MINDPOP is currently looking for a Director of Development.

Director of Development: MINDPOP

MINDPOP seeks an inspiring Director of Development dedicated to helping young people achieve in school and life by expanding access to the arts and creative learning in schools and communities. The Director of Development designs and implements a comprehensive fundraising strategy, including prospect research, grant writing, individual donor cultivation and solicitation, small events, reporting, record keeping and stewardship. The ideal candidate combines strong grants writing skills with the capacity to provide excellent stewardship to our stakeholders and partners of MINDPOP.

MINDPOP serves as the managing partner of the Creative Learning Initiative, a collective impact venture between Austin ISD, the City of Austin, MINDPOP and over 40 arts organizations. The initiative works to ensure that every student experiences the arts and benefits from creative learning in and out of school by using a systemic, sustainable approach and an innovative instruction model to transform education in Austin. Halfway to our goal of making all Austin ISD school arts-rich by 2023, we’ve seen student participation in arts learning increase across the district at all levels, and arts partnerships have double at every grade level in participating campuses. Across the board, attendance and achievement is higher when teachers use CLI creative teaching strategies well. In addition to managing the Creative Learning Initiative in Austin, MINDPOP offers consulting services that include research (including 2 statewide studies of access and impact of arts learning for the Texas Cultural Trust); program development and technical assistance; and the design of regional creative learning initiatives in several communities across the country.

MINDPOP has a small staff, requiring this Director to be able to work independently and in a self-sufficient manner to meet the organization’s contributed income goals. Seventy percent (70%) of MINDPOP’s $500K annual budget comes from contributed revenue sources (specifically 36% from foundations, 21% from government, and 13% from corporations or individuals) with the remaining 30% coming from consulting contracts. The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with a volunteer leadership team of philanthropic sector professionals. He/she should have the capacity to make compelling presentations to potential investors and community groups interested in learning about the value of creative learning and in building community through collective impact. MINDPOP encourages applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in non-profit development leadership positions to apply.


• Prefer 3-5 years as a professional fundraiser on behalf of the arts or education

• Experience raising resources from foundations, corporations and individual major gifts

• Ability to work independently to meet fundraising goals

• Prefer experience working in large-scale or complex partnerships

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Flexibility, high energy and positive disposition

Salary is posted at $60,000 for 30 hrs a week (flexible) with 3 weeks vacation.

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to: