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Chief Philanthropy Officer

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José Museum of Art in the search for a Chief Philanthropy Officer.

Reporting to the Oshman Executive Director, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will oversee San José Museum of Art's fund development, membership, legacy giving and the achievement of related revenue goals, leading all fund development endeavors in alignment with the Museum's strategic plan, institutional values, and commitment to equity. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will work closely with the Oshman Executive Director and the Board of Trustees to develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year fundraising plan for individual, institutional, and corporate giving that increases revenues and expands the Museum's donor base while managing the day-to-day operations of the development department and motivating the team towards ambitious fundraising goals. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will serve as a member of the Museum's Executive Management Team and oversee a team of five.

Founded in 1969 by artists and community leaders, the San José Museum of Art (SJMA) is the premier modern and contemporary art museum in Silicon Valley. Its dynamic program, which balances socially relevant traveling exhibitions with critically engaging shows drawn from a collection of 2600+ works, resonates with defining characteristics of San José and the Silicon Valley—from its rich diversity to its hallmark innovative ethos. Projects touch on timely topics from migration and identity to artificial intelligence and include significant original and touring exhibitions by both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and emerging and under-recognized practitioners. Its exhibitions announce a growing commitment to social justice and university partnership. The Museum’s collection plan prioritizes community relevance and public access, and places particular priority on acquiring works that reflect the cultural heritages and lived experiences of the community. SJMA is proud to have an audience that supports its strong commitment to lifting historically under recognized voices and stories.

The goal of becoming a borderless museum, essential to creative life in San José and the Silicon Valley inspires the community impact work of SJMA. The Museum has a publicly stated commitment to support women and artists of the global majority and works to eliminate barriers to access by offering weekend and evening hours, eliminating admission fees for students and teachers, and providing exhibition didactics in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese––the three official languages of San José. The Museum is the largest provider of in-school arts education in Santa Clara County. An extensive free in-school docent program introduces students to inquiry-based visual analysis and provides all participants with family passes to visit the Museum. The Museum’s extensive field trip program and multi-week standards-based classroom residencies are offered to Title I students for free. Each summer on-site summer art camp offers standards-based arts instruction infused with cross curricular subject matter and introduces students to concepts of exhibition design and curatorial practice, including virtual studio visits with permanent collection artists--an annual highlight.

Fluency across a diverse range of fundraising principles and strategies and excellent management and administrative skills are required for this position, with a bachelor's degree preferred and at least 10 years of increasingly responsible development experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of San José Museum of Art as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

SJMA is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum seeks talented people of all backgrounds—it values diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities. Candidates who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, bilingual or multilingual, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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About This Job

  • San José Museum of Art
  • San José, CA
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: 140,000-170,000
  • Posted: January 4, 2023