Chief Development Officer

Museum of Contemporary Art

Los Angeles, CA


The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), is the only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles. MOCA is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. Housing one of the most compelling collections of contemporary art in the world, comprising approximately 7,000 objects, MOCA has a diverse history of groundbreaking, historically significant exhibitions. With a constellation of sites—MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center—Michael Heizer’s seminal artwork Double Negative (1969-70) in the Nevada desert, and a collaboration with The Underground Museum, MOCA engages audiences through an ambitious program of exhibitions, educational programs, and publishing. For more information, please visit


THE OPPORTUNITY:  The Chief Development Officer (CDO), will join this globally recognized contemporary art institution at a pivotal moment in its evolution, with an ambitious strategic plan in place and several recent high-profile appointments. The CDO will plan and direct a strategic, comprehensive development program, consistent with MOCA’s mission. S/he will lead the development of new income streams, and grow philanthropic support to ensure a limitless future for MOCA.

The CDO reports to MOCA’s Director, Philippe Vergne, and will work regularly with MOCA’s Board of Trustees and Development Committee. Reporting to the CDO is a team of 9.

FUNDING:  MOCA’s FY18 annual operating budget is approximately $19.5 million, of which about 57% is contributed income, including significant board support.


  • Significant successful experience in advancement for a major not-for-profit organization, preferably in the arts.
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising principles and strategies that span capital and endowment campaigns, and the entire range of advancement activities including membership, major gifts, annual giving, special events, planned gifts, and ideally, gifts of art.
  • An accomplished front-line major gift solicitor.
  • Successful track record of managing a development team and inspiring strong performance.
  • Strategic and long-range planning experience.
  • An articulate communicator with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively.
  • The urbanity to professionally, collegially, and effectively represent MOCA to potential donors.
  • Ability to serve as a trusted partner to the Director, Chief Curator, and other institutional leaders.
  • Experience working effectively with trustees, cabinet members, staff, support organizations, patrons, and the public.
  • Strong analytical skills and an understanding of budgets and finance are required.
  • Knowledge of/passion for contemporary art is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the Los Angeles, national, and global philanthropic communities.
  • Ability to travel and to attend evening/weekend events and activities, as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; graduate degree is preferred.


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