201 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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Fort Collins, CO 80524


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Development Director Job Description

General Description

The development director for the Museum of Art | Fort Collins is responsible for all development and stewardship efforts of the museum with the primary charge being to advance the museum’s mission. As the museum’s primary contact with sponsors and donors, the development director cultivates and maintains working relationships with individuals and businesses to secure financial support for the museum.

Scope of Work and Responsibilities

The scope of work includes identifying, cultivating, securing and retaining major donor and sponsor support for the Museum of Art by:

  • Creating a three to five-year plan for increasing funding through major gifts, multiple-year gifts, and planned giving;
  • Writing an annual plan for development that supports the museum’s general annual plan and includes goals and outlines for all development activities in consultation with the executive director and board;
  • Identifying, researching and contacting new funders including, but not limited to, foundations, corporations, families, individuals, legacy givers and public sources;
  • Planning and executing specific capital campaigns in alignment with the museum’s strategic plan in collaboration with the board and executive director;
  • Developing planned giving commitments from individual donors;
  • Secure major fundraising for special events;
  • Directing the overall goals, design, planning, implementation and evaluation of major development events in conjunction with the executive director; managing development event execution and evaluation in conjunction with the event/volunteer coordinator; securing sponsors and donors to support development event goals; managing fulfillment of event sponsor benefits; providing support to business manager for contracts, invoicing and payment of sponsor commitments;
  • Planning and executing an annual fund campaign in consultation with executive director and board;
  • Participating with the executive director in the development and execution of the museum’s membership programs and campaigns;
  • Working with the executive director to continually expand the Founders’ Society membership and to increase individual commitments;
  • Providing grant/proposal writing support.
  • Managing the museum’s development committee including recruitment of committee members to maximize volunteer engagement with the development process
  • Review all funding, giving histories and databases for the museum and develop new opportunities and relationships with the public and private sector including, but not limited to, foundations, corporations, families, individuals, legacy giving and public sources
  • Ability to work later hours for special events, openings and gatherings as appropriate
  • Support and advocacy for the museum


  • Undergraduate degree at a minimum or recent equivalent, relative experience
  • Minimum of three-five years nonprofit development experience in both public and private sectors with a proven track record for increasingly successful development and fundraising efforts including success at increasing major donations, corporate support, multiple-year gifts and legacy giving
  • Skilled in MS Office Word, Excel and database maintenance
  • Basic understanding of nonprofit business models
  • Extensive experience in building effective partnerships with key funders and donors
  • Proven comfort with and success at asking for financial or in-kind support
  • Ability to review and analyze all past MoA funding, giving histories and databases; and develop new opportunities and profitable relationships with the public and private sectors

Determining Criteria

  • Preferably now active in development work
  • Willingness to work in new realms and to do creative, out-of-box thinking
  • Adaptability and willingness to respond to changing needs of the organization
  • Demonstrable skills for determining prospect needs and interests
  • Demonstrable skills at writing proposals
  • Demonstrable and exceptional skills at delivering oral presentations and proposals in a professional manner
  • Demonstrated aptitude for effective networking in diverse circumstances
  • Strong desire to be part of and support community  (maybe identify the community)
  • Ability to work effectively with donors, prospects, board members, other staff, volunteers and external resources
  • Experience in event design, planning and implementation preferred
  • Flexibility to work after-business hours and weekends for special events, openings and gatherings as required


40 hours per week.  Additional hours may be required during special events.


Salary: $40,000 a year. Personal time and vacation time is included with this position.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, November 17. Please email [email protected] with a cover letter, resume and 3 references. No phone calls.