Development Director

Company Name: 

Museum of NW Art


121 South First Street, PO Box 969
La Conner, WA 98257

Contact Name: 

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Job Description: 

Development Director


Mission: The Museum of Northwest Art collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits art created in the Pacific Northwest, supports artists, and strives to integrate art into the lives of all people.


About the Position:

The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Development Director to lead MoNA’s fund development strategies. This position oversees all essential development functions, including individual and institutional giving campaigns, fundraising event planning, grant submissions, budgets, data management, staff management and staff mentorship. Reports to the Executive Director and working closely with two Development Associates and the Board of Trustees. MoNA fosters an inclusive and equitable environment where all members of our community – staff, visitors, volunteers, artists, and supporters are treated with respect.


About the Museum of Northwest Art-The Museum of Northwest Art collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits art created in the Pacific Northwest, supports artists, and strives to integrate art into the lives of all people. MoNA collects and exhibits contemporary art from the Northwest, including Alaska, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Museum aims to provide a rich experience with thoughtful context and personalized attention for visitors from our diverse community. Through a growing Permanent Collection of over 2,500 pieces of artwork, the Museum preserves the vital legacy of Northwest art. The Museum offers free admission and is open seven days a week to ensure access for all.


Title: Development Director

Department: Development/Fundraising

Position Type: Full-time and exempt  (40 hours per week)

Reports to: Executive Director/Chief Curator

Supervises: Two Full-time Development Staff

Compensation range: $65,000-$75,000 annually

Other Benefits: $300 per month health & wellness stipend, MoNA observes 7 paid holidays per year. PTO (vacation, sick, etc) is accrued at a rate of 20 days/year in the 1st year of employment.

Location: La Conner, WA. Required to be onsite at least four days a week


 Description of Duties & Expectations:

  • Oversee the department planning, execution, monitoring, and evaluation, as well as mentorship and providing professional growth opportunities for staff.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to construct a comprehensive development plan aligned with organizational financial goals and priorities.
  • Manage (with a contract grant writer) the museum’s grants calendar; prepare and submit grant requests and submit grant reports.
  • Oversee the Museum’s marketing activities for exhibits, programs, and fundraising (newsletters, website, social media, printed and online materials ).
  • Create and implement the department’s overall procedures and administrative processes.
  • Manage donor stewardship, including identification, qualification through research, cultivation, providing briefing ED & Board, requests for support and prompt follow-up, and donor recognition.
  • Responsible for planning and executing (with staff and volunteers) the major fundraising and donor-specific events, including the summer Auction & Gala and fall Luminaries event, Collectors Club events and travel, other donor and member-centric stewardship events.
  • Coordinate and support the Executive Director and Board with the highest level major donors (Major Donors Club, Legacy Club).
  • Craft content and themes for all fundraising communications for the newsletters, the Annual Report, website, emails, and social media, and represent MoNA at donor events, receptions, and regional partner or donor meetings.
  • Manage the Development Committee and Auction Committee (agendas, timeline, reports, etc.)
  • Prepare the Development and Marketing reports for the monthly Board meetings.
  • Attend Board and other committee meetings as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Apply usage of data analysis as a key fundraising evaluation and planning tool.
  • Comply with all institutional, local, state, and federal fundraising regulations, and ensure all fund activities are executed with nonprofit policies and ethical practices.

●      Maintain the Museum’s brand values: education, civic-minded, and accessible.

●      Perform other tasks and duties necessary to be an effective MoNA team member.


Qualifications required:

●      Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible development experience, preferably within a cultural institution.

●      Experience with nonprofits and regional funding partners and opportunities.

●      Proven ability to successfully build systems and procedures to raise the contributed revenue to $775,000 - $1.2 million annually.

●      Understanding of corporate/government/foundation structures, grant writing and submission processes, and nonprofit regulations.

●      Solid understanding of budgeting, tracking progress, and revenue forecasting.

●      Clear, concise, and compelling ( written and oral) communication skills.


●      Proven ability to create a shared vision among multiple stakeholders to achieve goals.

●      Familiarity with Salesforce or similar CRM databases and cloud-based applications.

●      Ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and meet deadlines.

●      Experienced PC user and proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

●      Commitment to supporting the Museum’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) framework (racial, gender, and class equity).

●      Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

●      Washington State driver’s license.

●      Must be able to pass a criminal background check.


Qualifications Preferred:

  • Familiarity with G Suite by Google Cloud and /or willingness to learn.
  • Working knowledge of or eagerness to learn the Community-Centric Fundraising principles.
  • Passionate about how arts can enhance social, emotional, and cognitive development at any age.

●      Knowledge of and/or experience with Capital Campaigns.


Working Conditions:

●      80% prolonged sitting and bending in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping and repetitive hand movements using a computer keyboard. Near and far vision in reading correspondence, using a computer.

●      20% requires prolonged standing, walking, kneeling while executing events, museum tours and donor meetings.


As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or neurodiversity, disability status, or genetic information. The Museum is committed to be a welcoming place, where all members of the community experience belonging. MoNA strives to be a place where connecting through art experience can lead to a greater understanding of the human condition. Click here to read our Statement of Institutional Commitments to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.


How to apply: The position is open until filled. Please, no phone calls. Applicants are encouraged to apply by February 10, 2023. Please send a cover letter and resume to  with MoNA Development Director in the subject line.

121 South First Street, PO Bo