Come join a dynamic and creative team at the Weisman Art Museum! Here’s a great opportunity to work in a beautiful space with ever-changing engaging exhibitions and programs. We’re looking for someone with a passion for the arts.
The Development Associate is a critical member of the WAM Development team and reports to the Chief Development Officer at WAM. The person in this position will be a self-starter who is able to prioritize workload, and work collaboratively with WAM team members.
The Development Associate:
- Develops and/or implements processes to support donor relations, annual giving, and stewardship;
- Provides support in stewardship and recognition efforts for donors.
- Helps support and engage with Board members;
- Participates in the management and execution of activities to advance donor fundraising potential;
- Develops and manages WAM grant proposals and reporting, including statistical reporting done by program staff and gathered by the development associate;
- Develops communications plans to engage prospective donors and friends;
- Responsibilities may include participation in campaign planning and execution, assisting with volunteer management, campaign reporting, and donor stewardship.
40% Annual Giving Project Management
- Broaden and increase the level of contributed revenue through implementation of annual giving campaigns;
- Manage the museum’s annual development calendar of events, mailings, reports, and special campaigns;
- Manage tri-annual appeal mailings (copy, asset design, and query selection) in collaboration with the Foundation’s Annual Giving Dept and University Printing Services;
- Serve on Development-Marketing team with colleagues;
- Develop and implement communications strategies for prospective members and first-time donors;
- Serve on museum task forces and committees as assigned.
35% Grants Management:
- Maintain the annual grants calendar of proposals and report requirements for governmental agencies, corporations, and private foundations;
- Manage the gathering of statistics from program staff for the purpose of grant reports;
- Work with program staff to develop, submit and manage grant proposals, including the submission process with Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) personnel;
- Insure that reporting for grants is done in a timely fashion;
- Stay informed of current and future program funding needs determined by artistic leadership;
- Become trained in proposal and reporting requirements set by the University’s Sponsored Projects Administration, working closely with the museum accountant.
25% Data Management and Gift Administration:
- Manage the regular gift processing, pledge reminders, and proper acknowledgements (in collaboration with the U of M Foundation’s Central Stewardship Services) and oversee maintenance of donor records in the DMS database; prepare reports as directed;
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality with secure database and sensitive research data;
- Serve as the primary list and report generator for senior staff analysis;
- Assist in management of museum recognition and fundraising events, including exhibition openings and small donor gatherings;
- Manage the “Acknowledgements 2.0” process in partnership with the Foundation (automated thank-you emails, mailings, and personal notes and calls);
- Primary liaison for donor event RSVPS and sending e-invitations.
This position requires occasional attendance at local evening and weekend events.
TERMS: This is a 100% time, annually renewable academic professional appointment.
How To Apply
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE. To be considered for this position, apply through the U of MN Human Resources website. You will have to complete an online application for the position and MUST attach the following:
- cover letter
- list of three professional references with their contact information
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail
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- BA degree;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including customer service, conflict resolution, and facilitation;
· Strong analytical and problem solving abilities;
· Strong organizational skills;
· Ability to collaborate with and coordinate with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
· Ability to manage multiple priorities;
· Demonstrated experience working with databases, websites, and related technologies.
· 1-3 years of development, alumni relations, project or event management or transferrable experience.
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