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Director of Development at the Katonah Museum of Art

  • May 04, 2020 10:50 AM
    Message # 8945593

    Date Posted: 5/4/20

    Director of Development

    Katonah, NY 10536

    Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. For more information, please visit www.katonahmuseum.org.

    The Katonah Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, gender, age, national origin, creed, (dis)ability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The KMA strives for an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents and experiences.

    The Katonah Museum of Art, located 45 miles from New York City in Westchester County, seeks Director of Development to partner with the Executive Director in stewarding all aspects of the organization’s financial support, including helping build support for and launching a capital campaign. The Director of Development is a key member of the Museum’s senior staff and a successful candidate will bring excellent interpersonal and written communication skills and a keen ability to prioritize within a creative work environment. They must be comfortable in dynamic social situations, meeting people as both an ambassador and key member of the organization.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Development and implementation of creative strategies to achieve fundraising goals for Individual and Institutional Giving by cultivating and stewarding individual and institutional donor bases
    • Active cultivation and stewarding of upper level donors, as well as robust research, identification and cultivation of prospective donors
    • In partnership with the Executive Director, manage annual Trustee and Advisory Board giving goals
    • Development and management of annual income strategies and budgets from all solicitation efforts
    • Supervise Development Department Staff: Data Coordinator/Development Assistant, Special Events Coordinator and Guest Services Co-Supervisors
    • Work with Executive Director and Finance Department in creating annual Museum budget
    • Working with a freelance grant writer to oversee and maintain the Institutional Grants calendar, craft/edit or assist other Staff members with all major institutional and government funding proposals, track reporting deadlines and submit all grant applications
    • Work collaboratively with the curatorial and education departments to effectively use the Museum’s exhibition and programs to create fundraising opportunities
    • In partnership with the Marketing and Communications Manager, create and execute Annual Fund and direct mail appeals, as well as other cultivation and fundraising events
    • With assistance from Data Coordinator/Development Assistant prepare gift acknowledgments and appropriate stewardship for funded projects, including grant reporting
    • Manage Special Events Coordinator to execute annual gala and slate of cultivation events from initial planning to final assessment including P&L
    • Oversee Data Coordinator/Development Assistant in organizing and maintaining eTapestry donor & member database
    • Support and attend all public programs and events, including on nights and weekends

    Employment Type: Full-Time Position with Benefits


    Minimum of three years of development and/or fundraising experience, with demonstrated track record of securing major gifts

    Facility with donor database management and utilization, preferably eTapestry

    Strategic thinker with excellent verbal and written skills

    Collegial team player; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

    Proficient in Excel and experience with basic budget and P&L creation

    Exceptional planning and project management skills

    Application Instructions: 

    Interested candidates should submit:

    • Cover letter
    • CV
    • Major gift or campaign strategy successfully developed and executed
    • Salary expectations

    Please submit above to jobs@katonahmuseum.org. Please include “Director of Development” in the subject line and indicate where you saw the job posted. No phone calls please.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

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