The Museum of Boulder is seeking a positive, energetic, experienced, and organized individual for the position of Director of Development. The Director of Development will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts in support of the institutional mission. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of nonprofit fundraising and demonstrates the ability to work well with people and effectively develops, cultivates and maintains relationships across the organization and in the community. Experience in the non-profit sector is required.  Museum experience is ideal, but not required.

The Director of Development will implement a strategic approach to fundraising, which will include: a comprehensive plan for donor and membership development, major gifts, corporate and foundation donations, grant writing and solicitations, fundraising events, membership events and in-kind resources. The Director of Development is expected to expand and diversify the Museum’s donor base and work closely with the Board of Directors to nurture relationships, steward current donors and forge new connections that will build on the museum’s visibility, secure funding and stability for operations and programs. The Director of Development will oversee the successful $2MM completion of the Museum’s capital campaign and raise a determined amount annually in operational and other designated funds.


Development Plan & Donor Cultivation

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to implement the Museum’s development strategy.
  • Coordinate efforts to generate income for operations and programs and perform additional fundraising for capital and other special projects as needed.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors. Continue a successful stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with existing and new donors.
  • Take initiative, make and direct face-to-face, direct solicitations to donors and other funders in coordination with the Executive Director and consistent with approved development goals.
  • Plan and supervise electronic and mailed appeals/communications, grant writing experience, corporate sponsorship proposals, planned giving and other fundraising materials, and membership outreach.
  • Identify, develop and mentor development interns.
  • Oversee the administration of the museum donor database (Blackbaud | Altru). Monitor all donor information and provide and present statistical analysis to Executive Director and Board.
  • Supervise and support development interns and volunteers

Sponsorships and Grants

  • Research, identify and solicit contributions from local and national foundations, corporations and government agencies
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with program officers at foundations, government agencies and businesses
  • Develop and implement a robust corporate sponsorship program

Special Occasions

  • Plan and oversee special fundraising and donor cultivation opportunities
  • Gain sponsorships
  • Understand and adhere to the policies and procedures relating to working and holding events in a museum environment, such as security and collections safety

Governance Support

  • Prepare fundraising, data reports and revenue projections
  • Provide guidance and support to the Board’s Development Committee


  • Oversee the execution and management of the Museum of Boulder’s membership program
  • Create systems to remain in constant contact with our members


  • Six or more years of proven professional experience for a nonprofit, including supervisory experience, developing and implementing a significant and successful fundraising effort.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources.
  • Knowledge of broad base of principles for fundraising and planned giving, as well as best practices/ethical standards.
  • The ability to communicate the Museum of Boulder’s mission and interests to a broad audience with genuine enthusiasm.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills are fundamental to this position.
  • Proficiency with budgeting and fiscal oversight.
  • Accountability, attention to detail, and the ability to complete assignments in a fast-paced environment is needed.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as a team and independently, as projects require.
  • Positive attitude and enjoyment working with a range of organizational stakeholders, including high-level corporate and governmental officials. An established record of networking with community stakeholders and businesses in the Boulder region is helpful.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as events require.
  • Valid driver’s license/identification and use of personal car are necessary.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with social media.
  • Fluency with Google products including docs, sheets, slides and gmail.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters’ Degree preferred.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience

Apply: Send resume and cover letter to | Deadline: January 24, 2020

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