Career Opportunities

Seeking talented professional to be Director of Development

The Museum:  Built in 1820, Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art is a National Historic Landmark and home to an extensive art collection that includes European and American master paintings, Chinese porcelains, and European decorative arts. The collection includes works by well-known artists, including Rembrandt, Turner, Whistler, Hals, Ingres, and Corot. The house is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country.

The Taft encompasses 45,523 sq. ft. with capacity of 875 people providing opportunities for high quality, intimate experiences. Staff numbers 19 FT, 17 PT, and over 125 volunteers.  Governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 34 members, the Museum operates with a budget of approximately $3.9MM.  Annually the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors.  www.taftmuseum.org.

The Position:  Reporting to the Museum Director and supervising a talented staff of four, the Director of Development plans and guides the strategic direction of all development and fundraising programs in support of annual operating, exhibition and endowment funding.  S/he will continue to expand the Museum’s capacities with current endowment campaign; other major and planned giving programs; corporate, foundation, and government relations; and membership programs.

The Expectations:  The successful candidate will bring to the Museum a demonstrable track record in building major individual gift revenue with creative and diverse strategies in concert with the Museum Director and an engaged Board.  S/he will be experienced managing special events from small intimate gatherings to an annual gala. S/he must have a solid track record working effectively with volunteers, providing them with strong support and inspiring them to productive action.  Familiarity will be expected with public advocacy efforts at local, state and national levels in support of funding for the Museum and the arts as a whole.  (Please refer to qualifications, page 2.)

The Opportunity:  As an integral member of the senior management team, the Director of Development participates in institutional policy setting, program implementation and evaluation, and fiscal oversight.  S/he helps advance the Taft’s position in the community leading to an expansion of donors, visitors, and members.  This professional serves as the primary Museum liaison to the Museum’s standing Development Committee and prepares and presents reports to the Museum’s Board of Directors.  S/he also assists the Museum Director with the identification, nurturing and coaching of prospective Board leaders, and is responsible for representing the Museum to the community.

The Qualifications:   The successful candidate must be an articulate communicator who can develop and deliver a compelling case for financial support and bring:

  • Baccalaureate degree required, advanced studies preferred;
  • 7-10 years of broad-based development and fundraising experience, preferably in a cultural, visual arts, or related nonprofit institution;
  • superior presentation and writing skills;
  • proven record of securing major individual gifts ($25,000+);
  • direct experience in membership programs;
  • hands-on experience planning and implementing special events and donor programs;
  • experience creating development and membership collateral materials;
  • proven record of shaping and projecting financial goals and tracking and reporting on performance;
  • demonstrated success in developing and managing departmental budgets;
  • diplomatic approach to working with museum patrons and managing staff and volunteers;
  • strong time management skills in order to meet simultaneous deadlines;
  • computer proficiency — MS Word, Excel, and Outlook — and experience with Raiser’s Edge; and,
  • a sense of humor and curiosity.

The Application:   Confidential nominations and applications are encouraged on or before close of business Monday, 25 August 2014.  Preference will be given to candidates who include a cover letter describing why they are ideally suited to be the Taft’s Director of Development, resume, salary expectations, and four professional references with contact details.  Confidentiality is assured to all parties; no listed references will be contacted without prior approval by the nominee/ applicant.

By U.S. Mail

TMA Director of Development Search
Smith Beers Yunker & Company, Inc.
Post Office Box 54556
Cincinnati, Ohio 45254-0556

By electronic mail

weiglein@sbyco.com

The Taft Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.

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Position: Database Coordinator (Full-time)
Department: Institutional Advancement
Reports to: Manager of Membership & Community Engagement

The Taft Museum of Art is seeking a full-time database coordinator with a high level of attention to detail and Raiser’s Edge skills to support the development team. This position reports to the Museum’s Manager of Membership & Community Engagement and will play a critical role within the department.

We are looking for a candidate who is or wishes to become a Raiser’s Edge expert. Candidates with Raiser’s Edge or other database experience will have a competitive advantage.

Responsibilities

  • Record, enter, and process memberships and other donations promptly and accurately
  • Generate high volume of donor correspondence accurately
  • Maintain member and donor database and physical records (includes regular filing)
  • Generate donor reports, queries, and mailing lists
  • Increase working knowledge and understanding of Raiser’s Edge over time
  • Review existing Raiser’s Edge practices and establish new systems to improve development team’s efficiency
  • Assist with fundraising events
  • Manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity
  • Other duties as assigned, including filing, folding, envelope stuffing, addressing envelopes, and other administrative support

Skills: The successful candidate will be a professional, positive, organized, efficient problem solver who has Microsoft Office experience and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge. The candidate will work well independently and with a team.

Education: Bachelor’s degree

The Taft Museum of Art offers a competitive salary and benefits based on experience. To apply, please e-mail a resume and cover letter in PDF format to cmiller@taftmuseum.org. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

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Assistant Collections Technician, part-time

Description:
The Taft Museum of Art seeks a positive, conscientious person to serve as assistant collections technician, providing care and cleaning for permanent collection galleries located in a National Historic Landmark building. Reporting to the exhibition designer/ chief preparator, the position will offer opportunities to learn about museum work and gain useful experience. Responsibilities include: dust removal from frames, cases, and carpets; maintenance of surface finishes; assistance with gallery lighting; and monitoring of environmental conditions. The technician will be cross-trained on exhibition installation, moving of artworks, exhibition photography, and other duties.

Requirements:

  • Self-motivated person with a B.A. or B.F.A in studio art or a related field;
  • Ability to work actively throughout the day and to lift objects weighing 30 lbs easily.
  • Free to work on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (or Thursdays);
  • Sensitivity to art and other fragile surfaces and respect for historic structures;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office;
  • Gallery or museum experience helpful;
  • Experience with construction and/or carpentry an asset.

Hours and compensation:

  • Will be a part-time employee of the Taft Museum of Art and receive hourly wages.
  • This position is for up to 21 hours/week, divided among three days.
  • Pay-scale begins at $11/hour for an entry level candidate.
  • Part time benefits included.

 The Taft Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application:
Using regular mail or e-mail, send (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) names of three professional references to:

Chief Curator
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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