Monument Lab is a nonprofit public art and history studio based
in Philadelphia. Monument Lab works with artists, students,
activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on
participatory approaches to public engagement and collective
memory. As an organization we aspire to make our decisions,
including what resources are secured and how they are allocated,
based on our values: Art at the Core, Process Matters as Much as
Outcome, Intersectionality for Transformation, Collaboration with
Boundaries, Citation and Compensation, Integrity with
Accountability, Culture of Care, and Wisdom and Learning.
We are currently searching for a Director of
Advancement to join our team.
The Director of Advancement will work to strengthen the mission
of Monument Lab by creating, leading, planning, and managing a
comprehensive development and fundraising effort to deepen and
sustain our organizational growth. In collaboration with a wide
network of partners and stakeholders, internally and externally,
the Director of Advancement will play a key role in supporting
existing organizational relationships and cultivating new
opportunities with institutional, corporate, and individual
Reporting to the Director of Monument Lab, this position will
serve on the leadership team and work in close coordination with
the Chief Operating Officer and Board of Directors. The Director of
Advancement will collaborate across all departments to organize and
execute development initiatives. The position will develop systems
and implement best practices to shape an expanding advancement
team. In addition, this position will have supervisory
Strategy & Implementation
- The Director of Advancement will serve as an entrepreneurial
leader who will develop and implement the organization’s
comprehensive fundraising strategy and program inclusive of
institutional, corporate, and individual giving. This
position will oversee donor relationships to include stewardship
- Work in collaboration with the Director and Chief Operating
Officer on annual and long-term strategic financial planning to
ensure organizational growth and sustainability.
- Liaise with the Board of Directors to communicate fundraising
goals and support the Board’s efforts in reaching goals through a
variety of engagements and activities.
- Participate in quarterly board meetings, present strategic
plans, provide detailed status updates and analysis, and robust
- Outline concrete fundraising metrics and benchmarks, track
ongoing goals to accurately measure growth and determine areas of
opportunity. Report on progress on a monthly, quarterly, and annual
- Collaborate with the Communications team to create and maintain
a suite of fundraising materials to include, but are not limited
to, organization guides, case-making materials, promotional decks,
and annual reports.
- Leverage and integrate development strategies using Monument
Lab’s media and digital platforms to include the website,
newsletters, online store, and social media.
- Lead, plan, and manage development events to include
cultivation events and annual fundraisers. Ensure Monument Lab
events align to strategic development and cultivation goals.
- Oversee the management of the advancement CRM for fundraising
and prospect management.
- Participate in R&D activities to ensure alignment between
fundraising best-practices and the organization's mission and
- Create and maintain a culture of responsible philanthropy in
partnership with Monument Lab staff.
- Develop and implement annual and long-term strategic plans
toward receiving both unrestricted and restricted funds from
- Research, identify and cultivate foundation opportunities.
Conduct outreach and participate in inquiry meetings with
foundation personnel, follow-up, and track next steps.
- Maintain an annual planning calendar of grant opportunities
tooutline application requirements and deadlines.
- Coordinate grant proposal development processes across the
organization to research, ideate, write and fully execute
- Work in coordination with the Chief Operating Officer on grant
compliance and reporting.
- Research, identify, and cultivate corporate giving
opportunities. Conduct outreach and participate in inquiry meetings
with new contacts, follow-up and track next steps.
- Solicit sponsorship opportunities for Monument Lab fundraising
events and programmatic partners/in-kind support for Monument’s
- Maintain ongoing communications and relationship cultivation
with corporate sponsors.
- Manage, retain, and grow a portfolio of existing and new
donors, oversee stewardship and recognition.
- Manage the organization's donation management system and other
aspects of donor stewardship and communication.
- Report monthly on metrics relating to individual donor
acquisition, retention, and engagement.
- The Director of Advancement is a part of the organization’s
Director’s Group. In this capacity, this position is responsible
for maintaining an understanding of the organization’s financial
model, fundraising priorities, and financial position.
participating in crisis management and mitigation efforts; and
supporting the organization’s strategic planning initiatives.
- Provide the Director’s Group and staff at-large regular updates
and insights regarding the day-to-day, short-term, and long-term
activities and goals of the Advancement team.
- Represent Monument Lab at selected public events and speaking
engagements on a local, regional, and national level, as
- Manage direct reports, to include establishing performance
annual performance goals, and providing leadership and direction on
short-term and long-term responsibilities.
- Candidates must have five to seven years of development
experience and a proven track record of raising at least $3/5M
annually from a diverse stream of contributed revenues.
- Excellent understanding of principles and techniques of
development activities, including annual giving, major giving,
planned giving, event planning, capital campaigns, marketing, and
- Demonstrated leadership experience, and experience managing
multiple direct reports.
- Extensive experience in grant writing and skills in proposal
- Excellent financial literacy and experience managing
- Deft ability to take initiative, prioritize, ideate and
implement multiple projects effectively in a collaborative and
- Strong written and oral communication skills and effective
- Experience in building organization systems and familiarity
with nonprofit governance, compliance, and accounting is a
- This position will require some work in the evenings and
weekends as well as some travel.
- This position is open to candidates with a variety of
educational and professional backgrounds. Ideal candidates will
have experience in the fields of nonprofit art, business management
& administration, culture and/or social justice.
Location & Schedule: Monument Lab’s studio
headquarters is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with hours of
operation Monday-Friday 9AM-10AM EST. This position will require
in-office hours two to three days a week with a flexible work
Position Type: Full-Time; exempt; salaried with
benefits. Salary range of $90,000 to $95,000.
Application Requirements: Cover letter;
resume/CV; a list of three professional references
(name, contact information, relationship) to include at least
one direct supervisor; and one project sample that includes
demonstration of advancement competency. Applications will be
accepted through Friday, May 26th, 2023. To apply
visit the Opportunities section of our website.
About Monument Lab
Founded in 2012, Monument Lab cultivates and facilitates
critical conversations around the past, present, and future of
monuments. Through exhibitions, research programs, and fellowships,
Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to
unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of
resistance and hope.
Monument Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We respect and seek individuals of a diverse background and do not
discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion,
sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin,
political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status,
disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee
organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or
other non-merit factor.