Development Director

Development Director

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Cascadia Art Museum

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
Job Category: 
Development | Fundraising
Organizational Overview: 

Founded in 2015, Cascadia Art Museum is an educational nonprofit organization that celebrates the rich tradition of Northwest visual arts and design from 1860-1970. The museum provides enriching experiences for the community and visitors alike through original exhibitions, public programs, publications and educational outreach. Cascadia Art Museum seeks to reassess the hierarchy of traditional art history by regularly including the work of women, people of color, and LGBTQ artists who made substantial contributions to the region’s cultural identity.

Cascadia Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Role Responsibilities: 

Position Summary

The Development Director leads the strategy and implementation of Cascadia Art Museum’s supporter acquisition, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship programs. This position will develop major giving and annual giving plans, manage institutional funding through grant proposal writing and corporate giving plans, and implement a planned giving program. This position will lead Cascadia Art Museum’s annual Summer Stars Gala & Auction and will work closely with the Gala chair and volunteer committee. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Development and Marketing Manager, Curator, operations team, volunteers, and board members.


  • Develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive strategic fundraising program including major giving, annual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, and special events as well as donor cultivation and recognition programs.
  • Manage personal relationships and conduct one-on-one visits with donors, prospects, and volunteers involved in mid-level and major giving relationships to solicit, secure, and steward gifts.
  • Manage all potential grant seeking, reporting, and funder stewardship activities.
  • Articulate the mission and impact of the museum effectively to deepen relationships with donors, prospects, high-level supporters, as well as external stakeholders.
  • Maintain a thorough and accurate understanding of the museum’s programs and funding priorities to effectively connect supporters to funding needs. Collaborate with team members to ensure that grant proposals and other case statements reflect current programs and upcoming opportunities.
  • Work closely with finance team to ensure procedures involving gift processing and reporting are seamless and accurate.
  • Oversee the management of the donor database to ensure that donor acknowledgements are issued in a timely manner, pledge commitments are recorded, and pertinent supporter communications and museum-related activities are tracked.
  • Plan and execute donor acquisition and upgrade campaigns. Coordinate appeals and work with list brokers and mail house to develop unique direct mail and email pieces. Set response goals, write compelling content, plan follow up, and track progress toward goals.
  • Coordinate all donor prospect relationships to ensure positive and purposeful donor relations and ongoing engagement.
  • Work with board members, volunteers, and staff to plan and execute community engagement, outreach, cultivation, and stewardship activities and events throughout the year, including the annual Summer Stars Gala & Auction
  • Serve as the primary coordinator for board development committee and as liaison for board fundraising efforts
  • Other duties as assigned
Candidate Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have a strong record of successful fund development and donor relations experience, as well as independent follow-through on multiple projects. We are looking for a team member who is highly organized, independently motivated, committed to excellence in attention to detail, and who has passion for museums, art, and working with a group of donors and volunteers who are deeply dedicated to our community.

  • Five plus years of progressively responsible professional experience in nonprofit fund development and donor relations
  • Successful track record of leading special events fundraising and high-level volunteer engagement
  • Ability to engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, prioritize, and drive to completion multiple projects with great attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player who productively engages with others at all levels of the organization
  • Experience working with cloud-based constituent relationship management software
  • Dependability, diplomacy, good organization, and deadline management skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Great relationship management skills

How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Deadline: 
Application Instructions: 
Please send résumé and a one-page cover letter detailing your interest in this position with Cascadia Art Museum to Leigh Ann Gilmer, Executive Director, at hiring[at] Applicants granted an in-person interview will be asked to provide professional references. Position is open until filled. Priority consideration given to applications received by November 30, 2020. Please no follow-up calls.