in both creating and executing development strategies.

This is an externally focused, full- time position with occasional nights, weekends and attendance at events required.

Primary Relationships

The position reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of the senior management team. This position actively participates with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other management and program staff in charting the direction of the Organization, assuring its accountability to all constituencies, and ensuring its effective operation.

Within the Organization, the position has primary working relationships with the Executive Director and senior management team and supervises the Development Associate.

Externally, the position works with the Board of Trustees and volunteers and coordinates with vendors and service organizations.


  • Lead and manage major fundraising events including Great Conversations, the Commercial Real Estate Breakfast and the Giralda Music & Arts Festival.
  • Research and identify new funding sources and initiate requests.
  • Maintain existing funding sources through timely solicitations and ongoing stewardship/recognition with an eye to expanding support and involvement.
  • Outreach to the community on a regular basis to educate and encourage involvement and financial support of the organization.
  • Develop sponsorship packages and solicit corporate and individual funders to support Morris Arts events and programs.
  • Lead an individual donor major gifts program, identifying prospects and initiating requests with the support of the Fund Development Committee.
  • Lead Fund Development Committee; liaise with Trustee Leadership Committee and New Leaders Board on potential new board members; work closely with Board to solicit opportunities with corporations, local corporations and individuals.
  • Provide ongoing reports to the Executive Director and the Fund Development Committee on fundraising income, goals and initiatives consistent with Morris Arts’ short and long-term financial objectives.
  • Manage Development Associate in grant-seeking activities, the annual appeal campaign, and management of the fundraising database to assure accurate documentation, acknowledgement of donations, and activities to encourage continued engagement and support.
  • Work with Executive and Finance Directors to develop the organizational budget and participate in organizational planning


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work-experience required.

Experience: Five or more years’ experience in non-profit fundraising with a demonstrated ability to successfully raise funds, knowledge of Morris area and/or larger New Jersey corporate and non-profit community a plus.


  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and writing skills.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills and the ability to cultivate. relationships between funder objectives and Morris Arts’ mission and programs.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising software (we use DonorPerfect).
  • A strong work ethic and ability to work independently with minimal oversight.
  • High energy level, flexibility, sense of humor, and willingness to pitch in as needed.
  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team.

Salary is $82K for approximately 40 (flexible) hours per week. Position is exempt and eligible for medical benefits. Morris Arts offers a flexible schedule, a beautiful work environment in Morristown, and generous paid time off (including the two weeks between the holidays at the end of December).

Morris Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome employees and prospective employees without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Tom Werder, Executive Director at: twerder@morrisarts.org.  Please include “Director of Development” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled, though you are encouraged to apply right away. Check the website for updates. No calls, please.