Figge Art Museum
Position Description: Director of Development                               updated: January 2019

Full-Time; Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director


The Director of Development is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating the museum’s fundraising and development initiatives. The Director establishes fundraising priorities and objectives; creates fundraising strategies to meet specific program goals; identifies and profiles current and prospective corporate, individual, and foundation prospects; develops and cultivates positive relations with donors and prospects, and solicits and stewards major donors.



  • Create and implement a comprehensive strategic development plan.
  • Allocate resources effectively and supervise development staff.
  • Ensure timely preparation and follow up for solicitation and grant writing.
  • Oversee the development department’s marketing strategy
  • Oversee management of the donor database; set policies and procedures for retention of data and reporting. Maintain security and quality controls.
  • Provide staff leadership to the Development Committee of the board, its subcommittees and the Friends of the Figge
  • Assist in training board members in development best practices and engage them in various fundraising initiatives.
  • Attend Board meetings and report briefly.


  • Plan and execute strategic fundraising for the museum’s operations and project needs. Including but not limited to:
  • Annual Fund
  • Endowment Campaigns
  • Planned Giving
  • Matching and in kind gifts
  • Corporate and Individual Sponsorships
  • Grant requests and awards
  • Annual Gala and other fundraising events
  • Actively seek and solicit immediate and long term revenue for the Museum.
  • Conduct regular viable prospect research.
  • Cultivate relationships with potential sponsors and major donors.
  • Engage and recruit potential board members.


  • Supervise the successful planning development and implementation of the Museum’s membership program. 
  • Plan, direct and attend member events and donor receptions.
  • Ensure recognition of distinguished contributors.


A bachelor’s degree required, with graduate training preferred, in professionally appropriate field, and five years professional experience within a museum or similarly complex not-for-profit organization. Successful track record in securing sponsorships and gifts in the $10,000-$50,000 range. Experience managing a matching gift, team based annual fundraising campaign of at least $300,000. CFRE certification a plus.

The position requires an in-depth knowledge of fundraising strategies, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and superior interpersonal and leadership skills to collaborate effectively with Museum constituencies and staff.

Work Context:

Requires working indoors in office environment.  The position requires a considerable amount of time communicating by phone, email and in person.  The job requires some time working outside the museum.  The person will be responsible for keeping within budget and managing the results of other workers.  The work requires considerable degree of accuracy and exactness in performing the job.  The job requires considerable time sitting or standing, often for 2 -3 hours at a time.  The job requires some climbing stairs and reaching.  Some travel will be required. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume or summary of relevant experience to All applications will be confidential.

Fun Facts. fpo


The Figge Art Museum opened on August 6, 2005, and is the renamed successor to the Davenport Museum of Art, which was opened on October 10, 1928, as the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery.


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