UMFA Director of Development

Company Name: 

Utah Museum of Fine Arts


410 S. Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Contact Name: 

Sandra Jones




Job Description: 

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With a mission to inspire critical dialogue and to illuminate the role of art in our lives, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is an accredited art museum located on the campus of the University of Utah – the state’s flagship research University in Salt Lake City. As both a civic and a university art museum, the UMFA houses a wide-ranging collection of over 20,000 objects spanning 5,000 years and has a strong reputation for outstanding educational programming, community outreach, and an increasingly ambitious research and exhibition program. The UMFA serves more than 150,000 visitors annually and has an operating budget of $3 million.
The Director of Development is charged with planning, directing and guiding fund-raising efforts for the UMFA, including donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. The DOD develops strategies and goals in concert with the UMFA’s Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to increase the Museum’s fundraising effectiveness. The position reports to the Executive Director. The DOD is a member of the Museum’s Senior Management Team and supervises the Museum’s development staff of three FTE. The Director of Development will also be part of an exciting team of fundraising professionals at the University of Utah with access to the philanthropy team and program of the U’s Central Development Office.

1. Plans strategies and goals to increase fundraising effectiveness overseeing: major gifts; local and national corporate and foundation grants and sponsorships; annual giving including an annual large-scale fund raising event; capital campaigns; planned giving and endowments. Oversees strategic Museum-wide efforts in major donor cultivation and stewardship. Responsible for soliciting major gifts in coordination with the Executive Director and the Museum’s Board of Directors.
2. Oversees, directs and works closely with high-level Museum volunteer and donor groups.
3. Sets and administers the Development Department’s annual budget. Works in concert with the Deputy Director to set fund-raising goals in support of the Museum’s operations.
4. Supervises, motivates and provides leadership for Development Department staff. 
5. Tracks solicitation progress and ensures that proper records are kept of each solicitation.
6. Oversees the Museum’s annual giving program working to develop and cultivate Museum members and special event donors.
7. Oversees the organization and implementation of the Museum’s annual funding gala.
8. Works collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues across the University of Utah campus and the broader community.

The Director of Development will be a seasoned development professional with comprehensive campaign and major gifts experience at an arts and culture organization and/or in higher education with a successful track record of raising principal and major gifts from individuals, with hands-on experience in gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Management experience is preferred.
Experience in grant and proposal writing, public speaking, and an understanding of the University of Utah’s fund-raising practices is also preferred. Familiarity with Utah’s philanthropic community and knowledge of the visual arts is a big plus.
Experience with the planning and implementation of large-scale, special events and effectively managing volunteers is a plus. As is knowledge and familiarity with current, technology-savvy fundraising and engagement strategies.
This position is a senior manager of the UMFA and therefore participates in Museum policy decision-making. The DOD has the authority to approve expenditures of the department’s operating and personnel budget consistent with the approved long-range goals and plans of the Museum. The incumbent makes direct contact with donors and potential donors and foundations, maintains and updates potential and current donor relations within the procedures determined by the University President’s office related to donor clearance.
The major challenges of this position are achieving annual fundraising financial objectives in a competitive market; creating new revenue streams and supervision of a creative workforce.