Major Gifts Officer [National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC]


Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as the Institution continues a comprehensive strategic plan, expands the programming, educational, and scholarly activity of its museums and research centers, and completes its very first Institution-wide fundraising campaign.


Through this national campaign, the Smithsonian is building a model fundraising organization, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities.  This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.  There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.


The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery seeks a charismatic and creative Major Gifts Officer to join its hard-working, fast-paced advancement team in building the base of individual supporters for the Museum. The incumbent will focus on restricted support for exhibitions, collections, educational and outreach programs, and endowment. This position is located in the Office of Advancement at the National Portrait Gallery and reports to the Associate Director for Major Gifts.


The Museum has significantly grown its advancement department in the last two years and, as a result, has seen dramatic increases in fundraising performance. Our challenge is to maintain this rate of growth for the duration of the museum’s $25 million comprehensive campaign, which concludes in 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary year.


The Major Gifts Officer will:


  • Discover and qualify new prospects
  • Build and manage a national portfolio of 75-100 prospects rated at $25,000 and above
  • Develop and implement strategies to solicit 5-7 figure gifts
  • Close 10-15 major gifts per year toward an annual, individual dollar goal
  • Staff Museum executives and volunteer leadership, including preparing briefings, talking points, and follow-up letters
  • Design and execute appropriate events for the cultivation and stewardship of major donors
  • Maintain a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Smithsonian’s infrastructure, policies, and procedures


Qualified candidates mast have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of front-line fundraising experience, preferably within a large cultural institution or arts-related nonprofit. Must have a proven track record of fundraising success, including successfully identifying cold prospects and bringing them through the cultivation cycle to close six-figure gifts and above. In addition to possessing superior relationship management skills and the initiative and ability to work independently, the successful candidate must have the gravitas and leadership presence to interact with high level donors and arts patrons, as well as curatorial, administrative, and board leadership.


The Major Gifts Officer will be assigned to prospects in Washington, DC and in 2-3 other key regions across the country. Extensive travel is required as well as evening and weekend work to execute and assist with a variety of special events, tours, and meetings.  A passion for history, art, and biography is a plus.


The National Portrait Gallery tells the multi-faceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. For more information, visit


The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research centers. The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.


The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. To learn more about the Smithsonian, please visit Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by December 18.


The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Job Information
  • Washington, Dist. Columbia, 20560, United States
  • 25925516
  • November 25, 2015
  • Major Gifts Officer, National Portrait Gallery
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 2-3 Years
  • 50-75%

Public Relations Manager [Academy Museum, Los Angeles, CA]


The Public Relations Manager will serve as a strategist and manage the publicity efforts of the Academy Museum, which is slated to open in 2018. The Manager assists in the development and execution of a global, strategic communications plan designed to message the planning, development, and opening of the Museum, as well as the Museum’s ongoing exhibitions and programs.  This position reports to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Managing Director, Publicity and Corporate Communications, with a dotted line to the Director of the Academy Museum.

Responsibilities include:

• Assist in the development and execution of a long range global, strategic communications plan for the Museum that includes cultural, political, philanthropic, architectural, museum, and entertainment press

• Pitch stories to a wide variety of short-and long-lead global press outlets to cultivate global arts, cultural, entertainment media

• Write press releases and media alerts

• Write feature stories on the Museum for member materials and oversee a strategic members communications plan for the Museum

• Will work to help create digital strategies to promote museum exhibitions, programs and projects

• Coordinate interviews for Museum leadership and fulfill press requests

• Plan and coordinate press events and press conferences

• Message the Museum to key external stakeholders, including donors, community members, public officials, and arts partners

• Working closely with the Museum development department, advise on messaging in fundraising appeals

• Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing or related field

• 5 years of related experience

• Required communications experience in museums, arts, and/or culture organizations

• A network of relevant press contacts

• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

• The ability to be flexible and work collegially on a fast-paced, ongoing project with multiple components and stakeholders

• The ability to work and collaborate across Academy departments and with outside political and legal consultants

• The ability to travel, as needed

Job Information
  • Los Angeles, California, 90001, United States
  • 25924348
  • November 24, 2015
  • Public Relations Manager
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 5-7 Years
  • 0-10%

Director of Development [Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor, MI]


About Great Lakes Center for the Arts: 

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts (the Center) will bring world-class performances and entertainment to the entire Northern Michigan region, offering the highest caliber programming across all genres of music, dance, theater, movies and film, as well as intellectual dialogue and impactful arts education programs.

The Center will operate year-round with a special emphasis in the summer on larger scale festivals and collaboration throughout the year with established arts organizations across the region.

Years in the making, the beautifully crafted, intimate 500-seat venue housing a large stage, multipurpose room, rooftop deck and donor lounge will break ground in July 2016 and the curtain will go up on its first performance in June 2018.

Capital Campaign commitments total over $19.8 million of the $25 million needed to move forward with groundbreaking in 2016. Over time the goal is to build a $25 million endowment for long-term support of programming and operations.

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is situated to appeal to a large variety of individual and corporate supporters – those based in Michigan as well as those who value the high-end assets that the Northern Michigan community offers. And with the ability to serve thousands of school children who face ever-diminishing arts experiences in public schools, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts stands to garner eventual significant support from foundation and government funders who recognize the need for arts institutions to fill the role.

To provide experienced leadership for this endeavor through its opening season, the Center has contracted with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management led by its Chairman Michael Kaiser. Kaiser is an internationally known expert in arts management and is President Emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

By 2020, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will be a national destination known for unique cultural performances and events, a leading regional arts and arts education provider and an internationally recognized center for important intellectual dialogue. Designed by renowned theater designers Fisher Dachs Associates and architects TowerPinkster, the Center will also be an architectural landmark in greater Northern Michigan.

For more information on Great Lakes Center for the Arts, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Director of Development is the leader for all fundraising strategies and initiatives for the Center. The Director will be the first permanent hire for this newly formed 501(c)(3) partnering closely with the Center’s Leadership Team. S/he will be responsible for planning and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic fundraising program, which will meet and exceed the institution’s goals for contributed income. Initially, fundraising efforts will be devoted to a capital campaign followed by an endowment campaign; an annual fundraising effort must be created as well leading up to the Center’s 2018 grand opening.

This is an exciting opportunity to build a major arts nonprofit from the ground-up. Reporting to the Leadership Team, the Director of Development will be a business-minded, entrepreneurial and creative fundraising professional leading the Center’s resource mobilization effort. The Director of Development will identify, solicit and cultivate high net worth donors and corporate/foundation prospects to build a strong donor pipeline and achieve the organization’s strategic objective of raising the remainder of the campaign to build the Center as well as the $25 million dollar endowment. Long-term initiatives for sustainability include building a diverse development program including annual and planned giving and multi-year sponsorships.

The Director will enhance the Center’s overall approach to advancement – one that creates a true culture of philanthropy throughout the community, improves and develops sustained success in contributed revenue and ultimately fulfills the Center’s mission and achieves it vision. The Director will be responsible for raising funds from a range of sources, including institutional and private donors.

Key metrics for success include:

  • Developing a comprehensive development plan positioning the Center for long term sustainable success through strong and growing philanthropic success;
  • Cultivating long-term relationships with new major donors who connect with the mission of the Center;
  • Identifying and securing additional Board Members with significant giving capacity;
  • Ensuring that the bricks and mortar campaign fundraising meets and exceeds its goal; and
  • Implementing policies, procedures and metrics to ensure transparency and build confidence with leadership.

Candidate Profile:

The Director of Development will be a bold thinker as well as a strategic, yet ‘hands-on’ executor, who will help Great Lakes Center for the Arts establish its development efforts. S/he will bring a genuine passion for the organization’s mission coupled with deep experience driving fundraising success.

The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

An Expert in Development

The Director of Development will be an experienced leader in the field of development with a measurable track record of success and will have demonstrated expertise with a wide range of fundraising channels with particular focus on major donors. With a creative and entrepreneurial mindset, the Director of Development will take leadership in identifying a fundraising pyramid, developing a process to achieve success and strategically executing on the plan. S/he will flourish in a mission driven yet business environment and be energized by the prospect of building a development department from the ground up and implementing processes and best practices. S/he will have a strong data and analysis orientation and a proven ability to use metrics to drive development decisions and achieve strategic objectives. Hand-in-hand with a process orientation, the Director of Development will also adopt an entrepreneurial approach to expanding and deepening new and existing donor support.

A Relationship Builder and Communicator

The Director of Development will develop and maintain a thorough understanding of Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ business strategy, footprint, and unique selling points. S/he will be a confident and articulate communicator with the ability to work fluidly across all levels. The Director of Development will have a business-driven approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support from stakeholders. S/he will be a charismatic, high-energy leader who can talk with anyone and successfully convey Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ objectives.

An Ambassador for Great Lakes Center for the Arts

The Director of Development will work tirelessly as an ambassador for Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ mission and vision. S/he will publicly represent the organization’s mission and values. S/he will have highly developed interpersonal skills and possess the ability to quickly establish genuine and productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. As an external voice of the organization, s/he will articulate and broaden the vision of Great Lakes Center for the Arts to its current supporting community and future stakeholders. The Director of Development must be a confident public speaker representing Great Lakes Center for the Arts in civic and philanthropic endeavors.

A Passion for the Mission

The Director of Development will have a passion for the arts. S/he will work to continually innovate, helping the Great Lakes Center for the Arts to extend its brand and reach. A desire to be part of the continued articulation and growth of Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ mission and goals is imperative. S/he will embrace Great Lakes Center for the Arts’ entrepreneurial culture, and will have the character and dexterity to build this development program. A charismatic and motivational individual, the Director of Development will thrive in a business-minded and growing environment. The Director of Development will be an empathic leader, treating others with respect. S/he will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in a related field is preferred.


Marissa Martin and Liz Lombard of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Marissa and Liz directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Great Lakes Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit

Job Information
  • Bay Harbor, Michigan, 49770, United States
  • 25924246
  • November 24, 2015
  • Director of Development
  • Great Lakes Center for the Arts
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate

Special Events Manager [Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC]


Special Events Manager

Occupational Summary:

Develop, organize and manage a wide variety of special events and rentals at the Nasher Museum of Art to provide cultivation and stewardship of major donors, support the exhibition and educational missions of the museum, attract unique audiences and increase revenues for the museum.

Work Performed:

Under the direction of the director of development, propose, manage and implement special event programs for the museum. Coordinate and oversee receptions for exhibition openings, lecture series, and other public relations events. Develop and implement event programs and plans for highest level donors, including, but not limited to, local and national board meetings, director’s previews, artist and lenders dinners, alumni receptions and annual benefit gala.

Manage and oversee all aspects of facility rental sales and operations including correspondence with client, vendor, and security liaison; pricing and billing; staffing for on-site support. Serve as the liaison between museum and the Nasher Café. Serve as bridge from the museum to other university departments, including dialogue with the university registrar on use of classroom spaces in museum. Work with museum director and development director on choice of external clients.

Lead strategic programming initiatives to drive exhibition ticket sales, member engagement, museum attendance and café revenues. Analyze current programs and design/refine in order to enhance attendance, fiscal responsibility and cultivation and stewardship of major donors. Assist in determining fiscal requirements and preparation of annual budget. Track expenses and revenue to meet annual budget targets.

Manage off-campus Nasher events in major art locations (Los Angeles, New York, Miami, New Orleans). Lead site selection and preparation, conduct site visits, negotiate contracts, coordinate support services and vendors, and exercise judgment to determine feasibility for use in future events.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supervise team of part-time special events specialists.
  • Serve as team leader for special programs with museum staff
  • Coordinate all event activities with colleagues, support staff, students, interns and volunteers.
  • Manage print and electronic event communications, attendee RSVP and registration.
  • Design, source and create event décor and select entertainment.
  • Negotiate contracts with museum’s approved caterers.
  • Coordinate master events calendar for all special events, rentals, and university classes held in the museum auditorium, and the classrooms.
  • Maintain inventory of special event equipment and furniture.
  • Oversee museum café operation.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Job Level:  12
Job Family: 34- External Affairs

Requisition Number: 401041975

Please send letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to: Nasher Special Events Manager Search Committee, Nasher Museum of Art, Box 90732, Durham, NC 27708.  Candidates must also apply via req#401041975 at


Required Qualifications at this Level

This position requires night and weekend hours.


Must be able to stand for long periods of time

Must be able to lift and/or move at least 25 pounds


Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program.

Work requires five years of experience in events management, sales and promotions, fund raising, or a related field.

Position requires a senior-level professional with direct experience, discretion, strategic thinking and polish.

Job Information
  • Durham, North Carolina, 27707, United States
  • 25924219
  • November 24, 2015
  • Nasher Special Events Manager
  • Nasher Museum of Art
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 5-7 Years
  • 0-10%

Teenie Harris Archivist [Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA]


If interested please apply on our website at

Responsible for the supervision, preservation, and access to the Teenie Harris Archive, which, at an estimated 80,000 objects, is one of the most-utilized and referenced collections held by the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA).

The position requires an advanced understanding of archival standards and best practices, particularly with regard to digitization and metadata standards. Knowledge of 20th century history, and history of photography, is strongly encouraged; strong attention to detail and time-management skills; proven ability to conduct and publish scholarly research; experience with collecting and transcribing oral histories; experience with methods and standards for preservation and handling of photographic materials; familiarity with data entry and collections data base management; and the ability to work well with a wide array of staff members are critical. S/he must have the initiative to work without direct supervision and be able to carry out responsibilities accurately and on deadline, and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of Pittsburgh’s African American history and community and familiarity with Teenie Harris’s life, work, artistic practice, subject matter, and techniques are preferred.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Masters of Library Sciences with archival specialty or M.A. in history, or equivalent combination of education and a minimum of 5 years work experience. Archival project management experience and working with community audiences strongly preferred.

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT: MS Windows-environment computer programs, specialized museum art collection database software, microfilm reader/printer, audio and video equipment.


The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required prior to beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:
• Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
• Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
• FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check
To apply/register online for the clearances, please visit

Carnegie Museums is an EEO-1 Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability

Job Information
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15213, United States
  • 25923893
  • November 24, 2015
  • Teenie Harris Archivist
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Archivist
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 5-7 Years
  • None