Director of External Relations | SPACE on Ryder Farm (Brewster, NY)

Posted on: July 12, 2017

Deadline: July 20, 2017

SPACE on Ryder Farm, a non-profit artist residency program, seeks a full time Director of External Relations to work closely with key staff and consultants on high-level decision making for the rapidly growing organization. Reporting to the Executive Director, this full-time position is one of four senior staff positions. The Director of External Relations is responsible for leading SPACE’s fundraising and communications operations in partnership with the ED. The Director of External Relations works both in NYC and in Brewster, NY. `           

SPACE’s annual operating budget of more than $700,000 (up from $560K in 2016 and $372K in 2015) is comprised of 80% contributed revenue. Duties include but are not limited to:

DEVELOPMENT – 45% of the role


OPERATIONS – 15% of the role

STRATEGY – 10% of the role


The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of proven nonprofit fundraising experience from myriad sources, strong organizational and time management skills, management experience, acute attention to detail, and strong communication skills with internal team members and external contacts. Must be proficient with Google Suite. Experience and proficiency with Kindful fundraising software (or the equivalent), Squarespace, InDesign and Stripe donation software a plus.


SPACE on Ryder Farm is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ grassroots organization. The Director of External Relations should have a minimum of three years management and development experience, be dexterous, entrepreneurial and able and excited to lead in a multitude of ways. This is a full-time leadership position working out of both SPACE’s Manhattan and Brewster offices. During the season (June-October), a good deal of time will be spend in Brewster, NY (housing provided). Compensation is competitive. SPACE observes a semi-monthly payroll.

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Job Opening: Director of External Relations. Application materials are due by July 20th.