Living Arts of Tulsa
Part Time (20-30 hours/week)
Living Arts’ mission is to present and develop contemporary art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We believe critically-engaged art is essential within a diverse arts-ecology and a catalyst for social change. We are interested in evolving ideas, engendering new art forms, exploring the relationship of art to other disciplines and fields of knowledge, and empowering the community through creative workshops, performances, exhibitions, films, demonstrations of current art, lectures and educational activities. Living Arts is a platform for artistic integrity and experimentation. We produce cultural history-in-the-making and maintain a space and community in which thought-provoking art thrives.
Reporting to the Artistic Director the Development Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing Living Arts’ fundraising, including major gifts programs, annual funding, planned giving, end of year giving, special events and funding campaigns. Works with Artistic Director, Board of Directors, and Finance Coordinator to develop and implement funding strategies. This position also writes and reports for grants, identifies individual and corporate giving. This position can streamline managing our gift software and communicate effectively to donors and sponsors. The Development Coordinator will review and unpack the budget and help to identify grand and funding needs and implementation. The Development Coordinator will inform the Artistic Director, and ultimately the board of directors, of all program issues and accomplishments.
Develop and execute Living Arts of Tulsa's annual fundraising plan
Including but not limited to: Major Gifts Program, Annual Funding, Planned Giving, End of Year Giving, Special Events and Funding Campaigns
Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
Maintain Living Arts’ gift software, Giftworks, with Financial Coordinator and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
Assist with donor recruitment, cultivation, and stewardship
Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
Work with Artistic Director with planning, executing fundraising and special events
Identify, research, and writing funding proposals to foundations and other organizations. Develop relationships with key personnel at these organizations. Maintain timely schedule with grant reporting. Discuss potential projects with team for grant identification purposes
Prospect, cultivate, and secure gifts and sponsorships from businesses
Volunteer coordination: scheduling, outreach, recruiting and follow-up/surveys
BA in Communications, English, Writing or a similar field
Minimum 3 years’ experience in grant writing for artists and/or non-profits
Ability to work with Microsoft Office & Adobe Suites
Demonstrates excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
Ability to understand and work with budgeting, clarify and identify budget needs
Experience with Giftworks is preferred
Foundation and Trust Grants
Corporate Grants and Giving
State and Federal Grants
Giving and Fundraising Campaigns
Proven personal record of successful development/campaign results
Experience managing special fundraising events
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
Ability to manage self independently and in a team environment
Ability to perform unsupervised while being accountable to the Artistic Director and Board of Directors
Compensation is commensurate with training and experience.
This is an outstanding opportunity to coordinate Living Arts’ development area and partner with the Artistic Director, Board of Directors.
Living Arts of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.
Interested candidates should send qualifying material to LFH280@gmail.com
In order to apply, students will need to provide the following as a single PDF, in this order, titled: LASTNAME_INTERNPOSITION.PDF to Jessica@livingarts.org
For example: JONES_EXHIBITIONS.PDF
Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
3 References with Contact information
6-8 hours a week
Living Arts is undergoing a large archival project that will include digitizing paper, photo, and video materials. Experience with digital editing platforms, Microsoft Office, and archival practices needed. This position will work well with students who are interested in art, database organization, local and regional history. Interns will be able to utilize this experience for pursuing careers in art/history, archiving, information technology and sciences, and arts/non-profit administration.
6-8 hours a week
This position is open for students who would like to gain experience within the arts administration field. Students will learn to work with members, volunteers, artists, exhibitions, programming, documentation, and planning. Previous experience with writing, organization, exhibitions, and non-profit work is a plus. This position will require skills in Microsoft Office, Google, digital editing, and social media.
Availability for Living Arts exhibition openings and events
Living Arts hosts both static and live artwork during exhibition openings and as independent events and programs. This position will be well-suited for students who are working in photography, video and/or the fine arts and would like to develop more experience in photographing/video graphing and editing images and video. For this position, students will work with the Artistic Director and exhibiting artists in order to capture individual artworks, as well as the “story” each exhibition and event may want to tell. Experience in digital editing, correct saving and sizing strategies within photo/video processes are necessary, please provide a link/website to previous work. Students will need to acquire their own photo/video camera for this position, and will be able to create a portfolio of images at the end of the semester.
Hours determined to coincide with the exhibition schedule.
For this position, we are seeking students who would like to gain practical experience in designing and executing different kinds of exhibitions. Living Arts showcases a range of new work, and students will learn how to reconfigure a space in order to best illuminate live, interactive, and static art forms. This position will require setting up lights, hanging and displaying work, patching walls and pedestals, setting up and striking events and exhibitions. This position provides a portfolio opportunity for students pursuing curatorial and staging careers.
Graphic Design/Social Media
4-6 hours a week
Living Arts hosts and develops numerous programs and exhibitions, simultaneously, throughout the year. This position will require a strong background in digital editing, layout, photo editing and printing, catalogue development, and social media. Please include a link/website to previous graphic design work and social media if applying to this position. This position provides a portfolio opportunity for students who are working within graphic design, media, and layout.