Executive Director of Development – Institute and Museum of California Art, UC Irvine

Position Summary:

With the acquisition of two important collections of California Art, The Irvine Museum Collection and The Buck Collection, the University of California, Irvine founded the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) in 2017, with plans to construct a new museum facility on campus within the next few years. The museum serves as an epicenter for California Art and artists and engages diverse publics through innovative exhibitions and programs. Its research institute supports collection research and advances interdisciplinary scholarship and learning opportunities for UCI students, faculty and visiting scholars and others. Through a robust offering of exhibitions and publications, research initiatives, seminars and conferences, lectures and artist talks, gallery tours, and educational outreach, IMCA strives to expand the understanding of California’s artistic past and present, its distinctive social and cultural framework, and its contribution to both shaping and challenging the art historical canon. A key component of the Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative, IMCA is a start-up with limited, though growing, personnel and financial resources situated within a large, established and celebrated research institution that is part of the University of California public system.

The Executive Director of Development (EDOD) for UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) is a senior professional who will work collaboratively with the Museum Director, the Deputy Director, and University Advancement (UA) to lead the development program of IMCA and secure significant philanthropic investments to support it. Will maintain a portfolio of donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors. The primary activity of the EDOD is externally focused to cultivate and secure private philanthropic support; the EDOD’s effectiveness will be evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and meet metrics. The EDOD reports directly to the Deputy Director, with a dotted line to University Advancement. The EDOD will serve as a member of the IMCA’s leadership team and also be a highly collaborative colleague with other development officers across the campus.

Compensation Range:

Commensurate with experience

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Seven to ten years’ successful professional development and/or fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education, OR, any equivalent combinations of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.

Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality. Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects. Working knowledge of and facility with Microsoft Office and Salesforce or a comparable donor/prospect database system Extensive experience in working independently with both museum and institutional goals in mind. Extensive demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments. Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects and/or deadlines. Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations. Expert written and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Expert skills in making persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives for a location in order to secure gifts. Expert organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Expert project / program management skills, including skills in setting and meeting program / project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints. Expert working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Extensive experience in the completion of complex and detailed proposals and related materials. Expert knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.


CFRE welcomed, but not required.

Expert knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and / or throughout higher education, nonprofit arts and museums generally. Expert knowledge of the location, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

Special Conditions Preferred:

May work long hours and after hours periodically to meet fundraising commitments Local, regional, and national travel is required.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

To Apply: 

To apply, visit jobs.uci.edu and search for position number 20284. For questions, contact Jennifer Wyly at jwyly@uci.edu  

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