Development and Membership Associate
Full-Time Development and Membership Associate at White Bear Center for the Arts
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Administration, Non Profit
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $39,000-$42,000
Education Level: High School
Criminal Background: Not Eligible

Development & Membership Associate

Full Time, exempt Reports to Development Manager Other staff with significant interaction include the Executive Director, Visitor Services & Operations Director, marketing department, and other positions focused on programming and operations Office located in White Bear Lake, MN, with one day of remote work per week
COVID-19 vaccination required $39,000 - $42,000 starting annual salary range. Professional development allowance available, separate from compensation Generous Paid Time Off (PTO). Medical and dental plans available Simple IRA with 3% company match available.

About Us White Bear Center for the Arts is a growing nonprofit community art center, offering more than 1,100 classes and 10 gallery shows per year in its newly-expanded campus. WBCA is a diverse and expanding community widely known for enriching lives, nourishing imagination, and building understanding through its innovative arts programming. It currently enjoys more than 1,700 members and boasts classes in a wide variety of art mediums and techniques. It is a dynamic and inspiring center where all are welcome to celebrate art and connect—with their creativity and with each other.

The outcomes of the Development & Membership Associate position will ensure access to the arts for all who wish to participate. Donor and membership support provide a gateway for others in the community to share their financial resources, which strengthens the fabric of the community and has a positive impact on the lives of others through WBCA.

Why This Job is Important

White Bear Center for the Arts seeks an energetic, organized and results-oriented nonprofit professional with a deep interest in advancing WBCA’s growth trajectory and membership experience. This position reports to the Development Manager. This role will be responsible for helping to develop and execute WBCA’s membership goals and development strategies.

Like most nonprofits, WBCA relies heavily upon contributions from its stakeholders; this role will largely work towards ensuring that WBCA’s memberships continue to serve both the members and the organization, in addition to growing WBCA’s donor pool and improving the donor experience.


What You’ll Be Doing for WBCA

Membership (45%) Overseeing WBCA’s membership program, including its presence on-site, online, and in WBCA printed materials. Implementing new strategies for supporting and growing WBCA membership, such as membership cards, members-only perks, and reminder emails. Identifying and implementing new opportunities, including member benefits and events, to ensure continued membership. Soliciting membership renewals, including but not limited to multiple monthly letters and emails. Regularly connect with new and renewing members via phone to express WBCA’s appreciation for their support.

Development (45%) Entering all gifts into WBCA’s constituent database, NeonCRM. Processing WBCA’s donor acknowledgment letters. Supporting annual fundraising events and campaigns, such as Heart 4 Art (spring) and Year-End Giving (fall). Creating and introducing a “moves management system” to ensure that donors are continuously invited to move higher on the donor cycle. Developing a “best in class” stewardship model for WBCA’s donors. Leading the coordination and creation of annual H4A video with videography team, with support from the communications & marketing team. Coordinate with Development Manager to connect monthly with donors who have made recent gifts to WBCA to express WBCA’s appreciation for their support.

Budget Management (<5%) Work with Development Manager and Executive Director to set and inform WBCA annual membership and development budgets. Manage and report spending against budget; report on spending as requested.

General Workplace Responsibilities (<5%) Attend and participate in WBCA activities/events as needed. Other duties as assigned.


About You You love art, people who make art and people who love art. You’re excited about ensuring that WBCA’s stakeholders receive a great experience. You’re strategic, knowing how to prioritize what should be done, and why it needs to be done. You’re able to meet WBCA team members where they are and identify where they need support quickly and efficiently. You’re a synthesizer, able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. You’re empathetic, listening first to seek ‘why’. You’re creative, energized by creating something new. You’re an effective communicator, able to share ideas clearly. You lead with yes, embracing possibility and challenge. You’re a problem solver, having the ability to make the complex simple and help others understand your strategies. You’re resourceful, eager to innovate in environments with sometimes constrained resources.

The best candidate for this position is someone who has experience with: 

  • Meeting deadlines 
  • Experience and understanding of fundraising and development 
  • An interest in arts management

You may describe yourself as: 

  • Passionate, hardworking, and self-motivated 
  • Focused, thriving on deadline-driven work in a relaxed environment
  • Flexible, comfortable navigating uncertainty and adapting to change
  • Strategic, identifying and balancing short- and long-term risks and benefits 
  • Data savvy, able to interpret quantitative data to inform qualitative strategies 
  • Risk tolerant, open to trying new ideas, learning from mistakes, and continuously improving 
  • Curious, never satisfied until you have explored numerous possibilities and perspectives

Applying to This Job

To apply for this job, submit a digital file of your resume and an introductory letter to Lori Swanson, Development Manager, at

In particular, we’d like to know:

Where do you see yourself in ten years? How has art impacted your life?

White Bear Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks staff as diverse as the communities it serves. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Studies have shown that women and people of color may be less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage any interested applicant to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed.

White Bear Center for the Arts

Contact: Lori Swanson
4971 Long Ave
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
Transit: No Transit