The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (smartmuseum.uchicago.edu), located in one of the nation’s greatest cities for art and on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities, opens the world through art and ideas. The Smart Museum is widely known for its ambitious exhibitions and programs; its collaborations with scholars and students have animated its collection both historically and conceptually. The Museum plays a central role in the University’s arts initiative, which has brought extraordinary new focus and energy to the arts on campus. At the same time, the Museum collaborates closely with other units on campus as well as institutions and scholars in the city and across the country. Its exhibition projects often arise from partnerships with other institutions and travel nationally and internationally. The Smart Museum is also deeply dedicated to engaging its surrounding communities through programming that offers visitors of all ages a transformative experience involving significant and often unexpected examples of artistic expression. This is an exciting moment to join the Smart Museum, as the Museum is embarking on the creation of a compelling vision for the future under the leadership of a recently appointed Dana Feitler Director.
Unit Job Summary:
Serve as chief development officer for the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, a member of both the Smart Museum’s senior leadership team and the University of Chicago’s Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) team, responsible for coordinating all activity related to seeking philanthropic support for the Smart Museum of Art.
Develop and execute an overall strategic fundraising plan for Smart Museum development. Work closely with the Museum’s advisory Board of Governors to enhance its capacities and fundraising potential. Manage a personal major gift prospect portfolio with goals for solicitations and dollars raised. Prioritize the director’s prospect portfolio and staff the director’s prospect work.
Plan and lead robust strategies for individual and corporate and foundation fundraising, with particular emphasis on expansion of the individual major gift effort – including donations of works of art. Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors who have the capacity to make financial commitments of $100,000+. Deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
Manage a team of professionals, student interns, and external partners. Collaborate and coordinate with key development partners, including ARD gift officers and colleagues in strategic information and communications, to advocate effectively for the Smart Museum and pursue development efforts in the context of the University’s broader UChicago Arts strategy and development efforts.
Participate in comprehensive planning as a member of the Museum’s senior staff, ensuring financial support for the fulfillment of the Museum’s ambitious plans. Ensure Museum communications demonstrate clarity and consistency, propelling the Smart Museum to reach its strategic and fundraising goals. Draft compelling talking points, letters, proposals and briefing materials for institutional leaders and gift officers.
Manage staff and an allocated budget to execute responsibilities in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner. Ensure compliance with University policy and provide timely reporting.
Model professional and ethical behavior and promote participation in the life of the University. Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Bachelor’s degree or higher required.
Minimum of five years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales, or similar professional work experience required.
Minimum of three years of experience leading a project team or managing staff required.
Minimum of two years of experience in managing senior leadership, trustees, and board members required.
Minimum of one year of experience in developing and monitoring budgets required.
Demonstrated record of organizing successful fundraising, marketing or membership programs preferred.
Experience developing successful corporate, foundation or government proposals preferred.
Experience with capital campaigns preferred.
Experience fundraising for arts and/or art museums preferred.
Ability to work under pressure and respond positively to deadlines and requests required.
Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required.
Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required.
Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, required.
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team environment required.
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to ARD, including Griffin (the University’s donor relationship management system), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access required.
Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
Current authorization to work permanently in the United States required.
Dress code of business or business casual attire required.
Valid United States driver’s license required.
Background check is required.
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