Business Development Associate, Open Arts Development Foundation

Business Development Associate, Open Arts Development Foundation

Reports to: Founder/Director

Type: Part-Time 

Location: Hybrid (Based in Kano or Abuja)

Deadline: Rolling


Open Arts is a collective committed to promoting the arts and creative endeavours. Open Arts, as a creative organisation, touches on the expression of passion in the creative arts as part of its mission of making a positive difference in the lives of people in the community through the work of art.  


Open Arts seeks to hire a Business Development Associate to drive new business development, coordinate marketing efforts and pursue diverse income sources so we are as sustainable as possible. Ideal candidates will have experience in development, philanthropy, and/or corporate sponsorships and business development. 


The Key Responsibilities will include 

  • Leading business opportunities and fundraising campaigns;
  • Conducts prospect research of corporate entities and develops fundraising strategy;
  • Execute a plan to secure cash and in-kind support to grow income and reduce organisational expenditure;
  • Develop innovative and effective methods of identifying, approaching, and pitching to target companies;
  • Create plans for corporate support and cultivation of new prospects for philanthropic and sponsorship grants; 
  • Lead corporate sponsorship activation;
  • Design and implement programs specifically intended to support sponsorship and fundraising;
  • Track donor-specific websites to acquire information on upcoming opportunities;
  • Performing due diligence and eligibility screening on potential opportunities;
  • Assisting the development of proposals for opportunities;


  • Ability to develop fundraising strategies and plans.
  • Ability to identify corporate prospects and provide strategies to secure funding.
  • Strong communication, research, and administrative skills. 
  • Ability to troubleshoot and think creatively. 
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • A “team player” who understands the dynamics of working within a small, productive staff that is constantly dependent on and accountable to one another


  • Significant experience in fundraising through corporate partnerships, including demonstrated understanding of social impact and corporate social responsibility principles and practices
  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrable experience planning and executing fundraising.
  • Ability to interact with high-level donors, individuals and organisations.  
  • Proven and highly successful track record of corporate fundraising.
  • Familiarity with Google Suite, Asana and Slack
  • Time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines. 
  • Knowledge of art and culture is preferred; knowledge of the corporate philanthropy community is also preferred.
  • Prior experience at an arts organisation in the not-for-profit sector is considered an asset.


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