Director of Development

Dallas Contemporary

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Dallas Contemporary seeks a senior development professional to lead its fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with members of the board and staff, the Director of Development oversees contributed revenue such as individual donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, and earned revenue streams. The Director of Development also has ultimate responsibility for donor stewardship and museum membership programs. As a part of the organization’s senior staff, the Director of Development participates in strategic organizational decisions and serves as a representative of the institution in the community.

  • Create and maintain a systematic fundraising plan that addresses the annual budgetary needs for the organization, including support for exhibitions, educational programs, and operations.

  • Directly manage one Development Associate and one Graphic Designer, as well as occasionally managing interns and volunteers.

  • Collaborate with others: Work with Graphic Designer and other staff to create compelling decks and proposals for prospective funders; Work with CFO, Executive Director, and curators to provide feedback on annual and project budgets and establish goals and deadlines to ensure targets are met; Make direct funding solicitations, involving the Executive Director, board members, or museum staff where appropriate.

  • Oversee Dallas Contemporary’s annual fundraising gala and one or more small fundraising events per year: engaging with volunteer leadership, sponsors, event planners, and vendors to ensure events’ logistical, conceptual, and financial success.

  • Provide regular reports on fundraising to the Executive Committee and full board of Directors; support the new Board Development Committee.

  • Research and qualify areas of opportunity such as new grants and strategic individual relationships for the institution.

  • Identify future fundraising projects outside of the annual budget to grow the organization’s reach, to be determined in collaboration with the Executive Director.

  • Establish and cultivate sponsor partnerships that will preserve the integrity of the museum’s brand and enhance its identity as one of the leading contemporary art museums in North America.

  • 3 to 5 years of leadership experience in a non-profit development role

  • Experience interfacing with boards of directors and high net worth individuals

  • Demonstrated skills in motivating, directing and managing staff and consultants, and in coordinating and supporting the fundraising activities of others

  • Broad-based knowledge of various development activities including: grant writing, yearly giving campaigns, event planning and management, direct solicitations, membership, leveraging fundraising databases and support systems for donor segmentation, and prospect research

  • Ability to adapt quickly to change, work collaboratively, and manage multiple high-priority projects at once.

  • Excellent communication skills: Adept at writing proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence, and other materials; comfortable with public speaking and leading meetings.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter along with resume to

Posted on October 22