Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is currently hiring for the following positions:

Director of Individual and Corporate Giving

Founded in 1953, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) is NE Ohio’s leading arts education organization. With a budget of $1.9 million, CAL provides more than 6,500 programs to youth each year in schools, libraries, and other community centers. Working with artists in music, dance, theater, visual and digital arts, CAL delivers programs that teach arts disciplines and are integrated into the core curriculum. CAL’s large-scale programs include 1) ArtWorks, an arts-based youth development program that hires 180 high school students each year to work in the arts while learning skills needed to graduate high school and attend college or attain future jobs and 2) teaching artist professional development. In 2017, CAL moved to University Circle to open the Inspiration Center, a community center for the arts for neighborhood youth.

CAL is seeking a dynamic and innovative Director of Individual and Corporate Giving to design and lead fundraising efforts that include annual fund, major gifts, endowment and planned gifts, and special events. S/he focuses on the outreach and cultivation of individuals throughout the community and strengthens the organization’s position and relationships with donors. S/he works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to realize annual and long-term goals of CAL. The Director of Individual and Corporate Giving collaborates with the Director of Grants and reports to the Executive Director.

This position will help strengthen the approach and structure of our giving program and will be responsible for raising funds through a variety of methods, including direct appeals and online fundraising initiatives. Building relationships with current donors (individual and corporate) and securing their renewed support, as well as identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new prospects for annual support will be critical for success.


  • Evaluate current strategies and stewardship practices for CAL’s annual fund; implement processes to expand an individual giving and major gifts program to reach and/or exceed annual budget goal
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit annual, major, and special gift prospects. This will include working with existing donors as well as initiating new relationships with prospects with high capacity
  • Enhance annual campaigns to corporate, endowment, and planned giving prospects. Meet or exceed annual goals
  • Create and execute a comprehensive plan for each donor/prospect in the database that ensures donor retention and advancement. Establish individual goals for each major gifts prospect
  • Identify and research new prospects – individual and corporate – for solicitation, based on capacity and interest
  • Strengthen the commitment of current donors through individual meetings, site visits, phone calls, office visits, special mailings and other relationship-building correspondence and activities
  • Maintain regular communication with prospects/donors through face-to-face meetings, phone calls and written correspondence
  • Collaborate with staff and Board of Directors to cultivate donor engagement and stewardship opportunities through fundraising or cultivation events
  • Coordinate with Marketing Manager on development materials to be used in appeals and stewardship efforts; personalize content as needed to reflect specific donor interests and programmatic priorities
  • Collaborate with Marketing Manager on communication strategies via email, social media and direct mail to keep donors informed of CAL successes, events, and future plans
  • Oversee Development Associate to track portfolio activity, progress and action items in Salesforce constituent profiles
  • Collect appropriate data and generate reports that accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance towards goals
  • Conducts analysis and assess performance to identify opportunities and inform the strategic plan
  • Design, coordinate, and manage special events, with the assistance of the Development Associate, including donor recognition, cultivation, and fundraising events
  • Collaborate with Board of Directors and other volunteers on all fundraising activities including annual campaigns, special events, and stewardship


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a fundraising role
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing strategies for growth, managing relationships and closing gifts
  • Experience planning and managing cultivation and fundraising events
  • Effective networker with excellent leadership, presentation and communication skills
  • Outstanding team contributor in a multi-cultural environment
  • Strong written skills, with proven ability to develop compelling case for support, including effective letters, proposals, reports and appeals
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRMs a plus


  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits – health, short-term disability, 403 (b)

To apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter that outlines your suitability for the role and salary expectations to marsha@arts-inspiredlearning.org, including the subject line ” Director of Individual and Corporate Giving.”

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). All candidates for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Director of Programs

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is seeking a visionary, dynamic and innovative Director of Programs to design and lead arts education programming and create new opportunities for young people through the arts.  S/he focuses on the outreach and cultivation of partnerships with the education, arts, and funding communities to maximize the positive impact of CAL programs and services on teaching and learning for youth. S/he strengthens the organization’s leadership role in the field of arts education and works closely with the Education Department to realize annual and long-term goals of CAL.  The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director.


  • Oversee the design, development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of all CAL programs and special projects
  • Develop new program initiatives and collaborations to meet community needs
  • Work with the Artistic Manager and education staff to ensure program quality and outcomes
  • Cultivate, initiate and respond to arts education opportunities with schools, districts and other non-profit and community organizations
  • Oversee, professionally develop, and evaluate Education Department staff; hire consultants as needed
  • Collaborate with the Artistic Manager to ensure that the CAL artist roster reflects the organizational goals for high quality, diversity, and community needs
  • Lead efforts for research and evaluation
  • Create and track budgets to meet financial goals
  • Collaborate with Marketing Manager in the creation and maintenance of promotional materials such as the CAL Resource Guide, newsletter articles, website content and program-related brochures
  • Represent CAL at meetings, conferences, and marketing events
  • Ensure the compilation of programs statistics and financial data on all programs and use information in decision making to meet annual goals
  • Initiate projects and work with Development staff to seek funds. Oversee final programming reports to funders
  • Promote support and visibility for CAL through active participation in the local arts education community
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Board Committees and other advisory entities to advance educational goals
  • Create and implement policies and procedures for education department
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Six or more years of work experience in arts, arts education and management
  • Willing to take strategic risks; innovative, self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Excellent organizational skills; able to handle heavy work flow and meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of research and evaluation
  • Knowledge of NE Ohio arts and education communities a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Excellent benefits – health, short-term disability, 403 (b)

To apply

Resume and cover letter only to:  Executive Director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, 10917 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106 or marsha@arts-inspiredlearning.org.

CAL is an equal opportunity employer. We have a strong commitment to equity and inclusion, and value the leadership and skills of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and people from other historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply.