Development Associate, Community Access to the Arts (CATA)

CATA seeks a highly-motivated individual with a keen attention to detail to join our team as Development Associate. You’re an organized, results-focused professional who can manage multiple projects simultaneously. You are energized by the idea of using your excellent communication skills to support a dynamic arts organization with a strong social mission. With a successful capital campaign underway, record-high donations secured, and a new, state-of-the-art facility on the horizon, CATA is ready to launch a new chapter in our relationships with our community and our generous supporters. You are ready to help shape this next stage of our growth and to bring your career to the next level at an arts organization changing the lives of people in our community. This position is full-time with a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and strong potential for growth and promotion. Reports to Development Director.


  • Working with Development Director, develop and execute a comprehensive annual fundraising plan.
  • Develop and maintain organizational systems to ensure that deadlines are met and fundraising projects are executed at the highest level.
  • Nurture positive relationships with donors and cultivate prospective donors through regular written communication.
  • Prepare acknowledgment letters, stewardship letters, and other donor correspondence.
  • Research current donors, and corporate, foundation, and individual prospects.
  • Write proposals and grant reports; maintain grants calendar and ensure timely and professional submission of materials.
  • Coordinate special events, including annual gala, supervising vendors and working closely with gala committee.
  • Learn and master donor database (training provided) and maintain responsibility for entering gifts, updating records, and preparing reports; oversee administrative support staff as necessary on these tasks.
  • Draft copy for other development and communication materials including newsletters, press releases, annual appeals, website, and social media.
  • Coordinate mailings for annual appeal and event invitations.
  • Serve as liaison to board, gala, and campaign committees, scheduling meetings and maintaining correspondence.
  • Represent CATA at community and networking events.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years experience in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Zeal for detail and accuracy including ability to line edit and proofread.
  • Superb written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and to ask questions to learn new processes.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
  • Experience with eTapestry or other donor database.
  • Attendance at occasional evening and weekend events required.

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong project manager: You are able to juggle multiple tasks and break down complex, long-term projects to stay on track, managing timelines and details.
  • Focus on personal relationships: You have a positive attitude, are good-humored and outgoing, and enjoy making connections with others to support CATA’s work.
  • Highly organized, collaborative work style: You work successfully in a team, establishing common goals, performance measures, and guidelines. You are a hands-on “doer” in order to meet goals.
  • Sharp strategic thinker: You solve problems, are not easily discouraged, and overcome challenges creatively and effectively, combining long-term planning and short-term tactics.
  • Passion for CATA’s work: You believe in CATA’s mission and will be an impassioned advocate for our artists and our work in the community.
  • Desire to grow: You are a curious person with your sights set on growth in your career and you welcome professional development opportunities.


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, Simple IRA retirement plan with employer match, family leave, vacation and personal days, short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and paid professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to with “Development Associate” in the subject line. Cover letters will be judged as writing samples; applications without one will not be considered. All inquiries and materials will be confidential. Community Access to the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply by: Position posted until filled.

About the Organization

Community Access to the Arts (CATA) is an innovative arts nonprofit that nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through the visual and performing arts. Our highly-energetic and professional staff works collaboratively to create powerful art, promote positive human connections, and lay the groundwork for social change. CATA serves 800 people with disabilities through workshops in painting, drawing, dance, theater/improv, singing, drumming, juggling, yoga, and creative writing. By sharing the extraordinary creativity of our CATA artists with the public in art shows and performances,
CATA shines a light on the ability within disability. Fueled by strong partnerships with area organizations, CATA programs take place across Berkshire County, Massachusetts. CATA is in the final stretch of a highly-successful capital campaign, with record-high donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and will soon move into a new, state-of-the-art facility with twice our current space for staff and art programs. CATA was recently chosen for the highly competitive Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative and has received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Award, NEPR Arts & Humanities Award, Mass Nonprofit Network Nonprofit Excellence Award, and the 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award.


2019-10-04T14:50:20-04:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Careers, Creative Economy, Fundraising/Advancement, Mid-Level|