Sr. Director, Development

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) seeks a Sr. Director, Development, with a proven track record of success to lead the Museum’s comprehensive institutional advancement initiatives and fundraising strategy. The Sr. Director, Development, will value the mission of MCASD and appreciate the esteemed place it occupies within the region and the museum field, as well as possess the ability to inspire and engage others as a senior representative of this cultural resource.

  • Steward and grow MCASD’s individual giving programs, expanding corporate partnerships and sponsorships via strategic relationships, developing support from foundations, and managing a related program of special events to support brand building, benefit fulfillment, and donor cultivation.

  • Key partner contributing to the strategies and direction of Museum decisions and priorities. Work closely with, and help shape the development of, the Museum’s Board of Trustees and other key patrons and constituents to advance strategic, long-term relationships for the financial health and sustainability of the institution.

  • Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as an executive team member to establish fundraising strategies and goals, oversee execution of strategies, monitor overall progress toward goals, and address any unanticipated shortfalls.

  • Provider leadership, strategic management, and day-to-day management of fundraising team, including philanthropy, membership, institutional giving, special events, and marketing and communications. Implement advancement strategies and develop support through major gifts, annual fund, membership, government and foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and grants, endowment, legacy gifts, special events, and other sources. Manage, train, mentor, and evaluate team to align with strategy.

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with trustees, major donors, and major-donor prospects. Support the CEO, curators, and key trustees in managing relationships with prospects and donors.

  • Maintain and expand healthy donor pool, identifying new donor prospects. Oversee the maintenance of clean, up-to-date donor and prospect records.

  • Oversee and support the fundraising events team as well as other development staff and event volunteer leaders for the Museum’s signature fundraising events.

  • Oversee the membership department, including identifying annual goals and objectives; performance management; department budget; and coordination between fundraising initiatives, audience development, and marketing initiatives.

  • Work additional hours including some weekends and/or after regular business hours as needed.

  • Follow policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment.

  • Other duties as assigned.


The candidate will have a proven track record of strategic planning, data-driven decision making, responsibility for revenue growth, and the ability to lead teams to successful return-driven outcomes. Possess strong managerial and motivational skills; a keen understanding of fundraising best practices; business and marketing savvy; and a track record of personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at major and principal gift levels. Ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. Working knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques, including database information systems, data modeling, and analysis. Familiarity with technology and other innovations that can streamline the development process and contribute to the integration of advancement functions. Bachelor’s degree and 10 years recent, relevant experience as well as experience in increasing responsibility within a fundraising department, including work in individual giving, institutional giving, annual campaigns, planned giving, donor stewardship, and Board relations, preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity, or any equivalent education and experience. Advanced degree and strong academic credentials are preferred. Interest and knowledge in contemporary art preferred.

How to Apply

Using our application link, please provide an updated resume and a full cover letter outlining your interest in the position.

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Posted on May 29