Advancement Officer, Institutional Giving


Los Angeles, CA


To advance ICA LA’s mission and programs by securing grant funding from government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Bring strategic thinking and a network of contacts to pursue new and existing institutional funders to support general operating costs, exhibitions, learning and engagement programs, and special initiatives. Reports to the Director of Development, and with frequent collaboration with the Executive Director, the Advancement Officer is part of a five-person department and works proactively with colleagues in Curatorial, Learning and Engagement, and Finance to ensure that institutional fundraising goals are met and all grants are successfully managed.

Primary Responsibilities
• Prepare, submit, and manage all grant proposals while managing and stewarding a portfolio of government agencies, private foundations, embassies, and corporations
• Develop an annual grants strategy in conjunction with the Executive Director and Director of Development
• Oversee stewardship of institutional partnerships
• Write compelling narratives and compile relevant data, budgets, and supporting
materials according to funding requirements
• Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate, and solicit new funding sources
for general operations, exhibitions, programs, and other initiatives
• In conjunction with Executive Director, Director of Development, and senior
programmers, build and maintain relationships with institutional funders
• Collaborate with other departments to prepare and submit all materials
necessary to seek and report on program-specific funding
• Maintain grant deadline calendar and master list of institutional funding credit lines
• Communicate with funders to inquire about new projects and follow up on the
status of submitted proposals
Produce and submit mid-term and final reports in a timely manner
• Ensure and track delivery of stated activities and appropriate recognition
• Participate in museum events, including openings, artist talks, member
programs, and special events
• Assist with other fundraising projects, such as individual giving campaigns and
major benefit events, as requested
• Assist with writing and editing of museum materials for activities outside of
fundraising, as needed, including communications, programming, and website copy

• Bachelor’s degree (preferred concentrations: English, Art History, or Communications) and three years of relevant experience
• Knowledge of institutional giving field and major foundations and government agencies with a strong professional network
• Excellent writing and research skills
• Exceptional communication skills
• Self-motivated and highly organized, attentive to details, and diligent in meeting
• Ability to prioritize and multi-task under pressure
• Creative thinker with an interest in exploring new opportunities and untapped
sources of support
• Collaborative and able to work successfully in a fast-paced, dynamic
environment with a small and committed staff
• Demonstrates good judgment and high level of discretion when necessary
• Positive attitude; enthusiastic problem-solver
• Comfortable with technology, and proficient with software such as Google Suite,
cloud storage, donor database (Bloomerang), Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat
• Strong interest in contemporary art and supporting ICA LA’s mission

Send resume, cover letter, references, writing sample to o[email protected] by 6/30/2022. 

About ICA LA
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas. Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) and reestablished in 2017 with a new identity and home in Downtown Los Angeles, ICA LA is a non-collecting museum and builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. The museum’s 12,700 square-foot renovated industrial• Proficiency with core digital functionality requirements, such as Content Management Systems (CMS) and Point of Sale (POS) systems, E-commerce, reporting/analytics


$70K ~ Benefits: Healthcare (including vision and dental), vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays, following a probation period.

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