The Director of Development (DoD) will be responsible for
leading and coordinating comprehensive fundraising efforts for the
Smart Museum of Art. The Director will design and implement
holistic strategies and build relationships to identify, cultivate
and solicit annual, major, and principal gift donors in
collaboration with Smart Museum leadership, the Smart Museum Board
of Governors, University leadership, and development colleagues.
Working closely with the Smart Museum and ARD teams, the Director
will identify and define funding opportunities, support individual
and foundation donor engagement opportunities and solicitations,
and collaborate with the Smart Board and the Dana Feitler Director
to develop strategic approaches for fundraising growth. This
Director is a senior fundraising position with management
responsibilities for the Smart Museum fundraising team and will
work closely with other arts leaders across the University of
Chicago and develop partnerships with other University of Chicago
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for
Development-Humanities and the Arts, and the Dana Feitler Director
of the Smart Museum, the Director is a member of the Smart Museum’s
senior leadership team and a member of the ARD Humanities and the
Arts Directors group.
The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for
programs designed to meet University fundraising goals for
contributed income. Manages relationships with alumni, faculty,
administrators, and organizations with potential to make gifts in
support of the University. Develops communication strategies for
projects and contributes to the development of larger advancement
- Provide vision for and leadership of the Smart Museum’s
fundraising activities including annual giving, major gifts,
institutional giving, fundraising events, and campaigns.
- Lead and manage the creation and implementation of a strategy
for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, gift closure,
and stewardship of individual and foundation major donor prospects
in collaboration with ARD and Smart Museum staff and
- Work closely with the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum
in supporting the Smart Board of Governors, including managing, and
overseeing individual relationships and board committees, as
- Build and manage relationships with a portfolio of 60-80
individual and foundation prospects, and partner with fundraising
colleagues on multi-interest prospects to include Smart Museum
solicitations in their overall solicitation plans; including
solicitations at the six and seven figure levels.
- Monitor progress against goals ensuring deadlines are met.
- Manage, supervise, and lead the Smart’s development
team--currently a team of two fundraising professionals with the
possibility for growth in the future.
- Hire, manage, develop, and evaluate development staff as needed
and as assigned.
- Actively encourage staff members' professional growth and
participation in the life of the University.
- In partnership with the Assistant Vice President for
Development-Humanities and the Arts establish annual performance
goals, allocate resources, track and assess individual and team
- Monitor and manage the development team budget.
- Seek opportunities for professional development that will
enhance job performance, including building networks within the
University and with colleagues at peer institutions and with an eye
towards broadly diversifying the advancement profession.
- Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University
- Recommends and implements fundraising programs and
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- An ability to communicate effectively and with influence
characterized by the ability to listen deeply, speak clearly, and
effectively convey ideas in writing
- Demonstrated experience fostering partnership and
- The ability to be a brand ambassador for the Smart Museum and
the University of Chicago
- Strong organizational and analytical skills
- Self-motivated and entrepreneurial mindset
- Track record of meeting and exceeding goals
- Passion for and comprehensive knowledge of art and art
Education, Experience, and Certifications
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position.
At least seven years of work experience in a related job
1) Experience soliciting and closing major gifts
2) Experience leading a high performing team
3) Demonstrated record of organizing successful fundraising,
marketing or membership programs
4) A knowledge of and passion for the visual arts, art museums, and
5) Experience fundraising for an art museum, gallery, or arts
2) Cover Letter