Position Description: Director of Development                               
Job Status: Full Time, Exempt Reports to:
Executive Director and CEO Work Schedule: M-F, some evenings and weekends

Job Summary:
The Figge Art Museum seeks a dynamic individual to lead and oversee its multi-faceted fundraising and development activities to achieve the Museum’s short- and long-term fundraising goals, including annual giving, major gifts, grants, sponsorships, planned giving, membership, special events, and new initiatives.

As a member of the Senior Management team, the Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and helps chart the museum’s strategic course and create a culture of philanthropy that will support the organization’s growth and impact throughout the region. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board, the Director of Development is responsible for designing and implementing an effective fundraising strategy and serving as the frontline fundraiser for the organization.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising and will possess a broad understanding of fundraising principles; a demonstrated aptitude for donor cultivation, research, tracking, and stewardship. This position requires excellent written and interpersonal skills and an understanding of and passion for the importance of arts and culture to the community. He or she will lead a four-person development department and will coordinate and inspire the efforts of a volunteer Board Development Committee and its subcommittees. The position often requires after hours, weekend work, and minimal travel, as needed to support to Museum cultivation efforts and fundraising events.

About Us:

The Figge Art Museum brings art and people together and enriches our community with the experience of art through education, collections, exhibitions, and preservation. Located on the Mississippi River in Downtown Davenport, the Figge is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. Its 110,000 square foot landmark glass building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections and combines collection and exhibition galleries, education studios, an auditorium, a café, and a bustling lobby. The Figge presents over 20 rotating exhibitions of historical and contemporary art each year as well as art classes, educational programs, special events, and outreach sessions that inspire and attract regional, national, and international audiences of all ages. The Figge has a professional staff of 30, with an annual budget of $2.8 million.

The Figge offers a competitive package of salary, benefits, and paid holidays and vacation, and the opportunity to work with a dynamic team at one of the leading cultural institutions in the Quad Cities.

The Figge is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply. We aim to attract and retain talented people from all backgrounds. We are committed to a diverse, inclusive, equitable, accessible, and safe environment and value varied ideas, perspectives, insights, skills, and experiences within our workplace.

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and a fundraising writing sample to [email protected]. Please indicate “Director of Development” in the subject line. We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All applications will be kept confidential.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

 Fundraising and Development

  • In consultation with the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, establishing, and monitoring annual goals for income from all fundraising activities and events, including setting SMART goals for fundraising growth, prospecting, cultivation, stewardship, and other development matters.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of a comprehensive and strategic fundraising, membership, and donor relations plan to meet short- and long-term development goals, including major gifts, annual giving, endowment contributions, events, grants, planned giving, museum membership, prospecting, stewardship, and, as needed, endowment and capital campaigns.
  • Serve as the frontline fundraiser for Figge. Identify, cultivate, and successfully solicit gifts from a diverse group of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Ensure high-quality and appropriate stewardship of donors at all gift levels.
  • Manage donor portfolios, including those assigned to Director of Development and Executive Director, to optimize the efficiency of soliciting gifts.
  • Provide staff leadership to the Development Committee of the Board, its subcommittees, and the Friends of the Figge volunteers and build a strong network of committed and continuous volunteer support.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, deepen relationships with the Board of Trustees, update Board members on progress towards meeting fundraising goals, advised them on development best practices, and engage them in various fundraising initiatives. Attend Board and committee meetings as necessary.
  • Oversee all activities required to prepare, submit, and manage local, regional, and national grant proposals and reports by working closely with the incoming grant writer and provide support with writing and reporting.
  • Manage the planning and execution of fundraising events, patron trips, and annual gala as lead organizer, working collaboratively with the Executive Director, the Development Committee and volunteer event subcommittees, and staff.
  • Direct the Museum’s membership program to reach target audience and revenue goals.

 Leadership and Staff and Department Management

  • Provide leadership, training, supervision, and support to development staff. Align development department activities by creating an ambitious, comprehensive, written annual development plan and calendar with clearly defined goals, objectives, timelines, priorities, and assignment of responsibilities. 
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the organization, actively seeking opportunities to engage with the broader community and to participate in events that position the Museum for improved fundraising or visibility.
  • 0ther duties as assigned by the Executive Director to meet the Museum’s fundraising and development goals.
  • Establish policies, systems, and procedures, with a particular emphasis on professionalism and ethical standards for soliciting, acknowledging, tracking, and reporting gifts.
  • Oversee the development department’s marketing and communications strategy, collaborating with the marketing team to consistently raise the Museum’s public profile and to develop compelling fundraising materials.
  • Oversee management of the donor database, facilitating accurate donor records, regular reporting and analysis, and timely correspondence with donors.
  • Create, manage, and monitor an annual development program budget.
  • Work closely with other departments to coordinate stewardship and ensure integration of development strategies and funding opportunities.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative member of the Museum’s leadership team and help lead initiatives to expand and advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. 

 Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive development experience within a museum or similarly complex not-for-profit organization, with a focus on annual giving, institutional support, and membership programs
  • Strong fundraising experience with a successful solicitation record
  • Direct management/supervisory experience
  • The ability to forge strong, working relationships with staff and all types of donors, Trustees, volunteers, and other key stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a superior attention to detail
  • Excellent knowledge of and strong connections to the regional and state philanthropic community a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience. Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification a plus.
  • Strong sense of humor and grace, especially during fast-paced moments a plus.
  • Favorable background check and proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.

Fun Facts. fpo


A gift of 334 paintings from Charles August Ficke to the City of Davenport formed the nucleus of the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery’s permanent collection when it was established in 1925.

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