Director of Development - LSU Museum of Art

The LSU Foundation, in conjunction with the LSU Museum of Art, is seeking a Director of Development with the creativity, vision, and talent for increasing marketing and philanthropic giving outcomes.

Baton Rouge, LA

LSU Foundation

<p>The mission of the LSU Foundation is to inspire and shepherd philanthropic giving to LSU and build long-lasting relationships with donors who bring life to current and emerging university priorities. Its desire is to support LSU in its quest to enhance the student experience, provide working capital to recruit and retain world-class faculty and staff, support life- changing research, and drive economic development. The Foundation is dedicated to stewarding each gift to maximize donors&rsquo; impact on making LSU one of the best universities in the world.</p>

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Overview: <p>The LSU Foundation, in conjunction with the LSU Museum of Art, is seeking a Director of Development with the creativity, vision, and talent for increasing marketing and philanthropic giving outcomes. This position reports directly to the Executive Director of the LSU Museum of Art and works in conjunction with the LSU Foundation&rsquo;s Associate Vice President of Development within the strategic development environment of the LSU Foundation. The successful candidate will head the Development and External Affairs area of the museum and will manage a team of professionals in communications, special events and membership.&nbsp; Additionally, the director should expect and possess the ability to work in a collaborative and team focused environment.</p> <p>The mission of the LSU Museum of Art is to &ldquo;enrich and inspire through collections, exhibitions, conservation and education, serving as a cultural and intellectual resource for the University, Baton Rouge, and beyond.&rdquo; Established in 1962, the Museum comprises 15,000 square feet distributed among fourteen galleries. With ceilings over 15 feet tall, the contemporary gallery space can comfortably accommodate works of art in a wide range of media. In addition to holding one of the largest university-&shy;‐ affiliated art collections in the South, the Museum presents touring exhibitions of regional, American, and European painting, sculpture, decorative arts, works on paper, and photography.</p>
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Manage the overall strategic vision of the development and external affairs function and contribute to the leadership team&rsquo;s strategic planning efforts.</li> <li>Develop strategies to increase fundraising from individuals through memberships, events, annual and major gifts.</li> <li>Working in collaboration with appropriate staff, analyze and research grant making opportunities, evaluate them for funding potential, develop a detailed annual calendar with grant deadlines and activities, and write and submit proposals in collaboration with the Curator, Educator, and Executive Director.</li> <li>Work closely with the Executive Director to establish development and fundraising budget goals and ensure financial goals are being met on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis, as well as soliciting major donors, exhibitions, and educational program sponsors.</li> <li>Utilize the ADVANCE donor database effectively to document progress with donors, keeping the Executive Director abreast of said progress.</li> <li>Coordinate with central Gift Planning staff to increase major and deferred gift planning opportunities.</li> <li>Provide strategic direction and work in coordination with membership coordinator in order to increase membership and facilitate moves management for increased membership revenues.</li> <li>In coordination with the Coordinator of Events and Marketing of Facility Rentals, works on high ROI fundraising and membership events that have been approved by the Executive Director, including but not limited to the Museum&rsquo;s annual fundraiser.</li> <li>In coordination with the Communication Coordinator, develops marketing materials and other collaterals that communicate a consistent and positive identity and messaging for the museum and its events.</li> <li>Prepare development reports to the Museum's Advisory Board and other Boards and committees as needed.</li> <li>Serves as staff liaison for Development Committee.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <div class="job-listing-header"><strong>Requirements</strong></div> <div data-bind="html: Job.Requirements"> <ul> <li>Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university</li> <li>A minimum of three years of broad grant writing and fundraising experience</li> <li>Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preferred Knowledge &amp; Skill Qualifications</strong></p> <ul> <li>Master&rsquo;s degree</li> <li>Experience working in a museum or other cultural organization</li> <li>Demonstrable successful track record of setting and reaching ambitious fundraising goals</li> <li>Managerial experience</li> <li>Excellent verbal and written communication skills</li> <li>Excellent computer skills, including extensive knowledge of fundraising software</li> <li>Strong time-&shy;-management skills; must be able to work efficiently on several projects simultaneously and prioritize deadlines</li> <li>Ability to work independently and with staff demonstrating sound judgment, and has strong attention to detail</li> <li>Ability to plan and manage activities strategically and communicate those thoughts and plans as part of the staff team to coworkers and supporters</li> </ul> <p><strong>Work Environment Requirements</strong></p> <ul> <li>May be required to occasionally work extended workdays, evenings or weekends</li> </ul> </div>