Vice President of Development

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles, CA


LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, hosting a collection of over 135,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of art history from new and unexpected points of view. LACMA shares its vast through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over 1 million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions more through community partnerships, school outreach programs, and creative digital initiatives.

LACMA will soon break ground on its new building, due to open in 2023, to create an accessible museum experience and a completely new way to understand the arts and culture of the past, the present, and the future. Together with the Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, and the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the LACMA campus will be a world-class destination and an asset to the community. Please click here for more information.

THE OPPORTUNITY: The Vice President of Development will join a passionate, dedicated, and talented team at a truly pivotal moment for LACMA. The VP will set and execute strategies to achieve ambitious annual contributed income revenue goals and manage a portfolio of major and principal gifts. The VP reports to the Senior Vice President of Development, has a dotted-line to the CEO/Director of LACMA, and leads a team of 40.

FUNDING: LACMA has a current annual operating budget of $75M: LA County ($27M); philanthropy ($17M); membership ($5M); admissions ($6M); earned income ($7M); and endowment & investment revenue ($8M).


 Significant development leadership experience in an art museum or other major cultural arts, educational, or other
not-for-profit setting.
 A generalist; experience with a broad range of annual fundraising tactics and strategies.
 Ideally, a key role in endowment/capital campaigns.
 Both strategic and tactical.
 Demonstrated success building strong internal and external relationships.
 Proven success as a front-line major gift solicitor.
 Familiarity with the regional and national philanthropic communities.
 Willingness to experiment with new approaches to resource development.
 Strong qualitative and analytical skills.
 Tech savvy.
 An experienced leader, mentor, and motivator.
 Well-developed communication and presentation skills; able to serve as a key ambassador and team player.
 Ability to travel and to attend evening and weekend events and activities, as needed.
 Genuine passion for the arts and for LACMA’s mission and aspirations.
 Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

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