Executive DirectorJuly 29, 2020
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
Title of Position:
The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA). The job description of the Executive Director focuses on the ability of the individual to cultivate revenue streams and avenues for fundraising, managing museum operations and furthering the overall mission of the AKMA. The successful candidate must have a deep appreciation for art and a desire to grow and sustain the museum into the future.
The Executive Director will be the welcoming face of the AKMA in the community. Specifically, the director will manage the overall growth and administration of the AKMA, ensuring stability over long-term change and development. The director is responsible for all aspects of operations including budgeting, personnel management, and fundraising and financial controls.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director
• Formulates short- and long-term goals concerning the fundraising efforts of the organization.
• Develops actionable strategies for meeting and exceeding those goals through grants, sponsorships, gifts, donations, and fundraising events.
• Develops a plan to reach a variety of financial development goals.
• Directs, manages and coaches the staff of the organization, conducts yearly performance reviews and ensures the correct recording of hours.
• Recruits, hires, trains, and, when necessary, terminates staff.
• Attend monthly meeting with Board of Directors.
• Manages financials (expenses and revenues) in collaboration with the bookkeeper, and presents the same to the Board at monthly Board meetings.
• Ensures the museum’s adherence to all local, state, and federal laws and regulations
• Serves ex officio at AKMA committee meetings.
• Oversees and manages AKMA building and grounds, including solicitation of bids from local contractors.
• Oversees independent contractors with the museum, such as the AKMA Café chef.
• Serves as chief point of contact with the Board of Directors.
• Raises awareness of the AKMA and its primary goals through outreach efforts, regular events in the community, publications, and media relations.
• Discovers new and potentially lucrative revenue streams for expansion of the AKMA’s fundraising efforts.
• Completes grant proposals on behalf of the museum.
• Plans and implements a robust planned giving strategy.
• Tracks revenue and fundraising trends to predict future opportunities for expansion efforts while planning for downtrends in individual, corporate or foundation gifts.
• Oversees fundraising events to make sure all donor needs are met, and fundraising goals are achieved.
• Solicits donations from large corporate donors.
• Publishes regular updates on major events and success of the organization.
• Cultivates and maintains relationships with major donors by responding to their inquiries, keeping them apprised of recent events with the organization and showing them the progress their donations have made possible.
• Joins and participates in local organizations, examples include Museum Association, Chamber of Commerce, arts organizations, etc.
• Educates and helps activate board members to cultivate donors and to meet fund development goals.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Must possess strong business knowledge and ability to think in a variety of business environments.
• Must have strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide variety of potential donors, supporters, volunteers, staff and artists.
• Must be outgoing and friendly to create a welcoming atmosphere at the museum.
• Must exercise exceptional time management skills and be able to meet deadlines.
• Public speaking skills are required.
• Must be able to motivate a team to action and inspire trust and camaraderie in employees and potential donors alike.
• Must demonstrate knowledge of development strategies, and public relations. Experience with political leaders on a local, state and national level is a plus.
• Exceptional writing and communication skills.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred in nonprofit management, business administration or development.
• Must have at least five years’ experience in fundraising and business administration.
• Must have demonstrated history in leadership, project management or public relations.
• Must have demonstrated experience in successful grant writing.
• Must be willing to live in St. Joseph or nearby surrounding communities.
• Must be able to work weekends and evenings as necessary.
• Must attend major fundraising events and art exhibition openings.
• Must be willing to travel to meet with potential donors around the country.
• Starting salary is $60,000 but may be increased commensurate with relevant experience.
• Health insurance premiums paid by the AKMA.
• 401k matching contributions according to Plan documents.
• Competitive Paid Leave Benefits
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