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.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
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 email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until October 4, 2021.