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Dallas Contemporary seeks a senior fundraising professional to lead charitable revenue and strengthen fundraising best practices.

Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum presenting new and challenging ideas from regional, national and international artists. The institution is committed to engaging the public through exhibitions, lectures, educational programs and events.


Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with members of the board and staff, the Director of Development will lead all fundraising efforts to meet the objectives of Dallas Contemporary. The Director will view all organization activities, exhibitions, programs, events, contacts and relationships as opportunities to market the organization and raise funds.


- In collaboration with the Executive Director, define and continually upgrade a systematic fundraising plan that addresses the needs and concerns of each prospective donor, segmented by type (individual, business, non-profit), level (various major gift levels, planned giving), and fund (capital, annual operating, and restricted for specific purposes, including education initiatives, programming and endowment);

- Provide support for the Board Development Committee; working with Executive Director, help to set governance policies and practices, and help attract and train new board members; oversee the involvement, identification;

- Aggressively implement a structured program for fostering strong relationships with targeted individual and institutional donor constituencies, involving where appropriate the Executive Director, board members, and museum personnel;

- Assist in the development of materials that tell the Contemporary’s story to donors and individual prospects, ensuring that these materials are segmented and distributed in a targeted, regular, timely and consistent fashion;

- Collaborate with the Executive Director, the financial staff and key staff members of the development group in the preparation of annual operating plans and budgets, incorporating fundraising projections into the budget of the organization;

- Develop and implement basic guidelines for sponsorship that will preserve the integrity of the museum’s brand and enhance its brand identity as one of the leading museums in North America.


- 3-5 years of leadership experience in fundraising.

- Demonstrated management skills in motivating, directing and managing staff and consultants, and in coordinating and supporting the fundraising activities of others; and particular facility in encouraging the best efforts of each member of the development team.

- Broad-based knowledge of various development campaign activities including: direct mail, proposal and grant development, planned giving, yearly giving campaigns, event planning and management, direct solicitations, leveraging fundraising databases and support systems for donor segmentation, research and volunteer management;

- Excellent communication skills, in writing as well as verbally; adept at writing proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence, and other materials;

Salary is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please email a cover letter and resume to:

Deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.

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