International Storytelling Center seeks Development Director


Over the past five decades, the International Storytelling Center has played a central role in establishing storytelling as a professional art form, an artistic and applied discipline, and a creative industry. In 2023, ISC will celebrate fifty-one years of leading the storytelling movement, which has grown from a small grassroots event to an international phenomenon. This is the moment to reimagine and rethink the narrative and to establish another renaissance in storytelling — not just in our region, but across America and beyond.

Storytelling is humanity’s birthright, and claiming this birthright can help us move towards a more diverse and inclusive world. Our vision is a better world through the power of storytelling.

It is our intention as an organization to not just celebrate our first 50 years, the nation’s storytelling revival, but to intentionally continue the progression of the storytelling movement inclusively for the future.

ISC is looking for dynamic Director of Development to join our team, to champion our fundraising efforts, support our trajectory as an organization and be part of a growing team.


Job Functions

Oversee Fundraising Development at the International Storytelling Center:

  • Procure, develop, and manage relationships with donors and sponsors.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit donors (individual and corporate) for new and major gifts and sponsorships.
  • Develop new and innovative ways to seek funding sources, including grants and gifts.
  • Work collaboratively and strategically with ISC Directors, Communications, and Programs staff and in support of ISC’s vision.
  • Work purposefully with programs and events staff, to determine and fulfill existing and potential sponsorships and benefits.
  • Assist in budget development and monitoring in relationship to fund development.
  • Strengthen and build visibility at local, national and international levels and to all constituents, including ISC’s digital capacity to reach donors and partners.
  • Oversee annual giving campaigns and special event fundraising.
  • Strategize messaging as it relates to fund development: i.e., website, blog and/or newsletter; social media; direct mail; print materials.
  • Strengthen and diversify communications with regional and national audiences through community relations, special events engagements and fundraising, and the ways we tell ISC’s story.


Duties with Corresponding Tasks:

  • Manage a portfolio of current donors and primary prospects.
  • Manage prospect activity and donor data base.
  • Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.
  • Initiate contacts with businesses and individual donors and/or sponsors by:

o Developing appropriate cultivation strategies.

o Moving potential donors in a timely fashion toward appropriate giving.

o Maintaining stewardship contacts with donors; being sensitive to their individual needs.

  • Work collaboratively with other key members of the staff.
  • Secure financial support for the Teller-In-Residence Program and the National Storytelling Festival as well as other programmatic activity.
  • Develop intentional digital strategies to support growing our national donor base.

Ideal Candidate will have the following:

  • An appreciation for and understanding of the value of storytelling, the arts and humanities, and related fields (health, education, community & rural development, peacebuilding).
  • Proven track record in fund development with a minimum of 3 years of experience.
  • An understanding of all aspects (traditional and new) of fund procurement. An understanding of grant writing and development. A willingness to take a hands-on approach to work and team development.
  • Skilled in various computer software programs and donor analytic systems.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in building relationships with individuals, corporations, foundations, and state and federal agencies.
  • A willingness to help support and strengthen organizational capacity, audience development, and overall programmatic activity.
  • An eagerness to participate and represent ISC in all endeavors.
  • A commitment to the arts, non-profits, and community building.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards.
  • An optimistic and positive attitude.
  • Appreciation for the culture and challenges of contemporary philanthropy and giving.
  • Commitment to ISC’s values, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social justice.
  • A strong affinity for teamwork is essential.

The Director of Development will be an onsite position.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary range is $55,000-$60,000 based upon experience.
  • Benefits include health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.
  • Paid time off includes twelve vacation days, six sick days, two personal days, and eleven holidays.

How to Apply:

Email the following information to

1. Cover Letter with names and contact information for three references

2. Resume

3. A link to a five – seven-minute video addressing at least two of the following:

  • It’s your first month on the job, what do you see as your primary challenges and how do you plan to meet them?
  • ISC has a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; explain how you relate to these values and how you’d integrate these principles into leading ISC’s fundraising development.
  • Describe an example of a successful campaign/initiative you’ve directed. How would you apply any lessons learned to ISC’s fundraising?
  • What draws you to fundraising development for ISC?


Note: Send a private YouTube or web link to your video. This video can easily be made on a smartphone and will ONLY be shown to the Interview Committee.