Director of Development

Newport Art Museum

Organization Description: 
The Director of Development is charged with leading fundraising and external relations for the Newport Art Museum and expanding philanthropic support for the organization’s mission and programs. Reporting to the Executive Director, this role will lead the fundraising efforts in an era of community expansion, including capitalizing on Newport’s influx of new residents from major metropolitan areas. An AAM-accredited museum with over 1500 members and approximately 18,000 annual visitors, with a 110-year history, the museum continues to build on upon its place as the nexus for the artistic community of the region.

Position Description:
The Director of Development is responsible for building and maintaining a growing community of donors, with a specific focus on increasing upper-level patrons and identifying new prospects, and overseeing the operations of the small, busy Development Department. S/he will take a lead role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual patrons at all levels; overseeing the annual fund; working closely with the Museum’s board of trustees; overseeing the Museum’s benefit events; and managing institutional grants.

A successful candidate will be an independent thinker with a collaborative spirit, have enthusiasm for and interest in our extensive collection including American, historical and contemporary art and a willingness to take on projects big and small. The position requires excellent writing, communications, organizational skills, and attention to detail; the ability to work both independently and in a team; and experience leading a small staff.

Reports to:
Executive Director

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include:
-With the Executive Director, setting annual fundraising goals
-Working closely with the Board of Trustees on: Annual giving, Committee leadership and Special events
-Overseeing the growth of the Museum’s membership program, particularly at the upper levels
-Drafting all Development Department materials, including acknowledgments, renewals, solicitations, and the annual report
-Writing all institutional and government grants, along with interim and final reports
-Leading major gift prospecting, solicitations, and stewardship
-Planning a calendar of annual cultivation, stewardship, and fundraising events
-Development and management of department budget, with close monitoring of revenue and expenses
-Overseeing the annual report
-Managing a staff of two

Candidate Qualifications:
Candidates must have:
-A minimum of 5 years of development leadership experience, preferably in an arts setting
-Proven track record of success in individual giving, membership, and grants
-Strong writing and interpersonal skills
-Ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues, Board members, artists, and donors
-Strong budgeting skills
-Raiser’s Edge or other comparable database knowledge and experience
-Facility with full suite of Microsoft Office products
-Ability to remain flexible and focused in a fast-paced work environment and the ability to pitch in when needed

Candidates will be enthusiastic supporters of the Museum’s artist-centric mission, and eager to help lead The Newport Art Museum through a period of growth and change.

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Salary or Compensation:
$75,000 – $100,000, commensurate with experience

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Application Info:
Please send a cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line “Development Director.” 
Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please