Job Title: Development Director

Part Time/Contracted

Compensation: TBD

Elsewhere Studios is seeking a fundraising professional on a part-time contractual basis to focus on major donor and grant development to grow the annual fund and to plan and implement a capital campaign for the purchase of the organization’s property and buildings. The ideal candidate will manage planning and implementation of Elsewhere’s fundraising priorities  Responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donor prospects. The Director of Development will work directly for the Executive Director and in coordination with the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, staff, community members, and prospective donors. 

Duties: 

  • Working with Board and Executive Director on fundraising, donor and sponsor development for capital campaign for purchase of Elsewhere Building
  • Raising funds through donor development, investors, crowdfunding, loans, grants etc. for building purchase
  • Expanding Elsewhere’s private donor network; strengthen relationships with existing supporters as well as cultivate new major donors.
  • Ability to work in Paonia part time, with flexibility of working remotely

Desired Qualities and Experience

  • 3-5 years fundraising experience
  • Passion for the arts and enthusiasm about our program
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented 
  • Experience with nonprofit/rural organizations
  • Capital campaign experience preferred

Background Info

Elsewhere Studios is a bridge between local culture and global communities through a thriving and distinctive artist residency program. The residency provides a unique and fertile landscape to nurture artists and their process through focused time and space, helping them to transcend to new levels in their work, awareness and lives. Located in the historic town of Paonia, CO, Elsewhere hosts artists in residence from one to six months periods. Since its inception in 2011, the program has served over 200 visual artists, writers, composers, sculptors, filmmakers and performance artists from 14 countries and 30 states. The artists bring contemporary art to the community (pop. 1500), through multiple monthly events (e.g. meet-and-greets, open studios, exhibitions, readings, performances and demonstrations). Classes and workshops are occasionally offered as well.

Elsewhere Studios has a notable presence in Paonia. Our programs and active community engagement positively impact the region and bring vibrancy to the Paonia Creative District. The building itself is a landmark to this burgeoning cultural destination. In addition to the residency program, Elsewhere oversees a community garden and operates a media internship with local high school students.


We will review applications beginning March 1st. Application open until filled.

Residencies beginning in the months of January to April , 2020 (multi-month residencies can extend beyond these months)
Deadline: July 7th, 2019

Notification: E-mailed the week of September 1st, 2019 or earlier
All references must be received by July 7th to be considered for the residency program.  

The Residency Program provides space and time for artists. We welcome visual artists, writers, composer/musicians, performance artists at any stage of their careers as well as scientists, activists, teachers, students, or any kind of creative thinker interested in exploring and expanding their work in a unique and supportive environment. Elsewhere consists of artistically crafted and unique living and studio spaces. Time spans are individually based - 1 to 6 months, accommodating 4 to 6 artists at a time.

Elsewhere is a choose-your-own-adventure style residency. Situated in downtown Paonia, the spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the community, to create or participate in art exhibitions, and to teach classes or workshops.

Elsewhere Studios