Director of Development – Great Lakes Center for the Arts

LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES is proud to partner with the Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCFA) in its search for the position of Director of Development.

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a new performing arts center that will bring the best of music, dance and theater to Northern Michigan and will provide important arts education programming to the children of the region. By 2020, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will be a national destination known for unique cultural performances and events, a leading regional arts and arts education provider, and an internationally recognized center for important intellectual dialogue.

Constructing the GLCFA and providing an endowment for its perpetual support will cost $50 million. Early commitments to this goal total nearly $15 million and additional preliminary prospects have been identified. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is uniquely situated to appeal to a large variety of individual and corporate supporters – those based in Michigan as well as those who value the high-end assets that the Northern Michigan community offers. And with the unique ability to serve thousands of school children who face ever-diminishing arts experiences in public schools, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts stands to garner eventual significant support from foundation and government funders who recognize the need for arts institutions to fill the role.

This is an exciting opportunity to build a major arts non-profit from the ground-up. The Director of Development will be the first permanent hire for this newly-formed 501(c)(3) and will have an immediate objective of securing the remaining balance of the $50 million needed to launch the new center. Interested candidates will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be a self-starter and demonstrate sophisticated and strategic relationship-building skills with C-suite executives, as well as community leaders and influencers. This successful fundraiser must bring a proven track record in cultivating, soliciting and securing major gift commitments of 6- and 7-figures. While campaign experience is a must, longer term plans for sustainability include building a diverse development program including annual and planned giving and multi-year sponsorships.

To apply or to refer candidates, please contact Zena Lum, Search Director, LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES at

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