Executive Director, ArtsQuest Foundation
ArtsQuest Bethlehem, PA TBD

Executive Director, ArtsQuest Foundation

Reports to: ArtsQuest Foundation Board of Trustees, ArtsQuest President and CEO

Direct Reports:   Director of Donor Relations, Development Coordinator, Grant Writer

Position Summary:  

The Executive Director is responsible for the management and leadership of the Foundation, development and execution of the strategic plan, raising major and planned gift revenue from high net-worth individuals and seeking grant opportunities. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Foundation and will work closely with the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, the Board of Trustees of ArtsQuest and the President and CEO and Development team of ArtsQuest toward supporting our mission of creating access to the arts, organizational vitality and growth, and urban revitalization and economic development of our community through the arts. 

Position Responsibilities/ Core Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual will need the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position:


Overall executive level leadership of the organization.

Ability to communicate in a transparent and positive manner with all stakeholders.

Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization.

Communicate the mission and goals of the organization in an effective manner.

Develop and execute a strategic plan to achieve individual major gift revenue and retention goals.

Contribute to the development of the Board of Trustees, including recruiting members who will assist in the mission of the Foundation.


Maintain a working portfolio of individual major and planned gift prospects and current donors.

Qualify, cultivate and solicit major and deferred gifts.

Secure renewal gifts from current major donors.

Identify and if appropriate apply for major grants. 

Manager the maintenance of accurate records in the Raiser’s Edge database.

Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Foundation leadership.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:      

Must be goal-oriented and driven to achieve and exceed results.

Understanding of Charitable Gift vehicles (Charitable Gift Annuities, IRA Rollovers, etc)  

Must have the ability to work independently, think on feet, and creatively problem solve.  

Strong development experience with five years of demonstrated success closing five and six-figure gifts from individuals and donors.

Understanding of major and planned gifts fundraising best practices and ability to both think strategically and execute a tactical plan.

Have the ability to call upon prospective donors and sponsors, understand their needs and offer partnership or sponsorship packages to meet those needs.

Have the ability to cultivate the creative ideas of others, make connections between ideas and project potential outcomes.

Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills are required.

A proven ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines.

Must be comfortable in a diverse range of social and business settings and speaking in public.

A passion for the community,  arts and culture and the Foundation’s mission.

Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with sensitive information.

Have a valid driver’s license and a functioning personal vehicle required for travel to and from current and potential business partner locations as well as between our different office locations.

Experience with all Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word and Power Point.

Ability to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends in order to meet business and customer needs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

Experience with fundraising and donor software i.e. Raiser’s Edge.

Working knowledge of components of planned giving.

Experience with and/or understanding of basic financial operations and requirements of a foundation.

Experience or knowledge of the Lehigh Valley, its leading business corporations and its non-profit and government institutions and leaders.

Knowledge of the programming and mission of ArtsQuest and the ArtsQuest Foundation

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate, either verbally and/or in writing. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to lift up to 10 pounds frequently, up to 25 pounds occasionally, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Employee is frequently required to travel between our facilities, all within 1 mile of one another using reliable transportation as well as to meet with potential donors.  Employee may be frequently required to travel offsite for business meetings as needed.

Work Culture: 

ArtsQuest and ArtsQuest Foundation have a culture of CARES; Creativity, Adaptability, Risk Taking, Evaluation and Sustainability; In order to be successful at ArtsQuest you must be willing and able to take ownership, and make significant contributions to the success of the organization:

  • We value a collaborative work style as well as the ability to work cross-functionally.
  • We not only work in an office environment in close vicinity with other staff members, across multiple buildings, we also work outdoors in all types of weather during festivals and events
  • We sometimes work long and unusual hours, including some evenings, weekends and holidays. 

Salary and Benefits: 

A salary range has been established and will be discussed with qualified candidates. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, term life, and disability insurance, as well as a 403(b) retirement plan. We offer a generous paid time off policy as well as discounts on select visual arts and education programs, concerts, comedy and cinema, festivals and events. 

FLSA Status:  Exempt

ArtsQuest/ArtsQuest Foundation are Equal Opportunity Employers

ArtsQuest is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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