Development Positions

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.

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.

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.

Assistant Director of Special Events
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, New Jersey, USA

The Montclair Art Museum seeks to hire an Assistant Director of Special Events.

Full-time, year-round position. Some weekend/evening work as needed. 

The Assistant Director of Special Events will serve as the chief strategist and fundraiser for 25-30 annual Museum events. The Assistant Director plans, coordinates, and executes all events for MAM’s Development Department, including annual fundraising galas and other new revenue-generating events to be developed, on-going cultivation events for major donors and trustees, and member events. The Assistant Director must be able to use an entrepreneurial and results-oriented approach to lead and drive the production of high quality events that advance donor involvement, cultivation, and stewardship for major gifts. 

An integral part of the Museum’s fast-paced Development Department, this person must bring to the position creativity, maturity, professionalism, and highly developed diplomatic skills. In order to be successful, she/he must be able to integrate fundraising goals and strategies into event planning, manage logistics and details with ease, and bring exceptional interpersonal skills to meet the needs of an influential and diverse audience. This person is an essential aspect of the fundraising effort, and not simply an event planner. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, those noted below.
  • Event planning: Coordinate, schedule, plan, and support 25-30 annual development events in collaboration with Trustees, Museum Director, Director of Development, other MAM departments, and volunteer committees. 
  • Budget and Accounting: Oversee the annual and specific special event budgets. Handle all event-related income and expenses. Ensure the budget is kept up-to-date and that expense budgets are followed. Prepare purchase orders, vendor payments, and track admission sales and tickets. Oversee tracking of all gifts and pledges related to fundraising events.
  • Vendor Management: Maintain excellent communication and relationships with event vendors. 
  • Marketing/Publicity: Work with MAM’s Communications department to oversee creation of all event materials, including event save the dates, invitations, rack cards, e-blasts and programs to help publicize the events to the widest audience possible.

Education and Training and Work Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 3-4 years related special events and development or project management experience required.

Skills and Abilities: Self-starter with extraordinary organizational skills; the ability to prioritize with great attention to detail. Must be high energy with the stamina necessary to oversee a busy event calendar with accuracy and under pressure. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compose, edit, and proof correspondence and documents. Excellent computer skills, including the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with CRM software preferred. Interest in museums and nonprofit fundraising and administration. Job requires evening hours in order to oversee MAM events. Sense of humor and grace under pressure.


Physical demands: occasional long work week with morning and evening meetings; sitting, walking, standing, climbing stairs, hearing, lifting no more than 5–10 lbs.

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Montclair Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The company does not tolerate discrimination against any employee, and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, liability for military service, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

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This job posted by MERC from August 2 through November 2.

The last update to this page was 9-19-17.