Director of Development (DoD)

Incredible leadership opportunity in West Palm Beach, Florida!  We are seeking a Director of Development (DoD).  This is a full-time, salaried position.  We are utilizing an external search firm, Howe-Lewis International, to assist us in sourcing a diverse pool of qualified candidates.   

The Opportunity: The Director of Development (DoD) reports to the Museum Director and CEO, Elliot Bostwick Davis, Ph.D., and works closely with senior staff and the Norton Board of Trustees. S/he will develop and implement a strategic and comprehensive development plan to support operations and capital needs. The DoD is responsible for growing the membership program and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of existing and prospective donors of all types. S/he will also serve as the primary conduit to the executive office and to the Board on major gifts, deploying these key organizational leaders in strategic ways to cultivate significant prospects and close leadership gift opportunities.

The DoD will provide leadership, direction, vision, and inspiration to a team of 14, and join a vibrant, committed and talented senior leadership team at a pivotal moment in the Norton’s history.

IDEAL Qualifications:

  • Substantial leadership experience within a sophisticated fundraising operation, preferably in a museum or other cultural institution.
  • Success implementing fundraising plans and cultivating relationships for all funding streams.
  • Direct experience leading and expanding a successful major gifts program and robust membership programs.
  • Track record of identifying and engaging new communities of prospective donors.
  • Ability to partner effectively with newly appointed Director and CEO.
  • Extensive experience working with an engaged and active board.
  • Knowledge of the regional and national philanthropic communities.
  • Experience with/understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges working in a seasonal community and how best to leverage opportunities in-season and create other opportunities to engage donors year-round.
  • Experience with the entire range of external relations is a plus.
  • Strong record of recruiting and developing exceptional people and fostering a transparent, collegial work environment.
  • Experience across digital and social as well as traditional platforms.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring and administration.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and commonly used fundraising prospect management tools.
  • Entrepreneurial orientation.
  • Discretion required to manage confidential information.
  • Sophistication and social finesse to work with Trustees, staff, donors, and potential prospects.
  • Genuine passion for the Norton’s mission and the ability to hold meaningful conversations and foster relationships with prospective donors, collectors, curators, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, and to deliver effective, consistent messages and presentations.
  • Flexible, team-oriented, results-driven, and a self-starter.
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend events on a regular basis and to serve as a highly visible ambassador for the Norton in the local community and beyond.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% is required.
  • Bilingual language skills (English/Spanish) is beneficial, but not required.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a relevant advanced degree is a plus.

The Norton Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and celebrates a diverse team of talented and dedicated staff, docents, and volunteers.  

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The Norton Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.