Development Manager

Rainey Institute


Rainey Institute is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic fundraising professional whose project management, communication, and relationship building skills will support the Development team at Rainey in raising $1.5-$2M annually. The successful Development Manager will understand the fundraising landscape of Cleveland, Ohio, utilize CRM software and moves management processes to execute results, and drive multiple critical revenue streams at Rainey Institute. The Director of Development will consider the unique skills and experiences of the successful candidate to assign project leadership and support.


The Development Manager will lead or support the following revenue streams that enable the achievement of annual revenue goals:
Annual Fund: Planning and implementing goals and strategies for annual/quarterly/bi-annual campaigns, alumni giving, individual gifts below $1,000, and Rainey’s monthly giving program.
Grants: Support the execution of the organization’s grants plan through stewarding foundation relationships, grant proposal development and reporting on grant awards, with attention to deadlines, delegating to/collaborating with team members, and multi-tasking. Actively prospect and research potential major family foundation and private foundation donors and collaborating on cultivation plans in partnership with the Director of Development.
Events: Support the execution of the organization’s events plan including annual gala, donor site visits, and engagement opportunities such as awareness events, community events, and Rainey performances and art exhibits.
Marketing and Communications: Provide a consistent, on-brand communications strategy and calendar for the department, and partner with the Marketing Associate to develop and design content that promotes the Development Office’s goals, campaigns, etc.
Public Funding: Understand local, state, or national buckets of public funding, develop relationships with appropriate officials and representatives who advocate for public arts, and execute the process for soliciting funds.


2 years proven fundraising/development experience, or directly transferable experience in sales, event production, written communication or copywriting, etc.
High degree of computer literacy required.
Excellent oral and written skills including proofreading required.
Strong project management skills required.
Experience using a donor management database or similar CRM software preferred.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Solid team player with demonstrated ability to work with flexibility and efficiency in a fast paced environment.
A personal connection or commitment to Rainey’s mission and work and desire to work with people of all backgrounds.
Highly organized and results driven.
Ability to generate a positive image of the organization with all contacts and communications that represent Rainey Institute.

Salary & Benefits: $50,000/year, $15,000 Life Insurance,  Medical Insurance 80/20, Vision & Dental Offered, Six (6) weeks vacation first year, Paid Professional Development, Hybrid Work Schedule.

To apply: Please send resume and one-page cover letter to:

Grace Andrews

Director of Development

Please include in your cover letter 1) CRM systems or donor software with which you have experience and 2) most impactful donation that you have secured.


Rainey Institute is where the arts change lives by enriching and inspiring a broad community of learners through excellent, accessible arts programming. With a commitment to holistic youth development, Rainey’s out-of-school time arts programs utilize the arts as a platform to empower youth to become confident individuals who value creativity, learning, diversity, and love. Founded in 1904 as a Settlement House serving immigrants, Rainey adjusted its focus in 1966 to arts education, responding to the changing needs of the Hough community. Since then, Rainey has been dedicated to developing positive growth in Cleveland’s youth through engagement and education in the visual and performing arts. In 2011, Rainey moved into a new facility and expanded our programs. In 2023, we will launch programming at our new site at the Pivot Center of Art, Dance, and Expression. In addition to arts programming, Rainey also ensures children are thriving by providing homework assistance, meals, college and career exploration resources, and summer employment opportunities.

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