Director of Development
The Currier Museum of Art seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to lead its continuing expansion as a premier New Hampshire cultural institution with national impact. The successful candidate, with demonstrated success increasing all levels of financial support, will have a unique opportunity to work at a nimble, creative museum alongside motivated staff and a committed board of trustees.
The Director of Development, a member of the museum’s Executive Team reporting to the Director & CEO, will develop strategy and organizational capability for a new phase of growth. The position works closely with the Board of Trustees and its Development Committee, and manages a staff of five responsible for individual, corporate and foundation support, annual fund, major gifts, membership, planned giving, marketing and PR. The Director of Development will use the mission and vision of the museum for institutional advancement.
Strategy. Develop a strategy for the long-term financial support of the museum, in close collaboration with director, board, and senior staff. Prepare for a major development initiative to increase the endowment for the core mission of the museum.
Implementation. Create specific fundraising goals and aggressively execute them. Solicit and steward a portfolio of select major donors, increase membership and develop significant proposals for foundation grants. Develop a schedule of creative and compelling fundraising and cultivation events.
Organization. Provide strong strategic support to senior staff (curators, director, senior management) and board members in cultivation and solicitation. Effectively manage research, information, and organization for major donor efforts. Build and mentor an effective institutional development team.
Messaging. Oversee the development and implementation of a strategic communications and media relations program. Supervise marketing and branding institutional identity. Build and mentor an effective marketing team.
Bachelor’s Degree. Ten years progressively increasing responsibility in development in a non-profit setting, with five years in senior management. Familiarity with arts/cultural institutions strongly preferred.
Exceptional strategic, analytical and decision-making skills. Demonstrated experience managing major development efforts, especially working in close collaboration with senior staff and governance in solicitation and cultivation.
Enthusiastic self-starter with proven ability to develop creative and entrepreneurial strategies for fundraising. High energy and results-oriented with a successful record of achievement in major gifts.
Persuasive and articulate communicator with strong written, presentation and negotiation skills.
Excellent relationship-building skills, both externally and internally, and the ability to effectively represent the museum in all venues.
Demonstrated leadership skills with a proven ability to attract, motivate, and retain talented staff; a team builder with the ability to support and empower staff to achieve desired results.
Experience in financial planning, budgeting and analysis, with strong organizational skills and a high attention to detail.
Positive attitude, sense of humor, with a commitment to confidentiality and ethical behavior.
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