Associate Director, Development

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The San Diego Museum of Art
July 8, 2021
1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA
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Supervisor:                  Director, Development and Membership

Department:                Development and Membership Department

Status:                         Exempt – Regular Full Time



In partnership with the Director of Development and Membership and the Executive Director, the Associate Director of Development will work to develop and execute annual and multi-year strategies related to the cultivation and solicitation of individual donors, with a predominant focus on major donors with capacity  to make gifts of $10,000 and higher. The Associate Director will build and maintain relationships with individual and major donors and prospects by designing and building strategies and overseeing management of the individual giving program. This position will research, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of constituents and raise annual, capital, and endowment funding for the Museum.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the strategy to develop a pipeline of donors working closely with the Director of Development and Membership, the Executive Director, the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Education, the curatorial and education teams, and the other Associate Directors in Development.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of at least 80-100 major gift donors and prospects giving $10,000 and up annually. Personally solicit and steward major donors through face-to-face visits, independently and with board volunteers and senior staff.
  • Expand the individual and major giving program to identify, cultivate, steward, and acknowledge current and prospective donors.  Create funding proposals and stewardship reports (i.e. annual targets for exhibitions, education, technology, unrestricted, etc.).
  • Integrate the major and individual giving program with other fundraising goals and strategic initiatives including planned giving, special events and membership, working with the Director of Development and Membership.  Cultivate targeted prospects through special events, tours and visits, and other exclusive opportunities; implement strategic follow-up working with Trustees and staff.
  • In conjunction with the Associate Director of Membership, research and cultivate donors within the Circle group to identify opportunities to grow contributions from these individuals.
  • Oversight of Museum Annual Fund.
  • Solicit gifts for special fundraising projects including but not limited to: Art Alive, Art Acquisition, special exhibitions.
  • Support executive staff, board members, and other volunteers in all aspects of donor stewardship and solicitation; provide training/coaching as needed.
  • Prepare written materials, including relevant case statements, proposals, information bulletins, and correspondences with donors to inform them of the impact of their gift(s), and to keep them up-to-date about Museum happenings and client needs.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of major donor events, individual donors and annual fund donors (mass mailing), house parties, tours, travel, and volunteer opportunities to keep current and prospective donors informed and engaged.
  • Participate on Board development committees. Participate in setting major giving goals, policies, guidelines, and reporting standards.
  • Assist the Director of Development and Membership with input to establish and monitor the major gifts expense budget.



  • The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree with five to seven years of progressively responsible fundraising experience and with a successful track record in donor cultivation and major gifts solicitation. This individual must have proven ability to close five and six figure gifts.
  • The position requires knowledge of the philanthropic community.  Interest in the Visual Arts and/or museum experience preferred.
  • Capability to personally build, develop, and retain strong, positive relationships with trustees, major donors, community leaders, volunteers, colleagues, and other stakeholders.  Ability to interface effectively with people at all levels of the organization and the ability to successfully work with volunteers.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and project management skills. A decisive, “roll-up-the sleeves,” results-oriented individual who is able to keep seemingly diverse projects moving forward within a consistent strategic framework.
  • Must be goal-oriented, self-motivated, and able to demonstrate great individual initiative with an eye toward results.
  • A strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to one’s work. Must attend events in the evenings and on weekends as needed.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, interpersonal and collaborative abilities, team-building skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit must be evidenced.
  • Candidate should carry a polished and professional demeanor with the highest ethical and professional standards.
  • Expertise in Altru donor software preferred.
  • A valid California Driver’s License and willingness to use it.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.


Physical Demands

  • 20%-40% time spent sitting at the computer.
  • Some carrying and lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Some traveling by car (must have valid driver’s license and insurance).
  • Daily walking required to the Museum which includes stairs.


Work Environment

  • Office space may be shared.
  • Noise level ranges from quiet to moderately noisy.




If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to:, or mail to: The San Diego Museum of Art, Attention: Human Resources, Associate Director, Development, P.O. Box 122107, San Diego, CA 92112.


The San Diego Museum of Art is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity employment laws. The Museum prohibits discrimination against staff members or applicants on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, protected medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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