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Development Manager

Washington D.C., DC, USA

Job Title: Development Manager



Position Description: Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is currently searching for an exceptional, full-time, Development Manager who will facilitate the success of the organization’s development related activities. 


Reports To: Executive Director


Primary Objectives:

  • To partner with the Executive Director and Leadership Team to successfully meet our organization’s immediate and long-term development goals, with a primary focus of sustainability
Areas of Responsibility: 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage all phases of grant processes including grantor selection and application, cultivation, acknowledgments, and interim and final reporting of funded grants while managing outside contracted grant managers and writers and coordinating internal staff
  • Develop, lead and manage all fundraising appeal and campaign processes and administrative implementation (including all print and digital channels)
  • Partner, participate and support the Executive Director’s sponsorship, major gifts and planned giving initiatives, including fundraising asks
  • Lead all efforts for fundraising related events including planning, logistics and implementation
  • Work with Leadership team to develop, set, and monitor all organizational fundraising goals
  • Manage all donor acknowledgements, cultivation, relationship management and communication processes, including managing Executive Director’s prospect cultivation calendar and schedule
  • Manage and maintain all fundraising related data in the organization’s database

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Possible Intern(s) and/or Volunteer(s)
Educational Background: 
BA in English, Public Affairs, Nonprofit Administration, Communications, Marketing, Arts Administration, or similar fields


  • 4-5+ year related development and fundraising experience, preferably in the nonprofit or philanthropic sectors (with proven record of success in campaigns, grants, corporate and individual giving) and a minimum of 1-2 years of technical and/or grant writing experience
  • Experience with successful event planning and event execution
  • Effective project management skills with ability to successfully manage multiple, competing priorities with tight deadlines
  • Experience working with database and donor management software (we use Bloomerang) and proficiency with several design programs and all Microsoft Office programs
  • Exceptional written, spoken, virtual and interpersonal communication skills with donors, key stakeholders, leadership and colleagues
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Public Affairs, Nonprofit Administration, Communications, Marketing, Arts Administration, or similar fields- though degrees in other areas are welcome
  • Fully embraces Smith Center’s mission and values.

Job Details:

  • Full-Time Position - 40 hours per week
  • Annual Salary - $50,000-$60,000
  • Competitive Benefits including health, dental, vision, life, and vacation, sick/personal and holiday time
Additional Information: 

To Apply:

Please send your resume with cover letter explaining why you want to work at Smith Center as well as why specifically we should consider your application for the Development Manager position (maximum 2 pages).

We strongly encourage you to visit our website and learn more about Smith Center and services we provide before applying for this position.


Phone inquiries will not be returned.

Organization Info

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Washington D.C., DC, USA
Annual Budget : 
1-10 employees
About Us

Founded in 1996, Smith Center develops and promotes healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes for those affected by cancer. Smith Center’s work is based on a single profound idea: that everyone harbors the innate ability to heal, even in the face of life’s most serious challenges. We provide resources to those impacted by cancer and other illnesses, their caregivers, health care providers, and the community.


Our goal is to support the people we work with in taking their next step in healing, whatever that may be. We encourage healing by expanding access to integrative and complementary medicine practices for individuals living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. To meet the whole-person needs of those living with cancer, Smith Center specializes in offering psychosocial support, which treats the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and functional aspects of cancer, from prevention through survivorship to end-of-life and bereavement. 


Located in Washington, DC, Smith Center provides comprehensive cancer support resources through two primary service areas:

  • Health and Wellness: Smith Center offers integrative healing programs each year for approximately 650 adults living with cancer and their caregivers, with over 2,600 visits annually. Programs offered include healthy cooking and stress reduction classes, creativity workshops, professionally facilitated support groups, healing circles, and patient navigation services.
  • Arts and Creativity: Based on our deep belief in the healing power of art, in 2008, Smith Center established the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, a public Gallery dedicated to advancing an understanding of the power of arts to unite, teach, build community, and heal. Each year, the Gallery offers four curated exhibitions, featuring the work of approximately 50-100 artists, as well as film screenings, artist dialogues, book-signings, performances, lectures, and other events to up to 3,500 visitors. The Gallery features artists whose work builds community, celebrates life, and inspires change. By encouraging deep introspection, our exhibits work to heal both social, and psychological ills.
Awards & Accolades: 
*Smith Center has been widely recognized for its innovative services that meet the unique needs of those living with cancer in the DC region.
*In early 2020, Smith Center piloted an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (WHC), whose patient base includes a large percentage of low-income and minority residents in wards 5, 7 and 8.
*In September 2019, the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts/Inova Schar Cancer Institute collaborative Arts and Healing program won The Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards 2019. The award was in the category of Arts Transforming Environments.
*In 2019 Smith Centers was nominated for the third time as “one of the best small charities” in Washington, DC by the Catalogue for Philanthropy in their 2019/2020 catalogue.
*In 2019, Smith Center achieved a Gold Star rating from GuideStar.
Why Work For Us?: 

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a small, warm, personable, family environment.  The culture is collaborative and creative while still being relatively fast-paced.  Our values are living-breathing values and permeate the culture, strategy, and policies.  We all try very hard to "walk our talk" and practice what we teach to our community.  Working alongside diseases such as cancer can make the journey emotionally challenging at times, but also can be some of the most rewarding work one can do.  We look for employees who connect with our mission and want to serve our community whole-heartedly.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Oct 1 2020
Active Until: 
Nov 1 2020
Hiring Organization: 
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts