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Director of Development - Albany Institute of History & Art

  • July 13, 2022 9:25 AM
    Message # 12847171

    Job Location: Albany, NY

    Job Title: Director of Development

    Institution: Albany Institute of History & Art

    Institutional Website:

    About the Institution: The Albany Institute of History & Art connects diverse audiences to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley through its collections, exhibitions, and programs.

    Job Description:


    The Director of Development will:

    1. Work with the Executive Director and the Board to prepare, analyze and execute a strategic and comprehensive development plan that will meet the operating needs of the museum.

    2. Have experience in raising $3M+/year.

    3. Aggressively lead and direct the organization and implementation of the museum’s fundraising activities from individual, foundation, corporate, grant, and government sources. Key initiatives include:

    a. Increased identification and cultivation of individual donors, with particular focus on accessing new constituencies

    b. Growth of the annual fund and major gifts

    c. Identification and expansion of corporate donors and sponsorships; and endowment campaign

    d. Manage the membership program and its 1200 member households

    e. See the current $8 million endowment campaign to the finish

    4. With the Director, work to lead and motivate the Board and strengthen the Board’s understanding of its role in development; expand, manage and coordinate the Board’s and other volunteers’ involvement in fundraising activities; and take an active role in serving and supporting the Board as it continues to grow and develop.

    5. Work closely with staff, board, and volunteers to maximize the effectiveness of the museum’s special events, galas, and other activities, and to help develop, attract, and retain donors and members.

    6. Work collaboratively with, and serve as a resource for, all departments in the development of marketable and fundable programs and help secure new sources of funds for these programs. Foster ongoing, collegial communications among the development department and other departments of the museum, and with the Board.

    7. Build, train, and supervise an effective, professional development team, and recruit and replace them as necessary, in consultation with the Executive Director.

    8. Play an active, public role as a spokesperson and representative of the museum onsite and in the community.

    9. In conjunction with the Executive Director and Business Office Manager the Director of Development will help prepare and manage the department’s financial reports and budget; monitor the development budget and control expenses.


    The successful candidate will:

    1. Have 7 years of successful fundraising experience. A baccalaureate degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred. Experience with planned giving, endowment, and capital campaigns preferred.

    2. Have a background in the cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors, and a proven track record in the management of successful development programs, including staff and volunteer management.

    3. Demonstrate initiative, self-confidence, energy, and entrepreneurial skills as someone who enjoys working as a team player but also has the capability to work independently and as a self-starter.

    4. Be a personable, positive, and social individual, with integrity and a sense of humor, who can work well with trustees, donors, volunteers and staff, and who enjoys taking an active public role in the cultivation and solicitation of donors, while also working behind the scenes.

    5. Be very well-organized, willing to work diligently and hands-on to get the job done, and with the flexibility necessary to balance the many challenges inherent in a dynamic nonprofit organization.

    6. Be a strong manager and team leader, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer literacy, and the ability to inspire those working with him/her toward accomplishing common objectives.

    7. Understand and support the museum’s mission and appreciate the important role museums play in the life of a vibrant community and can articulate this mission and role to others.

    This Position is: In-Person

    Position Type: Full-Time

    Salary range: $70,000 - $80,000

    Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid time off, Contribution to Retirement Plan

    How to Apply:

    Job Closing Date: 8/15/2022

    Last modified: July 15, 2022 9:07 AM | Mili Gonzalez

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