The Development Director is a senior-level position reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for generating and implementing the development strategy for the Aspen Art Museum. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and working closely with the CEO and Director, the Development Director will be responsible for achieving the museum’s annual fundraising goals and engaging donors in our mission and programs, while being responsible for the communications, gift tracking, and general organization of the Development Department and museum campaigns.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Establishes, implements, and reports on the AAM’s fundraising goals, including major campaigns in coordination with the Chief Financial Officer and the CEO and Director. The comprehensive fundraising strategy includes annual gifts, corporate, foundation, and government contributions, grants, winter and summer benefits, and membership drives.
· Creates processes that ensure donors and members receive a personalized donor experience, including solicitation and cultivation strategies that match identified donor interests and seeks to build connections and investments intelligently.
· Shares responsibility with the CEO and Director and Chief Financial Officer for strengthening the Board of Trustees and National Council and developing their leadership and fundraising skills on behalf of the institution.
· Ensures that midlevel donors are stewarded effectively and prepared for major gift asks; makes certain that the transition process between midlevel donor and major donor prioritizes that donor relationship and supports long-term loyalty.
· Participates in planning and staffing fundraising, member, and donor events.
· Evaluates current development strategies and proposes methods for strengthening fundraising plans.
· Acts as a persuasive advocate for the AAM, developing and writing grant proposals, appeal letters, funding reports, and other fundraising materials.
Leads, motivates, and supervises a Development team of two full-time employees in accordance with museum policies and procedures.
Sets systems in place to ensure prompt processing of gifts, donor acknowledgment, and reporting.
Creates and manages an annual department budget.
· Acts as an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador for the museum in the community by promoting its resources, programs, and services. Attends events as appropriate to establish and maintain relationships beneficial to the AAM.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art, artists, museums, and exhibitions.
Computer skills to complete forms and paperwork and to use email.
Ability to read, understand, and complete written and verbal requests and work assignments.
· Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working both independently and as a team member.
· Outstanding writing, editing, organizational, management, supervisory, and communication skills.
· Ability to work with close attention to detail and maintain iron-clad confidentiality.
· Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time-management, problem-prevention, and problem-solving skills.
Ability to provide excellent customer service skills and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to work regularly in an open environment with both visual and audible distractions.
Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies, and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic event-driven environment.
Knowledge of security operations, safety practices in a business environment, and enforcement procedures.
· Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
· Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, product information manuals, and instructions.
· Ability to work positively with colleagues, artists, the public, Board of Trustees, donors, and volunteers.
Mental and Physical Abilities
· Read and interpret documents, mail, and instructions.
· Daily use of a personal computer and Microsoft Office software.
· Identify and solve practical problems with a variety of variables.
· Sit, walk, stand, and bend for varying periods of time.
· Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; lift, carry, and/or move up to twenty-five pounds unassisted.
· Must have visual acuity to see and read paper documents; hear conversation and respond to verbal instructions.
· Ability to calculate figures and amounts.
· Work is performed in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Hours and Work Schedule
This is a salaried position that generally requires availability Monday through Friday with an occasional weekend, evening, and holiday work. The Development Director position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and does not receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty in a seven-day work week.
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university (advanced degree preferred).
Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible development experience with demonstrated success in fundraising (arts or cultural experience).
5 years of management experience, or any other combination of experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
Proven ability to raise funds from individuals, businesses, and foundations with accompanying metrics; planned giving experience is a plus.
In-depth knowledge of Development strategies and trends.
Solid experience with Capital Campaigns.
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
Exceptional attention to detail.
Strong delegation and team-building skills.
Ability to multi-task, and embraces creative problem-solving.
Knowledge and experience with software and tools such as Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office, and MailChimp.
Some evening, event and weekend work and occasional travel is required.
About Aspen Art Museum
The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.