Director of Major Gifts

Portland Museum of Art
Posted: August 10, 2017
Location: Maine, United States
Position: Fundraising
Field: Arts, Museum
Salary: Competitive
Application Deadline: Not Provided
Category: Major gifts, Other fundraising, Planned giving, Prospect research
Employment Level: Full-time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Portland Museum of Art in the search for a Director of Major Gifts.

Under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy, the Director of Major Gifts is responsible for the Portland Museum of Art's (PMA's) major gifts program, including development and implementation of strategies to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of donors both in and outside of Maine. The Director of Major Gifts works collaboratively with museum staff and volunteers to ensure the PMA's success in building strong and long­lasting constituent relationships.

Recent major developments at the PMA have included the acquisition and preservation of the land surrounding the Winslow Homer Studio, major grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, and a $5 million matching gift from Leonard and Judy Lauder to name the museum’s Director position and launch a Focused Endowment Initiative. Along with the support of a devoted and enthusiastic Board of Trustees, the new Director of Major Gifts will have the opportunity to build upon this support and shape the future of the PMA for generations to come.

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine, highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, free school tours, and a commitment to family activities to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio, the PMA strives to engage audiences in a dialogue about the relevance of art and culture to their everyday lives.

The Portland Museum of Art is an institution steeped in history and alert to the opportunities of the future. Its collection of more than 18,000 artworks guides its exhibitions and educational programs, and gives shape to its identity. As a vibrant art institution in the heart of a singular American city, the museum also maintains a steadfast commitment to its community and to its region. The PMA believes that art can help us understand the vital relationship between the local and the global, and can serve as an anchor as individuals seek to interpret the most pressing issues of their time. Across every department, the work of the PMA is informed by its respect for artwork and art makers; by its high level of attention to the complexity of art and history; and by its engagement with its audiences and community, in the past, present, and future.

A Bachelor's degree in a related field is required for this position as is at least five years of increasingly responsible and successful fundraising experience, including major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, and endowment.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.