Under the broad direction of the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), the Manager of Development delivers successful implementation of earned and contributed revenue strategies to meet the Museum’s financial goals. The Manager plans and leads fundraising activities directed at individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources and directs all earned income programs for members, donors, visitors, friends. The role identifies, engages, and solicits prospective individual and institutional donors, produces donor communication materials, and reports on departmental activities. The position serves as a key member of the strategic planning team to shape the vision and long-term strategic goals for the Museum.
The Manager Development is an experienced and effective fundraising professional able to cultivate and build strategic partnerships and adapt to meet the needs of donors. The role requires solid grant writing skills and ability to gather information from a variety of sources. Ability to Understand and communicate the artistic vision of the Museum, to engage in meaningful conversations about contemporary art and photography, and to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism is essential. The job requires independent judgement in setting and meeting fundraising objectives, evaluating results, and developing corrective strategies as needed.
Duties & Responsibilities
Direct and implement all fundraising strategies to meet the Museum's financial goals.
Direct MoCP fundraising special events including the DARKROOM Annual Benefit Auction and FIRST LOOK fine print release party.
Solicit all individual giving, including collecting annual contributions of Advisory Board and Museum Council members, as well as the annual fund and major gifts.
Meet with individual prospects.
Direct membership program known as Friends of the MoCP, including solicitation, renewal, and development of brochures and materials
Direct all earned income activities, such as the Fine Print Program and publications.
Research and solicit foundation and government grants and corporate sponsorships including the maintenance of correspondence, deadlines, and relationships.
Identify and explore donor pools, engage and solicit prospective individual and institutional donors.
Ensure timely, accurate, and efficient distribution of all donor communication materials.
Plan and manage marketing efforts (direct mail campaigns, etc.)
Utilize expertise of curators and educators when identifying and soliciting funding.
Project and track raised revenue and report on key metrics to stakeholders.
Represents the Museum at several membership programs, councils and boards. Serve as the Museum liaison with Museum Auxiliary Council.
Work with Executive Director and Museum Advisory Board to cultivate potential individual donors, including replacement of members.
Manage budget to complete projects, negotiate with vendors, and assist with budget development.
Supervise the Audience Development Fellow who assists with membership, Fine Print Program, and social-media correspondence.
Supervise undergraduate and graduate students for special events and other miscellaneous development activities
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of progressive development experience in a non-profit setting with a demonstrated success in the areas of fundraising and management of membership programs.
Master's degree in Art, Art History and/or Art Administration preferred. Knowledge of Contemporary Art/Photography a plus.
Experience developing successful corporate, foundation or government proposals.
Proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts. Experience with art solicitations a plus.
Experience in research: ability to gather information from a variety of sources.
Experience managing project budgets.
Creative and critical thinking skills conducive to the development of innovative approaches to non-profit fundraising. Able to adapt to changing donor needs.
Excellent organizational skills to establish priorities, anticipate and meet deadlines and details and manage a multitude of assignments concurrently.
Exceptional communication skills and the confidence to be a thoughtful, authentic listener, and an assertive advocate.
Ability to interface comfortably and effectively with a full range of partners including, board members, staff, artists, community partners, and funders.
Good command of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with fundraising databases preferred.
At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.
We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.
To ensure consideration, please include a cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references in your submission.
Position subject to a background screening.
This is a union position.
Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Columbia College Chicago is an undergraduate and graduate college whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, communications, and public information, within a context of enlightened liberal education.Columbia's intent is to educate students who will communicate creatively and shape the public's perceptions of issues and events and who will author t...he culture of their times. Columbia is an urban institution whose students reflect the economic, racial, cultural, and educational diversity of contemporary America. Columbia conducts education in close relationship to a vital urban reality and serves an important civic purpose by active engagement in the life and culture of Chicago.