The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana seeks an experienced, dynamic professional to serve as Director of Development to lead the development team at an exciting time in the Museum’s history and to envision the second decade of growth for the institution.

The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, collections, exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and research.

The Ogden Museum is home to the Center for Southern Craft and Design as well as host of Ogden After Hours, a weekly showcase of live music from across the South. Opened in 2003, the 67,000 square foot Ogden Museum complex consists of Stephen Goldring Hall and the Patrick F. Taylor Library, designed by the iconic American architect and Louisiana native, Henry Hobson Richardson.

Nestled between the two buildings is the Clementine Hunter Education Wing, under construction, dedicated to the art and life of this noted Louisiana Self-Taught artist, which will be the permanent home to the Museum’s educational initiatives.

The Director of Development is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits.

Job Summary

The Director of Development is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating the development and fundraising strategy for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The position reports to the Director and the Deputy Director of the Museum and is a member of the Museum Senior Staff.

The post holder is responsible for achieving the Ogden Museum’s fundraising goals and engaging supporters in ongoing fundraising activities as well as developing new initiatives. The Director of Development will establish and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with varied internal and external constituencies to ensure meeting revenue goals. The individual will work with the Director and Deputy Director to further define and advance the case for support; set new levels of expectations for fundraising and stewardship; evaluate

and augment existing annual and major giving efforts; and articulate clear and achievable goals for development and donor relations, as well as lead and inspire the staff to meet and exceed departmental development expectations.

Essential Job Functions


• Lead and manage the Museum’s overall development efforts in support of the Museum’s annual budget and fund development goals.

• Develop a comprehensive institutional strategic development plan and effective fund development programs.

• Allocate resources effectively and supervise development department; train and lead other staff to support departmental efforts.

• Provide staff leadership to the Development Committee of the Board; attend Board meetings to deliver quarterly reports.

• Liaison with Finance Administration to ensure accuracy of gift/donation records and deposits; adhere to protocols established by audit standards; Provide input on annual budget planning.

• Work with Director of PR, Marketing and Communications to create marketing materials as needed.

• Oversee distribution lists and database incorporation and mailings.

• Responsible for tracking and filing multi-year campaign pledge and payment documentation.


• Provide strategic vision, planning and management of all fundraising including but not limited to: Annual Appeal; Endowment Campaign and Capital Campaign; Planned Giving; Matching and in-kind gifts; Corporate and Individual Sponsorships; Grant requests and awards; Donor research.

• Coordinate and author grant proposals to corporate, foundation, and government funders; provide evaluation and final reporting.

• Conceptualize, implement, and evaluate effective solicitation strategies and participate in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations.

• Manage the Museum’s high-level donor circles including the Richardson Society, and coordinate related special event programming.

• Generate support for capital projects for the museum campus and operating support for museum exhibitions, programs, and endowments.

• Work in partnership with the Board of Trustees Development Committee to promote and contribute to the annual budget.


• Oversee successful planning, implementation and management of the Museum’s membership program.

• Supervise creation of marketing materials as needed.

• Manage aspects of fundraising programs such as patron cultivation and management of benefits.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Development staff consisting of Director of PR, Marketing and Communications, Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator, Major Gifts Officer, Graduate Assistants and Interns, Volunteers and others as appointed.

To Apply:

Please submit application, including resume and letter of interest, in confidence to Libra LaGrone, Deputy Director of Administration and Finance, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Applications may also be submitted by email to with “Development Director” in the subject line, or through the Ogden Museum website

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience:

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and a minimum of 7 years or more of professional fundraising experience within a museum or similarly complex not-for-profit institution, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, with an established record of donor database management and development operations experience.

Candidates should have a successful track record of securing sponsorships and gifts, and experience managing multiple campaigns and initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements

• The ideal candidate must possess a drive to meet set fundraising goals and have a strong commitment to quality work and high productivity with close attention to detail.

• Significant experience in managing donor databases effectively; possesses keen analytical skills; has experience with prospect research and reporting methods; is organized and able to multi-task.

• Proficient in Microsoft office and development software. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Altru is highly desirable.

• Ability to handle confidential records and sensitive donor information with discretion.

• Excellent research, writing, editing and verbal communication skills.

• Able to work independently and as part of a team .

• Proven organizational skills with ability to manage and complete multiple short-term and long-term tasks and responsibilities.

• Flexible to work occasional weekday evenings and weekends for meetings and special events.

Work Context:

Requires working indoors in office environment. The position requires a considerable amount of time communicating by phone, email and in person. The job requires some time working outside the Museum. The position will be responsible for keeping within budget and managing the results of other workers.

The work requires a considerable degree of accuracy and exactness in performance. The job requires considerable time sitting or standing, often for 2-3 hours at a time. Walking, talking, hearing, visual activity and occasional lifting (up to 20 lbs.) are essential physical requirements. Some travel will be required.


Contact Person: Deputy Director of Administration Phone: 504-539-9612
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