Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts


Development Assistant

Founded in 1981, by artists for artists, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international Artist-in-Residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs. Located in the historic Old Market district, the Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to the global discourse surrounding cultural production today.

A founding member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, the Bemis Center’s core mission has been to provide artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work. Frequently cited as one of the top international residency programs in the United States, the Bemis offers artists private live/work studios, financial support, technical/administrative assistance, and opportunities for intellectual discourse about contemporary art through free public programs such as panel discussions, lectures, and knowledge-sharing workshops. To date, nearly 900 artists have participated in the residency program.

Alongside the residency program, the Bemis Center presents 6-8 exhibitions each year in approximately 12,000 square feet of gallery space, focusing on contemporary art by national and international artists at all stages of their careers. The exhibition program often commissions artists to develop ambitious, temporary projects at the Bemis and throughout Omaha. For example, in 2012, the Bemis collaborated with Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to create Carver Bank—a community-driven space for exhibitions, performances, and workshops in North Omaha.

Now in the 36th year since it’s founding, the Bemis Center is seeking a full-time Development Assistant to help to advance the organization’s mission.

Position Summary

The Development Assistant will work directly with the Development Associate and Executive Director to help achieve their immediate and long-term fundraising goals and provide administrative support. Reporting to the Development Associate, daily duties will include meeting coordination, maintaining donor database records, and drafting gift acknowledgements. The Assistant will also support all aspects of special event planning including two annual large-scale fundraisers and smaller cultivation events. This is an opportunity to join an energetic and collegial staff at one of Omaha’s most unique arts organizations.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gift Processing & Data Management – Processing income in the Bemis’s eTapestry database, providing regular and accurate recordings of funder data; creating reports and mailing lists;
  • Acknowledgements – Drafting and tracking of timely gift acknowledgement letters to individual, foundation, corporate, and government funders;
  • Event Management–Assisting in the planning and coordination of large-scale fundraisers and smaller cultivation events;
  • Donor Research and Identification – Research and identify new grant prospects and funding opportunities, taking into consideration organization’s strategic priorities and funding alignment;
  • Grant Management – Maintaining grant application and reporting calendar through eTapestry and helping to prepare information for applications and reports;
  • Donor Stewardship – Assisting in the development of engagement strategies and outreach to funders and prospects, having regular interface with Bemis Board Members and other funders;
  • General Administrative Support – Provide general administrative support for the Development Department, including scheduling donor meetings and preparing next-day agendas and meeting materials, assisting with the preparation of reports and other communications, maintaining files and records;


  • Successful candidates will have 1-3 years experience as a development/administrative professional, preferably in the context of a small-to-medium-size arts organization or other nonprofit organization;
  • S/he will also, at a minimum, hold a Bachelors degree;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills—and the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization, including Board Members, strategic partners, and the public;
  • Have excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and database experience preferred;
  • Ability to act with excellent judgment and diplomacy and maintain a high level of confidentiality;
  • Strong organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail;
  • Creative and strategic thinker with the capacity to take initiative and to work independently and as a team player in a fun, yet demanding arts organization;
  • Ability to assist with special events outside of regular business hours on occasion;
  • It is understood the ideal candidate will understand and promote the Bemis Center’s mission in a clear, spirited manner;
  • A successful reference check is required.


Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefit package provided, including medical, paid holidays, and paid vacation.

For immediate consideration, please submit a one-page cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample, and the contact information for three professional references to with “Development Assistant” in the subject line.

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
12th and Leavenworth
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130
Fax:: 402.341.9791