Is able to manage donors and projects with different goals and outcomes?
Is adept at making persuasive arguments?
If so, then the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is looking for you!
We have an opening for a Director of Institutional Giving to oversee the museum’s corporate, foundation and government fundraising, and be responsible for the strategic management and solicitation of Institutional Giving donors to help build long-term relationships for the financial health of the institution. The Director also manages a robust portfolio of corporate, foundation and government donors and is responsible for an annual fundraising goal. To be successful in this role, you must:
Work closely with the Senior Director of Development to plan and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy to expand philanthropic support of the organization.
Manage a robust portfolio of institutional major gift prospects, actively soliciting them personally and coordinating trustee engagement in the solicitation process to raise at least $1.5 million annually.
Identify, cultivate and solicit corporate, foundation and government prospects in conjunction with the Senior Director of Development and the Pritzker Director.
Identify museum funding needs and supervise prospect research to create a portfolio of diverse corporate, foundation and government funding sources.
Supervise, mentor, and oversee direct reports on a day-to-day basis.
Review proposals created by institutional partners and submit approved proposals to private and public sources.
Increase awareness of the importance of corporate, foundation and government giving to the museum with prospects, and communicate passion for the museum’s mission by maintaining a presence with external audiences.
Desired qualifications are a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree or fundraising certificate preferred), a minimum of 7 years corporate/foundation or government fundraising experience with large and complex fundraising organizations, and:
Demonstrated broad knowledge of institutional giving activities.
Highly articulate and deft communicator.
Exceptional leadership management and organizational skills.
Knowledge of national, regional, and local philanthropic sources; knowledge of museum practices and contemporary art; knowledge of Chicago area donors and community is a plus.
Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of representatives.
Proven ability to conceptualize and analyze problems and solutions; sound problem-solver with excellent reasoning skills; the ability to understand and deal with complexities with ease, and creatively overcome obstacles to achieve goals.
Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment and demonstrated flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities.
Unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; proven ability to be trusted with highly confidential and sensitive information.
Curiosity and drive to stay ahead of trends in the museum world in order to identify new and unique opportunities to serve the mission.
This is a full-time position with a schedule of Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm and as required for implementation of responsibilities and related museum activities. Ability to operate general office equipment and telephones and mobility throughout museum required.
P.S. The MCA provides a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation and personal days; free life, AD&D, short term and long term disability insurance; retirement plans; discounted parking; pre-tax transportation programs; visiting the MCA’s galleries; curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions; discounts at the MCA Store and Marisol; discounts for MCA Stage and other programs; plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.
The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. In addition, we aspire to make the MCA community and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The MCA is an artist-activated and audience-engaged contemporary art museum. We aim to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.
We boldly interweave exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite and challenge our visitors. We also strive to engage a diverse audience, create a sense of community, and provide a place for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion about contemporary art and culture.