Development Director

Vincent Price Art Museum

Monterey Park, CA



The Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation (VPAMF) invites applications to fill the position of Development Director for the Foundation. The ideal candidate has at least five years of experience in development at non-profit, arts-focused organizations, with a wide range of skills including grant writing and reporting, donor relations with foundations, corporations and individual supporters, as well as organizing and overseeing fundraising events. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Art History, Art Administration/Management, Art Business, Business Administration, Communications, or a related field is required, and candidates must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, be an effective collaborator, possess knowledge of the non-profit arts field, and have experience managing volunteers.  


The charitable purposes of this corporation are to provide a cultural center that benefits the college and its community by collecting art and offer significant exhibitions. 


VPAM is a unique educational resource for the diverse audiences of its community through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of works in all media of the visual arts. VPAM provides an environment to encounter a range of aesthetic expressions that illuminate the depth and diversity of artwork produced by people of the world, both contemporary and past. By presenting thoughtful, innovative and culturally diverse exhibitions and by organizing cross-disciplinary programs on issues of historical, social, and cultural relevance, VPAM seeks to promote knowledge, inspire creative thinking, and deepen an understanding of and appreciation for the visual arts.


Reporting to the VPAM Foundation, with oversight from the VPAM Director, the Development Director is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s donor relations program and managing its fundraising initiatives. Working collaboratively with VPAMF and the VPAM Director, the Development Director develops and implements the Foundation’s annual fundraising program, communicates with current and prospective donors, and helps build a stronger public and fiscal profile for VPAMF. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns.


  • Develops and oversees annual fundraising programs, including annual appeal, fundraising events, and grant schedule
  • Serves as a point of contact for existing donors and prospective donors, and maintains ongoing communication with donor pool.
  • Works with VPAMF and the VPAM Director to identify, develop and cultivate new donor relationships, as well as maintaining existing relationships.
  • Works with VPAMF to organize bi-monthly meetings, draft meeting agendas and maintain records of meeting including minutes, and any other relevant documents
  • Oversees fulfillment for donor packages.
  • Researches donor relation programs at local, state, and federal art institutions.
  • Works with VPAMF and the VPAM Director to provide financial projections for fundraising events, as well as developing and monitoring budgets for related fundraising activities by the Foundation.
  • Oversees grant writing, grant reports, and development efforts to underwrite museum programs and initiatives.
  • Assembles and implements assessment tools to analyze donor engagement, with the goal of increasing the Foundation’s fundraising activities.
  • As needed, recruit, train, and supervise volunteers for fundraising events.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation to existing and potential donors.
  • Develops print marketing collateral materials related to fundraising in collaboration with the museum’s graphic designer.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Art Administration/Management, Art Business, Business Administration, Communications or equivalent degree/work experience required (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Knowledgeable of current practices in art museum donor programs.
  • A valid Class “C” California driver’s license.
  • Five years working in museum, art or education related nonprofit environment
  • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience


  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in the use of Google Drive
  • Superb verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate concepts and ideas eloquently in writing
  • Familiarity with donor database programs
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently and with a group Familiarity with best practices in development in art museums


  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • This is an exempt position and requires the ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings, as needed. 


Please send resume and cover letter by Monday, August 28, 2017 to:

[email protected]

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