Executive Director of Development, Art Museum - 47947-1A

University of California, Irvine
California, United States
$103,100.00 - $211,300.00
Closing date
Feb 22, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Executive Director of Development, Art Museum - 47947-1A

Job Opening ID: 47947

Reports To: Museum Director

Working Title: Executive Director of Development, Art Museum

Department: Museums

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 000463

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:
With the acquisition of two important collections of California Art, The Irvine Museum Collection and The Buck Collection, the University of California, Irvine founded the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art in 2017, with plans to construct a new museum facility on campus by 2027. Following receipt of a naming gift in late 2021, the new entity is now known as UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art (Langson IMCA). The museum serves as an epicenter for California Art and artists, and engages diverse publics through innovative exhibitions and programs. Its research institute supports collection research and advances interdisciplinary scholarship and learning opportunities for UCI students, faculty, visiting scholars, and others. Through a robust offering of exhibitions, gallery tours, artists talks, lectures, artist talks, publications, research initiatives, conferences, and other educational programs, Langson IMCA strives to expand the understanding of California’s artistic past and present, its distinctive social and cultural framework, and its contribution to both shaping and challenging the art historical canon. A key component of the Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative, Langson IMCA is a start-up with limited, though growing, personnel and financial resources situated within a large, established and celebrated research institution that is part of the University of California public system.

The Executive Director of Development (EDOD) for UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art (Langson IMCA) is a senior professional who will work collaboratively with the Museum Director, the Deputy Director, and University Advancement (UA) to lead the development program of Langson IMCA and secure significant philanthropic investments to support it. Will maintain a portfolio of donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors. The primary activity of the EDOD is externally focused to cultivate and secure private philanthropic support; the EDOD’s effectiveness will be evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and meet metrics. The EDOD reports directly to the Deputy Director, with a dotted line to University Advancement. The EDOD will serve as a member of the Langson IMCA’s leadership team and also be a highly collaborative colleague with other development officers across the campus.

Total Compensation:
In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our compensation practices and benefits.

$103,100.00 - $211,300.00 (annual)


  • Seven to ten years' successful professional development and/or fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education or museums and cultural organizations, OR, any equivalent combinations of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Expert written and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Expert skills in making persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives for a location in order to secure gifts. Expert knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.
  • Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects and/or deadlines. Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations. Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality. Expert organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Expert project / program management skills, including skills in setting and meeting program / project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
  • Extensive experience in working independently with both museum and institutional goals in mind. Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects. Working knowledge of and facility with Microsoft Office and Salesforce or a comparable donor/prospect database system. Expert working knowledge of all aspects of individual, foundation, corporate, and government fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Extensive experience in the completion of complex and detailed proposals and related materials.
  • Extensive demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments.


  • Master’s degree is preferred
  • CFRE welcomed, but not required.
  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and / or throughout higher education, nonprofit arts and museums generally. Expert knowledge of the location, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

Special Conditions Required:

  • Local, regional, and national travel is required • May work long hours and after hours periodically to meet fundraising commitments

Conditions of Employment:
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

  • Background Check and Live Scan
  • Legal Right to work in the United States
  • Vaccination Policies
  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy
  • Drug Free Environment

The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
  • E-Verify
  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page - https://hr.uci.edu/new-hire/conditions-of-employment.php

If interested, please apply online at https://careersucirvine.ttcportals.com/jobs/11787041-executive-director-of-development-art-museum

Closing Statement:
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or eec@uci.edu.

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