Development and Communication Associate (Fathomers)

Development and Communication Associate

Fathomers seeks a dedicated Development and Communication Associate to support fundraising, marketing, and audience engagement strategies across all departments. This is an opportunity to play a key role in advancing the organization through mission-driven development work and to assist in the execution of a full range of communication materials, including print, electronic, website, and social media. The ideal candidate will be an energetic and committed team member who can take direction as well as propose new ideas, and will have a significant impact on the operations and external relations of a multi-disciplinary organization in the field of contemporary art.


Primary Responsibilities

Fundraising and Development  

  • Assist the Executive Director with all aspects of fundraising and pipeline development, including efforts to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors. Characteristic duties include:
    • Assisting in scheduling donor and prospect meetings
    • Supporting the planning and execution of donor cultivation events and field trips
    • Tracking and processing donations, sending acknowledgement letters, and recording donor cultivation activities and follow-up steps
    • Producing or helping to produce collateral development-related materials
    • Ensuring donor acknowledgement in print and electronic materials
    • Conducting proactive and reactive research as assigned
  • Collaborate with all principal staff to develop and execute the League Convening, a private conference with presentations from key thinkers in a range of fields, including compiling and maintaining guest list, invitation printing, catering, mailings, and venue coordination.
  • Complete special projects as assigned by ED


Marketing and Communication

  • Working closely with the Director of Research and Communication, develop and execute communication materials in a wide range of contexts. Characteristic duties include:
    • Producing content for Fathomers’ website and email newsletter
    • Writing and/or distributing press releases
    • Coordinating marketing and publicity efforts for Fathomers programs and events
  • Devise and execute Fathomers’ social media strategy, and manage Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, and YouTube channels, as well as the yes@fathomers email account.
  • Assist with photographic and audio documentation needed for press, program archives, and publications.
  • Insist on accuracy, clarity, and conciseness in information and proofreading, and advocate for the highest standards of design and communication across Fathomers projects.


Administrative/Additional Support

  • Attend staff meetings, other administrative meetings, and occasional programs and events
  • Assist in schedule management and travel planning across departments.
  • Share responsibilities of general office coordination as assigned by Director of Operations and/or other Directors



  • Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Eagerness to work in a team environment
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and meet critical deadlines; work independently; and solve problems creatively
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, ethical decision-making, and reliable discretion
  • Technological savvy, with G-Suite proficiency and willingness to learn new applications
  • 2+ years experience in a relevant development or communication role
  • Experience in web design, project management software, and/or CRM systems desirable



This is a full-time position that requires occasional evening or weekend hours. The salary is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package with employer-paid health insurance and paid time off for vacation, personal days, and holidays. Anticipated start date is October 2019.


To Apply

Fathomers strongly encourages candidates from backgrounds generally underrepresented in arts employment to apply, as well as applicants with demonstrated interest in integrated art/science projects.

Email a single PDF attachment that includes a letter of interest and résumé to [email protected]. The subject line of your email should be DCA/[your first and last name].   

Application screening and initial phone interviews will be on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will take place on site. Due to the volume of applicants, candidates will be contacted only in the event that we wish to further discuss your qualifications.

About Fathomers

Fathomers is a creative research institute in Los Angeles dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world. We cultivate the ideas of diehard dreamers, commission projects that seem far-fetched, and enlist expansive thinkers across disciplines to redefine the limits of scale, scope and support for artist-led projects. We do this because we value discoveries made absent predetermined outcomes, and we believe in the power of the realized dream as a test site and model for visionary change.

Equal Opportunity

Fathomers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status as a whistleblower, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Physical Demands

The physical demands of this position are light with the expectation that the staff person can exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Light work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. Physical demands are in excess of those of sedentary work. The position requires frequent computer use at a workstation. Fathomers will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This job description and its physical requirements will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.



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