Current Opportunities

Director of Institutional Advancement

The Birmingham Museum of Art seeks a dynamic and engaging Director of Advancement.  This Executive Leadership Team member is responsible for coordination of all advancement activities, creation and implementation of an overall development plan, and management, solicitation and stewardship of individual and corporate donors for all purposes.  In addition to fundraising responsibilities, this position leads communication, marketing and messaging functions as well as manages the special events and audience impact for the Museum.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for coordination of all activities of the Advancement Department:

Overseeing the creation and implementation of an overall advancement plan, including funding plans for programs, exhibitions, unrestricted giving, endowment and acquisitions
Developing and implementing stewardship and donor recognition plan
Managing Advancement staff issues, including direct supervision of all Advancement staff members
Serving as Advancement liaison to governing organizations such as Museum Board, Finance Committee, Development Committee, Art Fund Inc., Communications Committee, and the Endowment Board
Serving as Advancement liaison for internal meetings, including executive leadership, department head, exhibition planning, strategic planning and program planning meetings
With the Museum Director, oversees the cultivation and stewardship of major donors, which will include periodic engagement outside of the Museum’s regular hours of operation at museum events and social functions
Responsible for Individual and Corporate Giving:

Museum Ball sponsorships from individuals
Major and principal gifts from individuals including endowment, capital and general operating
Acquisition funds from individuals (gifts of art objects are managed by curators)
Planned gifts
Membership retention and growth
Identifying and soliciting new members of the Museum’s collection support groups, and cultivating current support group members for potential larger gifts
Exhibition and program sponsorships from individuals
Coordinate all corporate giving with Sr. Advancement Officer

Responsible for Communications and Events:

With Marketing Director, craft messages for audience growth and retention
With Director of Design and Marketing Director, manage the copy, production, and printing of quarterly magazine
Oversee all special events and programming
Manage the planning and budgeting of special events, including the annual Museum Ball
Oversee production of marketing materials to grow audience and build membership and donor programs

Bachelor’s degree and at least eight years of fundraising experience required
Demonstrated ability to manage confidential information responsibly
Experience supervising an Advancement staff of at least five people
Ability to effectively and proactively manage a budget as well as read and understand financial reports
Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with Board members, executives, employees and and the public
Excellent presentation skills
Strong organizational skills and experience handling multiple competing priorities and timely, effective decision-making
Ability to work well with volunteers and lead the work of volunteer committees
Working knowledge of basic planned giving methods preferred
Knowledgeable user of one or more of Blackbaud’s donor tracking software preferred
Interest in the visual arts a plus
Demonstrated knowledge of and respect for cultural differences and knowledge of DEAI practices, and other culturally specific guidelines and invested in building a diverse working environment and inclusion in all aspects of work.
About the Museum
Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art is deeply invested in education and engagement and serves as a resource for communities locally, nationally, and internationally. It houses one of the finest collections in the Southeast of the United States. Nearly 29,000 objects displayed and housed within the Museum represent a rich panorama of cultures, including those from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, including work by both Pre-Columbian and Native North American artists. Highlights include the Museum’s collection of the arts of Asia, Vietnamese ceramics, the Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the late 13th century to the 1750s, and the Museum’s world-renowned collection of Wedgwood, the largest outside of England.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

To apply
Please apply via email with a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references; and a writing sample

Salary Range: 
103000 - 123000

About This Job

  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: 103000 - 123000
  • Posted: November 16, 2023