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Development Director

CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation

  • Location: St. Louis, MO

CityArchRiver 2015, a partnership of the National Park Service and civic interests, began as an international design competition modeled after the 1947 competition from which Eero Saarinen’s proposal for the Gateway Arch was selected. World-renowned landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) was chosen as the winning design team. MVVA’s impressive portfolio includes many high profile, successful urban parks and public spaces that utilize waterfront assets. CityArchRiver is now focused on making the transformational winning design a reality by October 28, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the Arch’s completion.

Position Overview

The Development Director is a dynamic, creative and passionate leader with the vision and ability to build a successful and fully operational development organization from the ground up. Direct reports will include a development staff to be hired, as needed and justified. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director, the emerging Board of Directors, and key constituents (i.e. donors/prospective donors, civic, and government leaders, etc.) to strategically determine the most effective way to raise $250 million over the next three years, when the major construction project is scheduled for completion and the new facilities are opened to the public. The Development Director is responsible for promoting the vision of the organization, and ensuring high quality execution of all fundraising programs. Because it is a new organization, the Development Director will play an important role in establishing and building awareness for CityArchRiver 2015, and for contributing to the development of the organization’s management, values and culture. The Development Director will establish and guide the strategy in cultivating donors of all types: individual, corporate, foundation, government, etc.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university is required.
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in a leadership capacity within non-profit or for-profit entities is required.
  • Work experience in a similar capacity, while a plus, is not essential.
  • Familiarity in dealing with public-private partnerships is preferred.
  • Evidence of a strong personal commitment to enhancing the community is expected, and if coming from a for-profit environment, experience as a highly-committed volunteer or board member of a non-profit agency is essential.