Classification: Full Time, exempt

Reports to: Executive Director

Compensation: Salary range based on relevant experience. 

Closing Date: March 31, 2024

Immediate Availability


Tennessee Valley Art Association is immediately seeking a development coordinator to work with a dynamic team of creative staff and volunteers to raise funds for TVAA’s mission of developing cultural and educational visual and performing arts programs for the diverse communities of the Tennessee Valley. Working within the span of three counties in northwest Alabama and outlying areas in Mississippi and Tennessee, the development coordinator will cultivate relationships with corporate and private partners for giving strategies as well as coordinating fundraising events and campaigns. This position will work closely with the executive director and board of directors as part of the administrative staff. This position is full-time, exempt with a Blue Cross and Blue Shield benefits package. Salary for this position is based on relevant, proven experience. 


Knowledge of fundraising opportunities, trends, platforms, and best practices

Experience with event planning, creation, and management

Experience with project management

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal

Excellent supervisory and organizational skills

Experience and deep appreciation for  the arts and education preferred 

Ability to meet deadlines

Ability to multitask



Related bachelor’s degree (Communications, Business, Public Relations) or significant field experience preferred 

Commitment to the mission of the Tennessee Valley Art Association

Experience with development in a public service position, preferably in the arts

Proven track record of managing successful major capital campaigns and fundraising projects with solid results 

Experience managing event budgets,  measuring outcomes, and reporting

Experience with donor relations and communications

Experience with CRM software (customer relationship software)

Experience marketing, networking, and fundraising for cultural non-profits

Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends when necessary (flex schedule)


  • Seek corporate sponsorships for specific programs as well as annual partnerships
  • Pursue private donors and memberships 
  • Develop strategies for major gifts to the TVAA Foundation for Endowment
  • Develop fundraising initiatives that align with the association’s strategic plan in collaboration with the administrative staff and board of directors
  • Develop and schedule an annual written fundraising plan with the Executive Director for both operational and long-range goals
  • Create a compelling portfolio of funding options through corporate, public, and private foundations and step-by-step plans for the cultivation of these relationships
  • Coordinate annual stewardship campaign
  • Prepare development reports quarterly for the Board of Directors and Foundation for Endowment Board
  • Prepare acknowledgement letters, cards, and slides for programs
  • Track pledges and anticipated giving through our CRM, Kindful
  • Assist in developing membership and donation materials with familiarity of programming for particular campaigns – familiarity with Canva and/or Adobe products a plus
  • Attend staff meetings to connect how funds are used for the mission 
  • Coordinate strategies to strengthen online giving and membership via and social media channels
  • Coordinate fundraising events alongside the events committee
  • Work with executive director and finance/executive committee to craft the annual budget and identify required program funding
  • Work with executive director and board of directors on the development of a ten-year strategic plan and community SWOT analysis
  • Additional administrative skills: bulk mail, word processing, and file management


TVAA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


Note: This description may not be comprehensive as the employee may perform other tasks as needed by the organization.

Please submit a coverletter, resume, and references to


The Tennessee Valley Art Association is comprised of the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia, AL and the Ritz Theatre in Sheffield, AL.

The Mission of the Tennessee Valley Art Association is to provide cultural and educational performing and visual arts experiences of unequaled quality for diverse communities in Northwest Alabama with intention to further expression in and appreciation of all the arts.

Our Vision is to be an organization whose inspiring visual & performing arts programming is an essential part of everyday life for  Northwest Alabama & to heighten public understanding and appreciation of art as an expression of the human experience.

The Tennessee Valley Art Association is comprised of the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia, AL and the Ritz Theatre in Sheffield, AL.



The Tennessee Valley Art Association incorporated in 1964 for the purpose of constructing a museum and to provide arts programming for the people of northwest Alabama. The Tennessee Valley Art Center was constructed in 1972 on Tuscumbia’s historic Commons, property provided by the city. The Association added a performance series in 1978 that included Sunday concerts in local churches and other public venues. The Tennessee Valley String School and Suzuki School of Music were created to provide music classes for adults and children. Arts programming grew significantly over the next few years and included Center Stage Community Theatre (1980) and The Shoals Community Orchestra (1982). For five years, music and theatre programs rehearsed and performed at the Art Center in a single gallery amid changing exhibitions. In 1985, the music components incorporated independently as The Shoals Symphony and moved to a new home. Center Stage remained a part of TVAA and relocated to the Ritz Theater. In 1998, an Art Center expansion doubled exhibition space at the Art Center providing a workshop, art storage, and a permanent display for the prehistoric Martin Petroglyph. A plaza honoring TVAA founder, Ethel Davis, was constructed in 2008 and The Center was re-named The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in 2009.