Director of Advancement and Marketing

American Museum of Ceramic Art

Pomona, CA

Position Description

Reports to the Executive Director

32 - 40 hour work week to be negotiated


About the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)

AMOCA’s mission is to champion the art, history, creation, and technology of ceramics through exhibitions, collections, outreach, and studio programming.

Founded in 2001 and opened in September 2004, AMOCA is the largest museum in the United States devoted exclusively to ceramic art and historic innovations in ceramic technology. A nonprofit organization, AMOCA’s volunteer board of directors is responsible for policy, direction, and appointing the executive director. Its permanent collection includes more than 7,000 works. The Museum has 50,000 square feet of space for exhibitions, storage, a museum store, offices, educational areas, and a ceramics studio. It is located in an area rich in ceramic history and home to internationally recognized clay artists from the Arts and Crafts Movement, the 1960s Clay Revolution, and the current ceramic community.

AMOCA is located in an urban downtown district where art is an important element of a continuing and successful community revitalization program. The City of Pomona has a rich ethnic mix and a large academic constituency with The Claremont Colleges, the University of La Verne, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, all within a five-mile radius. The Museum is located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.


Essential Tasks

The Director of Advancement and Marketing Director serves as an active member of AMOCA’s senior management team. The Director will work closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising and marketing/publicity program to support the museum’s program, activities, and services.

This position creates, implements and optimizes a comprehensive, innovative, cost effective fundraising and marketing plan designed to build AMOCA into a must-see visit destination for arts enthusiasts, ceramics collectors and prospective donors, while creating credibility with foundations, corporations and art critics and art publications.


Development Responsibilities (60%)

  • Develop and implement a calendar of strategic fund raising activities (major donors, endowment and annual giving) and complementary marketing initiatives in conjunction with the executive director, founder, and Advancement Committee of the board.   
  • Work with the Advancement Committee to track fundraising data, increase the number of events, enhance membership in support groups (loyalty programs), and prepare quarterly reports for the committee on progress.
  • Assist the E.D. in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift donors and prospective donors.
  • Research, write, and edit a range of materials, including foundation/government grants and stewardship reports.
  • Maintain accurate and complete donor records, including contact reports.
  • Manage membership and annual giving campaigns; and assist in the preparation of annual reports and honor rolls.
  • Manage the cultivation and stewardship programs of the Museum.


Marketing and Communications (40%)

  • Build AMOCA into a high quality and exciting destination for high-value donors and collectors in Southern California and beyond, while building museum membership among ceramics enthusiasts.  
  • Ensure all external messaging is consistent and appropriate to the goal of making AMOCA a seminal destination.  
  • Develop and/or oversee creation of appropriate collateral materials on a timely basis.
  • Use appropriate market research, advertising, social media and other relevant approaches to drive a growing target market to the museum and its off-campus initiatives.  

Desired Characteristics

  • Personal commitment to AMOCA’s mission, vision and values.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong writing, editing, and presentation skills.
  • Intellectual curiosity, maturity and sound judgment.
  • Adept at working across multiple areas: digital marketing, print, content creation and donor relations/ strategic donor initiatives.   
  • Ability to communicate in an articulate manner with diverse audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills.
  • A “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on with limited resources to execute a variety of advancement programs and activities.
  • Finely honed organizational skills.
  • Ability to remain focused under pressure, meet deadlines, and nimbly manage tasks.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and donor management software.
  • She/he should be able to balance generating funds in the short term while building longer term strategic strength.  
  • Proven ability to work independently and with a team, manage multiple concurrent projects, and meet deadlines.
  • Sense of humor.



  • BA or BS degree required; an arts understanding/knowledge desirable.
  • A minimum of five years of administrative and advancement experience at a nonprofit or academic institution. Arts experience preferred
  • A minimum of two years experience in marketing, ideally at a consumer products or financial services company.  A love of ceramics is…
  • Advanced technology skills


Working Conditions

The Advancement and Communications Manager will work in general office and museum conditions. Some evening and weekend hours will be required in conjunction with events and meetings. The position involves a significant amount of contact with museum staff, volunteers, donors and the public that may be of a sensitive or confidential nature. Discretion and sound judgment are essential. The Advancement and Communications Manager must be able to relate well to individuals from a variety of backgrounds and positively represent the museum in these relationships.



Salary is commensurate with experience. AMOCA is an equal opportunity employer.



Please send a letter of interest and resume to: [email protected]. Position will be open until filled. AMOCA is an equal opportunity employer.

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