Assistant Director of Development

Job Description/Occupational Summary: The Assistant Director of Development at the Nasher Museum of Art is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual prospects at the $100,000+ level as well as the Museum’s relationships with foundations and corporations. The position will report to the Museum’s Director of Development and Major Gifts and will work closely with the Director of the Museum on top prospects where applicable.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan, coordinate and implement major gift funding activities for the Museum’s endowment and programmatic initiatives.
  • Assume the lead role in prospect management for his or her portfolio, 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.
  • Actively build the Nasher #s pipeline through new donor identification and qualification.
  • Research and pursue grant opportunities and corporate sponsorships.
  • Collaborate with Nasher team to write grant proposals to private, corporate and governmental organizations requesting financial support for the Nasher Museum. Collaborate with the Business Office in the management, statistical reporting and financial accounting of grants and other private funding source activities.
  • Prepare corporate membership materials, collaborate with staff and external constituencies, and prepare project budgets as required.
  • Collaborate with Duke University Development to coordinate fund raising activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • 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.


  • Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program.


  • Work requires five years’ experience in fundraising, public relations, sales and promotions, marketing, art museums or a related field in order to acquire skills necessary to administer, coordinate and/or participate in general fundraising activities and proposal development.
  • 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 grant 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 desirable, as well as a level of comfort with museums and the art world.
  • Experience in dealing with high net-worth individuals and art collectors is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Duke University is a plus.


  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to travel regularly and to work weekends and evenings.
  • Exceptional ability to think strategically and analytically.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and experience handling confidential information.
  • High energy level, sense of humor, enthusiasm, and flexibility are a must.

Please send letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to: Fundraising Search Committee, Nasher Museum of Art, Box 90732, Durham, NC 27708, or email those to: nikki.gaskin@duke.edu Candidates also need to apply via req# 400904851 hr.duke.edu/jobs/apply


Students fill many part-time paid positions at the museum. Work-study students are welcome.

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, Associate Curator of Education, Jessica Kay Ruhle (jessica.ruhle@duke.edu).

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 Gaskin (nikki.gaskin@duke.edu) 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 (jimmie.jones@duke.edu) or 919-684-3352.

For general information on application and hiring procedures, please contact Nasher Office Manager, Nikki Gaskin Nikki Gaskin (nikki.gaskin@duke.edu) or 919-684-3307.


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.

Not sure which department is right for you? Find out more.

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 (marianne.wardle@duke.edu). Students will be interviewed by the pertinent museum department, and if selected will be given a permission number to enroll.


Duke students can apply for paid internship positions or funds to support internships at other museums:

Note: The deadline for the Peggy Guggenheim internship has passed. All other internship applications should be submitted by April 20, 2015.


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 sympa@duke.edu 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.