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Aspen Art Museum


Development Director

Reports to: Chief Financial Officer

Department: Development

Employment Status: At-Will

FLSA Status: Exempt


The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.

The Development Director is responsible for designing, planning and implementing the fundraising and development strategy for the Aspen Art Museum. This position will be responsible for achieving the museum’s annual fundraising goals and engaging donors in our mission and programs, while being responsible for the communications, gift tracking and general organization of the development department and museum campaigns. The Development Director reports to both the Director and CFO, serves as a key member of the leadership team and oversees staff in development and special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Creating processes that ensure donors and members receive a personalized donor experience, including solicitation and cultivation strategies for prospects that match identified donor interests and seeking to build connections and investments intelligently.

  • Shares responsibility with the Director for strengthening the Board of Trustees and National Council and developing their leadership and fundraising skills on behalf of the institution.

  • Ensuring that mid-level donors are stewarded effectively and prepared for major gift asks; making certain that the transition process between mid-level donor and major donor prioritizes that donor relationship and supports long term loyalty.

  • Participates in planning and staffing fundraising, member and donor events.

  • Evaluates current development strategies and proposes methods for strengthening fundraising plans.

  • Acts as a persuasive advocate for the AAM, developing and writing grant proposals, appeal letters, funding reports, and other fundraising materials.

  • Oversee annual report for development department and communicating this information to the proper outlets.

  • Lead, motivate, and supervise a Development team of 2 full-time employees in accordance with Museum policies and procedures.

  • Set systems in place to ensure prompt processing of gifts, donor acknowledgement, and reporting.

  • Create and manage an annual department budget.

  • Act as an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador for the Museum in the community by promoting its resources, programs and services. Attend events as appropriate to establish and maintain relationships beneficial to AAM.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art, artists, museums and exhibitions.

  • Ability to read, understand, and complete written and verbal requests and work assignments.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working both independently and as a team member.

  • Outstanding writing, editing, organizational, management, supervisory, and communication skills.

  • Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain iron clad confidentiality.

  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time-management, problem-prevention, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service skills and conflict resolution skills.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.

  • Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies, and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

  • Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic event-driven environment.

  • Knowledge of security operations, safety practices in a business environment, and enforcement procedures.

  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

  • Ability to work positively with colleagues, artists, the public, Board of Trustees, National Council, donors, and volunteers.

Requirements and Qualifications
  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university (advanced degree preferred).

  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible development experience with demonstrated success in fundraising (arts or cultural experience).

  • 3 years of management experience, or any other combination of experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

  • Proven ability to raise funds from individuals, businesses, and foundations with accompanying metrics; planned giving experience is a plus.

  • In-depth knowledge of Development strategies and trends.

  • Solid experience with Capital Campaigns.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.

  • Exceptional attention to detail.

  • Strong delegation and team-building skills.

  • Ability to multi-task, and embraces creative problem-solving.

  • Knowledge and experience with software and tools such as Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office, and MailChimp.

  • Some evening, event and weekend work and occasional travel is required.

Hours and Work Schedule

This is a salaried position that generally requires availability Monday through Friday with an occasional weekend, evening, and holiday work. The Development Director position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and does not receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty in a seven-day work week.

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