The Development Director is responsible for the museum’s development activities, including the design and implementation of a comprehensive development plan approved by the Erie Art Museum Executive Director. This position plays a key role in maintaining effective communications with members and donors, as well as individual and corporate sponsors, community organizations, and foundations, in support of the Erie Art Museum’s mission and its programs, plans, and other initiatives. The Development Director coordinates cultivation events and programs in collaboration with other staff. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Erie Art Museum. This position is full time with health benefits, starting at $47,000/year depending on experience.


1. Establish, monitor and maintain a development plan, calendar, and goals.
○ Investigate new funding sources for the EAM.
○ Implement gift and major gift prospect tracking.
○ Create and implement annual fund & major gift programs plans/strategies.
○ Develop and maintain effective gift acknowledgment and stewardship programs.
2. Management of individual and corporate support
○ Coordinate membership strategy with assistance from the Marketing Director.
○ Cultivate memberships to higher level gifts.
○ Create and implement cultivation events and programs with assistance from the Events Coordinator.
3. Grant management
○ Maintain a calendar of grant applications and reports to foundations.
○ Assist in writing LOIs and proposals, and collect required documents for proposals.
4. Support Executive Director
○ Prepare strategies/draft communications for the EAM Director and/or Board members in fundraising solicitations and follow-up.
○ Work closely with the Executive Director to support, plan, and execute major initiatives, capital campaigns, and programs.
○ Oversee Museum in Director’s absence.
5. Manage donor management system.
○ Prepare monthly fund-raising progress reports.
○ Annually evaluate the effectiveness of EAM development programs in a written report.
6. Other duties as assigned.

● Bachelors or commensurate experience with 5 years of experience in development.
● Excellent writing and organizational skills.
● Enthusiastic self-starter able to see projects through from beginning to end.
● Strategic thinking to diversify funding streams and build endowment.
● Ability to create a plan and grow a national network for membership, donors and grants.
● Excellent time management skills to balance multiple and ongoing deadlines.
● Experience in CRM to maximize insight on membership and donors.
● Nonprofit arts organizations and/or arts background.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to: Laura Domencic at Applications will be accepted until October 4, 2021.

The Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum, located in the heart of historic downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, is a major regional museum with a collection of over eight thousand paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, ceramics, metal works and textiles, and an annual schedule of eighteen to twenty exhibitions.

The institution dates back to 1898 and is regarded as one of the cornerstones of the arts in the Erie region. The Museum Complex encompasses a modern 10,500 square foot facility, connected to some of the oldest and most beautiful structures in the city.

The Museum is a designated Regional Folk Art Support Center, and in 2011 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. The Erie Art Museum is an important part of an exciting and well-funded downtown development initiative occurring in the old Erie city center.

The Erie Art Museum’s mission is to maintain an institution of excellence dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts: by developing and maintaining a quality art collection, by encouraging art in all its forms, by fostering lifelong art learning, and by building community among artists, art students and the public. The Erie Art Museum is a green institution occupying a LEED Gold certified facility and expresses its commitment to future generations through policies that assure and promote environmental sustainability. The Erie Art Museum is a proud partner to Erie Arts & Culture, a grantee of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and an Erie County Lead Asset as designated by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

Diversity & Inclusion
The EAM is an equal opportunity employer. The museum actively encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. It does not discriminate against any candidate or employee on the basis of race, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or veteran status.