Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum is
home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art,
boasting more than 18,000 inspiring artworks ranging from ancient
jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic
special exhibitions, cultural celebrations, and public programs for
all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and
spark questions about the future.
Currently, we are seeking a Director of
Development to join our team. This is an exceptional
opportunity to join an organization that values creativity,
teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion and where you will be
surrounded by a diverse, talented, and enthusiastic group of
The Director of Development (DOD) is responsible for the
oversight and planning of all the Museum’s Development and
development event efforts. This position leads the day-to-day
operations of the Development team and oversees all aspects of
fundraising for the museum. In addition, through an active
portfolio, the DOD will manage the stewardship of current
leadership donors and the identification, cultivation, and
solicitation of prospective leadership donors to support annual
unrestricted and restricted goals.
The DOD regularly engages with staff, commissioners, trustees,
vendors, visitors, volunteers, members, and colleagues in a
personable and respectful manner.
- Support the creation of an annual fundraising plan that will
ensure that the museum’s fundraising goals are achieved through
multiple fundraising approaches/channels, including institutional,
individual, special events, membership, facility rentals,
multi-year and endowment giving.
- Ensuring the donor development and stewardship efforts are
well-formed and effective in sustaining and growing support for the
- Lead the work of the Development team and ensure that the team
is meeting or exceeding fundraising goals.
- Be visible and accessible to the donor community, represent the
museum and department initiatives by cultivating and deepening
relationships throughout the community.
- Be a trusted partner, ensure maximum value from their diverse
connections, effectively utilizing his time and personal
participation in fundraising events.
- Develop and sustain strong relationships with the Foundation
Board of Trustees and the members of the SF Asian Arts
Personal Fund Raising
- Maintain and manage a personal portfolio of high-level
prospects by identifying cultivating and soliciting major and
principal gift prospects.
- Support board members, board chief executive, other fundraising
volunteers, and staff in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting
- Mentor others in fundraising best practices and support the
development of individual donor strategies for significant gifts to
Operational and Staff Management
- Oversee a development team of 20 and 5 direct reports, while
reporting to the Chief Impact Officer.
- Hire, develop, supervise, coach and evaluate team members and
create a supportive, goal-oriented and productive work culture
based on the organizational values of the museum.
- Set performance goals for team members and evaluate performance
against goals on a regular basis. Effectively coach team members
and provide supportive and developmental feedback to enhance
performance. Ensure that team members develop the technical,
leadership and professional skills to be successful.
- Supervisory responsibilities include hiring, scheduling,
developing, performance reviews and disciplinary actions of
- Collaborate with Finance team to ensure the accurate and timely
reporting and forecasting of contributed income and departmental
- Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and
- Bachelor of Arts degree, plus seven (7) years of professional
level development and fundraising experience with three (3) years
of supervisory experience. Or an equivalent combination of
education, training, and experience.
- Must have experience in campaigns and in developing leadership
and major gifts; developing and maintaining financial projections
and budgets. Demonstrated interest in Asian art and culture
- Demonstrated experience developing successful nonprofit
revenue-generation and donor management strategies and
- Proven history of high-level, high-return fundraising, lasting
relationships with a diversity of donors and through a diversity of
strategies that uniquely reach each type of donor.
- Strategic thinker with an ability to manage and implement
change: someone who can motivate and mentor staff while increasing
individual and team performance.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to
changing situations and priorities, exercise good judgement and
stay focused on overarching goals.
- Flexibility and capacity to think creatively, communicate
broadly, and demonstrate solutions-oriented leadership.
- Proven track record of initiating change and innovation.
Bringing great ideas to fruition through the alignment of ideas,
people and processes using self-directed work teams.
- Ability to supervise, direct, motivate, and evaluate staff and
- Ability to establish and maintain effective, positive working
relationships with staff, volunteers, and members of the public;
promote membership activities to ethnically and culturally diverse
groups and communities.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; adhere to
deadlines; demonstrate flexibility in meeting shifting demands and
- Ability to work alternative work schedules as
- Genuinely enjoys engaging donors and the fundraising
- Comfort interacting with high-level donors and patrons.
- Ability to nurture both comradery and accountability with
- Capable of both strategic and tactical work.
- Superior organization and time-management skills.
- Ability to inspire confidence and trust: able to celebrate
successes and build upon challenges.
- High integrity and commitment to goals.
- High degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
- Strong problem-solving attributes.
- Reliable collaborator who instills confidence and actively
builds fundraising capacity and enthusiasm across the whole
- Visible, hands-on fundraiser.
- Active resource partner to others throughout the
- Standard museum and office environment.
- Computer and phone use.
The Asian Art Museum is committed to practicing salary
transparency. The minimum salary for this position is $140,000 and
the maximum salary is $180,000. Please note that the pay range
information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken
into consideration when setting starting pay including education,
experience, the external labor market, and internal equity. This
opportunity includes a generous benefits package, including but not
- Fully covered medical, dental and vision insurance for
- 12 paid holidays (2024)
- 15 days of vacation starting
- 12 days of sick leave
- Group retirement plan starting after one year of
OUR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At the Asian Art Museum, we are dedicated to ideating, building,
and holding ourselves accountable for Diversity, Equity,
Accessibility & Inclusion in everything we do. We strive to
foster a culture of respect, belonging and inclusivity for all
Our mission is to celebrate, preserve, and promote Asian and Asian
American art and cultures for local and global audiences. We
provide a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas, inviting
collaboration, and fueling imagination to deepen understanding and
empathy among people of all backgrounds.
Diversity of thought and experience is essential to our mission,
and we are committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse
workforce. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to
Apply online at https://about.asianart.org/careers/.
Ensuring a smooth and enjoyable candidate experience is critical
for us. Application materials will be screened in relation to the
criteria described. Candidates deemed to be the most highly
qualified will be invited to participate in the interview process.
Our interview process tends to take about 4 weeks to complete but
may fluctuate depending on the role. Appointment is subject to
completion of a thorough background check process.
The Asian Art Museum is an Equal Employment Opportunity
employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color,
national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive
health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a
protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability,
genetic information, political views or activity, or other
applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider
qualified applicants with criminal histories (arrest and criminal
histories) consistent with applicable federal, state, and local