Posted August 18, 2014.

Successful candidates will be highly organized, excellent at follow-through and client service, and enjoy working in fast-paced, dynamic, and quickly-changing environments. The Development Coordinator is part of a team with annual fundraising goals in excess of $3.0 million. The museum is in the early stages of a capital campaign for a permanent installation by the artist Robert Irwin.


The development coordinator is responsible for the timely and effective processing and acknowledgement of all donations to the museum. This position will oversee day-to-day activities for the membership and annual giving programs and maintain oversight of the donor database, including data entry and extraction and ongoing maintenance. This position works closely with the development manager and the museum’s senior management team to develop and implement fundraising and events strategies. Additional key responsibilities include writing and editing collateral materials for the development department, annual campaigns, capital campaigns and special events in addition to assisting with and/or coordinating special events.

The Chinati Foundation is an art museum based on the ideas of its founder, artist Donald Judd. It is located primarily at the site of former US Army Fort D.A. Russell, on the outskirts of Marfa, Texas, where renovation and installation at the rededicated site began in 1979, with initial funding from the Dia Art Foundation. Chinati opened to the public in 1986 as an independent, non-profit, publicly funded institution. Marfa, the seat of Presidio County, is located 200 miles southeast of El Paso, 60 miles from the Mexican border, close to Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains.

Judd’s specific intention was to create permanent installations of contemporary art, insulated from the visual and programmatic distractions of most art museums. He sought a unified experience in which art, architecture and the surrounding natural environment would be inextricably linked. The remote location he chose, requiring a serious commitment on the part of all those who choose to visit it rewards the effort and reinforces the impact of some of the late 20th century’s most extraordinary works of art. The museum, which has a total of 32 buildings, is situated on 340 acres of land in the high Chihuahuan desert, 4,685 feet above sea level. Permanent installations consist of 15 monumental outdoor concrete works by Donald Judd; 100 aluminum works by Judd housed in two converted artillery sheds; a building in downtown Marfa with 23 sculptures by John Chamberlain; six former army barracks together comprising one large-scale work in colored fluorescent light by Dan Flavin; Monument to the Last Horse, an outdoor sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen; an installation by Ilya Kabakov entitled School #6; an installation of poems by Carl Andre; a building devoted to the paintings of John Wesley; and a space with drawings and paintings by Icelandic artist Ingólfur Arnarsson. There is also work on view by Roni Horn, Richard Long, David Rabinowitch and Carl Andre.

The Chinati Foundation organizes special exhibitions, which have usually remained on view for 6–10 months, and have been either focused on aspects of the work of artists represented in the permanent collection (i.e. the foam sculptures by John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg’s working drawings) or have featured the work of a diverse group of artists linked to Judd’s interests and enthusiasms. These have included, among others, Josef Albers, Hendrik Goltzius, El Lissitzky, Piet Mondriaan, Ken Price, Jan Schoonhoven, Fred Sandback, Robert Irwin and Jean Arp.

The museum also sponsors related arts and education programs, including artists’ residencies, college and university internships, children’s art classes, international symposia (the proceedings of which are published), seminars, performances, concerts and other annual celebrations — setting a standard for artistic excellence while continuing to attract visitors to Marfa, deepening their appreciation of contemporary art. The museum publishes an award- winning annual newsletter which chronicles its activities and has become one of the most respected publications of its kind in America.

Chinati has a long-range plan that affirms its commitment to preserving its installations and buildings, and expanding the collection according to Donald Judd’s vision. The operation of the museum is supported by earned and contributed income, including the proceeds of a growing endowment currently valued at approximately $14.1 million. It is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 19 voting directors.

Job Requirements
Accurate and timely data entry of all donations, including membership gifts.
Oversee timely acknowledgement of all donations, including membership gifts.
Prepare membership renewal mailings on a monthly basis.
Monitor and prepare membership statistics and a weekly (unearned) income report.
Support development efforts by assisting with donor cultivation and stewardship. This includes writing and editing of collateral materials; providing customer service to visitors, prospects, donors, and members; and maintaining quality control of the donor database.
Assist with member and donor fundraising events, which may require evening and/or weekend work.
Assist in generating reports and lists from the donor database, as needed.
Supervise and train the Development intern.
Additional responsibilities as assigned.
Reports to: Matthew Goudeau, Development Manager
Position(s) supervised: Development Intern
Required education/experience:
Bachelor’s degree, (arts, museum studies, communications or marketing)
Database administration
Graphic design experience a plus
Required skills:
Proficiency with donor database software, especially eTapestry
Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Proficiency with graphic design software a plus, including Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Creative Suite
Strong written and verbal communication skills with an eye for detail and an articulate telephone manner
Excellent organizational skills including self-management of work schedule and ability to prioritize
Accomplished interpersonal skills with the diplomacy and poise required to deal with patrons, including major and high-profile donors
The position is based in Marfa, Texas
Commensurate with experience
Benefits: employer-provided health insurance, flexible work environment, and generous time off

Applicants should submit a resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and the names of three references.

Send resume and accompanying materials to:
HR Manager
Subject: Development Coordinator