With the acquisition of The Irvine Museum Collection in 2016 and the addition of The Buck Collection in 2017, the University of California, Irvine has become home to a significant collection of California art. To bring these collections together, the University founded the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) in 2018, with plans to construct a new museum facility on campus within the next few years. The museum will serve as an epicenter for California art and artists and engage diverse publics through innovative exhibitions and programs. The research institute will support collection research and advance interdisciplinary scholarship and learning opportunities for UCI students, faculty and visiting scholars and researchers. Through a robust offering of exhibitions and publications, research, seminars and conferences, lectures and artist talks, tours, and educational outreach, IMCA strives to expand our understanding of California's artistic past and present, its distinctive social and cultural framework, and its contribution to shaping and challenging the art historical canon.
The Director of Development (DOD) serves as an important member of the management team of UCI's Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA). The DOD reports to the Deputy Director and has a dotted line relationship to the Museum Director and to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Development. In coordination with Museum and Advancement leadership, this position is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive fundraising program for IMCA, including both individual and institutional giving, as part of UCI's $2 billion Brilliant Future campaign. A central element of this campaign is the vision to secure the resources to construct and open a new art museum on campus. A key component of the Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative, IMCA is a start-up with limited, though growing, personnel and financial resources situated within a large, established institution that is part of the University of California public system. The DOD must be an experienced fundraiser who is comfortable navigating a museum environment that is developing inside a complex organization; and a creative and entrepreneurial thinker with demonstrated major gift successes who can advance multiple priorities simultaneously. The building campaign goal has not yet been set and will be finalized once the facility project moves forward into a design development phase. However, capital fundraising for the building is already underway.
Ten or more years of relevant work experience, preferably in the arts, museum, humanities, or cultural sectors.
Some management experience is also preferred.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (humanities, education, nonprofit management)
Advanced knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, relating to fundraising, ethical and regulated practices, etc.
Advanced organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making and problem solving, and strong project management skills.
Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques.
Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies.
Ability to make persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives to secure philanthropic capital, programming and operating support.
Advanced working knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and/or throughout higher education/visual arts generally. Advanced working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure. Very strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
An appreciation for the mission and aspirations of IMCA, and an ability to articulate its mission, values, and priorities to external audiences capable of investing in its future.
Documented success in securing and stewarding major gifts and grants.
A motivated self-starter, able to work independently and in partnership with IMCA and university leadership to secure philanthropic resources to help build and sustain a new museum.
Experience in utilizing a moves-management fundraising approach supported by a centralized development program and database; facility with Salesforce is a plus.
Strong interpersonal and collegial skills, able to effectively collaborate with colleagues to advance common goals and engage the participation of numerous stakeholders, acting with professionalism, diplomacy and discretion.
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, and strong follow through, with the ability to move from concept to implementation with ease and contribute to strategic discussions about the growth and development of the museum's philanthropically generated resources.
Facility with Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce database and prospect research methods.
Special Conditions Required:
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel, as required, to meet job expectations.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
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