We’re hiring!

September 1, 2020

A Studio in the Woods is seeking a part-time Development Manager to spearhead the organization’s fundraising efforts. A successful candidate will possess the ability to build and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan for the organization while working closely and collaboratively with the organization’s staff, the Tulane University development office, and the Friends of A Studio in the Woods Board of Directors to meet the Studio’s development goals. Friends of A Studio in the Woods’ operating budget is $300,000 with approximately 88% in contributed revenue from individuals, corporations, and government and foundation grants, and 12% in earned revenue from special events and fees.


A Studio in the Woods, a program of the ByWater Institute at Tulane University, is committed to fostering creative responses to the challenges of our time by providing retreat to artists, scholars, and the public in a protected forest on the Mississippi River. Since its founding, the Studio has become one of the leading artistic and academic residency programs in the Gulf South region. 


  • Design and implement a fundraising program which includes strategies for two annual special events, donor stewardship, and individual, corporate and foundation giving.
  • Cultivate a portfolio of current and prospective donors.
  • Direct the annual fund campaigns, which include donor solicitations and GiveNOLA Day strategies.
  • Oversee the grants management process, which includes prospect research, proposal writing, pipeline maintenance, and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee the creation of publications and other collateral which support fundraising activities, such as annual reports.
  • Manage the fundraising database (Little Green Light) and gift tracking functions.
  • Generate acknowledgement letters and tax receipts.
  • Provide support to the Managing Director and members of the Friends of A Studio in the Woods Board of Directors as they carry out essential fundraising activities.
  • Attend programmatic events to network with donors and support staff.


  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of A Studio in the Woods.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two to three years of development experience or equivalent educational or nonprofit experience.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse board, staff, and community of stakeholders.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills, as well as strong attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with or ability to adapt to new software quickly, specifically Little Green Light and Quickbooks Online
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on responsibilities outside of immediate development activities.
  • Commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Comfortable working in a natural environment.
  • Resident of the Greater New Orleans metro area.


A Studio in the Woods thrives on a collaborative shared leadership model. This position will be a key part of an administrative team of four. Schedule is flexible with the possibility for remote work. Currently staff is working primarily remotely.


This is part-time contract employment for one year with the intention to grow into a full-time salaried position. $25,000 – $30,000 annual contract, dependent on experience.


Letter of interest, resume, and two writing samples or fundraising assets you spearheaded (preferably a membership, individual giving campaign letter, or sponsorship appeal; and an excerpt from a grant narrative; feel free to redact as needed) should be sent to Managing Director Ama Rogan at arogan@tulane.edu. Priority will be given to applications received by October 5, 2020.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color and LGBTQ+ candidates.