ABOUT MAM: Since 1888, the Milwaukee Art Museum
(MAM) has grown to be an icon for Milwaukee and a resource for the
entire state. The 341,000-square-foot Museum includes permanent
collection galleries in the War Memorial
Center (1957) designed by Finnish-American architect Eero
Saarinen, the Kahler Building (1975) by David Kahler, and the
Pavilion (2001) created by Spanish architect Santiago
Calatrava. Central to the Museum’s mission is its role as a premier
educational resource, with programs that are among the largest and
most vibrant in the nation, including classes, tours, and a full
calendar of events for all ages.
In May 2016,
Marcelle Polednik joined the Museum as the first Donna and
Donald Baumgartner Director. Please click
here for more information about MAM.
The Milwaukee Art Museum, like every organization, was
significantly impacted by the pandemic and has successfully
navigated multiple closures and the subsequent opportunities to
reopen to the public. With a concentrated effort to welcome the
public back to the museum safely, the Museum saw thousands of
guests return to the galleries during the spring and summer of
2021. Through the uncertainty of this last year, the Museum and
Board have demonstrated an agility and creativity to deal with the
storms of the pandemic and reemerge ready to serve the Milwaukee
Community from a position of strength.
For more about Milwaukee as an extraordinary community in which
to live and work, please see:
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Chief Development Officer
will join a vibrant, committed, and talented senior leadership team
at a pivotal moment in the Museum’s history. The successful
candidate will be a dynamic self-starter with a track record of
success in a development leadership role, an innovator, an
exceptional relationship builder, and a proven manager and mentor.
Demonstrated success as a front-line major gift officer is key, as
is knowledge of best practices in development and membership The
CDO reports to the Museum’s Director and collaborates with
colleagues in Curatorial, Education, Program, Marketing, Design,
and Finance, and work closely with the Board of Trustees, including
a newly established board-level Campaign Committee. Reporting to
the CDO is a team of 12 in development and membership.
FUNDING: MAM has a current annual operating
budget of approximately $16M, with approximately $8M in private
support, including philanthropy from MAM’s generous and engaged
board members. The institution has an endowment with a current
market value of approximately $60M. MAM is currently in early
stages of a capital campaign feasibility/planning process and has
engaged outside counsel (CCS).
- A genuine passion for the MAM mission and for the importance of
art and arts education more broadly.
- Significant leadership experience within a sophisticated
fundraising operation, preferably in a museum or other cultural
- Established credibility in the field as a leader and effective
- Deep experience managing, soliciting, and stewarding major gift
donors with success at the six-figure-plus level.
- Demonstrated track record of innovation and advancing a
- Direct experience managing successful major gifts programs as
well as robust membership programs.
- Capital campaign experience.
- Strong record of recruiting and developing exceptional people
and fostering a transparent, collegial work environment.
- Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion,
and access in team building and in diversifying the donor
- Experience across digital and social as well as traditional
platforms to extend development outreach.
- Success working with engaged volunteers and board members.
- Sound financial acumen and knowledge of budget preparation,
monitoring, and administration.
- Tech savvy: facility with basic business software and commonly
used fundraising prospect management tools.
- A warm, engaging, and accessible style.
- Superior communication and presentation skills.
- Strong work ethic and the flexibility to adapt to changing
- Impeccable integrity, trustworthiness, maturity, and
- Familiarity with the Milwaukee and broader Midwest
philanthropic communities is a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in a relevant
discipline is preferred.
Please click here to apply online via the Howe-Lewis Talent
Portal. You may also email your resume and letter of interest to