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Aspen Art Museum


Development Officer

Position Title: Development Officer

Reports to: Development Director

Department: Development

Employment Status: At-Will, Full-time

FLSA Status: Salary, Exempt

General Purpose Statement

The Development Officer contributes to the generation and implementation of the Aspen Art Museum’s fundraising strategy with a strong focus on individual giving, corporate support, and donor prospecting. Working closely with the Development Director and executive management, the Development Officer will assist in setting, tracking and achieving fundraising goals. This position will work collaboratively across departments to lead creative and engaging donor experiences while understanding and prioritizing the AAM’s institutional values. Developing new corporate partnerships for future exhibition and fundraising event support, will be some of the key metrics of success.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assists Development Director with establishing, implementing, and reporting on the AAM’s fundraising goals, including major campaigns in coordination with the Chief Financial Officer and the Director. The comprehensive fundraising strategy includes major and annual gifts, corporate partnerships, foundation and government contributions, grants, winter and summer benefits, and membership drives.
  • Assists Development Director with expanding current development strategies to offer new and innovative ways for strengthening fundraising plans, always tying into AAM’s brand and mission.
  • Creates a “customer service” focused environment that ensure donors and members receive a personalized donor experience, including solicitation and cultivation strategies that match identified donor interests and seeks to build new connections intelligently.
  • Maintain record of all past and current approaches to outside funding sources so as to avoid unnecessary and undesirable conflicts.
  • Creates a “customer service” focused environment that ensure donors and members receive a personalized donor experience, including solicitation and cultivation strategies that match identified donor interests and seeks to build new connections intelligently.
  • Develops a set of sponsorship communication tools and strategies to cultivate corporate memberships and partnerships
  • Ensures that midlevel donors are stewarded effectively; makes certain that the transition process between midlevel donor and major donor prioritizes that donor relationship and supports long-term loyalty.
  • Develops strategies to increase membership at all levels and develop effective programs for inspiring new members, retaining existing members, and creating stimulating benefits and experiences.
  • Participates in planning and staffing fundraising, member, and donor events, working collaboratively across departments to create a unified plan.
  • Acts as a persuasive advocate for the AAM, developing and writing grant proposals, appeal letters, funding reports, and other fundraising materials.
  • Acts as an enthusiastic 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.
  • Sets systems in place to ensure prompt and accurate processing of gifts, donor acknowledgment, and reporting.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to cultivate and build strategic partnerships with institutional donors, including corporations and a growing number of individual donors.
  • Analytical skills to project and track raised revenue cash flow and report on key metrics to stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of AAM and department policies and procedures.
  • Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload; recommend changes in event practices or procedures.
  • Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic event-driven environment with a demanding event execution schedule.
  • 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 communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently as well as an integral part of the team.
  • Ability to understand and follow standard operating procedures.
  • 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.
  • Physically, mentally, and emotionally able to perform high-level volume in a fast-pace environment while remaining flexible to ever-changing event particulars.
    • Must be able to remain calm in stressful situations and help resolve complaints with tact and courtesy.
  • Knowledge of security operations, safety practices in a business environment, and enforcement procedures.
  • Ability to anticipate, intervene, and prevent potentially harmful circumstances to artwork.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, product information manuals, and instructions.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to stay alert.
  • Ability to work on your feet for up to four to eight hours at a time during events.
  • 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).
  • A minimum of three years of development experience with demonstrated success in fundraising.
  • Previous sales and marketing experience desired.
  • Previous management experience desired.
  • 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.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong delegation and team-building skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and embrace creative problem-solving.
  • Knowledge and experience with software and tools such as Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office, and MailChimp.
  • In-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art, artists, museums, and exhibitions a plus.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, team-oriented, open environment.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays during fundraising events.
Hours and Work Schedule

This is a salaried position requiring availability for weekend, day, evening, and holiday shifts. The Development Officer position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and will not receive overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of forty in a seven-day workweek or over twelve hours in a day.

Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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