Grant Writer

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara, California, USA

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), a leading West Coast art museum, presents internationally recognized collections and exhibitions, and a broad array of cultural and educational activities.

SBMA has an immediate opening for an experienced Grant Writer to oversee the Museum’s grants program, including the research and generation of grant requests to foundations and corporations, major funding requests to individuals and family foundations, as well as progress and final reports on grants received. The Grant Writer also oversees annual granting schedules and timelines, researches new funding opportunities, and works closely with the education, curatorial, and finance departments to ensure grant requests and reports include accurate financial and other data, as well as current and persuasive descriptions of the Museum’s art education and exhibition programs.

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grant Writer plans and maintains the annual grants calendar, including timelines for LOIs, grant requests, and grant reports, and ensures that all requests and reports are timely, accurate, and persuasive; generates 40+ foundation and government agency grant requests annually, with the majority in the $25,000 to $100,000 range; generates funding request letters for major gifts from individual donors, museum support groups and other non-501 (c) (3) entities (in conjunction with, or pursuant to, cultivation activities on the part of the Director, the Director of Development, and/or other Museum staff members and Trustees); works with the Director of Development to expand the Museum’s corporate funding and corporate partnership programs by writing requests to underwrite or sponsor a variety of education activities, exhibitions, benefits and other fundraising events; undertakes ongoing research seeking new foundation prospects, with a focus on out-of-state granting entities; and, produces regular internal summary reports on the Museum’s grant seeking activities.

Must possess demonstrated success as a grant writer for nonprofit organization(s) or educational institution(s); exceptional written skills; excellent organizational proficiency; ability to manage overlapping deadlines and to work effectively under pressure in a team environment. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel, experience with foundation research, and a working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) are required. Minimum of three to five years of experience as a staff Grant Writer in a museum, arts organization, or educational institution desired; BA degree required. Salary is dependent upon experience. This position is eligible for full benefits inclusive of medical, dental, vision, 403b, PTO, vacation and more.

Successful Background Check is required if offered the position.
Please submit Resume, Cover Letter and Application with salary requirements (link at at the Career page).
Please E-mail to: (preferred)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Fax: (805) 966-6840

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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This job posted by MERC from September 19 through December 19.

Artistic Director

The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Center for Art in Wood seeks a dynamic and visionary Artistic Director to help lead the Center successfully into the next decade after our remarkable founding director steps aside in 2018. In 2021 the Center will celebrate its 35th Anniversary as one of the leading international non-profit organizations working to advance art in wood. The Center maintains a vital exhibitions program, has built a diverse collection including a library and archive, engages in publishing (on-line and in-print) and has established a widely respected international woodworking residence program. Housed in a newly renovated facility in Old City Philadelphia, the Center currently operates with a staff of seven and maintains a consistently balanced budget of under $1 million annually.

The successful candidate will have a passion for the arts and a solid record of achievements as a curator and arts manager with the ability to inspire the staff, the board, the wood art community and the general public. Minimum qualifications include: Master’s degree in art history, studio art, American studies, or material culture with at least five years of curatorial work in Wood Art, sculpture, contemporary craft or design. Experience in organizational leadership and fundraising is also required. Philadelphia is a nationally known center for craft and materials-based production and art education. The Artistic Director should also expect to build on the successful collegial and cooperative relationship enjoyed by the CAW with Philadelphia’s art schools, non-profit craft and design galleries, museums, artists and artisans.

In addition to offering conceptual leadership, the Director will oversee the exhibition program, the collecting focus, the residence program and the effective promotion of the Center’s activities. The successful candidate will also be an effective spokesperson and fundraiser who can work with the board and staff to maintain diverse streams of revenue to sustain the financial health of the Center. The position reports to the board of trustees who are committed to a fruitful partnership with the Artistic Director. The Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package appropriate for our budget size.

Candidates should submit a letter summarizing their background and interest in the position, along with a professional resume that supports his or her application. Application deadline is November 10, 2017.

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By email*

* It is advised that attachments don’t exceed 8mb.


By mail

Attn: Mariko Perry, Search Coordinator
c/o The Center for Art in Wood
P.O. Box 60050
1500 JFK Blvd., Suite C31
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9997

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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 12.

Executive Director

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Wickenburg, Arizona, USA

Maricopa County Historical Society dba Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Executive Director
Exempt (Y/N): Y
Supervisor: Board Chair

Function of Position

The Executive Director is charged with conducting the affairs of the AAM Accredited and Smithsonian Affiliate Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. Directs efforts of 13 FTE and a dedicated volunteer corps of 100+ towards meeting the mission and goals of the institution in accordance with guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director interprets and applies the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and directs the operations and activities of staff. Responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and managing all earned revenue, grants, financial gifts, donations of property and sponsorships from private and public sources within an annual operating budget of $1.5 million. Responsible for monitoring the progress of the institution and the staff in meeting the overall organizational objectives and initiatives in accordance with the mission and goals.

DCWM is a private 501c3 founded in 1960 and maintains a collection of over 15,000 pieces of art, historical artifacts and photographs representing the fine art and history of the American West. Its signature annual event Cowgirl Up! has garnered national attention for showcasing the work of women artists who work in the western genre. It serves over 65,000 visitors annually as a main draw to the historic downtown area of Wickenburg about 60 miles outside of the metro Phoenix area. The area is rich in tradition since territorial days from mining to ranching to art and today attracts tourists, winter residents and competitive team ropers to experience life in the real West.


Responsibility flows from the Trustees to the Museum Executive Director with the commensurate amount of authority and accountability to implement plans and programs to achieve desired results.
  • The Executive Director is an ex officio member of all Board committees and shall serve on said committees or appoint a staff member to do so.
  • Attend Board meetings and present monthly reports of Museum activities.
  • Coordinate, schedule and plan for all Board of Trustee and committee meetings. Prepare meeting notices and associated documents while ensuring accurate minutes are taken and filed.
  • Plan and implement annual Board of Trustees retreat.
  • Develop proposals for review and approval by the Board of Trustees, including current and long-range program and facility plans. Oversee implementation and attainment of short and long term operational goals.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with the Board of Trustees and provide information to assist them with decisions.
  • Encourage and develop Trustee’s participation in fundraising.
  • Provide assistance and instructions to enhance Board development.

Within the limits of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and policies approved by the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director is responsible for and has commensurate authority to accomplish the execution of the duties listed herein. The Executive Director may delegate as appropriate certain aspects of those responsibilities, along with corresponding authority. Ultimate responsibility and accountability for the operation of the Museum may not be delegated.

  • Provide the vision and personal leadership for the organization’s growth and development and to achieve the goal of prominence and recognition within the museum profession.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of integrity and high standards of professionalism in areas including, but not limited to, acquisition, preservation, research, interpretation, exhibitions, and security.
  • Responsible for keeping privileged information confidential and representing the Museum in professional circles and before the public in a manner that enhances the prestige and credibility of the Museum.
  • Develop and monitor strategies and initiatives to fulfill the Museum’s mission, increase audiences, and ensure financial stability and growth.
  • Approve the acceptance, on behalf of the Museum, of monetary and non-monetary donations. Recommend the acceptance of art and artifacts to appropriate trustee committees and Board of Trustees as per the collections management policy.
  • Manage through appropriate subordinate personnel the daily activities of all Museum departments.
  • Assist with development and implementation of overall marketing plans to promote the Museum and its programs.
  • Remain current on policies, laws, and accepted practices pertaining to the museum profession through involvement in professional groups and continuing education.
  • Participate in Museum public affairs and educational programs.
  • Write, edit, and proofread correspondence, memoranda, and reports.
  • Provide curatorial input on exhibitions, acquisitions, and artists to be invited for programs at the Museum.
  • Ensure that all programs are conducted in accord with applicable legal requirements.
  • Assist in planning and directing major Museum events, such as Cowgirl Up! and the heART of the West gala.
  • Perform research and assist curatorial staff with gallery guides, labels, or other related materials as needed.
  • Lead donor and member travel trips or delegate this task to an appropriate staff member.
  • Create annual and multi-year budgets: initiate, review, evaluate and present budget requests to the Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Trustees. Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for adherence to operating and project budgets.
  • Oversee budget and monthly fiscal status reports.
  • Ensure employee payroll processes are carried out accurately.
  • Negotiate and maintain fine arts insurance policy for the collection, the liability insurance policy, Director’s, and Officer’s insurance, and medical, dental, life and long-term disability policies for employees. Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for adherence to the Board approved budget for these policies.
  • Oversee the annual external audit process for the Museum.

  • Play a key role in the fundraising activities of the organization, actively working with the Board of Trustees to meet financial giving, collection donation, campaign, membership, and sponsorship goals.
  • Develop long-term growth strategies for the Museum’s giving programs with a focus on support from individuals by identifying and cultivating prospective donors.
  • Solicit sponsors and underwriters for Museum exhibitions, special events, educational programming, publications, and other activities.
  • Periodically evaluate membership levels and benefits. Consider recognition, naming opportunities incentives and acknowledgments. Ensure fulfillment of benefits
Annual Appeal
  • Develop an Annual Appeal campaign each year, including drafting the materials, coordinating the production and distribution, recording donations, acknowledging gifts, reporting results, and analyzing results to improve future campaigns.
  • Develop and oversee a grant writing program for Museum activities.
  • Submit proposals for grants, sponsorships, or other financial support to prospective corporate, foundation, and/or governmental funders.
  • Track the progress of all proposals and ensure that all fulfillment and reporting requirements for grants and sponsorships are met.
Planned Giving / Capital / Endowment
  • Responsible for organizing and implementing a comprehensive gifts solicitation and implementation program. Responsible for establishing and maintaining a planned giving program, periodically reminding members, volunteers, and the public of these opportunities. Manage and direct the Museum’s capital and endowment campaigns while maintaining revenue streams for the annual operating budget.
Individual Gifts
  • With the aid of the Board of Trustees and the staff, identify key prospects and develop individualized strategies to request major gifts.
  • Work with the Curator to identify and solicit potential donors of collections items.
  • Host site visits or special fundraising events for prospective donors or existing funders as appropriate.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to potential grantors as needed, or coordinate with the Board of Trustees and staff to deliver presentations as appropriate.
  • Coordinate special programs, travel opportunities, and other activities for upper level members.
  • Ensure that all contributors have been thanked appropriately and in a timely fashion.
  • Publicize gifts to the Museum, in accordance with donor wishes.
Record Keeping / General
  • Direct the production and distribution of all solicitation materials.
  • Ensure that development records are reconciled with accounting records, kept confidential, and that processing and documentation of donations is done in accordance with IRS requirements.
  • Establish, maintain, and update individual donor, sponsor, and foundation files, databases, records, and/or other documents related to development.
  • Research and develop potential technology-based fundraising strategies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with professionals in the giving, financial, and estate planning communities.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new developments affecting donations, taxation of gifts, estate planning and the general philanthropic environment.

  • Responsible and accountable for all personnel actions involving staff and consultants. Direct, coordinate and monitor their work.
  • Ensure that employees understand the mission and goals of the Museum, maintain building and collection security, maintain building cleanliness, handle, and care for the collection appropriately, and project a warm and friendly attitude toward guests and fellow staff.
  • Approve personnel programs, procedures, and practices, in accordance with the Board of Trustee policies.
  • Add, eliminate, or alter job positions with Trustee approval if necessary.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings to ensure communication of information throughout the organization.
  • Oversee the human resource functions within the organization to include benefits, hiring, termination, employee review, employee goal setting, salary treatment recommendations, attendance records, training, and adherence to applicable laws, policies, and procedures for all staff.
  • Negotiate with, administer, and evaluate contractual employees and service providers, including, but not limited to, accounting, audit, insurance, tax returns, and information technology to ensure smooth operations within the organization.
  • Direct, through personal contact and delegation to other staff members, the utilization of docents and volunteers at the Museum.
  • Build and maintain excellent volunteer relationships.
Beyond the Museum
  • Serve as the spokesperson and advocate for the Museum, effectively representing the organization to community, professional, governmental, civic, and private agencies, enhancing the organization’s public image to expand interest and support.
  • Present lectures, participate on panels, or serve as a judge at Western art events to increase awareness of the Museum.
  • Attend Western art events to develop and build connections with artists, other museums, galleries, and collectors.
  • Attend appropriate professional meetings on national, regional, state, and local levels.
  • Develop positive relationships with museums, other institutions, and individuals to facilitate lending and/or giving opportunities.


Master’s degree in non-profit management, museum studies, history, art history or related field and minimum seven years museum or non-profit leadership experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Work Experience
  • Strong conceptual and leadership abilities required.
  • Must possess an understanding and appreciation of the importance of sound public and employee relations.
  • Prior experience in working with a governing board is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong knowledge of fundraising techniques.
  • Problem solving skills, delegation skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively network for organization and interact effectively with community, members/sponsors, and artists.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Technological competency, including use of Microsoft Office suite, collections databases, and fundraising software.
  • Knowledge of general business practices and accounting.
  • Experience handling personnel matters.
  • Knowledge of non-profit tax law.
  • Knowledge of planned giving.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Membership in appropriate professional organizations.
Working Conditions

Office environment, non-standard hours, generally within 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with extended hours and weekends probable. Overnight travel out-of-state may be required on a regular basis. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

The Museum is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, gender, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.


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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 12.

Science Education Teacher/Educator for Traveling Museum

DINOSAURS ROCK Fossil, Mineral, Sea-life & Insects Traveling Museum
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

DINOSAURS ROCK seeks dynamic teacher, actor/actress, performer or presenter to entertain, educate and "wow" children with our acclaimed DINOSAURS ROCK® , GEMS ROCK® and OCEANS ROCK® and INSECTS ROCK® Fossil, Mineral, Sea-life and Insect Programs.

Fantastic year-round part-time position.

In our 17th successful year in CA and on the East Coast.

We are looking for high energy educators or performers who "connect" with kids.

We Bring The Museum To Parties, Camps, After-School Programs, School Assemblies, & other Special Events. Life-size & genuine museum-quality fossils & minerals are the exhibit backdrop to highly interactive shows and fun hands-on activities like real Fossil Digs.

We provide all program scripts, curriculum, complete training and all exhibit/activity supplies.

You'd be conducted school programs on weekdays (camps in the summer) and birthday parties on the weekends. Plus we conduct public special events at malls, corporations, libraries, etc.

Interested in hearing from teacher or actor/actress or public speaker candidates with both weekday & weekend availability and the ability to travel to events throughout the Bay Area.

Some college preferred. Formal Science or teacher background is not essential, but an interest in our subject matter is! Actor/Actress or performing arts background and public speaking experience presenting to large groups of kids is a plus. Museum education experience would be welcome as well. A love of working with kids is essential! Having an appropriate vehicle to transport materials to events is ideal.

Check out our web site,, to see the breadth of what we do.

Please forward your resume to: (after visiting, with a cover letter explaining your schedule availability and why you are the perfect candidate for this position...please also let us know what kind of vehicle you drive.

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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 12.

Director of Development

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Date Posted: July 20, 2017

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – an independent museum of modern and contemporary art offering free exhibitions and education programs in the community for more than 115 years – seeks a Director of Development to lead the Development Department.

The Director of Development collaborates with the staff and Board of Trustees of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to secure contributions for the museum’s programs, operations, endowment, acquisitions, and capital needs. This includes the formulation of a comprehensive development plan with strategies to achieve MMoCA priorities.

The Director of Development works closely with the museum’s Director and Board to cultivate and steward potential and existing donors, and secure major gifts and sponsorships for MMoCA’s programs and events. The incumbent coordinates the MMoCA Circle, the museum’s planned giving program; the museum’s corporate membership program; the Annual Fund campaigns; and grant submissions and reporting. The Director of Development leads and manages department staff.

Specific position responsibilities include:
  • Plans for MMoCA’s contributed income needs. Develops and implements a comprehensive and strategic fundraising plan to meet short and long-term fundraising goals, including gifts for specific projects, annual giving, events, and corporate and foundation grants.
  • Creates proposals for corporations, individuals, and foundations to fund exhibitions, education programs, special events, and other operating, capital, and endowment needs.
  • Works with the Director, Trustees, and independently, to identify new donors locally and nationally; to establish regular meetings with potential donors; to secure major gifts; and to nurture and steward upper-level members and donors.
  • Attends all meetings of the Board of Trustees. Serves as staff lead on committees of the Board of Trustees including Development, and Planned Giving. Participates in the Membership & Marketing Committee and other ad-hoc committees as needed.
  • Oversees MMoCA’s corporate membership program, including recruitment and retention of members, and membership analysis and services.
  • Oversees the museum’s Annual Fund campaigns.
  • Coordinates the MMoCA Circle planned giving program, including developing plans to grow membership and steward current members.
  • Writes applications for grants to corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Reports as appropriate on all grants received by MMoCA.
  • Works with MMoCA’s Communications Department to manage all marketing outreach and collateral development for Development Department programs, including direct mail, e-marketing, web content, advertising, public relations, and signage.
  • Serves as administrator for the Altru constituent management software system.
  • Supervises Director of Events and Volunteers and Associate Director of Member Engagement, and collaborates with them on achieving successful outcomes and growth of the events and membership programs.
  • Works closely with the MMoCA Director of Public Operations on management of MMoCA’s private events rental program and ensuring the growth of the program as a source of earned income.
  • Oversees budgeting for the Development Department.
  • Participates in community events to maintain visibility of MMoCA and to represent the institution.
A successful candidate will have a passion for modern and contemporary art, and for the cultural vibrancy of the community. A candidate should have a proven fundraising track record, and enjoy the wide variety of duties typical in a small development office.

Specific candidate qualifications Include:
  • Experience and success securing significant donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Robust relationship-building skills; and exceptional interpersonal and communication skills that foster community while working with a wide range of individuals from all backgrounds.
  • Strong strategic planning, program and project management, and organizational skills.
  • Experience in effectively managing staff.
  • Strong technology skills including Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and constituent management database software.
  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of increased and varied experience in fundraising.
The Director of Development position is full-time and offers competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

To apply, please send a cover letter including a statement related to this position, a resume, a writing sample and five professional references to:

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Development Search
227 State Street
Madison, WI 53703


Email your application materials to with the subject line “MMoCA Development Search”

MMoCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All decisions to recruit, hire, promote and release from employment are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental abilities, or veteran status.

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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 22.

Assistant Educator

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

Located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery features approximately 11,000 objects from antiquity to the present, including approximately 8,000 works on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures. Colgate University is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, with a student population of about 2,900 and 300 faculty. This is an exciting time in Colgate's history, as the newly conceived Center for Art and Culture will become home to tow university museums: the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. These distinguished university museums play a significant role in Colgate's teaching mission and reputation, a relationship that will be deepened with the newly launched Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History.
The Assistant Educator is an entry level position and will work under the direction of the Director of University Museums and serve as a member of the Colgate University museum team.

Accountable for assisting with the development, implementation and coordination of university museums educational initiatives to fulfill the institutions' mission, raise its visibility, and engage with communities in order to promote dialog and foster understanding of all cultures. Accountable for establishing short and long-term goals and objectives related to museum educational programs for students, faculty, K-12 students, teachers, docents, and community members, facilitating community partnerships, and establishing interpretive programs and resources for museum exhibitions to ensure programs are geared towards our audiences, to address communities' needs, train our students, and gain additional volunteers to maximize our offerings.

Specific accountabilities will include:
  • Researching, developing, implementing and evaluating both existing and new and innovative educational programming. Coordinating scheduling and budget.
  • Leading all educational programming, using various outreach methods.
  • Fostering innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, throughout campus and the local and regional museum communities, and advocating for excellence in the field of museum education.
  • Coordinate volunteer program to include recruitment and training. Supervise volunteers and student interns.
  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in Education, Art History, Anthropology, History, Museum Studies)
  • A demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
  • Previous experience in organizing and managing programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and instruction skills.
  • Must be capable of working collegially of working with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and community members on a daily basis.
  • Experience in designing and implement programs for public audiences.
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation and current and future trends in education.
  • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational, systems and process knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the public.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and google programs.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Master's degree or post baccalaureate certificate in education, museum studies, art history or anthropology, studio art, and/or teacher's certificate.
  • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational field.
  • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections.
  • Experience working with museum database systems.
  • Experience in supervising and/or coordinating students and volunteers.
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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 22.

Director, Sponsorship and Corporate Giving

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California, USA

Position Summary
This position is responsible for raising budget-relieving funds via Corporations in support of the Natural History Family of Museums. Primary responsibilities include identification, cultivation, strategic proposal development, solicitation and stewardship/benefit fulfillment of/for corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and membership programs. This position is highly collaborative across Museum departments and requires creativity, strategic thinking and excellent communication and sales skills. The Natural History Museum is seeking applicants who have worked with a diverse community.

Responsibilities, Duties and Functions
  • Sets and meets annual revenue goals with VP, Annual Giving for robust Corporate Sponsorship, Corporate Philanthropy and Corporate Membership programs.
  • Oversees and manages all aspects of the Corporate Sponsorship program, including prospect identification, strategic proposal development, sales, fulfillment of benefits and ongoing stewarding of relationships. Also facilitates inter-departmental steering committee that reviews prospects and proposals for alignment with NHM mission and branding.
  • Directs all aspects of the Corporate Philanthropy program, including prospect identification, grant writing, stewarding of relationships and reporting. Also maintains deadline and renewals calendar.
  • With Manager, Grants and Foundations, directs and supports all aspects of the Corporate Membership program, including prospect identification, materials, benefit fulfillment, stewarding of relationships and reporting. Also maintains renewal calendar.
  • Manages the Corporate Coordinator to ensure fulfillment of Corporate Sponsorship obligations, record keeping and reporting. Co-manages the Manager, Grants and
  • Foundations in conjunction with the Director, Foundation Giving.
  • Develop strong relationships with curators and senior staff across Museum. Externally, connect key decision makers in the corporate community with the Museum.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Five years’ experience in comparable function with history of success
  • Proficiency in MS Office and knowledge of database preferred
  • Excellent credit score at hire and maintained throughout employment
  • Valid California Driver’s License or ability to utilize an alternative method of transportations needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
  • Strategic thinker; translates organizational vision to individual goals; monitors implementation of goals and adapts to changes in circumstance.
  • Ability to assess and solve complex problems across departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others both internally and externally.
  • Excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Must possess initiative, strong work ethic, good judgement and professionalism.
  • Able to oversee one or more departments, ensuring successful performance in ongoing functions and compliance with human resources procedures.
  • Experience developing programs budgets and monitoring their implementation.
  • Prioritizes work independently to meet deadlines without reminders.
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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 22.

Ruth and Hartley Barker Director

Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), is one of the nation’s largest, most active, and most diversified historical societies with world-class collections. It was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became a state, and is the oldest publicly funded historical society in the United States. Throughout its more than 170 years, the Society has been a trusted source of historical information.

The WHS’s mission is to connect people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing stories. By providing a powerful connection to the past, the Society encourages everyone to learn from earlier generations. The WHS shares its staff, collections, and services in ways that captivate and respect its diverse audiences.

The Society’s programs include a major national research and genealogical library and archives that include the largest North American History collection in the United States; a network of 12 historic sites and museums throughout Wisconsin that attract over 300,000 visitors annually; a statewide historic preservation program that produced over $250 million in construction and 4,551 jobs in 2016 through the Society’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit programs; and a statewide program of publications, school services and local history that includes over 400 history-related programs annually.

The Society is a state agency, membership organization and public, nonprofit institution. As a state agency, the WHS’s state funding and permanent positon authority is set by the legislature through the state budget process. The WHS, however, is unique from other state agencies in several ways. First, it is governed by a Board of Curators, which appoints the Society’s director. Second, the WHS has statutory authority to contract with private, 501(c)(3) organizations. Third, a significant percentage of the WHS’s budget (approximately 41%) is supported by gifts, grants, and earned income.

The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society is the chief executive officer for the organization and is appointed by the 36-member governing Board of Curators. The Director has full authority and accountability for the judicious management of the Society, including its collections and interpretive programs as well as its financial and human resources. She/he will interact with the Board’s Chair and Executive Committee on a regular basis to review progress toward achieving stated goals and objectives and, in general, will keep members of the Board informed.

The future Society Director must have a passion for history and be its champion everywhere. The new director’s qualities must enhance the Director’s position, burnish the Society’s reputation and enhance the Society’s legacy to Wisconsin and to the nation.

Candidates for the position of Director should (1) possess personal strength and purpose to aggressively lead a complex organization, yet delegate with trust; (2) respect, honor and inspire donors and staff; (3) maximize government and citizen support and participation; and (4) continue to hold high the Society's national prestige and influence.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please visit

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This job posted by MERC from August 15 through November 15.