Founded in 1919, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, is New Hampshire’s leading art museum, with core strengths in European, American, and contemporary art, enhanced by a varied exhibition program. The museum also owns and programs a significant Frank Lloyd Wright designed house. The Currier’s educational initiatives reach 7500 school children in the region, and the studio art school serves an additional 1500 students a year, including teens and adults. Community initiatives include special programming for families of active military or veterans, Alzheimer’s’ patients, and families impacted by opioid addiction. The museum has an annual operating budget of $4.5 million. For more information, visit www.currier.org.
Director of Development
The Currier Museum of Art seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to lead its continuing expansion as a premier New Hampshire cultural institution with national impact. The successful candidate, with demonstrated success increasing all levels of financial support, will have a unique opportunity to work at a nimble, creative museum alongside motivated staff and a committed board of trustees.
The Director of Development, a member of the museum’s Executive Team reporting to the Director & CEO, will develop strategy and organizational capability for a new phase of growth. The position works closely with the Board of Trustees and its Development Committee, and manages a staff of five responsible for individual, corporate and foundation support, annual fund, major gifts, membership, planned giving, marketing and PR. The Director of Development will use the mission and vision of the museum for institutional advancement.
Strategy. Develop a strategy for the long-term financial support of the museum, in close collaboration with director, board, and senior staff. Prepare for a major development initiative to increase the endowment for the core mission of the museum.
Implementation. Create specific fundraising goals and aggressively execute them. Solicit and steward a portfolio of select major donors, increase membership and develop significant proposals for foundation grants. Develop a schedule of creative and compelling fundraising and cultivation events.
Organization. Provide strong strategic support to senior staff (curators, director, senior management) and board members in cultivation and solicitation. Effectively manage research, information, and organization for major donor efforts. Build and mentor an effective institutional development team.
Messaging. Oversee the development and implementation of a strategic communications and media relations program. Supervise marketing and branding institutional identity. Build and mentor an effective marketing team.
Bachelor’s Degree. Ten years progressively increasing responsibility in development in a non-profit setting, with five years in senior management. Familiarity with arts/cultural institutions strongly preferred.
Exceptional strategic, analytical and decision-making skills. Demonstrated experience managing major development efforts, especially working in close collaboration with senior staff and governance in solicitation and cultivation.
Enthusiastic self-starter with proven ability to develop creative and entrepreneurial strategies for fundraising. High energy and results-oriented with a successful record of achievement in major gifts.
Persuasive and articulate communicator with strong written, presentation and negotiation skills.
Excellent relationship-building skills, both externally and internally, and the ability to effectively represent the museum in all venues.
Demonstrated leadership skills with a proven ability to attract, motivate, and retain talented staff; a team builder with the ability to support and empower staff to achieve desired results.
Experience in financial planning, budgeting and analysis, with strong organizational skills and a high attention to detail.
Positive attitude, sense of humor, with a commitment to confidentiality and ethical behavior.
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Additional Salary Information: Full benefit package including Medical, Dental, HRA, Life and AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability, FSA, 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Vacation, Holiday and Paid Time Off Programs, Membership & Discounts
Founded in 1919, the Currier Museum of Art (www.currier.org) is New Hampshire’s state art museum. Its mission is to connect people to art through encounters with the creative process. It employs a significant permanent collection, varied exhibition program, and an active community art school. The museum owns and programs a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright which preserves its original furnishin...gs and contents. The Zimmerman House is the only Wright-designed house in New England open for public tours. Generous bequests have allowed the museum to build an important collection of European, American (including New Hampshire art), and contempory art, and to complete a major building expansion in 2008 which added state-of-the art galleries, preparatory areas and storage, as well as public spaces including classrooms, an expanded gift shop, a light-filled auditorium, and an airy café equipped with WiFi.Highlights of the collection include paintings by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jacob van Ruisdael, Hendrik Goltzius, Joos van Cleve, with recent additions of works by Joan Mitchell, Frank Stella, Max Pechstein, Giovan Montorsoli, and Matthijs Stomer. The museum curates exhibitions, sometimes in partnership with other institutions. Recent Currier-curated exhibitions with catalogues include Mount Washington: The Crown of New England and Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting.The Currier Museum is accredited by the AAM, and is a member of AAMD and ICOM. It has a professional staff of 35 full time employees, and a total staff of approximately 100. The Currier Art Center, founded in 1939, offers studio classes, art camps and intensive workshops for all ages throughout the year. The museum provides free school visits to students from Manchester, Concord, and Nashua. New public programs include free Saturdays, regular Thursday night events, free summer parties, and a music program. The museum has created specialized programs for Alzheimer’s patients, war vets, and most recently families affected by the opioid epidemic – all based on engaging with works of art.