UMFA Development Officer, Grants & Institutional Giving

Company Name: 

Utah Museum of Fine Arts



Job Description: 

Do not contact the Museum directly, all applications must be submitted through the University of Utah job portal:
Position is full time, benefited and is open unitl filled.  Pay is commensurate with experience up to $50,000.


The UMFA Development Officer, Grants & Institutional Giving is responsible for writing all grants, applications, and related reports for Institutional prospects (Corporate, Foundation, & Government entities). The candidate will design and implement strategic management of development activities designed to cultivate, grow, and diversify the UMFA’s institutional funding, and work collaboratively with the UMFA Development team to achieve overall fundraising objectives. Additionally, the officer will assist with Endowment and Campaign reporting, as needed.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is located on the campus of the University of Utah and offers visitors the opportunity to explore over 5,000 years of human creativity with a collection of over 20,000 objects and art works from classic Greek and Roman antiquities to cutting-edge contemporary art. Founded in 1914, the UMFA is the state of Utah’s art museum, creating exhibitions and programs that serve a wide array of audiences. The UMFA is housed in the award-winning Marcia and John Price Museum Building. The UMFA is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. We encourage applications from people who self-identify as minorities or members of underrepresented groups.


Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field, or equivalency; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience which includes fundraising, grant and publication writing, planning and implementing special events and programs and a successful track record in raising donations is preferred.


All responsibilities are initiated under the direction of the UMFA’s Director of Development.
Manage development activities designed to cultivate, grow, and diversify the UMFA’s foundation, corporate, and government funding. 
• Manage and implement grant proposal/application processes for local, regional, and national foundation, corporate, and government entities, including conducting research, planning solicitation, organizing budget information, and writing and submitting proposals and reports.
• Research prospective funders and present summaries and recommendations to Director of Development.
• Design cultivation and stewardship activities for foundation, corporate, and government funders, including facilitating meetings, events and other engagement opportunities, preparing correspondence and reports, and ensuring appropriate and timely acknowledgment, reports, and recognition.
• Work with Marketing, Education, Curatorial, Collections, and Finance departments to deliver promised benefits/reports and to develop innovative ways to provide added value to donors/maximum return on investment for the UMFA.
• Work collaboratively with the UMFA departments of Education & Engagement, Collections, and Curatorial activities to ensure that meaningful messaging, collateral, and stewardship objectives are achieved. 
• Compile and update supplementary materials for all proposals in accordance with the requirements specified in the grant guidelines (examples of materials include board and committee lists, biographies of key personnel, checklists, copies of critical reviews and other press information, statistics, and the compilation and organization of audio/video materials) 
Represent UMFA department of Development internally and UMFAexternally. 
• Participate on internal UMFA planning committees in support of exhibitions, programming, and events.
• Coordinate regularly and efficiently with the University’s Central Development Office to ensure procedural compliance and cross-departmental communication.
• Represent UMFA at appropriate University of Utah activities and committees, as well as at community events.
• Establish and Maintain effective relationships with all donors and funding agencies.
• Assist with department-related efforts including membership and gala events.

Perform records and data management. 
• Maintain thorough records in the databases for all foundation, corporate, and government funders, as well as solicitation records for prospective funders. 
• Contribute to the creation and maintenance of donor records in the UMFA’s Raiser’s Edge database and the University of Utah’s Advance database.


Other duties as assigned.


• Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.
• Strong experience with grant writing.
• Three or more years in grant writing and development with a proven track record of success.
• Ability to perform and function under pressure to meet strict deadlines.
• Ability and desire to take initiative, work independently, and use innovative techniques and ingenuity in preparing grant proposals and reports.
• Mature, team-oriented approach and attitude and a commitment to creating a culture of collaboration and accountability.
• Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
• Knowledge of grant research and application/proposal processes.
• Familiarity with and knowledge of government and non-government funding programs.

• Familiarity and experience with museums and art.
• Familiarity and experience with University Advancement procedures.
• Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Advance databases.