Heliotrope Foundation Jobs


Executive Director

Hours: .6 FTE to Full-time (to be discussed)

Location: New York, Pittsburgh, or Flexible


Position Summary

The Heliotrope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by artist Caledonia Curry (also known as Swoon) to advance the values and vision of her community-based projects. 

We support three core projects that use the arts to help communities heal and recover after natural disasters and other social crises:

The Executive Director is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, working with the Board of Directors to establish goals and benchmarks, and especially for fundraising to help the Foundation meet its goals. 

The Executive Director works closely with the founder and with project leaders on the ground in Braddock, PA and Komye, Haiti on program development and management, and with the Board of Directors and broader network of supporters on governance, fundraising and strategic planning.

A successful Executive Director will be an enthusiastic fundraiser, a born networker, and a strategic thinker who is passionate about how art can improve people’s lives and community ties. 

Note: The Foundation’s projects, staff and Board of Directors are in multiple cities.  Most day-to-day work is done via e-mail, phone and app.  Strong preference will be given to candidates located in New York City or Pittsburgh, PA, though remote/virtual arrangements will also be considered for the right candidate.  Part-time or consulting arrangements are possible.  Travel is required 3-6 times per year.

Reports To: Board of Directors



  • Establish and implement short- and long-term fundraising plans that ensure the organization can meet its goals
  • Plan and execute fundraising events
  • Strengthen stewardship activities to re-energize and attract new donors

Leadership and Management

  • Ensure the organization’s financial health through effective budgeting, tracking and reporting
  • Oversee all aspects of administration and operations, including payroll, insurance, bookkeeping and program management
  • Provide leadership and support to the Board of Directors, with the goal of maximizing Board engagement in governance and fundraising
  • Manage human resources, including staff, contractors and volunteers  


  • 3-5 years of experience at a non-profit organization, preferably in a management and/or fundraising role
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to be an innovative thinker
  • Experience in fundraising using all possible channels -- annual campaigns, grant writing, major gifts, sponsorships, sales, etc.
  • Commitment to organizations’ mission and values
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer-savvy.  We use Quickbooks Online, Squarespace, Shopify, NationBuilder, MailChimp, Trello, and Gusto to organize our work. 

Send your resume/CV and a short cover letter to heliotropefoundation@gmail.comHint: Your cover letter is key.