Skip to content

Aspen Art Museum


Development Director

Reports to: Deputy Director
Department: Development
Employment Status: At Will, Full-Time position available
FLSA Status: Exempt

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Establishes, implements, and reports on the AAM’s fundraising goals, including major campaigns in coordination with the Deputy Director and the CEO and Director. The comprehensive fundraising strategy includes annual gifts, corporate, foundation, and government contributions, grants, winter and summer benefits, and membership drives.
  • Creates processes that ensure donors and members receive a personalized donor experience, including solicitation and cultivation strategies that match identified donor interests and seeks to build connections and investments intelligently.
  • Shares responsibility with the CEO and Director and Deputy Director for strengthening the Board of Trustees and National Council and developing their leadership and fundraising skills on behalf of the institution.
  • Ensures that midlevel donors are stewarded effectively and prepared for major gift asks; makes certain that the transition process between midlevel 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.
  • Leads, motivates, and supervises a Development team of four full-time employees in accordance with museum policies and procedures.
  • Sets systems in place to ensure prompt processing of gifts, donor acknowledgment, and reporting.
  • Creates and manages an annual department budget.
  • Acts as an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador for the museum in the community by promoting its resources, programs, and services. Attends events as appropriate to establish and maintain relationships beneficial to the AAM.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art, artists, museums, and exhibitions.
  • Computer skills to complete forms and paperwork and to use email.
  • 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 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 work regularly in an open environment with both visual and audible distractions.
  • 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 read and interpret documents such as safety rules, product information manuals, and instructions.
  • Ability to work positively with colleagues, artists, the public, Board of Trustees, donors, and volunteers.
Requirements and Qualifications
  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university (advanced degree preferred).
  • Minimum four years of progressively responsible Development experience with demonstrated success in fundraising (arts or cultural experience).
  • Four 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 multitask and embrace 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.
Mental and Physical Abilities
  • Read and interpret documents, mail, and instructions.
  • Daily use of a personal computer and Microsoft Office software.
  • Identify and solve practical problems with a variety of variables.
  • Sit, walk, stand, and bend for varying periods of time.
  • Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; lift, carry, and/or move up to twenty-five pounds unassisted.
  • Must have visual acuity to see and read paper documents; hear conversation and respond to verbal instructions.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts.
  • Work is performed in both indoor and outdoor environments.
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.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a résumé via email to:

or mail to:

Aspen Art Museum
ATTN: Human Resources
637 East Hyman Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611