Executive Director


The Executive Director position will provide the overall strategic direction for Sweetwater Center for the Arts (SCA), an Allegheny Regional Asset District Fund recipient, but will focus the majority of their efforts in fundraising for the organization. The ED will design and implement a strategic, comprehensive plan for securing grants, donors, and funding of the organization. They will lead and manage the philanthropy strategy for the entire organization to rigorously engage new foundations, corporations, and individual donors, growing resources and securing funders to provide a deep investment in program expansion, as well as policy and evaluation efforts.

This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic individual who wants to be a part of an Organization that influences and improves the lives of thousands of people in our community through the arts.


1. Actively seek lucrative revenue streams through fundraising efforts.
2. Develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan that includes individual giving, corporate giving, planned giving, major gifts, special events, government funding and grants from foundations.
3. Develop and execute fundraising efforts, to reach new individual donors, grantors and corporate sponsors.
4. Cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors by responding to their inquiries, keeping them apprised of recent events with the organization and sharing the progress their donations have made possible.
5. Establish and evaluate the efficacy of the fund development program.
6. Assure design and accuracy of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.
7. Exercise exceptional time management skills and meet fundraising deadlines.
8. Demonstrate exceptional writing and communication skills.

Community Impact:
1. Work with a variety of potential donors and supporters, relying on strong interpersonal skills.
2. Speak publicly, make presentations and facilitate donor meetings with members of the Board and Advisory Council.
3. Raise awareness of the organization and its primary goals through outreach efforts, regular community engagement, publications and in support of media relations.
4. Appropriately represent the organization and board to donors, prospects, public agencies, development committees, fundraising volunteers and other key stakeholders.
5. Help identify, cultivate, recruit, train, and develop a strong volunteer base and fundraising leadership.

Organization/Board Resource Development:
1. Maintain accountability and ensure compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.
2. Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.
3. Participate with the staff and board in charting the organization’s course in programing, fund development and governance. Advise on board leadership recruitment and effective governance, participating in Governance and Nominating Committee’s work.
4. Keep informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector.

• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree/CFRE certification a plus.
• 4-8 years of experience in fundraising with a history of successfully generating new revenue streams and excellent donor relations skills. Experience with individual giving and knowledge of Major Gift giving is required.

•Requires proficiency in the use of computer-based fundraising management tools, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Google Suite and PowerPoint. Ability to embrace new technology.
• Knowledge of visual arts, STEAM curriculum, maker movement and performing arts is preferred.
• Dynamic, strong and strategic fundraiser accustomed to setting and achieving ambitious fundraising goals.
• Ability to engender the trust and confidence of the Board, staff and donors in achieving fully integrated philanthropy across the organization.
•Ability to work in a collaborative setting with a strong team.
•Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating with internal and external contacts using a high degree of diplomacy and the ability to deal with and influence persons in all types of positions. Must be able to inspire trust from potential donors and grant making organizations.
•Exceptional writing, verbal and presentation skills.
•Strategic thinker and proven fundraiser with strong organizational skills.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. Starting salary range for the Executive Director position is $50,000 to $70,000 plus benefits including PTO, health, dental and vision insurance.

To apply: Email cover letter, resume and three professional references to Acting Executive Director, Margaret Setler: setler@comcast.net

About Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Founded in 1975 in Sewickley, an idyllic suburb 11 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, PA, Sweetwater offers nearly 400 classes, workshops, and events annually in the visual, performing, literary and culinary arts for children, teens, and adults at every skill level, from beginner to master. Sweetwater’s multidisciplinary approach includes classes in ceramics/sculpture, cooking, drawing, painting, photography, jewelry & metalsmithing, fiber arts, traditional crafts as well as private music lessons.

Our vision is to thrive as a regional asset and to lead innovative, relevant arts and cultural programming throughout the region. Our values of Community, Classes, and Culture help us focus on serving communities, providing programming of the highest artistic quality, and creating an environment that supports excellence in the arts. Sweetwater passionately believes that the foundation of arts education and skill development are critical to the individual regardless of their age or career path. Through inquiry-based instruction, students explore new pathways into topics that make them more alive and relevant.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

$1,000 Sponsors an event.
$750 Covers building operational costs, upkeep, and preservation.
$500 Provides technology updates and improvements.
$400 Aids Outreach Programs for at-risk youth and underserved communities.
$250 Sponsors a teaching artist.
$100 Supports the purchases of ceramic studio glazes and supplies.
$50 Provides one art supply package for classes and workshops.

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