MAJOR GIFT OFFICER
The Nasher Museum of Art Major Gift Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual prospects at the $100,000+ level, to meet established goals as articulated in the Museum’s five-year strategic plan. The position will report to the Museum’s Director of Development and External Relations; and will work closely with the Director of the Museum on top prospects, working on cultivation and solicitation strategy, and ensuring progress in reaching fundraising goals with these prospects.
Plan, coordinate and implement major gift funding activities for the Museum’s endowment and major capital-dependent initiatives.
Assume the lead role in prospect management, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual major gift donors and prospects, with emphasis on gifts of $100,000+.
Maintain an active schedule of solicitations, cultivation and stewardship calls to donors and new prospects.
Travel to meet with prospects and donors for purposes to include cultivating interests, obtaining contributions, and providing information on projects of interest to donors.
Represent the Museum and Duke University before a variety of audiences, providing information concerning fund raising activities and programs.
Maintain liaison with the Duke Office of University Development to coordinate fund raising activities to include policies, strategies, prospect clearance and donor recognition relating to major gift activities.
Perform other related activities incidental to the work described herein.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Education/Training: Work requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree program.
Experience: Work requires a minimum of five years experience in major gift fundraising; and experience in major gift fundraising in a successful comprehensive campaign. In addition, the candidate must have a demonstrated track record of success in major gift fundraising, and experience working closely with major gift prospects. The candidate must also have knowledge of fundraising systems; and the ability and willingness to travel. The candidate must have a track record as an effective communicator; and be adept at crafting proposals, donor correspondence and other kinds of materials. Knowledge of planned giving vehicles would be useful. Experience in the arts and/or a museum setting is highly desirable and preferred, as well as a level of comfort with museums and the art world. Experience in dealing with high net-worth individuals and art collectors are preferred. A high energy level and a creative approach to fundraising are essential.
Skills: The candidate must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical and organizational skills.
To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Development Search Committee, Nasher Museum of Art, Box 90732, Durham, NC 27708, or email c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
MARY D. B. T. AND JAMES H. SEMANS DIRECTOR
The Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum of Art reports to the Provost and, as its chief executive, is responsible for the Museum’s artistic excellence and intellectual direction. The Museum promotes engagement with the visual arts among a broad community including Duke students, faculty, and staff, the greater Durham community, the Triangle region, and the national and international art community. The Museum presents an ambitious schedule of exhibitions that travel to major institutions around the world, and has a growing collection of international contemporary art. As leader of the Museum, the Director is responsible for the following specific activities:
Collections and Programming
The Director possesses the expertise, experience and networks to initiate or attract the best possible programming, acquisitions and talent to the Museum. He or she will maintain and model best practices to the benefit of not only the Museum and University, but of the region as well through international audiences it engages.
The Director is responsible to the Provost for ongoing strategic planning for the Museum. Through this planning, the Director develops a long-range vision, specific strategies and detailed administrative and fiscal provisions to ensure the excellence of the Museum’s acquisitions and its teaching, research, and outreach programs and the diversity of its staff. In exercising this planning leadership, the Director works closely with the Provost. The Director also works with the Chairs of other Departments and Deans of other Schools to develop and promote strategic initiatives.
Budgetary and Administrative Oversight
The Director is responsible to the Provost for all aspects of the Museum’s budget consistent with the University’s management center budget system. In addition to budgetary oversight, the other principal areas of administrative responsibility include the development of exhibitions, acquisition of works of art, educational activities, conservation, publications, development of electronic resources, and special programs and events as well as responsibility for non-faculty staffing decisions within the context of University-wide policies and procedures.
The Director has primary responsibility for raising new financial resources for the Museum. This responsibility includes articulating the development needs of the Museum in conjunction with the Museum’s long-range plans, leadership of the overall development effort in the Museum, and active personal engagement in fundraising. The Director works with the Provost, President, and the University Development Office in planning University- wide fundraising priorities and goals and cooperates with the University Development staff in executing those plans. The Director maintains and establishes regular contact with current and potential individual donors, foundations, and government agencies and leads the activities of the Museum’s Board of Advisors, Friends Board, Student Advisory Board, and Faculty Advisory Committee. The Director will lead the museum’s effort in the upcoming University-wide capital campaign seeking to enhance the Nasher’s programs and space through the generous support of its donors.
The Director will insure the Museum’s active involvement in the development of the long-range strategic plans, major budgetary priorities, and other important activities and issues that affect the well-being of the Museum and its place in the University. The Director is a member of the Council for the Arts and may also be appointed to other University committees as the representative of the Nasher Museum.
In order to succeed in these primary tasks, the Director must be
- an intellectual leader, who can be expected to have the highest aspirations in art acquisition and exhibition, with extensive contacts throughout the art world in order to attract high quality traveling exhibitions that would appeal to a diverse student body and community,
- an energetic and conscientious administrator broadly familiar with issues in the integration of the arts in a university setting to enhance the educational experience of Duke’s students and the research and teaching opportunities of the faculty,
- an individual with experience in the management of complex institutions, ideally directing a museum or in curatorial leadership at the highest level,
- an advocate for the Nasher Museum of Art and its mission, in the service of the University’s strategic priority of promoting the arts and to its broader strategic commitments to interdisciplinary study, internationalization and putting its knowledge at the service of society,
- an excellent communicator who can effectively convey the work of the Museum to Duke and external communities,
- a proponent for developing a diverse staff,
- an effective fund-raiser, and
- a preeminent University citizen
- a doctorate in art history is a significant advantage, but not a requirement.
Duke University and Health System is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Applications and nominations should be sent to the attention of Sarah James and Becky Klein at NasherMuseumDukeUniversity@PhillipsOppenheim.com.
DUKE STUDENT JOBS
Students fill many part-time paid positions at the museum. Work-study students are welcome.
VISITOR SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
Visitor Services Representatives handle admissions fees, answer the telephone and direct calls, greet and keep an accurate count of visitors, assist visitors with the purchase of museum memberships and answer visitors’ questions. If interested contact Visitors Services Supervisor, David Eck (email@example.com).
Gallery Guides lead tours of the museum for K-12 students, adult groups and the public. Students must commit to 3 semesters. Recruiting is done at the end of the spring semester. If interested contact Curator of Education, Juline Chevalier (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Periodically, work-study positions are available with specific museum departments, including curatorial, education, membership, registrar, special events and public affairs. For information about possible openings, contact Office Manager, Nikki Reeb (email@example.com) or 919-684-3307.
Security guards patrol the galleries to ensure the protection of artwork, report safety violations, and answer visitors’ questions during business hours, including weekends, and for evening events. If interested, contact Protection Services Manager, Sgt. Jimmie Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 919-684-3352.
For general information on application and hiring procedures, please contact Nasher Office Manager, Nikki Reeb (email@example.com) or 919-684-3307.
UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP COURSE
ARTHIST 310 is a practicum at the Nasher Museum designed to provide professional museum experience as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its operations from a variety of viewpoints. Students must be available for a total commitment of 6 hours/week: the one-hour weekly seminar with museum staff, plus 5 hours working in an assigned department (schedule to be arranged between the student and supervising staff). Interns may be assigned to the following departments: curatorial, academic programs, museum education, development/external relations, registrar/collections management, or communications/marketing. NOTE: only one student each semester will be assigned to the curatorial department.
Students are evaluated on their work in their assigned departments, participation in the weekly seminar, and the completion of short, written assignments: a blog post, artwork spotlight, and exhibition analysis. Grades are assigned by the supervising staff in consultation with the Academic Program Coordinator.
To apply for the internship send a resumé and cover letter with a statement of interest, including first and second choices for departments and how a museum internship furthers your career goals, to Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students will be interviewed by the pertinent museum department, and if selected will be given a permission number to enroll.
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN MUSEUM STUDIES
Duke students can apply for paid internship positions or funds to support internships at other museums:
- Two funded positions for students to work at the Nasher Museum
- One funded internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy
- Two museum studies grants for students taking unpaid internships elsewhere
- One museum studies grant funded by the Vice Provost for the Arts
Deadlines for these have passed for 2013. More information about each and how to apply will be posted at the beginning of the fall semester.
VOLUNTEERING AT THE NASHER MUSEUM
Volunteer opportunities at the Nasher Museum are open to those aged 16 years and older.
The museum does not have a volunteer coordinator on staff, therefore volunteer requests are handled exclusively via e-mail.
Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Helping children with craft projects during our free Family Days
- Staffing the information desk on our free Thursday evenings
- Representing the museum at local festivals and fairs
- Stuffing envelopes
- Data entry
- Miscellaneous office support
Please join the Nasher volunteers e-mail listserv to receive updates on volunteer opportunities. Send an e-mail to email@example.com with “subscribe nasher-volunteers” in the subject (not the body) of the e-mail (without the quotation marks).
When volunteers are needed, announcements will be made via e-mail through the listserv and you will be asked to directly contact the appropriate museum staff member.